Food and Drink

Summary

The public sector can buy a range of food and drink products

Description

This is the first time we have offered a commercial agreement which allows you to buy food directly from suppliers, and it represents an opportunity to support wider government policy.

We are working with Defra to include the Government Buying Standards for Food, in government led food agreements. This includes:

  • production standards
  • animal welfare
  • environmental impacts
  • variety and seasonality
  • nutritional value
  • resource efficiency

This new approach will replace the three stage procurement process that we had initially planned. This means that the following agreements are now cancelled:

  • RM6227 Technology and Management Agent: Food Supply and Delivery Platform
  • RM6228 Logistics Processors with associated Consolidation Hub functionality
  • RM6131 Food (DPS)

We have not set out a procurement strategy at this stage. We will decide on the final structure of the procurement solution following market engagement, and we will confirm this in the Contract Notice.

Social value will play a key part in the combined food supply and delivery solution. The solution will:

  • support COVID-19 recovery
  • tackle economic inequality
  • fight climate change
  • provide equal opportunity, wellbeing and community cohesion (developing strong and positive relationships within the community)

The food solution will help public sector bodies to buy food in a sustainable way and will help local and small businesses to compete for public sector contracts.

We expect this agreement to run for 4 years with the option to extend for a further 2. This is still to be finally determined.

Benefits

  • helps all suppliers (including SMEs) access public sector food opportunities
  • supports sustainable food production
  • buyers can access local and seasonal products from a variety of SME food and drink suppliers, who meet the government Buying Standards for Food
  • supports investment in local communities as well as:
    • equality and diversity
    • reduction in Modern Slavery risks
    • resource efficiency
    • environmental sustainability
  • helps public sector buyers to meet carbon net zero targets by consolidating (combining) deliveries

Customer engagement

As part of our customer engagement, we have issued the following food newsletters for all external stakeholders. 

You can also complete our customer survey

We may hold further engagement sessions before tender release, and we will provide updates for these possible sessions on this webpage and in the newsletter.

If you would like to register to receive future editions of the newsletter, email the team

Supplier engagement

We have issued a Prior Information Notice (PIN) to the market. You can find the link to the PIN in the important links section below.

We are hosting an introductory webinar for potential suppliers on Tuesday 14 September 2021 at 2pm.

All suppliers can register interest for the webinar by emailing the team

We may hold further engagement sessions before tender release.

Important links

Prior Information Notice (PIN) Read PIN
Contract notice in OJEU Not available yet
Tender documents Not available yet

Timeline

Activity Estimated dates
Pre-market engagement 2021
Drafting of procurement documents 2022
Publication of OJEU notice 2022
Agreement award 2022