Centreplate Acquires Sports Caterers The Lindley Group
By iSportconnect | April 4, 2013
The Lindley Group, caterers at the stadums of Tottenham Hostpur and Watford amonst others, has been bought by Centreplate, North America’s leading event hospitality provider to the top sports stadia, entertainment venues and convention centres.
Centerplate has been named the fastest growing restaurant hospitality group in the U.S. by Nation’s Restaurant News.
The new company will cater to more than 115 million guests per year at locations including the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and the Hepworth Wakefield. The combined company’s revenues are expected to exceed exceed £660 million ($1 billion USD) in 2013 and there are currently no plans to cut staff from the combined workforce.
The Lindley Group will continue to operate under it’s existing name. Adam Elliott, the Lindley Group Chief executive will take on the titles of President, The Lindley Group, and Executive Vice President, Centerplate.
Centerplate President and CEO Des Hague said: “From service innovation and culinary excellence to venue design, Centerplate has always put the guest and fan at the very center of everything we do, so we are thrilled to find a like-minded organisation in The Lindley Group.
“With the addition of this vibrant and growing business, the new Centerplate will bring our passion for culinary and service excellence to best-in-class clients around the world, with a continued focus on results, not rhetoric. We are excited to expand globally and look forward to providing our best-in-class clients with unmatched hospitality experiences at prestigious and iconic venues across North America and the UK.”
Elliott added: “Achieving global scale through this merger with Centerplate is a massive boost for The Lindley Group, which will benefit from an infusion of resources and expertise while enjoying the operational freedom to bring our UK clients, fans and guests the food innovation and technology advances that Centerplate is pioneering at venues in America.Clients and fans will continue to see the same quality and service they know from The Lindley Group, and we are energised and excited to move forward with everyone in our current management team in place.”