Our History

We’re a young company with old roots. Proudly part of Compass Group, a FTSE100 company, who are our parent company and largest client, we’ve embarked on an exciting journey – one that will see us double our purchasing power to £2bn by 2020.

We launched in 2016 when the procurement arm of Compass Group UK & Ireland merged with Acquire Services Ltd, a specialist procurement business with market leading systems. Now with over £1bn of managed spend, we bring together the widest range of foodservice and hospitality clients to buy food, and everything associated with it.

Founded on trust and collaboration, we can proudly trace our roots back to 1941 when Jack Bateman established Factory Canteens. The world was at war and Britain’s munition factories needed its workers to receive tasty, well-cooked food to keep them going. From those tough, early beginnings, Compass and Foodbuy were born.

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  • 1941
    Factory Canteens Established
  • 1967
    Grand Metropolitan purchases Factory Canteens creating Grand Met Catering Services
  • 1984
    Grand Metropolitan re-launches as Compass
  • 1987
    Compass Group is formed after buyout
  • 1988
    Compass Group floats on the London stock exchange
  • 1998
    Compass Group becomes FTSE 100 company
  • 1999
    Foodbuy USA is founded
  • 2000
    Compass Group UK & Ireland is formed following a merger with Granada PLC
  • 2001
    Compass forms a new team called Compass Purchasing Ltd
  • 2003
    Compass Purchasing Ltd becomes Compass Purchasing & Supply Chain
  • 2007
    Foodbuy Canada is founded
  • 2011
    Compass Purchasing & Supply Chain relaunches as Compass Commercial
  • 2014
    Compass Group buys controlling stake in Acquire Services Ltd, a specialist procurement business with market leading systems
  • 2015

    Compass Commercial awarded Most Improved Procurement Operation - Step Change at the CIPS Supply Management Awards

    Compass Group completes the full purchase of Acquire Services Ltd

  • 2016
    Foodbuy is formed by merging Compass Commercial and Acquire Services Ltd
  • 2017
    We win our first new business as Foodbuy and grow our managed spend by 25%
  • 2018
    We win a major contract with the Department of Health & Social Care to purchase food for over 150 NHS Trusts across the UK