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Our history

Compass Group was established in Australia 1999 but collectively our brands have been providing contract food services and support services to our clients in Australia for over four decades.

Compass Group as a company can trace its origins to the UK over 60 years ago. Compass Group was founded in 1941 as ‘Factory Canteens Ltd’ and since those humble beginnings many businesses have joined Compass, helping to make the company the international business it is today.

1941

  • Group founded in the UK as, Factory Canteens Ltd

1965

  • Compass (Australia) Catering and Services Pty Ltd created

1967

  • Bateman & Midland Catering acquired by Grand Metropolitan and eventually merged as  Grand Met Catering Services 

1969

  • Compass Group (Australia) Pty Ltd registered as a trading company 

1981

  • Eurest (Australia) Pty Ltd established 

1984

  • Grandmet Catering re-launched as Compass Contract Services 

1987

  • Management buyout the contract services division of Compass Services from Grand     

1988

  • Compass Group PLC listed on the London Stock Exchange 

1992

  • Letheby and Christopher and Travellers Fare join Compass Group 

1993

  • Acquired Select Service Partner (then SAS Service Partner) 

1994

  • Canteen Vending acquired 

1995

  • Acquired Eurest International from Accor
  • Joint venture with RKHS (India) 

1996

  • Eurest France acquired
  • Launch of Delta Facilities Management Pty Ltd in Australia 

1997

  • Compass Southern Africa created through joint venture with KKS 

1998

  • Join FTSE 100 index  - Restaurant Associates in the USA join the Group
  • ESS Gumala Pty Ltd becomes a registered company 

1999

  • GR SA, joint venture formed in Brazil
  • Compass Group in Australia established
  • Eurest Australia created 

2000  

  • Merger with Granada Group creating Granada: Compass
  • Partnership with Levy Restaurants announced 

2001                               

  • Demerger of Granada: Compass and the newly separate Compass Group joins the London Stock Exchange
  • ESS-NAAD Pty Ltd becomes a registered company (This joint venture is no longer active)
  • 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 

2004

  • Launch of ESS NYFL Pty Ltd

2005

  • Sale of Au Bon Pain (USA)
  • ESS Eastern Guruma Pty Ltd established
  • Acquired Avalane Pty Ltd and developed OMEGA Security Services Pty Ltd in Australia
  • Creation of Sargem Pty Ltd
  • Medirest (Australia) Pty Ltd becomes a registered company 

2006

  • Sale of SSP (including Moto and Creative Host Services (USA), European In flight and Rail Catering, Italian motorway services business, Restaurant Associates/Patina (USA), public restaurants business and Krispy Kreme (USA)
  • Launch of ESS Gebie Pty Ltd 

2007

  • Sale of Selecta 

2008

  • Acquired remaining 50% of GR SA (Brazil)
  • Launch of Scolarest (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • Acquired Professional Services and Medi-Dyn (USA)
  • Restaurant Associates (Australia) Pty Ltd becomes a registered company 

2009

  • Acquired KIMCO Corporation (USA)
  • Acquired Plural Group (Germany) 

2010

  • Acquired Life's a Party Group (Australia)
2011
  • Acquired Heritage Catering Services (Australia)