Caterplus, Silverspoon ink hospitality agreement
A two-year partnership agreement was signed between Caterplus Namibia and a premier private hospitality academy, Silverspoon last week.
The agreement was signed and sealed at a launch hosted at Silverspoon Hospitality Academy’s premises at the Old Power Station in Windhoek. In attendance were South African food product suppliers, local clients and industry players within the food services industry.
Tom Mutavdzic, Managing Director of Silverspoon Hospitality Academy and Henry Feris, Managing Director of Taeuber & Corrssen (the holding company of Caterplus) officially announced the strategic partnership.
The partnership intends to drive value adding and to offer the local market enhanced products and services under one roof.
Caterplus, a food distribution company based in Namibia, in partnership with Silverspoon will render a comprehensive service/product offering to the market ranging from product preparations/recipes, product launches, food expo’s, training, cooking competitions, chef training, employee training, and assistance with menus.
As part of their social responsibility under the partnership and in the spirit of the Harambee initiative, they have undertaken to establish a Soup kitchen project “Feed the Needy”, with a vision of expanding the concept right across Namibia.
In addition to the Soup kitchen, the partnership will actively work to equip unemployed youths in particular high school drop-outs, with training opportunities in the hospitality industry.
The partnership will be monitored and evaluated by a committee, to ensure that the objectives are met. “A joint committee with one external independent person will be established to manage this partnership to the benefit of all stakeholders,” said Mutavdzic.
Meanwhile, the newly established partnership will be a vehicle to: enhanced skill and competence within the hospitality sector and also offer a promotional opportunity for suppliers to present products to consumers.
Silverspoon will avail its state of the art facilities combined with the depth of experience of its executive chefs. Furthermore, Silverspoon will manage students and in-house employee training, food exhibitions, cooking competitions, promotions and showcasing modern food trends.
Caterplus will provide the actual consumables and take care of branding to ensure that these products become available in catering houses and households.