Melbourne and Olympics Parks and Tennis Australia today announced that Delaware North Companies has been appointed as the official caterer for the Australian Open, Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and the Melbourne Park Function Centre.
Melbourne and Olympic Parks CEO, Brian Morris said Delaware North had secured the new contract following a robust and competitive tender process.
“Melbourne and Olympic Parks is currently going through a period of growth and change as part of the substantial $366 million redevelopment currently underway,” Mr Morris said.
“The changing needs of our precinct, our patrons and our tenants were thoroughly examined and the choice of the appropriate caterer was based on who could deliver the best service, in the most cost-effective way.
“Delaware North was chosen from a strong field of applicants, and as the incumbent, we look forward to the ongoing provision of high-quality food and beverage at the Australian Open, events, functions and concerts,” he said.
CEO of Tennis Australia, Steve Wood said Tennis Australia had devoted significant time and resources to ensuring a good outcome.
“This was the first time Tennis Australia has had the opportunity to be part of the catering tendering process for the Australian Open in partnership with Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust.
“We understand how important food is to the overall patron experience at any event. Delaware North was able to successfully demonstrate its capacity to continue to invest and innovate, and help maintain the Australian Open as Australia’s premier global event,” Mr Wood said.
The new contract commences on 1 May 2013 and is part of tri-partite agreement between Melbourne and Olympic Parks, Tennis Australia and Delaware North.
Managing Director of Delaware North, Gary Brown said the company’s success with Melbourne and Olympic Parks and the Australian Open was due to the 24 years of passion, loyalty and commitment to the venue, the client and the 34 million guests that have passed through the gates throughout its tenure.
“We are proud to continue our operations in the largest multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue in Australia,” Mr Brown said.