New Technology Broadens Off-Premise Catering and Food Delivery Capabilities to Serve Clients Nationwide
May 10, 2021 – Charlotte, N.C. – Compass Group USA announced that it has acquired corporate food delivery technology platform EAT Club to expand its digital offerings for food delivery. EAT Club will play a key role in reshaping Compass’ “return to office” strategy to address evolving workplace dining needs and furthers Compass Digital Labs’ mission to build and curate new technology that creates extraordinary customer experiences.
“The acquisition of EAT Club is a leap forward in our commitment to drive the digital future of the hospitality industry,” said Jugveer Randhawa, CEO, Compass Digital Labs. “When you bring together the foodservice experience and infrastructure of Compass Group with EAT Club’s proven technology platform, it presents a huge opportunity to accelerate digital capabilities and expand our collective operations with both new and existing clients.”
As part of the acquisition, Compass will extend EAT Club’s technology across its portfolio of clients in the business and industry, education and healthcare divisions – enabling individually-ordered and packaged meals to be aggregated into one synchronized delivery. EAT Club is the only foodservice technology platform that brings together ordering, food production and on-time delivery into a single operation to create an innovative virtual cafeteria experience.
“Compass has long been revered as a leader in the foodservice industry, and we’re proud to be joining Compass Digital Labs to extend our platform to more companies in a variety of industries across the country,” said Doug Leeds, EAT Club’s CEO who will retain that role as part of Compass USA. “By combining Compass’ foodservice expertise and reach, as well as their intimate knowledge of the customer journey, with EAT Club’s proven cutting-edge technology, we can continue to improve the overall dining experience for millions of people every day.”
EAT Club brings expanded flexibility to the dining experience, serving businesses of all sizes looking for great food at work without a full on-premise foodservice operation. The technology also makes it easier to reach diners in satellite offices of large corporate campuses. As employees return to the office, EAT Club makes it easy to order a variety of great-tasting meals, which can also be planned ahead of time as employees schedule office space and meeting rooms.
Used by Google, Postmates, and nearly 1,000 other companies prior to acquisition, EAT Club offers Compass Group a level of integrated food delivery efficiency that did not otherwise exist. “Once Compass piloted the program, we immediately recognized the value the EAT Club platform would bring to our customers,” continued Randhawa.
Compass Group has already started to integrate EAT Club into existing operations and is serving customers with the technology platform in California and beyond. Plans are underway to expand the availability of the EAT Club technology nationwide in the near future.
Prior to joining Compass Group, EAT Club made a number of strategic acquisitions, including the purchase of Farm Hill Foods and Taro Foods. Intellectual property, equipment and systems gained through those acquisitions will be incorporated into Compass Digital Labs initiatives.
About Compass Group
Compass Group is redefining the food and support services landscape with innovation and passion through the lens of what’s next. Serving premier healthcare systems, respected educational institutions, world-renowned cultural centers, popular sporting and entertainment venues, and Fortune 500 organizations the world over, Compass Group always finds a way to deliver excellence in nearly any vertical. Whether it’s serving school meals students love, high-end concessions in stadiums, or nourishing, home style meals for seniors, Compass is an industry leader. Ranked No. 1 by industry peers on Fortune’s 2020 list of World’s Most Admired Companies, Compass has also earned a spot on Forbes’ list of the Best Employers for Diversity in 2020 and is among the Top 50 Companies Changing the World according to Fortune. Learn more about the Compass experience at www.compass-usa.com.
About EAT Club:
Inspired by the Dabbawala delivery system of India and the bento-box office delivery model in Japan, EAT Club was founded with a hunger to solve the office meal problem in the US. Led by CEO Doug Leeds, President Ben Wright and CTO Nick McCann, EAT Club applies sophisticated technology to power front and back of the logistics solutions that makes it easy for businesses and institutions to offer individualized office meal experiences that suit everyone’s palate, at scale. EAT Club has served over 20 million meals to Facebook, Postmates, and nearly 1,000 other innovative companies that value their employees and empower them to choose their own meals.