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Elior keeps South West soldiers fighting fit with local produce


Elior UK has teamed up with 43 (Wessex) Brigade hosting a one-day food fayre to showcase to the local community and the catering industry how the military uses locally sourced produce to keep its troops fighting fit.

Over 200 MoD personnel, troops, local producers and press gathered in celebration of some of the South Wests finest food. Tastings were hosted by 12 Elior suppliers and local producers including Enterprise Foods with Pullins Bakers, The Cheese Cellar with Quickes Cheddar and John Sheppard Butchers from Bristol, while local produce was brought to life through a cookery competition judged by Eliors consulting executive chef Anton Edelmann.

Two teams made up of MoD and Elior chefs battled it out under canvas in an operational kitchen fighting to impress former Dorchester and Savoy chef Anton with meals created from the regions local meat and vegetables.

We wanted to generate excitement around local produce among army personnel and their families and also show local suppliers who could potentially supply to the army, that there is a huge demand for local produce, explains Michael Audis, chief executive of Elior. Elior provides catering, hotel, leisure and retail services to nine major MoD sites across the South West and good quality local food plays a huge part in our offer.

We cater for around 60,000 local people civil servants, soldiers and their families. From staff feeding to meals in restaurants and pubs, we provide food to keep the South Wests soldiers fighting fit and give them the energy they need to complete training exercises.

This is a sentiment shared by Brigadier Steve Hodder, Commander 43 (Wessex) Brigade the son of a farmer and a small-hold owner himself.

The Army does march on its stomach and we perceive that soldiers and their families are becoming more and more interested in the food they eat, its provenance, and nutritional value. We believe the South West has so much to offer in terms of high quality food from a whole variety of suppliers and we are very keen to try and support these people in our region.

About Elior UK
Elior UK is a leading national catering organisation with annual revenues of 280m.

Operating across a wide variety of sectors including business and industry, education and healthcare, sports stadia, heritage sites and defence contracts our 12,500 people deliver bespoke catering services to our clients. Our services encompass staff and public restaurants, caf and deli options, fine dining, vending and hospitality.

We also offer soft services to complement the food offering, including reception duties, cleaning, maintenance and security.

Using the best ingredients, often locally sourced, our caterers create some of Britain’s best-loved dishes, freshly produced and simply served. Elior UK is part of the Elior Group, a French company that has annual revenues of 3.4bn. In France, Elior is the number one operator in the Concession Catering market, and number two in Contract Catering.

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