Bidfood has acquired Brighton-based wholesaler Elite Fine Foods.
Elite delivers to more than 2,500 catering establishments across the UK from its seven multi-temperature sites, offering 6,500 products including speciality cheeses, fresh fish and its own butchery and fresh meat service.
Bidfood said Elite would continue to “operate under the same identity and culture, with no change to its service offering”.
Bidfood CEO Andrew Selley said its newest addition sat well within its decentralised model, where Bidfood’s financial and strategic strength could be used alongside Elite’s local expertise.
“We’re delighted to welcome the team and customers of Elite Fine Foods to the Bidfood family,” said Selley. “The company is already a thriving and profitable foodservice supplier in the UK, with a real passion for service which aligns perfectly with our mission to provide service excellence and make customers’ lives easier.”
Elite Fine Foods managing director Graham Bell added: “We’re excited to become part of the Bidfood family, and look forward to working with them to leverage their support and expertise to further strengthen our market-leading service, range and proposition. We will continue to service our customers as before, as an independent business, now supported by the strength of Bidfood.”
Bidfood owns a number of foodservice companies which continue to run autonomously including Caterfood, South Lincs Foodservice, Cimandis in the Channel Islands and most recently The Punjab Kitchen, which it bought for £15.9m in January.