Contract food services company Compass Group UK & Ireland has completed the acquisition of CH&CO, a UK and Ireland food services provider.

The deal, first announced in January 2024, has been concluded after it received regulatory approvals.

Compass Group UK & Ireland CEO Robin Mills said: “I am delighted that CH&CO is joining Compass. I have really enjoyed meeting CH&CO colleagues in recent weeks and learning more about the business. Our passion for great food is what unites us.

“We highly value the heritage of each of our individual businesses and as we grow will continue to nurture their specific identity, culture and expertise. Our world-class group of companies will give more choice to our clients and customers.

“I am so proud to be part of all we have already achieved and as we bring our two well-known and respected names together, we are committed to being a force for good in the industry.”

CH&CO’s portfolio of brands, which includes Gather & Gather, Vacherin and Company of Cooks, operates across workplace catering, events, venues, visitor attractions, stadiums, education, healthcare and hospitality.

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The integration with the Compass Group is expected to provide increased supply chain security and accelerate innovation.

The deal will allow the businesses to capitalise on their mutual strengths including a passion for food, a client-centred approach, a people-focused culture and commitment to sustainability.

Bill Toner will continue as CH&CO’s CEO while CH&CO’s chief operating officer Allister Richards will join the Compass Group UK & Ireland’s executive team.

CH&CO’s senior management team will remain in place.

Toner said: “It’s fantastic that the deal has now been completed. It’s so exciting to watch our team continue to evolve. Not only are we joining the number one caterer in the UK, but globally too.

“I am hugely proud of the business CH&CO has become over the past 30-plus years, and I’m delighted that it’s found a home for its next chapter at Compass.

“I am looking forward to working closely with our new colleagues as we begin the transition, and ensuring our teams and clients capitalise on the opportunities available to them.”