All new feeding time at ZSL London Zoo
We are thrilled to announce that Ampersand has won the five year public catering contract for the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) worth an estimated sales value of £22 million. From October 2012 more than 30 Ampersand staff will provide public catering services at the zoo - which attracts 1.1 million visitors every year.
Our food offer will reinterpret the concept of feeding time at the zoo, giving visitors fresh, nutritious and delicious menus with a sense of fun, perfectly suited to this iconic venue. The best of British seasonal produce will be at the heart of every menu along with a true focus on sustainability, in line with both Ampersand’s and ZSL’s own strong values.
This appointment coincides with ZSL’s investment in refurbishing its showpiece Regent Building, which houses the main dining facility, as well as upgrading kiosks and introducing mobile serving stations. Our full new food offer will launch in 2013, to accompany the unveiling of the new facilities.
Great catering is ever more important to our visitors and staff and this is a fantastic opportunity for Ampersand to make real impact to the visitor experience at London’s best day out.
ZSL and Ampersand already enjoy a long standing relationship; we have been providing inspiring event catering services at the Zoo since 2006.
Paul Jackson, Managing Director of Ampersand, said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen by ZSL to provide catering solutions at this truly iconic London attraction. This contract win shows what we do best – deliver leading edge, creative ideas and services to enhance the visitor experience, which in turn delivers financial return for our clients. It is an endorsement of our great team, creative food ideas, impeccable service standards, energetic sales drive and on-trend marketing expertise.
“It is also another leap forward for Ampersand. Since entering this sector seven years ago we have gone from strength to strength. Last year saw us win the Historic Royal Palaces contract and ZSL London Zoo is another true jewel in the crown. It shows that while we continue to grow we also continue to meet the exacting standards that our clients expect”, he concluded.
Rich Storton, Commercial & Communications Director at ZSL said: “Ampersand won a highly competitive tender process through their creative approach, innovation and flair. We have full confidence that Ampersand will provide catering solutions that will add another exciting dimension to the visitor experience at the zoo and that customers will be delighted by their ideas and approach. Great catering is ever more important to our visitors and staff and this is a fantastic opportunity for Ampersand to make real impact to the visitor experience at London’s best day out.”