For more than 60 years, Brakes has been supplying the food service sector with high-quality catering supplies and food service products.
Peter, William, and Frank Brake founded the firm in the back room of a tavern, and it has since evolved into the UK’s top food service supplier.
Currently, the firm employs more than 6,500 people and has the widest selection of its own-brand items in the food service industry.
The Brake Brothers’ pioneering spirit lives on in the company today. It was all about figuring out what clients wanted and what little things would help them thrive.
They were the first to offer frozen chips, a concept that was met with scorn at the time but is now one of food service’s most lucrative categories – or even printing customers’ menus to assist them out, as the brothers did.
Even though the company is now much larger and more diversified, the importance of listening to consumers is the same now as it was when Frank Brake was personally delivering orders around London in those early days.
Who is the owner of brakes?
Earlier this year, Brakes joined the Sysco family, gaining access to the vast resources of the world’s biggest food service firm.
As your partner in business
As a member of Sysco, the world’s largest food service organization, you’ll profit commercially from our size and resources.
- To secure our financial stability and security, we have the backing of a $50 billion firm.
- Choice, consistency, and cost-competitiveness are all guaranteed by global purchasing power.
- Assuring quality, availability, and technological assurance without sacrificing value in any category
- Maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction is a top priority for us.
- Helping you to achieve your own CSR and environmental objectives via an ethical and responsible company
As a food partner
You’ll have access to goods and services designed just for and by professional cooks.
- You may take advantage of the current market and consumer trends by using an insight-driven strategy.
- Food safety and assurance to keep your consumers, company, and reputation safe and secure. •
- Access to our unmatched in-house knowledge base.
- More than 9,000 goods provide a full solution and amazing value every day.
A firm that is growing and changing
With the support of Sysco, we’re continually upgrading our buildings, equipment, and technology to serve you better.
- £200 million is being spent on depot and logistics systems to enable precise order selection and more efficient delivery
- Our supply chain and service will be better in the long run if we continue to invest in new data analytics, mobile applications, warehouse management systems, and communications.
A real food establishment
In-house food industry and sector-specific knowledge and experience guarantee that our goods and services fulfill your requirements.
- A 15-strong team of development chefs who are experts in their field.
- Subject matter experts
- Researchers and analysts in the markets, sectors, and insights
- Professional Customer Service Centers that provide a one-stop-shop for all your needs
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Enjoy the most recent price reductions, access to the greatest selection, and excellent availability when you shop with us.
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How much did Brake Brothers sell for?
In a transaction for $3.1 billion (£2.2 billion), Brakes, a London-based food supplier, has been sold to the US corporation Sysco.
Brakes are owned by Bain Capital, a private equity firm that purchased the business in 2007 for around $1.3 billion.
An initial public offering (IPO) of Brakes by Bain has been postponed until the end of January, prompting some to speculate that another alternative has been given priority.
There have been few successful IPOs in London this year, and those who have done so have done so at low valuations, including CMC Markets and Clydesdale.
Brakes CEO Ken McMeikan disputed that the company had ever completely ruled out afloat. He said that he had only spoken to possible IPO investors last Monday and that “a terrific offer” had then “come through.”
Sysco estimates that Brakes will return around $2.3 billion of its debt as part of the acquisition, instantly boosting profitability.
Brakes will be a stand-alone business in the new Sysco structure with operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, and Luxembourg.
About $55 billion in yearly sales are estimated to be generated by the merged firm. McMeikan will remain in charge of the Brakes division.
In a statement issued by Sysco CEO Bill DeLaney, Brakes, its 15,000 workers, and Ken McMeikan and his highly regarded leadership team will join the Sysco family of businesses.
In 1958, William, Frank, and Peter Brake established Brake Bros (Poultry Packers) Ltd as a poultry supplier to British caterers as Brake Bros (Poultry Packers).
Last year, the Federal Trade Commission won a lawsuit to halt a $3.5 billion agreement between Sysco and smaller competitor US Foods.
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Brakes UK is in your neighborhood pub, favorite restaurant, and children’s school. Every day, we transport 1.5 million award-winning items from our fleet of 2000 trucks to thousands of restaurants, pubs, hotels, schools, hospitals, and care homes throughout the United Kingdom.
In the face of the Covid-19 crisis, our 6,000-strong employees demonstrated their commitment to the nation’s food supply by delivering great service and food to our consumers.
We are proud of our inclusive culture, which allows all of our employees to bring their complete selves to the workplace. As a company built on quality, dependability, innovation, and trust, it is no surprise that we know what we’re doing when it comes to providing our employees with career possibilities and training them.