Ryder Cup 2014 awards two catering contracts

Compass Group and Mecco have both secured major catering contracts for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Organisers for the competition, which will be held in Gleneagle, decided to give Oxfordshire-based Mecco and Kent-based Compass the big contracts after they had previously worked together for the 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales and a competitive tender process was secured through the Public Contracts Scotland procurement portal.

Even though it has not been confirmed how much the contracts are worth, it has been estimated that the contracts will add around £3 million to the local economy, with demand being created within the supply chain and around 1,500 temporary hospitality jobs being created in the process. In particular, The Ryder Cup Green Drive will be looking at sourcing local and organic produce for its ingredients.

Neil MacLaurin, business development director of sport, leisure and hospitality at Compass Group UK and Ireland, said: “We’re thrilled to have been awarded this contract and will work closely with our fantastic network of Scottish suppliers to promote everything that is great about Scottish food and drink. Compass in Scotland is committed to helping Scotland grow; supporting Scottish suppliers is a vital part of this, as is supporting local communities through job creation."

Mecco managing director Jeremy Wood added that his firm will be working with its sister company Fresh Direct, based in Paisley, to supply seasonal and traditional menus.

Under official terms, the Scottish government has paid Ryder Cup Europe £10 million to bring the event to the nation next year. This money came from a wider £20 million investment that would see some of the biggest golfing competitions come to Scotland over the next few years, such as the Open Championship, which will be held at St Andrews in 2015.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency in the catering industry.