15 July 2015

The FIFA U-20 World Cup announces catering awards

Some of the world’s greatest emerging football talent may now have returned home to receive the accolades in their home nations but here in New Zealand the final awards are being given out for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015.

The top catering awards for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 have now been revealed with four different companies coming out on top.  The winners were selected after a series of customer and workforce surveys and KPI’s which were conducted in all seven Host City venues throughout the 22 day tournament.

The catering company which served North Harbour Stadium retail through nine matches, including sell-out crowds for the opening match and the Final, took out the Superior Award. 

“Liquid Events had the pressure of delivering their service in the busiest and most high-profile venue.  Their menu was outstanding and they are fully deserving of the award,” said FIFA U-20 World Cup Catering Manager Clint Schoultz.

The venue catering companies not only had to cater for the 300,000 spectators who attended matches across all of the seven Host Cities but they also had to ensure that the venue workforce of staff and volunteers were catered for every day.  In total over 25,000 workforce meals were prepared and delivered throughout the tournament, including those for teams and officials. 

Epicure Caterers from Wellington received the honour of being named Most Outstanding Workforce Catering Provider following feedback from staff and volunteers at the venue.

Hamilton’s Montana Catering took the award for the Most Outstanding Customer Service, in a venue which witnessed New Zealand’s departure from the tournament in the Round of 16. 

Whangarei’s Absolute Caterers picked up the Above and Beyond Award having shown consistent improvements in their service and menus over the course of the tournament.

“We were really pleased with how all of the catering companies worked throughout the tournament.  It is a huge undertaking to cater for so many people on an almost daily basis and every one of the caterers received some outstanding results,” added Mr Schoultz.

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