LPS Event Catering, formerly Lufthansa Party Service, is lining itself up with a new management and a new orientation. The targeted goal is to regain the No. 1 ranking in premium catering for large-scale events: under the direction of Oliver Wendel and together with the logistics ability from the world’s largest catering company.

The “new” LPS is focusing on the strengths that turned Lufthansa Party Service into the largest and leading event caterer in Germany. They include a decidedly premium alignment and a specialisation in major national and international events. LPS is presenting itself in the four service sectors event catering, trade fair event catering, sports hospitality and at its own event locations nationwide in Germany with a new team of catering specialists and regional offices arrayed under a new structure.

“It’s a unique opportunity to guide the great LPS brand to newfound strength – and to achieve this with the vitality of the Compass Group in the background,” says Oliver Wendel, managing director since early 2018.

While implementing the high standard they have set for premium events, Oliver Wendel and his team can draw on the equipment and logistics infrastructure at the largest catering enterprise in the world: the Compass Group, their parent company.  As a result, LPS Event Catering combines the face-to-face vicinity of local teams of specialists with the “clout” of an international corporate group to offer a portfolio of one-of-a-kind services.

Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, …

With local teams in Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg and Düsseldorf, LPS is personally on hand throughout Germany to steward and handle clients, locations and events at close range. Above and beyond this, the teams are able to draw on a closely knit network of service and logistics facilities in nearly every larger German city, as well as at many destinations all over the world.

“We can draw upon the resources from local infrastructures almost everywhere in Germany and in many regions worldwide while contributing our international experience and our specialists’ uncompromising premium alignment,” according to Oliver Wendel.

State banquet, world-fair expo, Olympics, UN Climate Change Conference

Thousands of large-scale premium events – for instance the UN Climate Change Conference last year in Bonn with 25,000 guests and including VIP hospitality – bear the culinary signature from LPS. And have been since 1966, ever since the erstwhile Lufthansa Party Service was one of the first service providers to take event catering and turn it into a professional field for global performance.

“In my opinion, with LPS things have come full circle. I began my career in event catering at what was then Lufthansa Party Service. Following my assignments at Käfer, and most recently as managing director at Kofler & Kompanie, my team and I are going to position LPS once again as the leading event caterer for premium events,” is how Oliver Wendel regards the future of LPS.

In light of this new orientation, the outward branding image of LPS that had linked experience, expertise and tradition with proven innovation is changing, too. The new brand claim “Pioneers of Perfection”, the liberally dimensioned design, the modelling on the original logo and modern presentation scenario are only a few of the characteristics that communicate the brand’s inner values to the world and ensure a high degree of recognition.

Oliver Wendel is the managing director of LPS Event Catering. His expertise has made him a renowned figure in the event catering market. During the past 8 years he functioned in a capacity as managing director of operations at Kofler & Kompanie. Before that he managed the nationwide party service in Germany and Messe München trade-fair organisation for Käfer Service GmbH as managing director. In his position previous to Käfer, Oliver Wendel headed the Düsseldorf site at Lufthansa Party Service and acted as project manager in charge of the EXPO 2000 in Hanover.

LPS Event Catering belongs to Food affairs GmbH, a German limited liability company and a 100 % subsidiary of the Compass Group: the largest catering company in the world with over 500,000 men and women on staff. As its name implies, LPS specialises in national and international events. Founded under the name Lufthansa Party Service in 1966, over the course of the following decades this premium event caterer was repeated awarded the title “Event Caterer of the Year”. LPS Event Catering became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Compass Group in 2009.

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