Eurest, the workplace division of foodservice giant Compass Group UK and Ireland, has been awarded a contract by Royal Mail to deliver services, including catering, across nearly two thirds of its sites until 2025.
The leading B&I company has worked with Royal Mail, feeding its army of key workers, for 22 years and its existing strong relationship was a big decider in winning the contract. Eurest showed a deep understanding of Royal Mail’s needs and demonstrated an ability to develop flexible solutions to the challenges brought on by the pandemic, whilst still delivering a consistent and strong service.
Eurest has created a new menu, which has been driven by a food philosophy that responds to the COVID-19 crisis by offering scalable, sustainable and nutrition-led options to boost employee health and wellbeing. The menu boasts over 280 healthier and more flavoursome dishes, seven new hot counter concepts, a promise of 80 per cent British produce and 25 per cent reduction in calories per 100g of food. Each recipe has also been fully assessed by Eurest’s team of nutritionists.
Plant proteins are used where possible, food waste has been reduced and sustainable ingredients given preference. Grains like white rice have been substituted for higher fibre wholegrains such as bulgur wheat and brown rice. The new menu will support key workers by giving them access to a first-rate food offer.
Technology will also play a key role with cashless payments and app pre-ordering systems integral to COVID secure environments, enabling employees to reserve their meal and seat or click and collect if preferred. This will allow employees to avoid crowds and the high street, as well as feel confident to eat in their workplace.
Morag Freathy, Managing Director, B&I – Compass Group UK & Ireland said: “We are delighted to be working with a company with such strong heritage and we are committed to delivering an equally strong service to Royal Mail. Over the past year we’ve seen huge innovation and have developed new concepts to bring to the table. COVID-19 has forced us to rethink our workplace dining offer and we look forward to bringing this to life at Royal Mail.”