WEConnect International Announces Partnership with Compass Group Canada to Support Supplier Diversity in Canada

WEConnect International and Compass Group Canada today announced a partnership aimed at supporting, promoting and increasing opportunities for women-owned suppliers through Foodbuy, the company’s procurement division. This partnership builds on Compass Group Canada’s end-to-end approach to diversity and inclusion. As one of the country’s largest foodservice providers, Compass Group Canada is focused on improving opportunities for women both within their organization and within the industry as a whole.

“As a large service provider with significant purchasing, we have the responsibility and opportunity to support the advancement and representation of diverse suppliers. We are looking forward to working with WEConnect International to help drive more opportunities for women-owned businesses, and to grow the diversity of our Canadian supply chain,” said Keith Carlson, Vice President, Procurement.

Globally, women’s business enterprises continue to earn less than 1% of the money spent on vendors by large global buyers. As a member buyer, Foodbuy joins a community of leading organizations committed to supplier diversity and inclusion and specifically to increasing the participation of women-owned businesses in their supply chains.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Compass Group Canada and Foodbuy into our community and look forward to supporting their supplier diversity objectives in 2021 and beyond.” said Stephanie Fontaine, Regional Director for the US and Canada. “We’ve had productive meetings and the team is enthusiastic and eager to get involved in the WEConnect International network. We’re aligned on creating beneficial buyer-seller matches, and we’re planning a fall activity for women-owned businesses to learn how to become a supplier to Foodbuy.”

About WEConnect International

WEConnect International is a member-led, global non-profit that brings motivated, large corporate, multilateral and government buyers together with qualified women-owned suppliers around the world. It works with over 110 multinational buying organizations, with over $1 trillion in annual purchasing power combined, that have committed to sourcing more products and services from women-owned businesses based in over 120 countries. WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers and certifies women’s business enterprises based outside of the U.S. that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International provides certification in almost 50 countries that represent over 60 percent of the world’s population.

About Compass Group Canada

Compass Group Canada is Canada’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over 25,000 associates working in more than 2,200 location 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 offshore oil rigs. Compass Group Canada has been identified as a Great Place to Work®, the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures, in 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018, as a Best Workplaces™ in Retail and Hospitality in 2021 and 2020 and as a Greater Toronto Area Top Employer in 2021.

About Foodbuy

Foodbuy is the procurement division of Compass Group Canada, that utilizes our vast purchasing volume to deliver cost savings. We work with over 400 leading manufacturers and distributors across Canada and leverage over $2.2 billion in purchasing power. We are a team of supply chain professionals devoted to helping both our members and suppliers grow by delivering the highest level of customer value and experience through innovative, flexible procurement solutions. Foodbuy is much more than a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), we help realize savings and efficiencies by collecting purchasing volume and using that leverage to negotiate discounts with manufacturers, distributors and other vendors.


Stop Food Waste Day Waste Warrior Spotlight: Liane Gregory

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Liane Gregory, Manager, Sustainable Sourcing, Foodbuy Canada

1. What’s your take on all the attention food waste is getting lately?

I love it. We must bring ideas and solutions into the light, so that everyone can start acting individually. There is massive impact when ideas are converted into combined individual actions.

2. What are your best tips to make it easy to reduce food waste in the kitchen?

  1. Batch cook and freeze in portions (so you’re not actually producing leftovers!).
  2. Grow your own herbs. It’s a great feeling to know you grew it and herbs are usually quite easy to grow! So, it’s a few snips vs that huge clump of cilantro.
  3. Organize your fridge to help you. Don’t lose sight of the protein/produce that can go bad. Keep it easily viewable.

3. What is one small change every person can make in their daily lives to make a big difference?

Look in your fridge! Waste often occurs when we aren’t paying attention. “Ooops… that’s gone bad.” won’t happen so much.

4. What is your favourite way to repurpose leftovers?

Incorporating into creative frittatas! It’s Sunday Brunch Surprise. You can amaze yourself with your own creativity.

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 www.compass-canada.com.