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Double whammy for Compass at the 2014 MIDAS Awards

Leading foodservice and support services provider Compass Group UK & Ireland picked up two awards at the 2014 Menu Innovation and Development (MIDAS) awards ceremony last week.

Compass Group news team
Wednesday 12 March 2014

MIDAS Awards


As well as Compass being awarded the Fairtrade prize for its EATFAIR initiative, Chartwells, Compass’ specialist education division, won the New Foodservice Concept Award for its College Offer.

Awarded during Fairtrade Fortnight 2014, Compass was recognised for its continuing support and dedication to Fairtrade through EATFAIR, its countertop retail range that is endorsed by the Fairtrade Foundation. Since its launch last February, products from the EATFAIR range are available in over 1,200 Compass sites and for every item sold, 5p is donated to EATFAIR projects. Within ten months, Compass has raised £55,000, putting it well on track to raise its target of £250,000 over three years.

Oliver Cock, Commercial Director, Compass Group UK & Ireland commented, “We’re really pleased to be recognised for our continued support of Fairtrade. This is the fifth time we have won the Fairtrade MIDAS award, highlighting our ongoing commitment to helping farmers in the developing world, whilst meeting consumer demand for ethically sourced and sustainable food and drink products.”

Chartwells also impressed judges to win the New Foodservice Concept award for its college range. This offer was created following an extensive research project, during which the Chartwells team engaged with students to come up with a food offer that matches the diversity, quality and value of today’s high-street.

The refreshed college offer includes: Quids – a quick service offer at a competitive price; Smoothies – to match an increasingly health-conscious consumer base; The Taste Discoveries concept, which offers variety by featuring five different world cuisines; Homemade Sandwiches – for those who want something simple; and Mister Fry’s – a fully customisable offering, allowing students to choose the toppings they want on their jacket potatoes and chips.

Clare Nutter, Head of Marketing at Chartwells commented: “We’re delighted to be recognised for our new college offer. As a result of the work we’ve done, we’ve seen a significant increase in student uptake of on-site food, which speaks volumes about the way students feel about the price, quality and variety of the food that we now offer.

“We’re committed to staying on-trend with consumer needs, introducing new food concepts regularly, based on student feedback and market trends. We’re also keen to continue developing the product range and extend it to other consumer groups in the education sector.”


For more information on Compass Group UK & Ireland:
Luke Hanley, Compass Group UK & Ireland
Tel: 01895 554462 / Mob:  07917790040
Email: luke.hanley@compass-group.co.uk