Premier Foods awards five-year IT contract to Capgemini UK

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Capgemini UK deploys global resources to support Hovis, Mr Kipling, Oxo and other top brands.

Premier Foods, the UK’s largest food producer, has awarded to Capgemini UK plc, through the renewal of an earlier contract for support of legacy IT, a five-year project for data centre and technical support of all its core business systems. The contract covers the period 2009-2014 and is expected to be worth approximately £9 million in total. In addition, for the first time, the scope of the contract has been extended to include the hosting of Premier Foods’ new SAP systems.

Capgemini UK, which won the contract against bids from other leading multinationals, will deploy its Rightshore® strategy, which makes its global resources available to UK customers, on behalf of Premier Foods and their famous brands, which include Hovis, Ambrosia, Mr Kipling, Sharwood, Batchelors, Quorn, Loyd Grossman, Oxo, Bisto and many others. Capgemini teams in the UK, Poland and India will work in collaboration to maximise service levels and cost-effectiveness for Premier Foods. Systems will run on hardware at Capgemini secure data centres in Rotherham and Bristol, with additional support from the company’s infrastructure management command centre in Krakow, Poland, and from a Capgemini development centre in Mumbai, India.

Phil McCallum, Director of IT & Infrastructure at Premier Foods, said: “We have had a successful relationship with Capgemini for a number of years. By extending this to cover the hosting of all of our environments, both legacy and SAP, we are able to simplify and increase the resilience of services. Capgemini won the business with a flexible and effective bid allowing Premier Foods to evolve over the coming years in line with business need. Since selecting Capgemini, a well executed transition from previous data centres has been undertaken.”

Capgemini is also working with Premier Foods on other business projects, including a new business intelligence system based on SAP, and a supply chain track-and-trace project for the company’s Hovis division.

Anthoula Madden, Vice President at Capgemini UK plc, said: “It is a privilege to work with a customer whose products are part of every British family’s daily life, and I am naturally delighted to see our long-term relationship with Premier Foods not only continuing but expanding in a number of exciting new directions.”

About Capgemini

Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, enables its clients to transform and perform through technologies. Capgemini provides its clients with insights and capabilities that boost their freedom to achieve superior results through a unique way of working, the Collaborative Business Experience. The Group relies on its global delivery model called Rightshore®, which aims to get the right balance of the best talent from multiple locations, working as one team to create and deliver the optimum solution for clients. Present in more than 30 countries, Capgemini reported 2008 global revenues of EUR 8.7 billion and employs over 90,000 people worldwide. More information is available at

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Capgemini UK plc
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