In numbers: Sodexo's catering services at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Sodexo supplied catering and hospitality services during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, which involved serving in excess of 800,000 meals to athletes, officials and staff based in the Athletes' Village.

Sodexo: Commonwealth Games catering challenge
Sodexo: Commonwealth Games catering challenge

it also catered for the public, staff and hospitality clients at Scotland’s national stadium Hampden Park, the Athletics venue for the Games.

Throughout the Games, Sodexo’s menus showcased a wide range of Scottish products, with fresh produce from the region served whenever possible. This included milk, cream, yoghurt, speciality cheeses, bread, salmon, beef, lamb, venison, poultry, eggs, potatoes, raspberries and strawberries. In total, close to 90 tonnes of food they served at the Games was produced in Scotland. 

The event in numbers:

  • The Sodexo team, based at the Athletes’ Village, comprised 600 staff each day who in total served in excess of 400,000 meals
  • The main dining hall could serve up to 6,000 people in a single sitting and served food 24 hours a day. The team also had the honour of serving lunch for Her Majesty The Queen and 120 representatives from the Commonwealth Games Associations in the Athletes’ Village
  • At Hampden Park, the Athletics venue for the Games, Sodexo ran 46 kiosks serving a range of street food, snacks and drinks
  • During the eleven sessions at Hampden Park the kiosks served 360,000 spectators, who consumed an estimated 33,000 locally sourced burgers, 31,000 servings of street food, 105,000 bottles of Scottish water/soft drinks and 102,000 bottles of Heineken

Chris John, managing director, Sodexo Prestige, said: "The success of Glasgow 2014 shows how Sodexo can deliver high standards at high-profile, complex sporting events. We were able to draw on previous expertise and experience gained at other major sporting events to create a compelling offering and by drawing on the diverse skills and talents from within our business we brought together the right team to deliver a successful event.

He added that through the Food Charter, procurement teams were able to work successfully with a number of Scottish suppliers, building new long-term relationships for Sodexo.

"Our sourcing approach, with its emphasis on sustainably, ethically and locally sourced produce, has set a benchmark for future events globally," said John. 

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