International foodservice operator, BonCulina, has acquired Pordum Foods Ltd, the company behind Hot Food Vending and Bon Appetit.
The acquisition took place on Monday 19th April 2021. BonCulina secured the majority share and holds 97 per cent of the business, whilst three per cent is retained by the current MD of Bon Appetit, Keith Pordum.
Pordum Foods was formed in 2003 to provide a 24/7 vending solution, operating in healthcare as well as B&I. In September 2020, the company formed a strategic partnership with BonCulina to integrate BonCulina’s individual high-quality straight to plate meals into approximately 70 NHS hospital contracts across the UK. The collaboration combined the vast network of Bon Appetit’s automated hot food catering service with high-end meals provided by BonCulina, offering customers flexibility, variety, and quality.
Keith Pordum will continue to be a part of the company and remain in place as Managing Director. He will be supported by Chad Heinemann, Sales Director, and Matt Keech, Commercial Director. All Bon Appetit assets will be rebranded to BonCulina, while the Bon Appetit’s team of 13 staff members will be retained. BonCulina will operate out of Bon Appetit’s office in Crawley, West Sussex.
Speaking about the acquisition, Pordum said: “BonCulina is an exceptional company that possesses the resources and marketing expertise to build a multi-million sales business within the next five years. We have always been impressed with the quality of their meals and innovative Torus Pak straight-to-plate technology. Our market presence and operational capabilities when combined with BonCulina’s advanced product portfolio and delivery systems will create an excellent catering solution which goes beyond vending for the ‘back to work’ environment.”
BonCulina said: “The acquisition of Pordum Foods is a natural progression of our earlier partnership. Whilst working with them we identified operational capabilities within Bon Appetit which would provide BonCulina with a strategic and sustainable platform for the future, which meets our ambitions for growth in the UK.”