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FM Top 50 2018: 50. Plum Market


This is part of Food Management’s annual Top 50 report, a proprietary ranking of the largest noncommercial contract management companies.

Mike Buzalka  |  March 26, 2018

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Farmington Hills, Mich.

Gourmet grocery concern Plum Market’s growing foodservice division operates 10 locations inside companies and schools, with clients including Lear Corp., Magna International, Taubman Centers, Penske Corp and Detroit Country Day school. This fall, the company will add Oakland University’s newly renovated student center to the list, and the company was also recently announced as the official foodservice provider for the Detroit Pistons.

In all, these operations serve more than 5,000 guests each day, a number that Plum projects will double in 2018.

Meanwhile, the parent company currently operates six grocery stores, including a hybrid operation at Detroit Metropolitan Airport that offers a mix of retail packaged goods and prepared foods to go. A seventh store is slated to open in midtown Detroit next year. Total company revenues are around $120 million annually. Plum Market Food Service operates under either the Plum Market Kitchen (corporate dining) or PlumSmart (schools) brands, with expansion in those segments as well as into healthcare institutions, colleges, airports and sports facilities actively being cultivated.

Opened in 2015, the Detroit airport location operates from a 3,000-square-foot space carries an array of natural and organic snacks and prepared foods from both Plum Market and Zingerman’s, a diversified food supplier of products ranging from baked goods and candy to coffee and cheeses. The airport store also includes a wine bar and a Zingerman’s branded coffee bar.

Each location has a commercial onsite kitchen and everything is made from scratch, giving Plum Market chefs creative freedom. Menu offerings include all-natural vegetarian and meat-based soups, build-your-own salad bars with fresh greens and seasonal veggies, self-service hot food bars with lean proteins and gourmet side dishes, vegetarian/vegan and gluten-free options grab-and-go drinks and packaged all natural, organic or specialty snacks

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