Compass Group USA, the parent company of Chartwells Educational Dining Services at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named to Fast Company’s annual ranking of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2018.
Compass is listed first in the Food category and 34th overall in the Top 50 Most Innovative Companies list.
“This recognition is extremely humbling,” says Alicia Ticer, director of Marketing and Student Engagement for Chartwells at Southeast. “On the Southeast campus, Chartwells continually strives to find new interactive opportunities to provide to our guests. Within the past academic year, we implemented strategies such as digital ordering systems at Towers Café, introduced our Dine on Campus App and expanded our Text2Solve campaign, which allows guests to chat directly with locations’ directors. We always look forward to finding new ways to best serve our Southeast community!”
Dr. Bruce Skinner, associate vice president for student life, said that through Southeast’s partnership with Chartwells, the campus enjoys the support of an internationally recognized food service industry leader.
“Chartwells has been a critical partner at Southeast for almost 20 years and has made significant investments in our facilities and the dining program at Southeast,” he said.
Gary Green, chief executive officer of Compass Group USA said they are delighted to receive this recognition from Fast Company.
“Innovation is a driver across Compass Group throughout every one of our companies and in everything we do, whether it’s technology, culinary or initiatives in sustainability and supply chain management,” he said.
The 50 Most Innovative Companies were curated from Fast Company’s Top 10 Lists, which recognize pioneering companies across 36 categories, from food to artificial intelligence to wellness. More than three dozen Fast Company editors, reporters and contributors surveyed thousands of companies – many of which were identified by a new MIC submission process – to create these lists.
About Compass Group
Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Compass Group North America is the leading foodservice and support services company with more than 250,000 associates and $17 billion in revenues in 2017. Compass Group USA has been recognized by Forbes as a Best Employer for Diversity for 2018. With more than 550,000 associates worldwide, its parent company, UK-based Compass Group PLC, has been named in the Forbes Global 2000 – World’s Best Employer list for 2017. Compass Group PLC had revenues of £22.9 billion ($29 billion USD) in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017.
About Fast Company
Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethical economies, leadership and design. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, one of the United States’ leading media companies.