Choosing best value in contracting food services

A guide for private and 
public client organisations

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From tips and recommendations to practical tools to support client organisations in scoring and selecting offers, find out everything the guide offers in our short video animation. 


Click on the links below to download the guide and excel tool in your language.

Translations are available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Finnish, Portuguese, and Hungarian. 


This guide aims to assist public bodies and private enterprises in selecting high quality service providers in tenders for contracting food services. It was developed by the social partners in the contract catering sector, FoodServiceEurope (the federation representing the contract catering industry at EU level) and EFFAT (European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions, the federation representing workers in the contract catering sector), in close cooperation with social partners and industry representatives from across EU Member States and with the support of the European Commission. This guide seeks to encourage client organisations to give due consideration to quality criteria in awarding contracts, and not to limit selection to the lowest price offer. 

With the financial support of 

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