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,”

A New Way Forward for Compass Group Canada’s Sustainability & Wellness Platform

Body. Community. Planet.

“A vision for healthy people and communities within and beyond our doors….” So reads the vision for Compass Group Canada’s (CGC) new Sustainability & Wellness platform, Body. Community. Planet. The platform is the result of nine months of extensive stakeholder engagement which involved conducting a materiality assessment using feedback from nearly four dozen internal and external stakeholders, consultation with nine internal departments, review of over 60 consumer research papers and articles, and online forums held with students. Reflecting the global reach of Compass Group, the development of the new platform was also supported by colleagues from Compass Group UK&I and Compass Group USA.

The Body. Community. Planet. platform is a reflection of how food connects a healthy body, community and planet. Indeed, the mission of the platform is to empower and make it easy for guests and associates to live their best lives possible, to build better communities and a better planet; for you, for us, and for all. As such, the platform takes ownership of the incredibly important and powerful role that Compass plays in the lives of our guests and in communities near and far.

Highlights of the new platform include best practice programs from around the Compass world, such as: Menus of Change (menu philosophy to put more plant-forward meals as centre of plate); Winnow (food waste reduction technology); and a Buy Local program.

We can’t wait to share all the stories of how the platform is positively impacting guests and communities within and beyond our cafés.

ESS Support Services Named to Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces North America List

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ESS Support Services Named to Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces North America List

It is always rewarding when hard work and team effort is recognized but even more so when it is recognized by external experts. Compass Group Canada is excited to announce that ESS Support Services has been recognized by Achievers, an industry leading provider of employee recognition and engagement solutions, as being one of North America’s 50 Most Engaged Workplaces. This award highlights the incredible work done by our ESS managers and associates to create an engaging and rewarding work environment.

To fully understand the unique engagement challenges faced by our associates it is important to know that working for ESS isn’t a typical 9-5 job. ESS is the market leader in total support services solutions for clients in the construction, oil & gas, mining and defence sectors in some of the most remote locations in the world. To work in these locations, our associates are onsite 24 hours a day, most commonly for a span of 20 days straight, leaving their homes, families and friends behind. This creates a unique work environment, where associates, managers and clients not only work together, but live together for extended periods of time.

Faced with a changing economic work environment and unique engagement challenges our leadership team developed an organizational strategy called THINK, NAVIGATE, and TRANSFORM (TNT) which embodied four pillars – Health, Safety & Quality (HSEQ); Food; Guest Experience; and Client Value. To integrate this new strategy in the culture of ESS, we partnered with Achievers to develop a recognition program aligned with the four TNT pillars. This new program encouraged managers and associates to recognize and reward each other based on the new vision and values put forward in TNT. Associate engagement has become an important element of our business, so much so that engagement and recognition are now key performance indicators for our managers.

With vast distances between isolated work sites, communication played a vital role in keeping our associates connected. ESS offered various means to facilitate communication between peers, managers and leaders – a monthly magazine, a company survey, toolbox meetings to reinforce safety and address concerns, a confidential Speak Up program, daily workplace walks and service standard questionnaires to continually improve the customer experience and identify those excelling in their role.

All of these elements, plus an incredible commitment from our all of our associates is what has helped us create one of the most engaged workplaces in North America.

If we are to be successful, we must be a team in the strongest sense of the word.

Foodbuy wins the 2017 Pinnacle Award for Supplier of the Year by Hotelier Magazine

October 18, 2017 – Foodbuy, North America’s largest procurement organization supporting the foodservice industry across Canada & the United States, has been recognized by Hotelier Magazine as their 2017 Pinnacle Award Winner for Supplier of the Year. Foodbuy focuses on delivering unrivaled value through extraordinary insights, partnerships and people, this was the driving force behind this prestigious industry award.

Kostuch Media Limited, publisher of industry magazines Foodservice and Hospitality and Hotelier, recognizes companies who are industry leaders in the area of diversity, customer service, innovation, creativity and Canadian spirit.

“Over the past 10 years, we have created an innovative data-driven procurement system that aligns our Partners with our national and regional suppliers to ensure they have timely access to the products and services they need,” said Matt Gillison, SVP, Foodbuy Canada. “We have also engaged associates who are passionate and committed to what we do and we have looked for ways to embrace new innovations that will make business easier for our Partners. I am exceptionally proud of the work our team has done and truly believe that this award belongs to all of them.”

In 2018 Foodbuy celebrates 10 years of success in Canada, has experienced consistent double digit growth, and this past year grew by +35 percent YOY. As an industry leader in procurement, technology, data management and analytics, Foodbuy helps ensure our Partners have the products and services they need to succeed in their own businesses.   

Foodbuy Canada has been evolving and enhancing its model over the past 10 years, supporting more than 5,000 hospitality operators in Canada.  Strong supplier and distributor partnerships enable Foodbuy to deliver exceptional value, year over year, to our Partners. We are honored to be selected as the number one choice in the foodservices procurement industry by our colleagues, Partners & peers. 

Foodbuy’s largest Partner is Compass Group Canada, who became a market leader in contract foodservice and facilities management through a simple recipe: great people, great service and great results. This easy-to-follow recipe serves millions across the nation, from serving delicious, nutritious meals at school cafeterias, corporate cafes, hospitals and remote camps to routine cleaning and maintenance services at your workplace and airports. Chances are good that if you’re hungry and away from home, you’ve tasted Compass Group’s award-winning food and experienced our exceptional support services. For more information visit


Compass Group Canada and Their Suppliers Help Raise $100,000 to Increase Fresh Food Across Canada

Canadian businesses join Hockey Hall of Fame and NHL celebrities, and a World Champion curler to help raise funds to fight food insecurity

Compass Group Canada presented Food Banks Canada with a cheque for $100,000 today at the Compass Stars and Strikes Celebrity Charity Event. The event is a key fundraising element of Compass’ Nourish program. The funds raised today through the generosity and support of Compass suppliers will be used to increase the amount and diversity of fresh, nutritious food to families-in-need through community gardens and food education programs at select food banks across Canada.

The level of food insecurity continues to increase across Canada with more than 860,000 Canadians turning to food banks each month. Compass’ $100,000 donation will help create sustainable solutions to ensure all Canadians, regardless of income, have access to safe and nutritious food to lead healthy and productive lives.

“As a leader in foodservice, we understand the important role that quality food plays in our everyday lives and we strongly believe that everyone should have access to fresh, nourishing food.” said Saajid Khan, CEO, Compass Group Canada. “Community gardens do more than just provide fresh local food. They serve as a hub where people access healthy food and develop relationships by gardening together.”

“Every day the food bank network aims to put nutritious food on the table for Canadians who are struggling with hunger and these efforts would not be possible without the generosity of companies like Compass,” says Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director, Food Banks Canada. “Through programs like community gardens, we not only provide essential fresh foods but also the learning supports so families and individuals in need can be on the path to self-sufficiency”

Compass Stars and Strikes Celebrity Charity Event special guests included:

  • Rod Black
  • Wendel Clark
  • Dale Hawerchuk
  • Al Iafrate – HHOF ‘01
  • Kirk Muller
  • Wayne Primeau
  • Billy Smith – HHOF ‘93
  • Dave Ellett
  • Peter Mahovlich
  • Brad May
  • Gerry Cheevers – HHOF ’85
  • Rachel Homan

Since October 2014, Compass, through its Nourish program has donated $485,000 to Food Banks Canada. From the Maritimes to British Columbia, Compass has supported over 45 community gardens and provided educational opportunities to ensure high levels of participation in fresh food adoption and healthy eating. To view a short video on Nourish’s community impact, visit

About Compass Group Canada
Compass Group Canada became a market leader in contract foodservice and facilities management through a simple recipe: great people, great service and great results. This easy-to-follow recipe serves millions across the nation, from serving delicious, nutritious meals at school cafeterias, corporate cafes, hospitals and remote camps to routine cleaning and maintenance services at your workplace and airports. Chances are good that if you’re hungry and away from home, you’ve tasted Compass Group’s award-winning food and experienced our exceptional support services. For more information visit

About Food Banks Canada
Food Banks Canada supports a unique network of over 3,000 food-related organizations in every province and territory that assists more than 860,000 Canadians each month. Together our network shares over 200 million pounds of essential safe quality food annually, provides social programs that help to foster self-sufficiency, and advocates for policy change that will help create a Canada where no one goes hungry. Visit for more information.

Rod Black (from left); hockey legend Pete Mahovlich; Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director, Food Banks Canada; and Saajid Khan, CEO, Compass Group Canada, shown in Toronto, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Compass Group Canada’s Stars & Strikes Celebrity Bowling Event, were among many celebrities who attended the event and raised $100,000 to help end food insecurity in communities across Canada.