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Championship soccer club Middlesbrough have appointed Pelican Procurement Services to undertake a review of their food-related spending.

Championship soccer club Middlesbrough have appointed Pelican Procurement Services to undertake a review of their food-related spending.

Through their initial work, the English side said Pelican had already provided a ten per cent saving. The review includes the club’s operations at the Riverside Stadium and their Rockliffe Park training facility.

“As a club, we host on average 25 football games per year, which brings crowds of around 16,000 on the concourses, in addition to serving around 700 meals in the hospitality areas,” said Mark Ellis, Middlesbrough’s chief operating officer.

“Our chefs are responsible for creating menus for the varying events. However, I felt it was time to bring in a procurement specialist to help not only reduce our food costs, but decrease the time our chefs spend on purchasing and administration.

Ellis added: “We selected Pelican for a number of reasons: the cost savings were clear and we are aiming to save at least 12 per cent across all our food purchases over the course of the next 12 months. In addition, Pelican offered the most transparency, simpler terms and from our chefs’ perspectives, they trusted Pelican to deliver the products they want, when they want.”

Middlesbrough begin their Championship season against Birmingham City on Saturday.

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