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The 148th Open – Meet the Buyer Event

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Tourism Northern Ireland and The 148th Open organiser The R&A are delighted to offer an opportunity to grow your business with major foodservice operator, Sodexo to support golf’s oldest and most international golf Major - The 148th Open, at Royal Portrush in July 2019.

Sodexo is the second largest contract caterer in the UK with a presence in more than 2,400 locations across the public and private sectors including more than 38 units in Northern Ireland, including The National Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast, which is part of Sodexo Prestige- the fine dining, conferences and events sector. Sodexo Prestige is also the appointed caterer for the celebrated 148th Open in Royal Portrush next year.

Sodexo is keen to meet Northern Irish companies with the potential to supply food and drink across ambient, chilled and frozen sectors. Suppliers must demonstrate that they:

  • have excellent quality products with provenance from Northern Ireland
  • are already familiar with foodservice
  • have the ability to offer consistent supply
  • are able to manage volumes and the changing demands of the market

Food suppliers that Sodexo is particularly interested in meeting include, but are not limited to:

  • artisan bakery products
  • desserts
  • ice-cream
  • meat and fish
  • local charcuterie
  • deli items

Sodexo is also interested in meeting Northern Ireland based non-food support services such as:

  • steel store supply
  • reefer fridge units (external)
  • gas supply
  • temporary bar design and provision
  • linen supply
  • kitchen equipment and CCG
  • florists
  • coffee machine supply
  • uniform laundering
  • staffing agencies 
  • sign writers/printers.

Suitable companies are invited to apply for a 1:1 Meet the Buyer session with the Sodexo Category Management team. This will give you the chance to present your products and discuss how they may fit with Sodexo’s procurement needs.

The 1:1 will last a maximum of 15 minutes and you will be allocated a timeslot in advance.  Please note, no samples should be brought along to these 1:1 sessions.  Where appropriate follow up sampling meetings may take place and will be set up directly by Sodexo.

If you wish to be considered to take part in this exciting event, please click here to download the application form and submit via email to by 12noon on Thursday 6th September.  All applications will be considered directly by Sodexo and successful companies will be notified during the week beginning 10th September.

Please note, by applying to participate in this event you agree to your details being shared with Sodexo, The R&A, Tourism Northern Ireland and the event-ful consultancy ltd. on behalf of Tourism Northern Ireland.  These details will be used solely for the purposes of delivering this event and will not be shared with any third parties.  To view the Tourism NI privacy policy please click here.