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From left to right: Tim Jones, Chairman, CH&CO; Ruston Toms, Co-Founder, Blue Apple; Brian Allanson, CEO and Co-Founder, Blue Apple; Bill Toner, CEO, CH&CO

Blue Apple merges with CH&CO

Workplace caterer, Blue Apple, is to join forces with independent caterer and Royal Warrant holder, CH&CO.

The merger expands CH&CO’s workplace portfolio, strengthening its positioning in the marketplace. Blue Apple joins CH&CO alongside its existing workplace businesses Gather & Gather and Vacherin.

Blue Apple operates across the South East, home counties, Midlands and South West at 58 workplace locations, with a turnover of £14 million and employing nearly 300 people.

With aligned cultures and values, best practice will be shared across the expanded workplace estate and Blue Apple will gain the extra support that a larger organisation like CH&CO supplies, especially from its support teams and the learning and development opportunities for team members. 

Brian Allanson and Ruston Toms, co-founders of Blue Apple, will continue to manage the business and the brand and ethos will remain.    

Toms commented: “We’re all super excited about joining CH&CO and believe that the synergies created will benefit our amazing teams, clients and customers. This strategic move will combine resources, expertise and passion to elevate our already high standards to the next level. Our brand and our PIPS values of Passion, Integrity, Pride and Sustainability will remain.” 

Bill Toner, CH&CO’s CEO, added: “Brian Allanson and Ruston Toms have built a great business over the last 25 years and we’re delighted they are joining CH&CO. The Blue Apple business is a great addition to our portfolio of workplace brands and we’re excited about the opportunities this merger provides all team members and our partners.”  

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