Dubai firm scores US$8.1bn US army food deal

Anham will supply US troops in Afghanistan after billing dispute with former contractor
Dubai firm scores US$8.1bn US army food deal
Dubai-based military contractor Anham has won a contract worth an estimated US$8.1bn to provide food to US troops serving in Afghanistan. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images).
By Sara Anabtawi
Tue 26 Jun 2012 11:00 AM

Dubai-based military contractor Anham has won a contract worth an estimated US$8.1bn to provide food to US troops serving in Afghanistan.

Anham will succeed present contractor Supreme Foodservice after it became embroiled in a billing dispute with the Pentagon.

"We have a long track record of
conducting large-scale, successful operations in the most demanding
conditions," said Anham in a statement. "Whether it is our support of the US
troops and state department in Iraq, Kuwait and Jordan or the US
army in Afghanistan, we deliver the best services on time and within budget."

The
present contract with Supreme Foodservice was inked in 2005, costing the US government nearly US$6.8bn.

This year, however, payments to Supreme
Foodservice have been reduced, following claims by the Pentagon that they have
overpaid the supplier by US$750m.

The existing contract concludes in
December, but Supreme Foodservice has been awarded an interim bridge contact
that ends a year later.

Consequently, Anham will not take over the contract until several months after that.

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