Owner-managed and truly independent food procurement professionals. We work for the needs of our clients and are agile, responsive and very flexible, based on your needs.
“We regard the allmanhall team as absolute experts in their field, delivering the best food at the best prices along with the best support. We find allmanhall proactive in managing price increases and even decreases, and extremely responsive when needed. Nothing is too much trouble… They are a truly essential service – not an overhead at all, but a critical partner without whom we could not achieve the support or savings we see today.”
– Chris Ingram, Head of Catering, ACS International Schools, July 2020
As experts in food cost negotiation, we fully understand the intricacies and impact of macro factors on the food supply chain, movement in commodity markets, food inflation and trends. We apply this insight to deliver improved food procurement for our clients… essentially enabling the best cost savings.
By working with allmanhall, you will enjoy these catering cost savings, coupled with extensive hands on support and notable improvements.
We provide administrative efficiencies via EDI and central billing. Our online portal, The Pass provides clients with access to the latest market reports and insights, whilst our catering control platform puts you in control of your catering operation with information on spend, SKUs and stock at your fingertips. We can also help provide a click and collect solution to enable social distancing.
We also provide expert foodservice consultancy. Our team of foodservice experts have hands on experience of working in professional kitchens and catering environments, and can help with compliance, cost reduction, housekeeping, tender management and HR. Whilst our Registered Dietitian can provide nutrition advice and allergen training.
Our approach has 4 parts:
As procurement experts, allmanhall provide full management of the foodservice and catering-related supply chain. As well as food, we enable competitive pricing for equipment and disposables, house-keeping and cleaning products.
We deliver essential cost savings and other improvements at the same time.
How do we do this?
- Negotiation skills of qualified buyers
- Procurement expertise
- Leveraged purchase volumes
- A proven and competitive pricing structure
We start by undertaking a benchmark exercise. Benchmarking a weighted basket allows decisions based on facts. The aim is to provide a detailed view of current catering procurement, together with recommendations to help identify opportunities for adding greater value, such as cost savings. Most recently, our benchmarks have demonstrated a 15% cost saving!
Cost down, not quality down
Financial savings are often the reason clients start working with allmanhall; clear cost savings without comprising on quality. Our approach then goes beyond this; we continue to drive savings whilst supporting clients in other ways, to add value and inspire improvement.
To see examples of cost savings delivered, take a look at some of our case studies.
Expert and ongoing negotiations
Our Category Managers are experts within their sector, understanding the market, price movements and quality of products.
They conduct food price negotiations and manage the supplier base to achieve the best service levels for clients. We monitor domestic, regional and international markets. We undertake detailed commodity analysis, using this information to analyse effectively and forecast future market movements. We use world-leading commodity and ingredient tracking systems to enable independent monitoring and validation of any price movements.
As a result, allmanhall are not reliant on supplier information. We are therefore able to negotiate, with knowledge and expertise. This delivers the best outcomes for our clients in a dynamic and ever-changing marketplace. allmanhall conduct continuous supplier negotiations.
As markets change and our negotiations aim to achieve ever-improving terms with suppliers. In addition to those potential savings, by managing our clients’ purchasing mix, we can add further value. We call this ‘range management’.
Keeping you up to date
We also provide reports, insights and updates to ensure clients are kept well-informed and abreast of market changes. Commodity reports, blogs and market analysis are provided to clients via our client portal, The Pass.
As part of our procurement service, at no extra cost, allmanhall provide each client with an industry leading, cloud-based catering control platform.
This helps you to track every penny of spend, manage stock and costs and facilitate reporting and control:
- Stock taking
- Central billing
- Stock transfers
- Wastage recording
- Financial reporting suite
- Cash Book module
- Recipe management
- Nutrition analysis and allergen control
Our clients benefit from outstanding procurement support from the dedicated allmanhall team. We put relationships and a hands on approach at the very centre of our service. This ensures the very highest level of day-to-day assistance. Our support is multi-faceted and delivered over many levels.
A personal touch to procurement support
The whole allmanhall team are committed to delivering for our clients. A named Client Support Advisor is assigned to each client. Proactively contacting the catering team on a regular basis, they manage supplier issues and ensure prompt resolution.
- Mobilisation and training support
- Administrative support
- Supplier management and case resolution support