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Our history

We can trace our roots back from 1941.

The many businesses that have joined Compass Group since then have contributed to our rich heritage and shaped the personality of our business today. Whilst we have come a long way from these humble beginnings to become the international business we are now, the commitment of our people to our customers, the quality of our service and our spirit of innovation remain a constant and ongoing feature of our development.

1941   Group founded in the UK as 'Factory Canteens Ltd'
1967   Bateman & Midland Catering acquired by Grand Metropolitan and eventually merged as Grand Met Catering Services
1984   Grandmet Catering re-launched as Compass Contract Services
1987   Management buyout the contract services division of Compass Services from Grand Metropolitan and form the new Compass Group
1988   Compass Group PLC listed on the London Stock Exchange
1992   Letheby & Christopher and Travellers Fare join Compass Group
1993   Acquire Select Service Partner (then SAS Service Partner)
1994   Canteen Vending acquired
1995   Acquire Eurest International from Accor
Joint venture with RKHS (India),
Compass China was established
1996   Eurest France acquired
1997   Compass Southern Africa created through joint venture with KKS
1998   Join FTSE 100 index, Restaurant Associates in the USA join the Group
1999   GR SA, joint venture formed in Brazil, Compass Group in Australia established
2000   Merger with Granada Group creating Granada:Compass, Partnership with Levy Restaurants announced
2001   Compass and the newly separate Compass Group joins the London Stock Exchange
Sale of Forte Hotels division
Acquired Morrison Management Specialists and Crothall (USA)
ADNH, joint venture in the Middle East formed
Selecta Group acquired
2002   Acquired Seiyo Foods (now Seiyo Food-Compass Group) in Japan, Acquired Bon Appétit (USA)
2003   Onama Group (Italy) acquired, Sale of Travelodge and Little Chef
2005   Sale of Au Bon Pain (USA)
2006   Sale of SSP (including Moto and Creative Host Services (USA)), European Inflight and Rail Catering, Italian motorway services business, Restaurant Associates/Patina (USA), public restaurants business and Krispy Kreme (USA)
2007   Sale of Selecta
2008   Acquired remaining 50% of GR S.A. (Brazil)’ Acquired Professional Services and Medi-Dyn (USA)
2009   Acquired KIMCO Corporation (USA), Acquired Plural Group (Germany)
2012   Acquired Shing Hin(HK)