Compass completes CH&CO acquisition

The deal has been finalised following regulatory approvals.

Compass Group UK and Ireland has announced that it has completed its deal to acquire CH&CO. The landmark agreement sees the latter’s portfolio of brands – which include Gather & Gather, Vacherin and Company of Cooks – join Compass’s group of companies.

CH&CO has operations covering workplace catering, events, venues, visitor attractions, stadia, education, healthcare and hospitality. A Royal Warrant Holder since 2013, the business has some 10,000 employees, supporting over 900 clients across 1,000 locations. 

Bill Toner will stay on as CH&CO’s chief executive officer (CEO), with Allister Richards, CH&CO’s chief operating officer, joining the Compass Group UK and executive team. The wider CH&CO senior management team will remain in place.

Robin Mills, CEO of Compass Group UK and Ireland, 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.”

Toner added: “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.”

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