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Ellen Forster

Middlesbrough FC looks to save £30k on food and drink procurement

Middlesbrough FC is aiming to make an annual saving of £30,000 by outsourcing its food and beverage procurement.

The club has signed a contract with Pelican Procurement Services which will oversee supplier tendering, sourcing, pricing negotiations and centralising invoicing and payments.

The deal involves a review of all food-and-drink purchasing at the Riverside Stadium as well as the Rockcliffe Park training ground

The club has already saved 10% in its food wholesale category through a supplier retendering process.

Mark Ellis, chief operating officer for the club, said they were aiming to save at least 12% across all food and drink buying over a year: “As a club, we host on average 25 football games per year, which brings crowds of around 16,000 on the concourses, in addition to serving around 700 meals in the hospitality areas,”

“We also host a range of conferences, banquets, weddings and other events. Our chefs are responsible for creating menus for the varying events but I felt it was time to bring in a procurement specialist to help not only reduce our food costs, but decrease the time our chefs spend on purchasing and administration.”

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