Food and Drink


Public sector organisations can use this agreement to buy food and drink through a single on-line access point. You will be able to access all food and drink sub-categories.


The aim of this agreement is to support sustainability, food quality and welfare standards by meeting the Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering (GBSF). It also aims to:

  • reduce food and packaging waste
  • reduce food miles
  • invest in local communities and improve equality and diversity
  • reduce modern slavery risks

We will shorten supply chains by simplifying the customer journey, helping you to meet your carbon net zero targets. To do this, the agreement will be managed with an online single access point. The platform for this online single access point will be provided by the winning bidder.

Social value will play a key part in the food supply and delivery solution which will support:

  • tackling economic equality
  • local education and health
  • tackling equal opportunity
  • promoting wellbeing
  • helping public sector bodies to buy food in a sustainable way
  • helping SMEs to supply public sector contracts


  • provides simple access to order all your food and drink requirements online
  • helps all suppliers to access public sector food opportunities (including SMEs)
  • free to access: all public sector buyers can use this agreement for free and will not need any upfront funding
  • meet GBSF standards for buying better quality and safe food in a sustainable way
  • helps you to meet your carbon net zero targets through consolidated deliveries: this means we will always try to deliver your food items in the same vehicle, rather than in separate deliveries from each supplier

Customer and supplier engagement

Customer and supplier market engagement began in 2021 and is ongoing. It has included:

  • release of Prior Information Notice (PIN)
  • feedback forums and surveys
  • 1-2-1 meetings
  • newsletters
  • webinars
  • external stakeholder forums

If you have any further questions, contact the food team.

Important links

Prior Information Notice (PIN) Read PIN
Contract Notice in Find a Tender Service (FTS) Not available yet
Tender documents Not available yet


Activity Estimated dates
Pre-market engagement 2021 to present
Drafting of procurement documents 2022 to present
Publication of FTS notice Summer 2023
Agreement award Winter 2023
Go Live Spring 2024