Lancer Hospitality has a 30+ year history in the food service and catering business.

Lancer Hospitality was started by Glenn Baron and Steve Craver. Mr. Baron and Mr. Craver have been friends since junior high school and business partners since 1979. Their first enterprise together was creating and running Blue Bell Enterprises, an ice cream vending company that at one time included 125 ice cream trucks. While the two no longer own ice cream trucks, their business has grown to include retail food and beverage service in college and corporate cafeterias, K-12 schools and large public attractions.

In 2017 the company was acquired by Elior North America whose headquarters are in Charlotte, NC.

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1976

The business began with the purchase of a used Postal truck. Company founder, Glenn Baron, refurbished the truck to sell ice cream in Madison, WI where he was attending college.

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1981

Glenn recruited high school friend Steve Craver to move to Minneapolis and become his business partner.

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1993

The Company was awarded a food and beverage contract at Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, MN.

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2002

Lancer’s first contract at a community college was Inver Hills Community College with 4,000 students

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2017

Lancer expanded its business to Oklahoma in 2017 with the Oklahoma City Zoo. They won the contract for foodservice, catering and retail.

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2017

Lancer Hospitality was acquired by Elior North America in 2017. Elior operates as a family of companies and provides culinary management service to cultural attractions, corporate dining, healthcare and educational institutions across the country.

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2018

The company took over the foodservice and catering operations at the Philadelphia Zoo in 2018.