Compass Group UK & Ireland launches “EAT” partnership
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Compass Group UK & Ireland launches “EAT” partnership

The world’s largest catering firm, Compass Group, has announced a partnership with leading high street “grab-and-go” brand EAT. Initially, the partnership will be activated in two Debenhams’ stores, but the plan is to roll it out further. Debenhams eating establishments serve 19 million customers annually in the UK and Ireland, and According to Compass Group’s recent “eating out of home” survey, the grab-and-go market in the country is now worth £20.1 billion.

Louise Pilkington, Compass Group UK & Ireland’s marketing director, said:

“We’re thrilled to be extending our brand portfolio with such a well-respected national name as EAT. Our shared focus on providing customers with great tasting, seasonal food makes us an ideal match and will ensure we’re perfectly placed to adapt to the rapidly growing grab-and-go market. Our insights tell us food-to-go is what our customers increasingly look for, but they’re not prepared to compromise on taste and quality, so we’re confident working with EAT. is giving our consumers more of what they want.”

Meanwhile, EAT’s CEO, Andrew Walker, said:

"It feels really good to be launching a new exclusive franchise partnership with Compass to operate EAT stores inside Debenhams and potentially in the future expanding to hospitals and universities within the Compass client base. We hope this is the start of a long and fruitful partnership. This is a great opportunity for EAT. to work alongside other leading brands and to reach a wider audience. The first of these opportunities is within Debenhams, and we look forward to sharing our great-tasting, good mood food with Debenhams’ shoppers!”


Dominion holds Compass Group in its Global Trends Managed Fund.

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