Ampersand wins £22m catering contract with London Zoo

Ampersand has won a £22 million contract with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), to provide catering services at London Zoo, it has been announced.

The five-year contract will see the catering business provide 30 of its staff to deliver public catering for the 1.1 million annual visitors to the zoo, starting from October.

It comes in addition to an existing Ampersand has with ZSL through which it has provided event catering services at the London Zoo since 2006.

Paul Jackson, managing director at Ampersand, said the new contract was "an endorsement of our great team, creative food ideas, impeccable service standards, energetic sales drive and on-trend marketing expertise".

According to Ampersand, the food they will offer visitors will aim to interpret the concept of feeding time at the zoo and feature British seasonal produce with a focus on sustainability.

"Ampersand won a highly competitive tender process through their creative approach, innovation and flair," said Rich Storton, commercial and communications director at ZSL.

"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."

Ampersand was created as the visitor attraction division of CH&Co, which itself has been operating in the British catering industry since 1991 via a variety of different brands.

Among the significant contracts already won by Ampersand are deals to provide catering services at popular visitor attractions such as the Museum of London, the Cutty Sark and the Science Museum.

Last year saw the company win a £60 million contract with Historic Royal Palaces which sees it supply public catering services at the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace.

"Since entering this sector seven years ago we have gone from strength to strength," said Mr Jackson. "Last year saw us win the Historic Royal Palaces contract and ZSL London Zoo is another true jewel in the crown."

Berkeley Scott is a specialist catering recruitment agency