Bridgetown Barbados: 26 January 2016: Goddard Catering Group (GCG) a subsidiary of Goddard Enterprises Ltd, (GEL) has now diversified its portfolio into hospital catering with the acquisition of a company in Colombia which is one of the top hospital and industrial caterers there.
On November 18th 2015, the Goddard Catering Group in Bogotá, Colombia acquired Inversiones Ibero Caribe S.A.S, a leading event, hospital and industrial catering company.
Pictured at right are members of the management teams of GEL and Ibero Caribe on the roof of the building in Colombia shortly after signing the final agreement. From left Anthony Ali - Managing Director GEL; Monica Palencia - Quality Assurance Director Ibero Caribe; William Putnam - Non Executive Director GEL; Charles Herbert - Chairman GEL; Stewart Massiah - President GCG; Jesus Mendez - Former Owner Ibero Caribe; Guillermo Gross - General Manager GCG Bogota
Ibero Caribe, which has a complement of three hundred and seventy permanent and part time employees provides quality catering to three privately owned hospitals in the cities of Bogotá, Barranquilla and Cali. The company also operates over 500 vending machines strategically located in these three cities.
Ibero Caribe vending machine
"This acquisition now opens our company to the possibility of offering catering to hospitals, universities and other such specialised institutions across the Caribbean region and in the other countries of Central and South America in which GCG now operates" stated Stewart Massiah President of Goddard Catering Group. "It is a major opportunity and a natural fit for us to move into this area where we can now offer food service in hospitals, not only to the patients, but also to the in-house restaurants that service employees and cafés that cater to visitors to these institutions."
An employee of Ibero Caribe pours tea for a patient in hospital
He added "We are happy that after months of negotiations, we have been able to reach this agreement with Jesus Mendez, the former owner and his team to make a smooth transition into our group, especially as we will be working with all the staff there and benefiting from their expertise."
“We have never shied away from Latin America” said Anthony Ali, Managing Director of Goddard Enterprises. “We have been doing business there for years, and it continues to be an area of focus. These markets are experiencing good growth and offer opportunities for us to expand our footprint and add capabilities to the group.” He further added GCG is looking forward to the opportunities that this acquisition will afford the company and the Goddard Group.