Caterforce has appointed Gary Mullineux as the company’s managing director, following a period in which he served in the role on an interim basis.
Nick Redford stepped down from the position at the end of last year after a decade in the position. Mullineux took the reins on a permanent basis having joined the business eight years ago as group buying manager, before being promoted to purchasing director in 2014.
At Caterforce’s biennial conference in November, the buying group revealed that it is forecasting revenue of £537m for 2019 – a 9.1% increase compared to two years ago.
It was also announced that the group had made £37m in investments over the past two years on buildings, transport and technology, with this spend scheduled to continue into 2020. He further revealed that coffee shops and cafes have now taken over as the buying group’s biggest customer sector.
Mullineux said: “It’s an extremely exciting time for the business and to be given the opportunity to lead Caterforce forward is one I’m very proud of. The past four months have helped me to gain valuable experience and has been the perfect sounding board before taking on the role full time.
“We have an incredibly talented team and I’m looking forward to working with them to deliver the highest level of service for our members.”
Chairman Stephen Carr added: “Gary’s knowledge of the industry is second to none. Caterforce has gone from strength to strength in recent years and I look forward to working closely with Gary and our membership to continue our success and growth.”