About Arete

Here at Arete we are dedicated to adding value to your business. Ongoing monitoring of product quality, service and costs is vital for the success and profitability of your business; Arete will ensure that this function is performed to the highest standards.

Our Procurement Experts


Nick Redford

Nick Redford

Nick Redford



A well-respected figure in the UK foodservice industry, Nick’s most recent position was as Managing Director for one of the UK's biggest buying groups within the sector. Under his tenure, turnover increased from £165m to £524m, with the group annually supplying over 33,000 customers.


With over 20 years procurement experience in the foodservice sector, Nick has been responsible for creating and driving full group procurement and category strategies, whilst successfully leading teams of buyers to engage and implement them.

A recent member of the Board of Directors for the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), and the Federation of Wholesalers and Distributors (FWD), Nick has extensive networking resources across the sector, both at home and abroad.

Previously, Nick has held other senior procurement roles in the food industry and has always been actively engaged in the buying process, even when in senior management roles.


Warren Hamer

Nick Redford

Nick Redford



Recognised as one of the industry's leading protein experts, Warren has over 30 years procurement and operational knowledge, having managed both factories, and buying teams, for leading national and global foodservice organisations. 

His exceptional skill set in the protein sector is unique, with extensive and well-respected network resources spanning the globe.

Warren's most recent role has seen him align global and regional category strategies on protein procurement for an international foodservice organisation, with a purchase value in excess of £2 billion. 

Prior to this Warren was an integral leader in the re-emergence of a key UK retailer, with growth in sales and profitability of over 40% in protein categories. That followed a period of implementing core international products and best practices across Europe for a major Cash & Carry business, whilst overseeing growth in sales of 64% in protein categories.

Who we can help


Food Operators / Caterers


Whether you are a multi-site chain, or an independent business, our food procurement supply chain experience will help to deliver significant benefits to your business. We will focus on cost reduction, improved food quality & provenance - with a major focus on food safety and ethical procurement. Our in-depth knowledge will not only ensure you are at the forefront of market pricing, but ongoing monitoring by our team will guarantee that it remains that way.


Suppliers / Manufacturers


With the UK out of home market forecast showing continued growth, the foodservice channel is a place where you need to be ahead of the game. Whether you are a big brand or a new start up, our years of experience alongside our extensive wholesale networks will help you deliver the right strategy and approach to succeed in this highly competitive sector. Timing is critical, and as experienced buyers from this sector, we will ensure your commercial proposition is of the highest calibre and ticks all the boxes for the demanding buyers of distributors and end user groups.




Our extensive senior level experience in wholesale food procurement will help you maximise your commercial performance. Whether it's your product range, pricing structure or supplier base that need tailoring to your core customer requirements, we will help put your business at the leading edge of supply. With years of procurement experience in this sector, we can provide short and long-term support for your team.