PHILADELPHIA – Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), a global leader in food and facilities management and uniforms, today announced the acquisition of independent catering company Wilson Vale in the UK. Wilson Vale joins Aramark UK business, part of Aramark’s Northern Europe operations, as a key driver of growth and high quality service delivery to small customers commercial and industrial (B&I) and independent schools.
Co-founded and led by established industry leaders Andrew Wilson and Carolyne Vale, the independent caterer has long operated with seasonality, quality of ingredients and local sourcing at heart. Due to the strength of the brand alignment and a shared vision for growth, Wilson Vale will operate as a stand-alone brand within Aramark’s expanding UK portfolio. It will keep its current management team, employees, customers, suppliers and clients well served, thus ensuring the status quo.
“Aramark is delighted to acquire 100% of the Wilson Vale business in the UK,” said Helen Milligan-Smith, Managing Director of Aramark UK. “This genuine, well-run, high-quality business fits perfectly with Aramark’s culture, values and ambition for growth here.”
“This is an extremely rare opportunity to be part of a big family where the values and principles of our company can be fully preserved,” said Andrew Wilson, co-founder and CEO of Wilson Vale. “Without a doubt, one of the coolest things over the past two decades has been the way our people have evolved and, in turn, how they have evolved the services we provide to our customers. These have always been the most important things to us, and will continue to be so as we embark on the next generation of growth with the benefit and support of Aramark ownership.
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