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Harlech Foodservice adds PPE to its delivery menu

24 March 2021

Harlech Foodservice is now an accredited supplier of the masks, gloves, gowns and other personal protective equipment that care homes are using in their thousands in the fight to keep COVID-19 at bay.

The company, which has distribution centres in Chester and Criccieth, has clinched a share of a Welsh Government contract worth £3 million and is now on the National Procurement Service for Wales list.mjik

Harlech Commercial Director Mark Lawton said: “This does represent a diversification for us but it makes very good sense because we already supply lots of care homes and care organisations with a range of food.

“We have added PPE and a range of cleaning materials to the menu of products we provide and it makes good sense for a care home to deal with one supplier rather than several.

“We can guarantee security of supply which is absolutely vital, especially when care home staff are guarding their vulnerable residents’ lives against Covid.

‘It’s also important that they know their supplier’s products adhere to all the required safety and quality standards and has the correct certification as a recognised supplier.”

Among the increasing number of care organisations which Harlech supplies is Pendine Park which employs over 800 staff at homes in Wrexham and Caernarfon.

It is headed by Mario Kreft MBE, who is also chairman of Care Forum Wales which represents over 500 private care organisations across Wales.

Pendine Park safety officer Kevin Jones said: “We’re delighted with the service we get from Harlech because they provide us with what we need when we need it.

“This is literally a matter of life and death for us, not just for our clients but also for the carers and for the wider community because most of our staff are on the care side.

“We see ourselves as a part of that community because it’s not just about our employees but also about their families and friends and the wider public and we have a duty to keep them all safe.

“We have been lucky here at Pendine because Mario Kreft has taken all steps to procure PPE at his own expense and we can go through thousands of pieces of kit a week.

“It’s an ongoing battle that we’re engaged in and it’s vital that we have the right kit at the right quality to do our jobs and keep everyone safe.”