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Gather & Gather scoops LMU deal

London Metropolitan University has awarded a new catering and hospitality contract to Gather & Gather.

Ocado serves up catering robots

Food service robots are preparing fresh, personalised lunches for the 4,000 employees returning to the group’s HQ.

Vertas in 3-year catering win

The Inspiration Trust deal comes with the possibility of a two-year extension.

Chelsea extends Levy contract

Compass UK & Ireland’s sports and hospitality division has announced a contract extension as official catering partner at Chelsea FC.

Sodexo in 11-year win at DW Stadium

The new contract covers public and hospitality catering, as well as conference and event sales and catering.

ISS to cut food waste in half in the US

The group’s US business has announced a programme to reduce by 50% all food waste produced in facilities where it provides FM services.

Sodexo learning from social media

Development teams at Sodexo and its AiP business have revealed how they are taking inspiration from TikTok and Instagram to update the school food offering.

Searcys named at IoD

Searcys has been appointed as catering partner for 116 Pall Mall, home to the Institute of Directors in London.

Contract catering: sales jump in second quarter

Sales in the contract catering sector grew by more than two-thirds in the second quarter of 2021 as the sector continues its recovery from Covid-19 lockdowns.

Sodexo gears up for Henley

The group will provide hospitality services for Henley Royal Regatta 2021 as rowing supporters and crews return to the world-renowned event.

Wilson Vale nets Cambridge United deal

In its first stadium contract, the independent caterer has been appointed by Cambridge United Football Club.

Nottingham Forest signs Levy

Nottingham Forest Football Club has appointed Levy UK & Ireland as its new catering and hospitality partner ahead of the 2021/22 season.

Elior signs for Birmingham

Birmingham City FC has awarded a five-year contract to the catering specialist.

Sodexo lands 18-school deal

Birmingham Diocesan Multi Academy Trust has awarded Sodexo the £1.3m a year catering contract for its 18 academy schools.

Keith Prowse extends Wimbledon deal

The Compass Group business has secured a contract extension as official hospitality provider for The Championships at Wimbledon.

Atalian Servest saves over 200,000 kilos of ugly veg

The FM group’s catering divisions have saved 227,366 kilos of vegetables from going to waste in the last 18 months.

Wellbeing climbs the corporate agenda

Workplace wellbeing will be more important to organisations than product and service innovation, according to research conducted by Bartlett Mitchell.

RA lands Imperial War Museum deal

Restaurant Associates has secured the contract to provide catering and hospitality services at the museum network’s key London site.

Chartwells partners with Anglesey

Anglesey County Council has awarded a five-year contract to Compass Group’s schools catering and support services division.

Royal Mail stamp of approval for Eurest

Royal Mail has reappointed Compass Group’s workplace foodservice division, extending a relationship that stretches back 22 years.

College place for Aramark

A new five-year contract covers multiple food outlets at multiple sites for New City College.

Sodexo launches Fooditude in Dublin

The move sees the launch of the business in Ireland and the opening of a new cloud kitchen in Dublin.

Sodexo scoops workplace dining award

Modern Recipe, one of the company’s biggest global brands, was awarded gold and the overall Grand Prix title at the recent DBA Effectiveness Awards.

Levy wins at Watford

Watford FC has named Compass Group’s sports and hospitality division as its new catering and hospitality partner.

Levy leads the field at Newbury

Newbury Racecourse has selected Levy UK + I, Compass Group's sports and hospitality division, as its official catering and hospitality partner.

Levy extends two key contracts

Compass Group UK & Ireland’s sports and leisure division has secured contract renewals with two major clients.

Feedr takes on WFH challenge

Compass Group UK and Ireland’s flexible food tech platform has expanded its suite of office catering solutions to service employees working from home.

Sodexo and IUF commit to H&S priorities

The group has joined a global trade union federation for workers throughout the food chain in signing a declaration of intent on health and safety.

Jaguar in Old Bailey win

The hard services provider has emerged from a competitive tender process with a new contract in the City of London.

ISS supporting Food Waste Action Week

ISS has thrown its support behind this week’s campaign, which aims to create lasting change and deliver against the UN Sustainable Development Goal of halving food waste by 2030.

Sodexo partners for Food Waste Action Week

Sodexo is teaming up with WRAP, the sustainable resource use charity, to tackle food waste and help save the planet.

Searcys scoops RCS contract

The venue catering specialist has been appointed on a seven-year contract at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Talkington Bates launches new catering concept

The bespoke contract caterer has introduced a flexible offer to support businesses as they start planning the post-Covid return to the office.

Sodexo: new food service offer for US

The group has replicated its pandemic-driven UK strategy in the US market.

New workplace catering model launched

Mosaic is a subscription-based contract catering and front-of-house services model offering flexible solutions in a post-Covid workplace.

Balanced Food secures Breakspear contract

Hertfordshire’s Breakspear Park has appointed The Balanced Food Co. to provide catering services across its multi-tenanted site.

Sodexo in five-year school win

Oundle School has awarded a new catering contract to Independents by Sodexo following an extensive tendering and evaluation process.

Sodexo lands long-term catering deal

The company's Independents by Sodexo business has extended its long-standing catering services contract with Eton End School for a further 15 years.

Sodexo takes majority stake in Fooditude

Investment in the London-based delivered-in office food services provider will allow Sodexo to grow new digital-enabled and consumer-focused services.

Mount Charles scoops Dublin contract

The soft services specialist has won a new contract with the Irish Department of Health.

WSH acquires Bartlett Mitchell

Westbury Street Holdings has added Bartlett Mitchell to its assembly of catering brands, which also includes BaxterStorey.

Bennett Hay launches support network

Forward Together has been created to support, mentor and help up-skill members of the team who have been made redundant or face the prospect of redundancy. 

Foodbuy re-commits to Buy Social Corporate Challenge

The Compass Group’s food procurement business has extended its membership of Social Enterprise UK’s corporate challenge for a further three years.

Solent keeps Sodexo on

Sodexo has extended its partnership with Solent University in Southampton, following a competitive re-tender of the catering and hospitality services contract.

ISS launches new 'stay well' campaign

The Food Services arm of ISS UK has unveiled a refreshed health and wellbeing strategy, created to support its customers in staying well this winter.

Houston & Hawkes named for Aviva site

The independent catering firm has been appointed to provide café, hospitality and free-issue services for up to 800 customers at The Belmont Building in Uxbridge.

BaxterStorey scores at Aberdeen

Aberdeen Football Club has awarded its stadium catering contract to BaxterStorey.

Sodexo goes digital with new partnership

The services provider is teaming up with food technology expert Dynamify to support the implementation of digital retail and hospitality across its sites in the UK.

Sodexo division unveils delivery service

The Good Eating Company has launched Good Eating Delivered, a new workplace food delivery solution.

RA Venues tops the bill at Knebworth

The Compass Group business has been appointed to provide hospitality and catering services at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire.

Caterer launches workplace delivery service

Bartlett Mitchell has developed the new service to support clients looking for temporary food solutions during the post-lockdown period.

Sodexo launches unique one-stop service at Worthy Down

Sodexo has supported its client the Defence Infrastructure Organisation with the introduction of a new concept at the tri-service station in Hampshire.

Caterers launch support platform for former employees

More than 20 leading companies and individuals from the food service sector have joined forces to launch Food Service Circle.

Caterer commits to Living Wage

Independent business and industry caterer Houston & Hawkes has become a Living Wage Employer following accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation.

Compass and FareShare support over 800 charities

Working together, the catering services group and the anti-food waste campaigner have saved more than 172 tonnes of food through the lockdown period.

Covid-19: the long-term impact on workplace dining

London caterer Vacherin has published its predictions for the future workplace and its proposals for a more fluid and flexible approach to catering.

AiP in £1m catering win

Sodexo's Alliance in Partnership business has been appointed to provide catering services to seven schools.

ISS launches back-to-work food services

ISS Food Services has introduced Simply MADE, a food offering tailored to the post-lockdown 'new normal' world.

Sodexo lands Bristol schools deal

The Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust has awarded the catering contract for its portfolio of primary academy schools to Sodexo.

Caterer launches hub to support reopening

Bartlett Mitchell has launched a web-based Covid Info Hub, a portal providing access to support and information ahead of the reopening of the hospitality sector.

Bartlett Mitchell turns to contact-free app

The caterer has announced the launch of new technology enabling customers to order food straight to their desks, minimising the risk of transmitting coronavirus.

Back to school for ISS

ISS has been selected to provide catering services to 38 primary schools and nurseries in south London.

Compass buys food and health technology start-up

Compass Group UK and Ireland has acquired Feedr in a move to accelerate its digital transformation.

Compass supporting employees and communities

Compass Group UK & Ireland has announced a series of new initiatives to support its clients, its communities and its people through their safe return to work.

CH&CO strengthens position through refinancing

The catering services group has completed a refinancing and fundraise with its existing lenders and shareholders. 

Vacherin moves to mobile ordering app

The mobile ordering platform aims to bring operations in line with 'the digital age' and the needs of the post-coronavirus workplace.

Catering offer responds to post-lockdown needs

Grazing Catering has announced the launch of Desk Dine, a new service designed specifically to meet post-lockdown physical distancing guidelines.

Vacherin exceeds predictions: turnover up 14%

Here's some good news. The London catering specialist has turned in a set of strong results for its final full year as an independent.

Prepare for significant change to workplace catering

Workplace takeaways, shift-based lunches and more pre-ordering are all likely to be part of a new service pattern when the covid-19 lockdown period has passed.

Chartwells partners with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

Compass Group UK & Ireland's specialist provider of catering to the education sector has launched a partnership with the youth sports charity, supporting 11-25 year olds.

Caterer opens emergency response kitchen

In March London caterer Fooditude closed down its production kitchen, only to re-open it at the beginning of April with a new purpose.

Sodexo grows Salisbury Plain business

Over the past year Sodexo has seen its contract at Project Allenby/Connaught significantly increase with the addition of seven new catering outlets to accommodate 4,000 more Army personnel.

Southampton win for Gather & Gather

Southampton Football Club has reached an agreement in principle with Gather & Gather to enter into a new catering and events partnership.

CH&CO acquires Vacherin

In its latest move, the rapidly growing caterer has brought London specialist Vacherin into the group.

Houston & Hawkes grows

Independent business and industry caterer Houston & Hawkes has announced the appointment of David Steel as director of food.

Mount Charles in university win

The support services group has won a four-year catering services contract with Maynooth University in Kildare, Ireland.

Compass wins at Leeds museum

RA Venues has secured the contract to provide hospitality and catering services at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds.

CH&CO restructures for growth

The independent catering and hospitality business has announced an operational restructure, including a series of senior-level promotions.

Compass division extends Edinburgh deal

Leith's has secured a five-year extension to its contract at the Edinburgh International Convention Centre.

Vacherin in string of wins

The London contract catering specialist is reporting five contract wins, worth a total of £19m.

Nottingham scoops contracts in Derby

Nottingham City Council's school catering service has beaten leading private sector operators to win a tender for four new contracts based in its neighbour to the west.

Central Hall appoints new catering services provider

Central Hall Westminster, central London's largest conference venue, has turned to independent supplier Green & Fortune.

Aramark lands seven-year college deal

The catering specialist has been appointed to provide services for students and staff at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College. 

It's Veganuary at Sodexo

Sodexo is lending its support to healthy-eating resolutions, giving customers a helping hand by encouraging the uptake of plant-based meals.

Compass turns focus on food sustainability

The catering services group is teaming up with a specialist to monitor the carbon footprint of the food it serves with a view to reducing environmental impacts.

TfL puts Sodexo on the menu

Transport for London has awarded the services group a four-year, 26-site catering contract.

RTÉ to feature Mount Charles

The catering services group has been appointed by Ireland's national public media organisation on a seven-year contract.

Doctor's orders: CH&Co renews RCP contract

The rapidly growing catering group has secured a five-year extension of its meetings and events contract with the Royal College of Physicians in London.

Compass reports strong growth

The group saw full-year revenue up 8.8% with organic growth of 6.4%, well above target.

Amadeus posts good results on food waste

The NEC Group's catering business has revealed its best food waste figures to date as it puts an emphasis on sustainability at its venues.

UK contract catering headed for £12bn

Given a "supportive trading environment", total turnover in the sector could top £12bn by 2022.

Catering to the next generation

A new report flags up five areas where changing workplace demography means new demands and expectations for caterers.

The catering industry and social enterprise

The foodservice sector needs to do more to showcase the commercial value social enterprises can bring to workplace clients, according to a roundtable organised by Bartlett Mitchell.

Levy on board at Brentford

Brentford Football Club has appointed Levy UK as official food and hospitality partner for its new stadium.

CH&CO builds operations team

The rapidly growing caterer has strengthened its operations team with three new appointments.

Levy extends Northampton Saints deal

Compass UK & Ireland's sports and venues business, Levy UK, has secured an extension to its contract with premiership rugby club Northampton Saints.

Chartwells retains 25-year university deal

Compass UK & Ireland's education business has secured a new seven-year contract with Middlesex University.

Sodexo teams up with WWF on new menus

Sodexo is working with leading conservation organisation WWF-UK to encourage students at universities across the UK and Ireland to choose foods that are more sustainable and have a lower environmental impact.

Sodexo business lands RAF Museum

Peyton & Byrne has secured a £6m contract to handle events, hospitality and retail services at the north London site.

Mount Charles in £9m Dublin win

The Belfast-headquartered catering and facilities services company has won a seven-year contract with Griffith College, Dublin.

More cooks for caterer CH&CO

The independent catering group has added Company of Cooks to its stable, just a few weeks after acquiring Mitie's catering business.

Elior extends long-term rugby deal

Scottish Rugby has extended its relationship with catering and hospitality services provider Elior, taking the end date out to 2031.

BaxterStorey unveils degree apprenticeship scheme

The UK's largest independent foodservice provider has partnered with Pearson Business School to launch a new degree apprenticeship scheme.

Grazing acquires Purple Grape

Grazing, the workplace and venue food company, has announced the acquisition of Purple Grape Catering as part of a move to strengthen its offer to businesses across London.

CH&CO turnover jumps almost 20%

Annual accounts for the catering services group covering the financial year ending 31 December 2018 show turnover up to £286m.

Sodexo builds on 30-year partnership

The services company has won a three-year extension to its long-standing cleaning contract with George Watson's College. 

Mitie sells catering business

Mitie has announced it has entered into an agreement to sell its catering and hospitality business to CH&CO for up to £85m in cash. 

Gather & Gather expands Primark relationship

Mitie's catering business has opened a new in-store café for Primark at the Braehead Shopping Centre in Glasgow, the store's first café.

Norse grows education catering business

The group's catering division is reporting over £800k worth of new school meals contracts in recent weeks, plus more than £630k of contracts renewed in the same period.

Sodexo retains City and adds business school

The services group has secured the catering contract with City, a University of London institution, and at the same time extended it to include the Cass Business School.

Elior scores in Warrington

Elior UK has started on a five-year catering contract with Warrington Wolves Rugby Football Club at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Davies scoops Davis award

Mark Davies, managing director of ISS Food Services, has won the Roger Davis Outstanding Achievement Award at the LACA Awards for Excellence 2019 for his significant contribution to the school meals industry.

Sodexo opens restaurant at iconic London building

The group's specialist workplace dining business, The Good Eating Company, has opened Café GEC at the Northern & Shell building on Lower Thames Street, serving both building tenants and the public.

Sodexo scoops three energy sector deals

Sodexo Energy & Resources has been awarded three new FM contracts, worth a combined £6.5m a year.

Amadeus lands Farnborough contract

Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre has awarded the catering services company a seven-year deal worth over £12m.

Sodexo in £100m Headingley win

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Cricket, Football and Athletics have awarded a 15-year contract to Sodexo.

Sodexo takes Liberty

Sodexo has been named as exclusive provider of catering and hospitality services for Ospreys Rugby at Swansea's Liberty Stadium.

Charlton Athletic recruits Creativevents

Mitie's specialist venue catering business has been awarded a three-year contract to provide services at The Valley, Charlton Athletic Football Club's stadium in London.

Sodexo scores with Swansea City

Swansea City Football Club has signed Sodexo for a multi-year catering and hospitality contract at Liberty Stadium.

Compass buys to extend Nordic business

Compass Group has signed an agreement to acquire Fazer Food Services, which operates in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

Elior in major Renault win

The catering group has won the contract to manage 20 of Renault's sites in France for the next three years following an 18-month tender process.

Levy bags Leicester Tigers

Levy UK, the Compass venue catering specialist, will overhaul the match day and non-match day services at the rugby club's Welford Road Stadium in a deal that begins 1 June.

Storey time: Bennett Hay secures British Land contract

Bennett Hay has been appointed to help shape, manage and innovate the food, service and guest experience at the property group's new Storey Club in its Paddington Central campus.

Levy extends stay at Chelsea

The Compass Group's specialist venue catering business has secured a four-year extension to its contract with Chelsea Football Club.

Sodexo steps up fight against food waste

The support services group has announced plans to deploy new technology at 3,000 sites worldwide within the next year.

Sodexo launches Kitchen Works Co.

The group's new brand targets the needs of employees in manufacturing and data centre environments.

Something in the City: Sodexo business in key win

Sodexo's workplace dining specialist, the Good Eating Company, has been appointed to provide catering and front of house services for global asset management group GAM Investments.

Wolves at the door: Compass lands stadium contract

Levy UK, the Compass group's venue specialist, has been appointed as food and hospitality provider at Wolverhampton Wanderers' Molineux Stadium. 

Foodbuy secures 5-year deal with Oxford University

Compass UK & Ireland's food procurement business has extended its contract with the colleges of the University of Oxford in a deal worth £60m over the next five years.

Gather & Gather lands Edinburgh College deal

Mitie's catering business has won its first FEHE sector contract, a long-term deal to handle student and staff catering and hospitality across four campuses.

Vacherin boasts turnover up by a third

The independent caterer has announced that in its second full year under a new management structure, turnover increased by 33% to £26.2m, far exceeding the predicted 20%.

Sodexo in Chester school win

Independents by Sodexo, the group's specialist catering division, has been awarded a five-year contract to manage services at The King's School in Chester, a leading co-educational day school.

Mitie cultivates new relationship with RHS

Creativevents, Mitie's specialist outdoor catering business, has been awarded the contract for all hospitality services at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, taking place in July.

Catering group CH&CO grows in Scotland

The independent caterer has announced that it is to merge its Scottish business with Inspire Catering, a niche service provider based in Stirling with operations across Scotland. 

Heritage Portfolio romps home at Perth

The Sodexo-owned specialist has won the contract to operate catering and hospitality services at Perth Racecourse. 

Atalian Servest signs on to reduce single-use plastics

Atalian Servest Group's specialist B&I catering division, Angel Hill Food Co, has committed to removing single-use plastics, kick-starting the initiative at two of its largest sites.

CH&CO scoops Harrogate contract

CH&CO has been appointed on a £10m deal at Harrogate Convention Centre, covering catering and hospitality services for the conference, exhibition, event and entertainment venue.

Sodexo extends education business with acquisition

Alliance in Partnership, the Birmingham-based specialist education caterer, is now part of the Sodexo group.

New deputy MD at Vacherin

The specialist London caterer has announced the promotion of Dan Kelly, previously director of food, to the role of deputy managing director, food & operations.

New regional MD for BaxterStorey

Hospitality specialist BaxterStorey has appointed Mack Allan as regional managing director for the South West and Wales in a move to strengthen its presence in this growing region.

Contract catering: all about nutrition, healthy eating, sustainability

Those are the major driving forces in an increasingly diverse food service management sector, according to the latest industry report.

Churchill expands catering business

The group's Radish catering division has made a series of new appointments following a number of contract wins.

ISS secures Kent & Medway catering deal

ISS Healthcare has been awarded a retail and patient catering contract with Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, one of the largest mental health trusts in England.

Norse boasts record demand for cleaning and catering

The Norse Group says it has secured new contracts each month of its latest financial year and demand for catering and cleaning services has "never been so strong".

Sodexo embraces wonky fruit and veg

As part of its commitment to prevent unnecessary food waste, Sodexo has launched its own initiative to help reduce the volume of grade B fruit and vegetables being thrown away or left to rot.

Mount Charles lands £30m Belfast airport deal

The support services group has won a seven-year catering contract renewal at Belfast International Airport.

Investor buys NEC Group

Private equity investor Blackstone has acquired the National Exhibition Centre Group, the live events venue operator, including its catering business Amadeus.

Sodexo announces global coffee partnership

The services group has joined forces with specialty coffee provider Taylor St Baristas to launch a global world-class quality coffee programme, putting baristas at the heart of its coffee offer.

Norse builds schools catering business

The facilities services group has signed new business worth over £877k and taken on its first contract in Peterborough.

ISS in five-year school win

ISS has been awarded the contract to provide catering services to Wigan's Hawkley Hall High School, an over-subscribed, outstanding, mixed secondary school with over 1000 students.

Good Eating at Nomura

The Good Eating Company, a Sodexo business focused on workplace catering, has won a significant contract with financial services group Nomura.

Sodexo extends academy stay

Sodexo has won a five-year, £2.8m catering contract extension with Quaerere Academy Trust in Sandwell, West Midlands.

ISS introduces the Healthy Eating Award in Ireland

ISS Food and Hospitality Ireland has signed up to an innovative grading system with the Irish Heart Foundation, introducing a new award scheme for staff restaurants.

Leicestershire catering business lands schools deals

LTS Catering, a Leicestershire County Council business, has been appointed to deliver services to eight schools in Leicester, Cambridgeshire and Derbyshire.

Atalian Servest Food Co. secures over £21m in new business

Atalian Servest's specialist catering division successfully secured more than £21m in new business in the nine-month period running up to the end of its financial year in June.

Revised guidance on catering contracts from BIFM

The institute has published an updated good practice guide for individuals who are responsible for, or are looking to source, catering services for their workplace.

Aramark blooms in Birmingham

The services group has landed a five-year catering contract with Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

ENGIE says Change Please at Grant Thornton

The FM manager has introduced the social enterprise Change Please to its Grant Thornton client sites.

Searcys appointed at Design Museum

The caterer has been selected to provide services at the museum's landmark site in London, filling the void left by the collapse of the previous supplier.

Olive scores with the FA

Olive Catering Services has secured a three-year contract at St George's Park, the Football Association's national centre.

Sodexo comes top in Paris

You can't get much more iconic than this: Sodexo, which is headquartered in the French capital of course, has been appointed to manage multiple restaurants at the Eiffel Tower.

Elior lands Airbus

Elior UK has secured a five-year, five-site food and drink contract with the aerospace group.

10-year deal for Sodexo at Coventry

Sodexo has won a £60m contract with Coventry University to supply catering and hospitality services.

Compass secures five-year care home deal

Compass UK & Ireland's specialist catering business, White Oaks, has signed a contract with RMBI Care to provide services at 12 sites across the UK.

Vertas goes national with catering acquisition

The Ipswich-based FM services provider has completed the acquisition of Churchill Catering Limited, an independent operator based in Bury St Edmunds.

Elior to acquire specialist US caterer

The Elior Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Bateman Community Living from Compass.

Vacherin scoops leading role with ITV

The London-based caterer has won a five-year contract with the UK's biggest commercial broadcaster.

Elior in 10-year deal at Sunderland

Food and drink at the University of Sunderland is set for a total regeneration after the university awarded a 10-year contract to Elior UK.

Wasps sign 20-year deal with Delaware North

Wasps Group has agreed a long-term strategic partnership covering catering and hospitality services at the multi-purpose Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Levy Leisure on display at Madame Tussauds

Compass Group UK & Ireland's specialist catering business has won a three-year contract with Merlin Entertainments which offers visitors the opportunity to take tea with the Queen (sort of).

BaxterStorey hails training programme graduates

At an event held in London last week the hospitality services provider celebrated the success of staff completing its Graduate Programme and Advanced Management Programme.

Jack Wills tries on Wilson Vale

British fashion and lifestyle brand Jack Wills has appointed the mid-size, independent caterer to deliver a range of services at its new West London corporate headquarters. 

Kudos for anaesthetists

The catering services provider has won a five-year contract with the Royal College of Anaesthetists at its headquarters in Holborn, London.

Elior joins anti-plastics campaign

Catering and services group Elior has published a new policy setting out a wide-ranging plan of action to tackle single-use plastic across all operations.

Sodexo says no to plastic straws and stirrers

Sodexo in the UK and Ireland has banned the purchase of all plastic straws and stirrers, and committed to phasing out single-use plastic bags and polystyrene foam cups, lids and food containers by 2020.

Sodexo Crusshes it

The services group has signed a franchise partnership with juice bar and beverage specialist Crussh to introduce the high-street brand to its retail offer across the UK and Ireland.

CH&CO re-structures, launches new brand identity

The catering group has unveiled a simplified structure that will operate across the UK under the same name and with a new brand identity that clearly defines the marketplaces in which it is operating.

Gather & Gather pitches out the straws

Mitie's catering business has banned plastic straws from its 276 sites across the UK and Ireland, marking the latest stage of its campaign to remove single-use plastics across its operations.

Sodexo wins at Glasgow Championships

The services group has been appointed to deliver catering for the Glasgow 2018 European Rowing Championships and European Triathlon Championships, part of the new multi-sport Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

University of Northampton names new catering partner

CH&Co Group has won the three-year catering and hospitality contract valued at over £12m.

Mitie on the bill at BBC Music's The Biggest Weekend

Creativevents, Mitie's specialist outdoor catering business, has been awarded a contract to provide bar and food services at the late May Bank Holiday music bash.

University catering win for Norse

The facilities services provider has been awarded a new contract to deliver catering services at Norwich University of Arts.

Vacherin counts 15 years of growth

The London-based independently-owned contract caterer has reported a rise in annual turnover for the 15th consecutive year, up 15% for FY2017 to £19.7m.

Bartlett Mitchell: three major wins

The independent caterer has announced the details of new contracts covering a range of services and all won in competition.

Sodexo lands academies contract

Wellspring Academy Trust, a multi-academy trust operating in Yorkshire and the Humber region, has awarded a three-year catering and hospitality contract to the services group.

Lexington gets Active

Lexington Catering has moved into the multi-site retail market following an appointment to deliver food and drink services at 43 Virgin Active clubs across the UK.

Olive Catering turns on ITV

The independent caterer has been appointed at three sites in a contracts package worth more than £6m.

Cambridgeshire to wind up cleaning and catering service

In-house isn't always an attractive alternative. Cambridgeshire County Council has concluded that its own service supply operation can't compete in an increasingly tough market.

Elior's taste for Famous Grouse

Elior UK has secured a three-year catering contract with The Famous Grouse Experience at the historic Glenturret Distillery in Crieff, Perthshire.

Sodexo lands Trinity College Dublin deal

Trinity College Dublin has appointed Sodexo to deliver catering services on a contract valued at £1m per year.

Bartlett Mitchell launches 'Women Who Inspire' awards

The independent caterer has timed its new awards scheme to coincide with the 100th anniversary of women being given the right to vote. 

ISS sets sights on leadership in the food sector

ISS has reorganised in pursuit of a new strategic vision: to be one of the true premier leading players in the food service sector.

Levy rides home with Goodwood deal

Levy UK, Compass Group's sports, leisure and hospitality business, has secured a five-year catering services contract at the Goodwood estate.

Amadeus first past the post at Stratford

The NEC Group's catering business has come first in the race for a £2.5m contract at Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse.

Compass CEO dies in Sydney plane crash

Richard Cousins, his two sons, his fiancée and her daughter all lost their lives in the New Year's eve tragedy, along with their seaplane pilot.

New Compass coffee brands target workplace consumer

The catering and support services company has launched two new coffee brands in an effort to recapture some of the market share that has been taken be high street coffee chains in recent years.

Specialist manufacturer links up to BaxterStorey

The catering group has won a new contract with TechnipFMC Umbilicals Ltd, supplier of specialist equipment used in on-shore, off-shore and sub-sea environments.

More M&A in catering

Education catering specialist Alliance in Partnership has acquired a complementary business, the Kent-based Contract Dining Company, with the aim of expanding its reach in the South East.

Caterers join forces

CH&Co Group has merged with events catering and services company Concerto Group.

Compass sets up lunch date with Debenhams

The service provider has launched a new partnership with grab-and-go food chain EAT as part of its contract with the nationwide retailer.

Wonky but nice: Vacherin challenges industry on imperfect vegetables

The London caterer has invited foodservice companies to forget competing and instead unite around an issue with considerable potential benefits for the industry, its suppliers and customers.

Food service report forecasts continued growth

The annual food service management report puts a value of £35bn on the sector in 2016 and forecasts growth in both the short and medium term despite the unprecedented change caused by Brexit.

Sodexo sees jump in annual profit

In its end of year statement the support services group said that revenue was up modestly for the 12 months to 31 August, while net profit rose 13%.

Ampersand renews Royal Palaces deal

CH&Co Group's specialist venue and visitor attraction catering business has secured a five-year extension of its contract with Historic Royal Palaces.

Sodexo doubles sports & leisure business with Centerplate buy

Sodexo has struck a £523m deal to acquire the specialist provider of food and beverage, merchandise and hospitality services at sports facilities, convention centres and entertainment sites in the US, UK, Canada and Spain.

Churchill rebrands catering business

Churchill Services Group has relaunched its catering operation as Radish with the aim of being different, both in food services and in how the business operates.

Sodexo wins one, renews another

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has signed up Sodexo for a 10-year patient dining and retail services deal.

Compass secures place at Oxford

The University of Oxford has appointed Compass Group UK & Ireland to provide catering and a range of hospitality services at multiple sites across the university estate.

Sodexo retains Birkbeck contract

Sodexo has seen its catering contract with the University of London's Birkbeck College renewed for another five years.

Kudos lands CAA contract

The Civil Aviation Authority has awarded a new catering services contract to Kudos, the boutique hospitality and events business.

Fosters set for five year run at Bristol Old Vic

The Bristol-based caterer has won a five-year contract and will make its debut following completion of the theatre's multi-million pound redevelopment.

Warwickshire launches catering business

Warwickshire County Council has set up its first trading company, and put it in charge of the school meals service across its estate.

Bartlett Mitchell launches entrepreneur programme

The independent caterer has launched BM Inc,  a young foodie entrepreneur programme aiming to encourage supplier innovation and help enterprising new talent to flourish.

On the menu: Sodexo buys Good Eating Company

Sodexo has confirmed the acquisition of the London-based contract caterer with a view to growing its presence in dynamic and competitive big-city markets.

University students focused on healthy eating: report

Sixty percent of UK students expect vegan or vegetarian food to be available at their university catering or retail outlets, and 49% expect ‘free-from’ foods.

CH&Co puts on £58m in six months

The catering group has declared the first half of 2017 "very successful", having secured over £58m in new sales and retained business.

Record-breaking first half for Edwards & Blake

The East Anglian-based contract catering firm is reporting an "outstanding" first half of 2017, highlighting a record number of new contract wins.

Apleona launches foodservice division

Apleona has unveiled FoodSpace, its new foodservices offering for customers across the UK and Ireland.

Churchill cops college catering contract

Churchill Services' catering business has won a major contract covering nine sites for Capital City College Group.

Kudos scores at John Smith's Stadium

Kirklees Stadium Development Ltd has confirmed the award of a three-year catering services contract to the London-based company Kudos.

BaxterStorey settles in at Winchester Cathedral

The catering group has been appointed to support this historic site in the relaunch of its Refectory restaurant and associated services.

Compass opens first public café

Compass Group UK & Ireland has launched the first open-to-all site of its Caffé Dallucci brand, at Solent Business Park in Fareham.

Sodexo wins 10-year Farnborough deal

The services group has been appointed on a £30m contract at the new Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard puts BaxterStorey on the menu

The popular maritime destination has appointed BaxterStorey to deliver catering and hospitality services.

Searcys scoops ICAEW catering deal

The venue catering specialist has won a five-year contract at One Moorgate Place in London, HQ of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

BaxterStorey extends role at Oxford

BaxterStorey's role as catering services provider has been extended with the opening of the West Wing building at St Cross College.

BaxterStorey extends Pirbright deal

The Pirbright Institute, the internationally known animal health research centre, has awarded a three-year contract extension to the caterer.

Medirest secures North Middlesex Trust deal

Compass Group UK & Ireland's healthcare division has won a five-year contract to deliver soft FM and retail services to North Middlesex University Hospital Trust.

Compass seals Whipsnade deal

Levy Restaurants, Compass UK & Ireland's sports, leisure and hospitality business, has signed a new catering partnership with the Zoological Society of London.

Sodexo scores with Aberdeen

Aberdeen Football Club has awarded a three-year catering services contract to Sodexo, extending an existing 23-year relationship.

CH&Co Group and Harbour & Jones confirm merger

The independent catering groups have joined forces in a move that they say will enhance their diverse portfolios of specialist businesses and strengthen their combined position in the market.

Sodexo scoops sustainability award

Sodexo's Green & Lean sustainable meal project was named winner in the Sustainability in Education category at the recent Footprint Awards.

ISS joins campaign to tackle food waste

ISS Facility Services UK has signed up to the Courtauld Commitment 2025, the ambitious 10-year voluntary agreement that aims to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable.

Sodexo chef takes top NI award

Cathy Adamson, Craft Development Chef for Sodexo in Northern Ireland, won the Contract Catering Chef of the Year Award at the Institute of Hospitality NI Awards.

Sodexo wins Clifton College catering contract

Sodexo's independent schools business has been awarded a £2.4m a year contract to provide catering and hospitality services at Clifton College, Bristol.

Sodexo lands double Taunton deal

Independents by Sodexo, the group's independent school catering business, has been awarded a £1.4m a year contract by King's Hall School and King's College in Taunton.

BaxterStorey extends relationship with Scotland's Rural College

The caterer has been awarded a two and a half year contract to deliver services at the Oatridge Campus in West Lothian.

BaxterStorey books van deal

The caterer has secured a new contract with Vanarama, becoming the first hospitality provider to be appointed by the up-and-coming van leasing company.

Vacherin attributes success to restructuring

The independent London-focused caterer is reporting annual turnover up for the 14th consecutive year, this time by over 14%.

Amadeus booked for East of England Arena

The caterer's three-year contract at the newly refurbished arena, conference centre and exhibition site is valued at £4.4m.

Second big move in US as Elior buys caterer

The Elior Group has extended its platform in the North American contracted services market with the acquisition of the $70m Lancer Hospitality company.

ISS buys US catering business

The ISS Group is strengthening its services platform in North America with the acquisition of the California-based food services company Guckenheimer.

Sodexo races ahead at Hamilton Park

The services group has secured a new 10-year contract worth about £20m with Hamilton Park Racecourse in Scotland.

Chartwells is choice in Chislehurst

The Compass Group's education business has landed a three-year contract to provide catering services for Coopers School in the south London borough of Bromley. 

Centerplate goes to bat in Sussex

Sussex Cricket has appointed Centerplate to take charge of catering and hospitality services, as well as supporting the events business at 1st Central County Ground in Hove.

Medirest extends new Trust contract

Compass Group's healthcare sector specialist has been appointed to provide staff and visitor restaurant services for London North West Healthcare NHS Trust.

Hospital food in the firing line

Adding to the pressures on NHS performance and resources is a new report on food standards where the message is 'could do better', at best.

Gloucestershire puts Caterlink on the menu

Gloucestershire County Council has awarded a new three-year contract to the schools catering specialist.

Glasgow Caledonian signs BaxterStorey

Glasgow Caledonian University has awarded a five-year catering and hospitality services contract to BaxterStorey, bringing an end to a messy period of transition.

Centerplate scores at Wigan

Wigan Athletic has appointed Centerplate as its new catering services partner at the 25,000-seat DW Stadium.

Searcys takes up Army commission

The catering group has won a five-year contract to run the Café at the National Army Museum in London.

Chequered flag for Mount Charles at NW200

The Belfast-based catering services group has landed a three-year contract with one of the country's largest outdoor sporting events, the Vauxhall International North West 200.

H+J on the menu at new venue

H+J, the rebranded Harbour & Jones catering group, has won a five-year contract at the new 58 Victoria Embankment venue in London.

Grazing builds senior team

The London-based catering services firm has appointed Blake Henderson as Group Head of Operations, a newly created role. 

Amadeus shows art of winning

The NEC Group's catering business has won a £5m contract at Compton Verney, the gallery and events venue located in Warwickshire.

Coffee good; cups bad 

This spring will see the launch of the UK's biggest push to date to tackle the issue of disposable coffee cup recycling. 

Levy scores 10-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur

The Premier League football club has named Levy Restaurants UK as its catering partner at its new £750m stadium, due to open in 2018.

Bartlett Mitchell in pair of contract wins

Two new contracts for the independent caterer have a total value of approximately £7m in turnover.

Wilson Vale claims three extensions

The catering company has seen its contracts extended at three independent schools around the Midlands.

Levy scores at Aston Villa

Compass Group's Levy Restaurants division has won a five-year contract to provide catering and hospitality services for the Championship football club.

Compass lands private hospital deal

The group's Medirest Signature division has signed a new contract to deliver catering services to Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London.

Edwards & Blake doubles wins in 2016

The East Anglia-based contract catering firm is reporting an 'outstanding' year with over 30 new contract awards, more than double the number won in 2015. 

Lusso engineers AECOM catering contract

Lusso, the CH&Co Group's specialist City caterer, has won a three-year contract with multinational engineering firm AECOM.

Chartwells bags place at Brunel

The Compass Group UK & Ireland's education sector specialist has secured a £60m catering contract at Brunel University.

McLaren leaves catering in the dust

McLaren Technology Group has sold its catering business, Absolute Taste, to events and venues specialist One Event Management.

ISS lands 24-year deal in Israel

ISS Israel's Inflight Catering Services business has won a new contract to provide airline meals at Ben Gurion Airport, Israel's main international airport.

Wilson Vale lands EEF deal

The manufacturers' organisation EEF has appointed Midlands-based Wilson Vale to manage catering services at two sites in Birmingham.

Servest launches new catering brand

The multi-service provider is expanding further into the catering field with the launch of Angel Hill Food Co.

CH&Co division reports £27m of business won in 2016

Catermasters and Host, the CH&Co Group's operations specialising in business & industry and healthcare, have secured more than £27m in new and retained business over the course of this year.

Norse lands Aviation Academy deal

Norse has been awarded a five-year contract to provide catering at the soon-to-be-opened Aviation Academy on the outskirts of Norwich.

Hat trick for Talkington Bates

The independent catering firm has won two new contracts with a combined turnover of more than £1m and secured an extension with an existing client.

Elior tackles Scottish Rugby deal

Elior UK has landed a 10-year extension to its contract at Murrayfield, which will see it continuing to provide catering and hospitality for match days and for non-match day events.

Catering jv scores at Watford

A joint venture between the UK's One Event Management group and the US-headquartered Legends has won a 10-year contract with Watford Football Club. 

BaxterStorey flies off with Thomas Cook deal

Travel group Thomas Cook has appointed BaxterStorey to provide catering services at its sites in England and Scotland.

Levy kicks off rugby deal

Levy Restaurants UK, the Compass Group's sports and leisure catering business, has been appointed to provide a range of services for Northampton Saints Rugby Club.

Sussex hospitals win for Compass

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, following an extensive review of catering services, has appointed Compass to run its shops, cafes and restaurants.

Sodexo lands five-year deal at Windsor Park

The £6m contract at the National Football Stadium in Belfast sees Sodexo providing food and beverage retail and hospitality services for all matchday and non-matchday events.

Amadeus in £12m Belfast win

The NEC Group's catering business has won a five-year contract to provide services at four major visitor attractions.

Catering: FM doesn't get us!

i-FM was recently invited to sit in on a catering industry roundtable. On the agenda were the value of foodservice and its status in large integrated FM contracts. Simon Iatrou reports.

Catering: top performers list tells tale of change

The UK's contract catering market has been a pretty dynamic place in recent times, with a steady stream of contracts won and lost, a number of key appointments and regular reports of M&A deals.

H+J settles in at Dartmouth House

H+J, the recently rebranded Harbour & Jones catering business, has won a five-year contract at London's Dartmouth House.

Sodexo appointed at Notts sports complex

Sodexo has won a 10-year catering contract worth £5m at the University of Nottingham's new David Ross Sports Village.

Servest acquires Catering Academy

The facilities services group has acquired Catering Academy Ltd in a strategic move to grow its catering division.

Senior appointments at two caterers

Two specialist catering groups have seen change in their top teams in recent weeks.

BaxterStorey sails off with Sunseeker deal

The luxury motor yacht manufacturer, headquartered in Poole, has appointed BaxterStorey to provide catering services for its 2000 staff.

New workplace catering business launches

Into a crowded marketplace comes Grazing Catering, aiming to offer what it describes as a new and unconventional foodservice concept to customers in and around the City of London.

Sodexo acquires Peyton and Byrne business

The support services group has acquired the public catering contracts business of Peyton and Byrne as part of a pre-pack administration deal. 

OCS secures GLA extension

The Greater London Authority has awarded a six-year catering contract to OCS, building on a relationship that started in 2006.

Churchill secures Bolton catering contract

The University of Bolton has awarded a new contract to Churchill Services following a competitive tender carried out via the FE sector's Crescent Purchasing Consortium Framework.

Sodexo scoops first Irish university deal

NUI Galway, one of Ireland's oldest and largest universities, has awarded a catering services contract worth 2m euro pa to Sodexo.

Sodexo extends deal with Oasis

Academies group Oasis Community Learning has added six further schools to its Sodexo catering services contract.

Churchill extends college deal

Churchill Services has been awarded the catering contract at Wiltshire College, where it has been providing cleaning services for the past three years.

Ampersand takes Kew 

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has appointed CH&Co's specialist venue and visitor attraction catering business on a five-year, £28m contract.

Charlton House retains Welsh Assembly contract

CH&CO's workplace dining business has won a new five-year contract to provide catering and hospitality services to the National Assembly for Wales. 

Sodexo named event caterer of the year

The support services group has been named Event Caterer of the Year for its partnership with Henley Royal Regatta at the inaugural Sports and Leisure Catering Awards, held earlier this week.

Lusso reports bumper contract haul

CH&Co Group's specialist City of London caterer has secured £48.7m of new and retained business over the past 14 months, almost half of it with new clients.

Kudos sent to Coventry

The contract caterer has continued its recent winning streak by securing a new deal in the education sector.

Vodafone service standards lead to early accreditation

Gather & Gather has been awarded the Hospitality Assured accreditation by the Institute of Hospitality for its work with Vodafone UK.

Kudos for Mermaid

The caterer has landed a seven-year contract at London's Mermaid theatre and events venue.

BMA names Ampersand as catering partner

The British Medical Association has awarded a five-year contract to the CH&Co Group's specialist venue division covering catering services at BMA House in London.

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What’s driving food and drink trends?

Events of the last year have been instrumental in shaping consumer trends. The speed of change has been remarkable.

Wellness and FM

The word wellness is everywhere. Type #Wellness into Instagram and you'll find 30 million posts ranging from bowls of green salads, to intense exercise routines, to bottles of activated charcoal. All with a collective 'shine' associated with good health.

Ordering in: giving customers what they want

How can facilities managers help workers create better lunchtime habits? Nick Hucker has some observations about current trends.

Cash is no longer king for the FM

Driven by the phenomenal growth of smart technology over the past decade, the UK is heading towards becoming a largely cash-free society, with people preferring to use alternative and more convenient methods of payment.

Unlocking the sustainability opportunities in catering

With two-thirds of UK consumers recently stating they would boycott brands that lack an ethical conscience, sustainability is an increasingly important issue for facilities managers with CSR targets to meet.

Contract catering: new demands, new solutions

The UK food service industry is changing fast. Competition in the market is stiff, regulation is on the rise, customer expectations are shifting, and like much else in FM there's growing pressure for integrated solutions. Andrew Brown explores the issues.

The Perfect Workplace Brew

Coffee has become so firmly embedded in the cultural psyche, many of us simply could not work without it. Jenna Horsnell examines the various hot drinks options available to businesses to ensure workers never go without.

New Allergen Regulations: What They Mean in Practice

Wan Mak looks at the new regulations, why they are important and the challenges that they are bringing to the foodservice industry.

Will Work for Food

Christopher Pedersen examines what food options are available to businesses and how facilities managers can make the best choices for their company.

On the Menu

If you're interested in a textbook summary of a highly successful career in catering, from motorway rest-stop dishwasher to MD of a multi-million pound business, Mark Nelson is your man.

Sustainable Best Practice

The catering industry needs to feed its next generation with knowledge, argues Mike Mellor.

Sustainable Food Services

Over the past few years, we have seen an increasing trend for client companies to look to food to lead the sustainably message in the workplace.

Fresh Thinking

Alastair Storey reflects on the first 10 years of BaxterStorey in contract catering and its growing impact in meal provision in private and state schools.

Working Lunch

A new generation of workplace consumers is having a big impact on foodservice companies and on their offerings.

Maximising Performance on Catering Contracts

Miles Quest writes: Contract catering has come a long way in the last 20 years. But concerns about the effectiveness of public procurement - and the drive for the cheapest price rather than the best value - still worry catering companies.

Intelligent Practice

Andrew Markwell writes: Business intelligence and the art of using it wisely - that is, using data to feedback valuable information into the business - is becoming even more important in the light of rising costs and a tough economic climate.

Taking a Bite Out of Contract Catering

Elliott Chase writes: Unashamedly a 'boutique' catering operation, Bite has been in the marketplace for less than two years. But business is good - good enough that it can turn away about 50% of the contract opportunities that come its way.

Getting the Most from Your Chef

Richard Leeming asks: What do you do when you need to employ a chef but not on a full-time basis? You don't want this professional sitting idle for part of the day while he is still drawing a salary.

Nil Subsidy? Nil Chance

Richard Leeming explains why nil subsidy, once a common phrase in the contract catering industry with many clients believing it to be nirvana, fails to deliver.

Flexible Dining

Creating staff dining facilities for modern business requirements requires the specialist knowledge of a food service consultant to get the right results, as two examples from the telecoms and pharmceutical sectors reveal.

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The changing face of workplace catering

If the workplace is to adapt to the needs of a new generation of staff, then so too must the food options on offer, says Nicola Morris.

Brands in the workplace

Walk into many workplaces and the shared space can resemble more of a high street than an office environment.

Tougher Criteria on the Menu

Issues surrounding nutrition continue to be in the spotlight and that means companies are looking for their caterers to provide more than just a good price.