The distribution activity of EdA includes :
Over 100
Restaurants managed throughout France
150 000
Plates served daily
+ 9 million
Meals prepared annually


The Ministry of the Armed Forces has entrusted EdA with the outsourcing of its catering services as part of a drive to modernise and improve catering services for military personnel and defence civilians.

In the long term, Minarm wants to delegate 40% of its catering activities to EdA in order to reduce the pressure on staffing levels in its own restaurants.

There are two types of contract that enable the Commissariat to manage restaurants in collaboration with catering companies in mainland France.

Outsourced management contract

Since 2011, EdA has been the sole operator for the Ministry of Defense’s outsourced restaurant contracts, with the exception of public-private partnerships for the management of the Balard and Fontainebleau sites.

A legal and contractual framework enables support for outsourcing and the establishment of a governance and oversight mechanism for the Ministry of Defense.

EdA fulfills its commitment by entrusting the preparation and distribution of meals to collective catering companies.

Concession contract

In view of the dilapidated state of the defence infrastructure and the shortage of personnel, the Ministry of Defence has taken its inspiration from the “public-private partnership” economic model and has decided to award EdA the management of 73 restaurants for a contractual period of 10 years, with a gradual integration of the sites between 2020 and 2025.

A timetable has been drawn up to commit EdA to a seamless handover of the service to the Ministry of the Armed Forces.

In addition to managing the distribution of meals to military personnel, the concession contract means that the EdA is also responsible for the infrastructure of the concession sites. This involves renovation work and bringing buildings up to standard, from public areas to kitchens.

The construction of 11 restaurants completes the service concession contract signed with Minarm.

Collective catering abroad and in theaters of operations

Outside mainland France, the EdA directly operates restaurants in camps in overseas operations and French military bases under military cooperation agreements.

Meals are prepared by seconded staff employed directly by the Commissariat des Armées.

Technical service for catering equipment (mrc)

The maintenance of MRCs is managed by a dedicated application.

This application is a dematerialised platform (accessible via the Internet) used by both the customer and the maintenance provider. Using this tool, it is possible to track all the work carried out (corrective and preventive maintenance) and to monitor the progress of the work.

For each of these contracts, a quality framework for the offer, aligned with the food policy of the Ministry of the Armed Forces, leads to a controlled cost per meal.