Canadian Ag-Tech Startup Strikes Exclusive Partnership with Canada’s Largest Food Service Provider

Chartwells Growcer Announcement Photo
Ashton Sequeira, President Chartwells (L) with Ottawa students Alida Burke and Corey Ellis, co-founders of The Growcer

Chartwells Canada partners with Ottawa-based ‘Growcer’ to deploy its smart farming tech on postsecondary campuses nationally and will donate 10% of annual crop grown to tackle local food insecurity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTTAWA, ON, March 5, 2019 – Today, Chartwells, Canada’s largest educational foodservice provider, and the Growcer, announced an exclusive partnership that will bring ‘the 100 foot farm’ to college and university campuses across Canada. The Growcer converts shipping containers into state-of-the-art vertical farms to grow fresh produce for food insecure areas. Chartwells will be the first to bring this innovative and exclusive program to the Canadian higher education landscape with this unique and exciting partnership.    

Founded by Ottawa students Corey Ellis and Alida Burke, The Growcer is a state-of-the-art farming system combining hydroponic technology with precision climate controls that allows the user to easily grow fresh produce in a contained space. Using 95% less water than conventional agriculture, a Growcer container can grow up to 100 kg of vegetables per week. Because it’s a sealed system, no herbicides or pesticides are needed, and the distance the produce travels to the consumer can be as little as 100 feet – making this the ‘100 foot farm’.

“As part of our Thinking Ahead Giving Back vision, we have made a pledge over the next 3 years to deliver 1,000,000 meals to tackle food insecurity both domestically and globally, provide 10,000 hours of community support around mental health and social issues facing students and create 1,000 jobs through a more focused commitment to student employment,” said Ashton Sequeira, President, Chartwells. “At Chartwells, we are committed to delivering a student-first experience on campus and this exciting partnership with The Growcer is another step towards this. We will be donating 10% of annual crop grown to tackle local food insecurity as part of our commitment to deliver 1,000,000 meals over the next 3 years. Teaming up with The Growcer delivers on our pledge and puts student innovation, sustainability and community engagement at the forefront of what we do.”

“We had the opportunity to partner with any of the companies in this space, but we chose Chartwells because of their commitment towards social and sustainable initiatives, their support around student innovation and leadership within their executive team and all the way to their front-line associates,” added Corey Ellis, Co-founder and CEO, The Growcer. “Through our partnership with Chartwells, partner colleges and universities across Canada will benefit from having fresh, local and healthy produce grown only steps away from their food halls and cafeterias, no matter the weather. We’re excited that students will get to enjoy locally-grown, nutritious meals throughout the entire year.”

“The Growcer’s incredible growth is just beginning with the global adoption of indoor farming. More and more, we are seeing ag-tech innovations such as hydroponics being used to address food security challenges, rising population, food prices and shrinking arable land,” said Nick Quain, Vice President of Invest Ottawa, whose tech acceleration program, the IO Accelerator, has provided the Growcer with business advisory and support since 2016.

“We couldn’t be more proud of The Growcer, and congratulations to Chartwells for having the vision to land this partnership with one of Ottawa’s most innovative companies.”

About Chartwells Canada – Compass Group Canada

Chartwells Canada is a sector of Compass Group Canada, the country’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over 25,000 associates working throughout the country. The company specializes in providing foodservices and support services across the core sectors including leading sports and leisure venues, executive dining rooms and cafes, schools, universities, seniors’ residences and hospitals as well as remote camps and off shore oil rigs. With over 550,000 associates worldwide, its parent company, UK-based Compass Group PLC, has been named in the Forbes Global 2000 – World’s Best Employer list for 2017. Compass Group PLC had revenues of £22.9 billion in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017.

About The Growcer

Growcer manufactures modular hydroponic systems that enable commercial food production in plug-and-play 40 ft. modules. Its vertical farming technology enables customers to grow fresh vegetables in -52°C to 40°C weather, while using a fraction of the resources when compared to conventional outdoor agriculture. Initially founded in 2016, Growcer technology has been deployed in nearly a dozen locations in the Arctic, and are among the world’s first year-round commercial farms within the Arctic Circle. Growcer’s work has been recognized with awards from Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and was recently featured on CBC’s hit show, Dragons’ Den.

 

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Canada’s Largest Educational Foodservice Provider Launches The Buy Local Program, With Marketing Support From Foodland Ontario

 

 

 

1st Buy Local certified partners: Patricia Bishop and Josh Oulton from TapRoot Farms, Port Williams, NS

Chartwells Canada’s new Buy Local Program supports community-based local farmers and vendors, connecting students to the people and places where their food is from

MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 6 – Today, Chartwells launched their landmark Buy Local program, a coast-to-coast approach to offering quality-assured, fresh, locally-sourced food from community-based, local vendors. The program is available to approximately 650 Chartwells campuses and schools across Canada. Whether it’s a jar of honey or a basket of fresh blueberries, the Buy Local program will create direct connections between Chartwells’ chefs and local farmers and vendors.

Chartwells’ overarching objective to be a more collaborative thought partner to its schools and campuses.  With this in mind, Chartwells is actively seeking opportunities to do much more than serve food. This means partnering with local businesses and investing into the local communities where Chartwells does business. The Buy Local program is part of the Food with Purpose pillar of Chartwells’ new vision, Thinking Ahead Giving Back (TAGB). Through TAGB, Chartwells has pledged over the next 3 years to deliver 1,000,000 meals to tackle food insecurity both domestically and globally, provide 10,000 hours of community support around mental health and social issues facing students and create 1,000 jobs through a more focused commitment to student employment.

“We recognize that the campuses and schools we serve are not only important academic institutions but also key economic and cultural drivers in their communities. Our Buy Local program is our solution to sourcing local food that contributes to the overall vitality of the communities in which we operate. The program also allows us to respond to the growing demand by our students and partner schools for more locally-sourced ingredients and menu concepts,” said Eli Browne, Director of Sustainability and Culinary Innovation at Chartwells Canada.

Through the Buy Local program, Chartwells chefs can invite local farmers and vendors in their local communities to become an approved vendor through an efficient, online onboarding process hosted on a custom-built website. Participating vendors must meet Chartwells’ stringent food safety standards, and once approved, can begin sourcing to their local Chartwells school(s) and/or campus(es).

In Ontario, the opportunity of the Buy Local program to positively impact local food spend by institutions is one of the reasons why both Foodland Ontario, the consumer promotion program of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Greenbelt Fund, one of Canada’s leading local food advocacy organizations, support the program. Foodland Ontario is partnering with Chartwells to cross-market the Foodland Ontario logo with the Buy Local Program.

“For consumers, local food is at the heart of Ontario’s agri-food industry. Opening the door and making it easier for the Broader Public Sector to procure locally made food is part of our government’s plan to strengthen Ontario’s local food economy,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “We’re proudly promoting all the good things grown and produced here in Ontario.”

“The foodservice and education sectors represent sizable market opportunities for Ontario farmers, food processors and local food vendors,” said Edward McDonnell CEO of the Greenbelt Fund. This is the first time they have supported a program they have not funded.

“Here in Ontario we are thrilled to have the support of Foodland Ontario and the Greenbelt Fund on the Buy Local program. This adds credibility to the structure and goals of the program,” said Eli Browne.

Chartwells will continue to seek support and endorsements from like-minded local food organizations across Canada who share in its goal of bringing more local food to students’ plates.

 

 

Fresh Cup Roastery Café touches down at Victoria International Airport

The arrival of award-winning Fresh Cup promises travellers a unique and innovative food and beverage experience as part of Victoria international Airport’s Lower Passenger Departure Lounge $19.4 million expansion.

June 7, 2019, Victoria, BC Eurest Dining Services, a member of Compass Group Canada, and Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) are pleased to welcome award-winning Fresh Cup Roastery Café to Victoria International Airport. Fresh Cup promises travellers a uniquely fresh, flavourful coffee experience thanks to its small-batch, sustainably roasted organic beans which can be paired with delicious locally sourced food choices.

 “We’re excited to be partnering with Fresh Cup to offer high-quality, locally roasted organic beans that coffee lovers will appreciate,” said Easha Rayel, Food Services Director for Compass Group Canada. “The ‘Fresh Cup YYJ Café’ will offer Fresh Cup coffee by the cup, espresso and special coffee drinks, a wide selection of savoury snacks and pastries including gluten-free items, and a full line-up of BC wine, beer, cider, and spirits.”  

The café is part of the $19.4 million expansion currently underway by Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) to double the size of the existing Passenger Departure Lounge and support the growth in passenger traffic.

With locations in Saanichton and the lower mainland, Fresh Cup is a growing local coffee roasting and café business and a well-recognized brand within the community. In addition to achieving numerous medals for its roasted beans at national and international coffee events, Fresh Cup has been voted ‘Best Coffee On The Saanich Peninsula’ multiple times, while the National Post ranked it as one of the ‘Top 5 Must Visit Coffee Houses’ across Canada.

“Fresh Cup prides itself on delivering the freshest, most consistently delicious coffee, from bean to cup,” declared Jim Townley, Fresh Cup President and CEO. “We’ve poured over two decades of passion and hard work into perfecting a way to deliver the freshest beans and most flavourful cupped coffee possible.”

To achieve this the company uses farmer-direct, single-origin, organic beans, air roasted in small batches using its patented Roastaire® technology, which enables consistent quality. Roastaire® is also Canada’s most environmentally-sustainable coffee roasting technology, producing almost zero-emissions and using 20 times less energy than traditional gas-fired roasters for each pound of roasted coffee.

Roasted locally each day, Fresh Cup beans can be delivered to each café and to each customer quickly ensuring maximum freshness. “Our technology and process guarantees coffee that is so fresh that the elevated flavour often takes new customers by surprise,” reported Townley.

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming Fresh Cup to YYJ,” said VAA President and CEO Geoff Dickson. “I was immediately impressed with the product quality and the knowledge and passion Jim has for his craft and the coffee. The new café will provide another choice for travellers post-security, enhance the experience and ambience of the new space, elevate a local brand and provide a great complement to the Spinnakers On The Fly.”  

Fresh Cup YYJ Café is scheduled to open in August 2019 upon completion of Phase 1 of the Lower Passenger Departure Lounge expansion.

Compass has been named to the 2019 Best Workplaces in Retail and Hospitality list!

Best Workplaces 2019 Retail and Hospitality

Compass has been named to the 2019 Best Workplaces in Retail and Hospitality list!

In October, a random selection of associates were asked to take part in a survey and provide their feedback on what it was like to work at Compass. Their positive responses to questions about credibility, trust, respect, and fairness in our workplace earned us our Great Place to Work certification. The Great Place to Work® organization has now taken those responses and additional material, provided by Compass through a detailed questionnaire, and compared them to other companies in Canada, with the goal of identifying and recognizing the very best in the retail and hospitality industry.

Being listed as a Best Workplace in Retail and Hospitality is very exciting. It shows how much trust associates have in our organization, the level of pride they have in their work, the extent to which their engagement with colleagues is enjoyable and meaningful, and it shows how Compass is delivering on our promise to create an exceptional work environment. The positive feedback we received on our corporate culture is what distinguished us from our competition and made us successful in the comparison process conducted by this global organization.

Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, Great Place to Work® recognizes the Best Workplaces across the world.

This incredible award is a testament to the kind of company we are – one that is open, transparent, and above all else, one of the best places to work! I am very proud of this accomplishment but even more so of what we have created together – a truly exceptional company culture. 

Compass One’s Teaching Kitchen Wins the DUX Eat Better, Live Better Award!

Grand Prix Award DUX 2019 Winner

 

Teaching Kitchen: The ultimate cooking experience

Compass One’s Teaching Kitchen has won the DUX Eat Better, Live Better project category award at the gala in Montreal on January 30th, 2019.  The winning company is recognized for their leadership and innovation in projects that improve the dietary choices, health and wellness of Canadian

So what exactly is the Teaching Kitchen? The Teaching Kitchen is a fun and interactive platform to explore food, learn about nutrition and enhance participants’ cooking skills. Each session is led by a Dietitian and Chef who provide participants with healthy cooking tips so they can learn how to prepare easy, delicious meals made from wholesome ingredients at home.

The Teaching Kitchen had been implemented at North York General Hospital and classes are available for hospital staff including nurses, physicians as well as the community such as previously discharged patients, outpatients, their caregivers and family members.

Participants learn nutrition knowledge and food skills with the intention of improving cooking behaviours, quality of meals and the frequency of meals cooked and eaten at home.  Interactive cooking classes feature fresh seasonal foods, prepared in a manner that excites the senses, builds relationships and enhances the community’s well-being.

Teaching Kitchen Chef North York General HospitalLiterature and research has shown that more Canadians are turning to fast food, delivery and eating out instead of grocery shopping and cooking at home. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, up to 80% of premature deaths related to heart disease and stroke can be prevented through a healthy diet and exercise. Not knowing how to cook stands as a barrier to eating healthy and preparing nutritious meals. Research shows that hands-on cooking classes are effective in increasing confidence with cooking (improved knife skills) and food skills at all ages and that better health and higher fruit and vegetable consumption is related to an increased frequency of meals cooked and eaten within the home. For example, for those with diabetes, cooking programs have resulted in a reduction in A1C (average blood sugar), other studies showed a reduction in blood pressure or improved cholesterol.

The Teaching Kitchen’s goal is to empower and teach participants basic nutrition education and culinary skills through hands on cooking classes so that they have the ability to improve their food skills, cook at home more often and make healthy food choices.

There are many benefits to the teaching kitchen:

  • Increased frequency of cooking at home
  • Decrease home meal time stress
  • Increase frequency of family time at home
  • Increased nutrition knowledge and skills to manage diet and health conditions at home
  • Helps prevent hospital readmissions and address malnutrition in the community
  • Increased appreciation of cultural diversity and world cuisines
  • Improved employee productivity/morale (team building events within the organization)
  • Engagement with existing healthcare organization wellness initiatives (mom baby class, baby food), cardiac, outpatient diabetes, children in kitchen

 

ESS RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE ACHIEVERS 50 MOST ENGAGED WORKPLACES IN NORTH AMERICA FOR 2ND YEAR IN A ROW

ESS SUPPORT SERVICES RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE

ACHIEVERS 50 MOST ENGAGED WORKPLACES IN NORTH AMERICA

FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW

 

Innovative programs and high employee engagement ensure ESS Support Services claims it position as one of 

North America’s most engaged workplaces

 

ESS, a division of Compass Group Canada, has been recognized for the second year in a row as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America. The annual award, issued by Achievers, an industry leading provider of employee recognition and engagement solutions, recognizes those top employers in North America who through their innovative program and strategies display leadership in engaging their workforces.

ESS will be honored alongside other recipients of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ Award at the awards gala on October 22, 2018 at The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto before the opening of this year’s Achievers Customer Experience (ACE) Conference.

“Sustainability in program development and execution is one of the bigger challenges faced by corporations today. By being recognized for the second year as one of Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces proves that our programs for an engaged and positive work place among our associates is definitely working,” said Michael Hachey, President ESS North America. “Ensuring that our workforce is engaged is crucial to the successful execution of our commitment to our clients and the overall success of our business. Receiving this recognition again this year reinforces our efforts to create the kind of workplace we can all be proud of. Our people work in some of the most challenging environments in the world and this award highlights their ability to work together as a team. ”

“The companies we honor as the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ have made the employee experience, engagement and recognition the highest priority. They understand how critical employee engagement is to company performance, and what a competitive advantage it provides,” said Achievers General Manager Aris Zakinthinos. “The companies on this list serve as role models for other businesses by creating an engagement strategy that cultivates a high-performing workplace.”

The winners were selected by a panel of esteemed judges comprised of employee engagement academics, industry analysts, thought leaders, journalists and influencers. Applicants were evaluated based on the Eight Elements of Employee Engagement™: Communication, Leadership, Culture, Rewards and Recognition, Professional and Personal Growth, Accountability and Performance, Vision and Values and Corporate Social Responsibility.

About ESS Support Services and Compass Group Canada

ESS North America has over 40 years of remote support services experience, and is the market leader in total support service solutions for clients in the construction, oil & gas, mining and defence sectors. They go to the ends of the earth to deliver the highest levels of customer support and service to Defence, Offshore and Remote Sites.

Compass Group Canada is the country’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over 25,000 associates working throughout the country. The company specializes in providing foodservices and support services across the core sectors including leading sports and leisure venues, executive dining rooms and cafes, schools, universities, seniors’ residences and hospitals as well as remote camps and off shore oil rigs. With over 550,000 associates worldwide, its parent company, UK-based Compass Group PLC (CPG), has been named in the Forbes Global 2000 – World’s Best Employer list for 2017. Compass Group PLC had revenues of £22.9 billion in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017.

About Achievers
The Achievers Employee Engagement Platform combines an award-winning employee recognition and rewards solution with an active listening interface to accelerate employee engagement. Designed for today’s workplace, Achievers’ innovative cloud-based platform can increase and align employee engagement to business objectives and success. It empowers employees to recognize and reward each other in real time and aligns employees with company values and goals. Achievers connects with employees directly. It’s an always-on, open channel to hear and understand what matters to the individual, and then it closes the loop, delivering bite-sized, personalized actions for both employees and managers, so everyone is empowered to impact engagement right away. The Achievers platform inspires employee loyalty, engagement, and performance. To learn more about Achievers, visit us at www.achievers.com. Achievers is a subsidiary of Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.

Chartwells Canada launches partnership with WE to empower students across Canada to make a difference through their everyday food choices

 

Chartwells Canada launches partnership with WE to empower students across Canada to make a difference through their everyday food choices  

 Through the WE Special meal, students in over 600 Chartwells’ elementary, secondary and post-secondary locations across Canada will have the opportunity to make life-changing impacts with their meal purchases

 

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2018 – Today, Chartwells Canada and WE, a family of organizations that makes doing good doable, announced a new partnership to empower young people to make a difference through the food they eat. Available at more than 600 Chartwells’ elementary, secondary and post-secondary locations across Canada, the Chartwells WE Special is more than a meal with a portion of the proceeds from every special purchased supporting the Food pillar of WE’s holistic sustainable development model, WE Villages. By purchasing the special, students are joining a movement to enable one million meals to individuals in WE’s partner communities.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with WE to empower students to deliver change,” said Ashton Sequeira, President, Chartwells Canada. “Our students really care about doing 
good for others and they vocalize this in many ways. We’ve listened to them and have brought in a partnership with WE that gives them an opportunity to help change the world each day they come to school. Students are presented with hundreds of food choices every day, and with the WE Special, we’re making it easier for students to make a difference in the world.  Chartwells is always looking for sustainable ways to give back, and we’re confident that this partnership will create lasting benefits in the communities WE serves.”

WE Villages is built on five pillars of impact – Food, Education, Water, Health and Opportunity – with the Food pillar focusing on innovative farming techniques helping to ensure communities have access to healthy, self-sustaining food sources. Students can see how they are making a difference thanks to a one-of-a-kind number provided with every Chartwells WE Special, which includes WE’s Track Your Impact promise, a simple code that gives students the opportunity to connect the dots from the meal they purchased directly to the community they are supporting.

“Through the generous commitment of Chartwells, Canada’s leading educational foodservice provider, young change-makers from kindergarten to post-secondary will be able to give back in a new way by fueling their everyday meal choices to do good,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “By supporting communities overseas in building food security, a ripple effect is created. The health of community members flourishes with access to nutrient-rich foods, including students, who develop energy and focus to be successful learners in the classroom. In turn, farmers earn a sustainable source of income and can send their children to school, which creates opportunity for their future.”

The WE partnership is a key element of Chartwells’ Thinking Ahead Giving Back initiative which will see the company engaging with students on a higher level and working with them to tackle some of the key social concerns they face every day.

Through Thinking Ahead Giving Back, Chartwells has pledged to:

  • Deliver 1,000,000 meals both domestically and globally to tackle food insecurity,
  • Provide 10,000 hours of community support around mental health and social challenges facing our students, and
  • Create 1,000 jobs through a more focused commitment to student employment

Alongside the WE Special meal, select Chartwells’ post-secondary dining locations will sell product from ME to WE, WE’s innovative social enterprise that offers products that change lives including ME to WE Chocolate and ME to WE Rafiki bracelets:

  • ME to WE Chocolate is an award-winning treat sustainably made in Ecuador in partnership with local cacao farmers. The product also supports WE’s Education pillar, which helps build schools and provide the essentials for students to learn.
  • In Swahili, rafiki means friends and ME to WE Rafiki bracelets are handmade by artisans in Kenya and inspired by Maasai beading traditions with colourful strands of glass beads. As part of ME to WE’s Artisans initiative, over 1,400 Kenyan Mamas and over 100 women in Ecuador in communities where WE works are now employed full time and make a fair wage (2.2 times the average wage).

Chartwells will also support WE Well-being, a new initiative from WE that aims to empower people of all ages with tools and resources to promote and nurture their own positive well-being and the well-being of their community. Chartwells will fund the delivery of WE Well-being workshops free to students at targeted post-secondary institutions across Canada, beginning this fall.

Chartwells operates in over 600 partner schools, employs more than 6,000 associates and serves over 50 million meals every year. For more information on Chartwells, please visit www.Compass-Canada.com.

Chartwells Canada – Compass Group Canada

Chartwells Canada is a sector of Compass Group Canada, the country’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over 25,000 associates working throughout the country. The company specializes in providing foodservices and support services across the core sectors including leading sports and leisure venues, executive dining rooms and cafes, schools, universities, seniors’ residences and hospitals as well as remote camps and off shore oil rigs. With over 550,000 associates worldwide, its parent company, UK-based Compass Group PLC, has been named in the Forbes Global 2000 – World’s Best Employer list for 2017. Compass Group PLC had revenues of £22.9 billion in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017.

 WE 
WE is a family of organizations making doing good, doable. WE is made up of WE Charity, empowering domestic and international change, ME to WE, a social enterprise that creates socially conscious products and experiences to help support the charity, and WE Day, filling stadiums around the world with the greatest celebration of social good. WE enables youth and families to better the world – supporting 7,200+ local and global causes by volunteering millions of hours of service, shopping daily with an impact, and raising millions of dollars that directly benefit their local communities and the world. Globally, our teams in Asia, Africa, and Latin America have provided more than 1 million people with clean water, built 1,000 schools and schoolrooms overseas, and empowered more than 200,000 children with access to education. WE was founded more than 20 years ago by social entrepreneurs, brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger. Join the movement today at WE.org.

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Plants Take Centre Stage in 2018

Plant Based menuWith the New Year right around the corner, the food and restaurant industry is buzzing with the predicted foods trends of 2018.

One major trend that is going to garner a lot of attention in 2018 is plant-based foods. We have seen an increase in the number of plant-based offerings in grocery stores and in the foodservice industry over the past few years. Consumers are becoming increasingly more concerned with their health, and about sustainability practices and the environmental impacts of their food.

This plant-forward approach to food is certainly one to celebrate, as there are many advantages to eating more plant-based foods, most notably, the nutritional benefits. Here are 3 reasons to include more plant-based foods into your diet:

  1. Increased fibre. Fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, tofu and whole grains are loaded with fibre. Adding more of these foods to your plate will increase your fibre intake, keeping you feeling fuller longer and aiding in healthy digestion.
  2. Inexpensive source of protein: Legumes and soy-based foods (tofu, tempeh, edamame) are cost-effective sources of protein. By incorporating more of these proteins on your plate, your wallet will thank you.
  3. Increases your consumption of whole-foods. Eating more plant-based foods, means you are also eating more whole foods. Whole foods deliver more nutrients then their processed and pre-packaged counterparts. Fresher really is better!

Stay tuned in the new year for how Compass Group Canada will be committing to this plant-forward approach to food, making this 2018 trend one that will definitely be here to stay!

Body. Community. Planet.:  A new food philosophy from Sustainability & Wellness

At Compass Group Canada, we embrace the tremendous power of food and the opportunity we have to positively impact the lives of our guests, our associates and our communities – on both a local and global level.

Body. Community. Planet. is a reflection of our conviction that we can make a positive impact that extends beyond our business. This platform is based on a philosophy that healthy and sustainable menus prioritize food that promotes the wellbeing of people, community and the planet.

These are the principles we passionately pursue, consciously menu and joyfully celebrate within and beyond our cafés. Specifically, we strive to include food that is:

  • Full of flavour, delicious and creative
  • Inspired and designed by chefs
  • Fresh and seasonal
  • Locally grown and produced
  • Wholesome and minimally processed
  • Plant-based, with less red meat
  • Contains more of the good stuff, less of the bad
  • Sustainable and fair
  • Affordable and accessible to all
  • Diverse and culturally authentic
  • Welcoming of all diets
  • Perfectly paired with water
  • Grown, produced and prepared to limit food waste and resource use

As reflected in our tagline “for you, for us, for all,” our goal is to be the company trusted to do the right thing for our guests, for society and for our shared environment.

Simply put, through food, Body. Community. Planet. empowers our guests and our associates, making it easy for them to live their best lives possible and in the process building stronger communities and a healthier planet…“for you, for us, for all,”