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Grocery, Frozen and Fresh Food

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This framework provides access to a wide range of food items including grocery provisions, frozen foods, fresh meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as non-food items such as catering disposables and cleaning items to be delivered along your main food order. All suppliers under the framework stock extensive ranges including brand names, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, nut free, lactose free, halal, food for life and school compliant products which can assist you to achieve their requirements and accreditations. Additional support can also be provided for full product specifications, product samples, online ordering, integration with kitchen management systems, assistance with menu planning, recipe and menu suggestions, guidance for special diets, support with meeting nutritional standards and introduction to new and innovative products.

Framework Accordion Title

Lot 1 Supply and Distribution of Grocery and Provisions

This Lot includes chilled dairy products, fresh and cooked meats, fats and oils, soft drinks and waters, hot and cold beverages, tea, coffee, flour and flour based mixes, pasta, rice, pulses, confectionery, biscuits, vinegar based products, canned fish, canned fruit, canned meat, canned vegetables, gravies and sauces, dried fruit and nuts, breakfast cereals, herbs and spices, condiments, chilled fillings, fresh fruit and vegetables.

Lot 2 Supply and Distribution of Frozen Foods

This Lot includes frozen fish, meats, vegetables, chips and potato specialities, savoury and sweet buffet, desserts, puddings, ice cream, bread, cakes and patisserie.

Lot 3: ‘A OneStop Shop’ Supply and Distribution of Grocery and Frozen and Non-Food Items

This Lot includes as described in Lots 1 and 2.

  • A wide range of suppliers ranging from SMEs to large national distributors.
  • 'One stop shop' option is available to those customers looking to consolidate their food deliveries.
  • Competitive pricing benefitting both large and smaller Customers.
  • Price file management by ESPO.
  • A high level of "behind the scenes" contract management by ESPO, providing peace of mind to customers accessing the Framework.
  • Assistance with FFL and food buying standards is available.
  • Accessing the framework can be as straightforward as completing a Customer Access Agreement and contacting your chosen supplier (quoting ESPO Framework 83_17).
  • Access to further competition documentation.
    Bidfood (First in Food Service) Blakemore Brakes Catering Equipment Crowndale T/A: Dawn's Test, Acme Corp., Smith Bros. Hopwells Yearsley Food Brookstreet Creed Thomas Ridley
All the suppliers on this framework are suitably qualified and have been assessed to ensure they meet all food safety and government standards. Suppliers are able to provide valuable support to assist you with meeting obligations, for example; meeting the Food Allergen Regulations 2014, complying with nutritional requirements such as School Food Standards 2014 and CQUIN, as well as supporting those working towards and/or maintaining Food for Life accreditations. ESPO operate a Quality Assurance program for all food frameworks to ensure that standards are upheld on a continuing basis. During the lifetime of the framework a high level of contract management is employed with ongoing reviews of all our suppliers ensuring compliance with food safety standards and the terms and conditions of the contract. Are you a user of the ‘ProContract’ eProcurement system (from Proactis)? If so, you can now access ESPO’s frameworks through the system to run further competitions, allowing you to run your processes more quickly, simply and at lower risk of error. Speak to your procurement team contact or Account Manager to find out more.

If you’d like to contact us, quote reference Framework 83_17 and enquire at;

Food and Catering team 0116 294 4008

Or alternatively use the form below:

Grocery, Frozen and Fresh Food

Key Facts
Framework 83_17
Start Date 27/08/2017
End Date 26/08/2021
Contract Notice 2017/S 103-205202
Award Notice 2017/S 168-345385