Metcash on foodservice expansion trail

Posted by Daniel Palmer on 28th July 2009

Metcash is planning on speeding up their foodservice expansion with a number of acquisitions planned in the eastern states.

The grocery wholesaler first entered the food service sector with the purchase of WA-based Foodlink in 2005 and has since branched out into the eastern states with a number of small acquisitions including the recent Kelly’s Providores acquisition.

Kelly’s Providores, a small NSW-based foodservice produce wholesaler, joined WA-based Fresh Market Meats and Queensland-based Solomon Food Group as recent acquisitions for Metcash to be approved by the ACCC.

And FoodLink General Manager Colin Woodward says there are more purchases on the horizon, particularly in the eastern states.

“Our operations in Perth and Queensland now serve more than 5000 large and small clients with a dynamic and industry leading service platform to clients from five-star hotels, franchise groups to independently owned cafes,” Mr Woodward said, according to The Australian. “We are gaining traction in a market dominated by two major players by offering an extensive range of products, from value-for-money house brands to prestige international brands, at market-competitive prices.”