Published date: 9 July 2020

This notice was replaced on 9 July 2020

This notice does not contain the most up-to-date information about this procurement. The most recent notice is:

Awarded contract (published 9 July 2020)

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Contract summary


  • Food, beverages, tobacco and related products - 15000000

  • Miscellaneous food products - 15800000

  • Dietetic products - 15882000

    • Prepared meals - 15894200

    • School meals - 15894210

    • Hospital meals - 15894220

    • Prepared dishes - 15894300

    • Deep-frozen products - 15896000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

9 July 2020

Closing date

6 October 2020

Contract start date

1 January 2021

Contract end date

31 December 2022

Contract type

Supply contract

Procedure type

Open procedure

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



ESPO is seeking to establish a multi supplier framework agreement for the supply of frozen Ready Meal
Solutions that shall include complete single portion main meals and desserts and multi-portion meal components, including main and side dishes, desserts and sweet and savoury sauces. Lot 1 - Single Portion Ready Meals, Lot 2- Multi-Portion Meal Components. The framework agreement has the option to extend for up to a further 24 months. The total estimated value
stated includes the option period. To tender: (a) Go to, (b) Register (c) Search for tender opportunity '58_21' d) Express an interest (e)
Download the tender from the website.

More information

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Additional text

To express an interest:
(a) go to
(b) register;
(c) search for tender opportunity '58_20';
(d) express an interest.
As a Central Purchasing Body as defined by the EU Procurement Directive 2014/24/EU, the Framework
Agreement is open for use by Public Bodies (defined at
ESPO-s_powers_to_trade__website_-2016-12-22.pdf) that also fall into one of the following classifications of
user throughout all administrative regions of the UK: Local Authorities; Educational Establishments (including
Academies); Central Government Departments and Agencies; Police, Fire & Rescue and Coastguard
Emergency Services; NHS and HSC Bodies, including Ambulance Services; Registered Charities; Registered
Social Landlords; The Corporate Office of the House of Lords, The Corporate Officer of the House of Commons;
or any public body established by or under the Scotland Act 1998 or any Act of the Scottish Parliament. Details
of the classification of end user establishments and geographical areas are available at:
ESPO has established a commercial trading company, ESPO Trading Limited, whose target clients are
third sector organisations such as national and local charities, public sector mutual organisations and other
organisations involved in the delivery of services to or for the public sector. The successful Supplier may be
asked to enter into an additional separate framework agreement (the Second Framework) with ESPO Trading
Limited on materially similar terms to that found in the tender pack to be entered into by ESPO itself.
Any Second Framework agreement will be a purely commercial agreement and will, for the avoidance of doubt,
not be governed by the Public Contract Regulations 2015 or other public procurement legislation. ESPO Trading
Limited may enter into the second framework agreement with the successful supplier and make it available to
third sector clients who themselves are not required to follow the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 or other
public procurement legislation. Accordingly, this is provided for bidders' information only.
An eAuction process may be used to award subsequent call off contracts following the reopening of competition among the parties to the Framework Agreement.

About the buyer

Contact name

Food and communities procurement team


Barnsdale Way, Grove Park
LE19 1ES