Compass Group’s Chartwells Higher Education unit has announced its acquisition of FM Top 50 Fresh Ideas Food Service Management, a move it says will allow it to expand into more regional college and university markets while Fresh Ideas continues to build on its strong relationships with its client partners and will continue to operate under the same brand, culture and leadership. One of the most technologically advanced independent contracting companies in the country, Fresh Ideas has actively deployed cutting-edge initiatives such as the use of robot delivery, app-based check-in/check-out , automated pickups and selfies. POS, especially during a pandemic.
“As an organization focused on building strong, collaborative relationships with its customers, the Fresh Ideas team is a perfect fit with our Chartwells culture,” Andrea Johnson, president of operations and growth at Chartwells, said in a statement. accompanying the announcement of the acquisition.
“We look forward to the partnership and the learnings that both companies will bring as we continue to create unique dining experiences on the campuses we serve,” added Lisa McEuen, CEO of Chartwells Higher Education.
Regional catering company Fresh Ideas serves customers located primarily in the Midwest, South and Southeast and will continue to operate under the Fresh Ideas name. About 80% of its business is in the higher education market according to its latest Top 50 submission, with the remainder in K-12, B&I and senior living facilities. Its commitment to sustainability and forward-thinking meals was recently recognized by the Humane Society with an “A” grade on its latest Foodservice Industry Protein Sustainability Scorecard.
“At Fresh Ideas, we are passionate about serving great food and cultivating a culture of caring,” said President and CEO Matt Clervi. “We are thrilled to join Chartwells and work together to deliver exceptional restoration programs to students across the country.”