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October 26, 2017

Collaborative partnership boosts gluten-free capability

A NEW partnership between Compass Group New Zealand (Compass) and Nestlé Professional presents the opportunity to provide a wider range of foods that meet the needs of people on a gluten-free diet.

“Our dietitians work closely with our clients to create nutritional, gluten-free healthy menus,” says Compass Retail and Supply Chain’s Solutions Director, Jane Fitzpatrick.

“This exciting partnership will enable us to add to this important part of our service, as it …


September 29, 2017

First ‘gluten-friendly’ accreditation in student halls recognised

WELLINGTON’s Victoria University is the first tertiary institution to achieve Coeliac accreditation in New Zealand, thanks to a partnership between Compass Group New Zealand (Compass) and Coeliac New Zealand (Coeliac NZ).

Compass provides food and support services to the university’s six Halls of Residence. The company partnered with Coeliac NZ in 2016, to achieve gluten-free accreditation through independent auditing company SGS in August 2017.


September 1, 2017

Compass top chefs scoop medals

Four of our ‘top chefs’ brought their passion for cuisine and cooking to the annual NZ Hospitality Championships 2017, scooping six medals at the fiercely contested national event.

More than 800 competitors cooked their hearts out, with challengers from primary school age in the Kiwi Kids Can Cook competition through to professional chefs competing in over 74 classes.

“This is an outstanding result and we’re incredibly proud of Korapin Sripong, Rangi Apera, …


August 30, 2017

Great team player celebrated

Kitchen assistant Matthew Bush celebrated his 10-year work anniversary at Compass with his family, friends, and workmates.

In 2007, Southern Cross Brightside cook Somporn Widgery – who is also Matthew’s caregiver and friend – brought him to work with her. And he loved it!

“Matthew was so helpful and enthusiastic, we were delighted he wanted to be part of our kitchen team and that he is still working with us 10 years …


July 24, 2017

Compass News – Issue 1, July 2017

Find out what our great teams are doing across New Zealand – from collaborating with the Kaikoura community, to supporting FoodShare, to improving people’s lives through food technology innovations and healthy, nutritious meals and menus . Also, try out our delicious Pulled-Pork Bao Bun recipe! Enjoy!

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May 16, 2017

Students benefit from hospital kitchen training

A LOVE of food, learning and supporting people to succeed are what motivates Middlemore Hospital’s Food Services Manager Karen Reynecke.

With a background in food services education, Karen began working for Compass Group New Zealand’s (Compass) in 2015 when she took up the challenge to run one of the country’s busiest hospital kitchens. While Karen’s focus is on the kitchen, the ‘classroom’ beckoned when she was invited to give a motivational …


April 18, 2017

Graduate pursues cookery dream

FRESH produce, family and ‘foodie’ tendencies motivated Mars Petcare Catering Assistant Hannah Cairncross to achieve her Professional Cookery Diploma, from Wanganui Universal College of Learning.

Hannah began working for Compass Group New Zealand (Compass) in Wanganui as a casual employee in 2016. This experience inspired Hannah to explore study options to further her career in cooking and baking; today she is part of the Compass permanent employees team.

“I have worked for …


March 30, 2017

Massey University first to benefit from technology solutions

MASSEY University students and staff will benefit from one of the country’s most flexible on-site food services payment options in New Zealand.

Compass Group New Zealand (Compass) introduced the #itsyourchoice food services payment offering to the Albany and Manawatu campuses, in response to increased demand for more flexibility and choice around meals on campus.

“The university asked us to come up with a more flexible approach to paying and choosing meals at …


March 30, 2017

Reviewers bowled over by University of Otago Oval food

CRICKET reporters rated Compass Group New Zealand’s (Compass) food the best in the country at the University of Otago Oval.

As part of a ‘best cricket experiences’ in New Zealand review, the University of Otago Oval, Saxton Oval and Bay Oval tied with the top scores. While tied, the reviewers admitted: “In truth, Dunedin is best”.

Compass’s Sports and Leisure Sector catered for the South Africa test cricket series in Dunedin, pulling …


March 24, 2017

CHT residents celebrate St Paddy’s Day

CHT resident Frank Nicolas and Compass / Medirest’s Senior Living Implementation Specialist Jamie Wan celebrate.

CHT CELEBRATED St Patrick’s Day with its residents with a little Irish flair, over a themed lunch and decorated dining areas across 12 Auckland facilities and three facilities in Bay of Plenty.

“It was a lovely occasion for the residents, who said they enjoyed their meal of Dublin Coddle – bacon and pork sausages stew, Colcannon – …


March 23, 2017

Refreshed campus cafés wow students

THOUSANDS of hungry university students enjoyed fresh flavours, wholesome food and great coffee at Compass Group New Zealand’s revamped campus cafés within days of opening, all in time for Orientation Week.

The new eateries – Streat, Treat, The Bread Co., Must.Have.Coffee and The Sandwich Company – are based at Massey University’s Auckland and Manawatu campuses.

“The Compass team has really loved developing and creating our great new menus, dishes and flavours for Massey …


March 23, 2017

Wine lovers win through Compass

Compass’s Dave Gerretzen and Connie Riddell are looking forward to using the site’s new bike to get around.

A PARTNERSHIP between Compass Group New Zealand and Hãhã wines celebrates great Aotearoa wine from the Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay regions.

Through the partnership, a promotion was held inviting wine lovers to purchase the wine at Compass Group’s ESS sites across the country. Customers who bought Hãhã went into the draw to win a …


March 21, 2017

Green fare surprises lucky customers

Christchurch Tegel Chicken staff enjoyed a little Irish flair, fun and flavour at its cafeteria, thanks to the efforts of Compass Group New Zealand’s creative cookery to celebrate St Patrick’s Day this year.

“We made a variety of ‘green’ foods including meringues, green scones and green muffins. It was a lot of fun – our customers always enjoy theme days,” says Compass Group New Zealand Site Manager Louis De Lange, …


March 6, 2017

Compass baristas raise the brew bar

COMPASS Group New Zealand’s (Compass) Baristas fiercely competed to see who could brew the best coffee in the country at the company’s annual Barista competition on Thursday 16 February 2017.

Compass partners with Cerebos Greggs Food Service (Cerebos) to recognise great Baristas using top-quality ORB 101 coffee beans. Around 40 Baristas enter to compete for the final four top spots.

Amy McKinnon (Medirest, Senior Living, Hawke’s Bay), Sarah Strawbridge (Medirest, Christchurch Public …


March 1, 2017

Kiwis benefit from donated meals

Caption: KiwiHarvest Driver Terry Marsters delivering ready meals to Auckland City Mission.

ALMOST 5,000 Kiwis have benefitted from food donated to community organisation KiwiHarvest by Compass Group New Zealand (Compass).

The company donated around 5,000 freshly frozen Meals on Wheels to Auckland-based KiwiHarvest to share across the city including Manukau, Takanini, South Auckland, Western and Central City Foodbanks, Elim Soup Kitchen, emergency housing accommodation, among other people in need.

“These meals have …


February 2, 2017

Team celebrates Chinese New Year

Caption: Food Services Coordinator Sherry Ning shared her passion for food and her delicious family recipes with her team.

Good friends and great teammates – Cook Rangi Apera helps Staff Café and Cook Mele Mau prepare the meal.

Sherry Ning and one of our fabulous Food Service Associates Ahiliya Narayan look forward to lunch.

Mele Mau adds the finishing touches to the delicious dumplings made by Sherry Ning.

COMPASS Group’s Medirest …


January 27, 2017

Partnership benefits environment

Caption: Espresso Alley Barista Jessica Jessica is a big fan of the BioPak art series cups used by Compass Group across many of its healthcare sites in New Zealand. Jessica is part of our great Middlemore Hospital team.

A PARTNERSHIP between Compass Group New Zealand (Compass) and ‘green’ packaging company BioPak is achieving good environmental and social benefits.

BioPak provides environmentally-friendly takeaway coffee cups to most of Compass’ healthcare sites in New …


December 22, 2016

Festive fare for hospital patients

Caption: One of our festive Christmas menus created to share a little cheer across our New Zealand hospitals.

Thousands of hospital patients across New Zealand will be treated to a special Christmas Day menu on 25 December, created and prepared by Compass Group’s Medirest teams.

The menus include celebration ham with cranberry sauce, roast or mashed potato, fresh vegetables, and warm Christmas pudding, among other choices including vegetarian options.

“The Christmas season is …


December 22, 2016

Compass Group celebrates success

Caption: Some of our Star Awards 2016 Winners (from left) Karen Reynecke and Sherry Ning (Auckland), Wendy Hammond (Gisborne), Robert Prior (Dunedin), and Lauren Scott (Auckland).

Compass Group New Zealand celebrated its people’s talent at the company’s annual Star Awards event, by awarding 10 Star Awards and 30 Excellence awards across the country.

“We like to recognise outstanding performance and innovation across Compass Group through our awards as a way to saying …


December 15, 2016

Christchurch enjoys ‘theatre style’ food

Tasty, hot, fresh and modern food prepared in real-time by our Medirest Christchurch Hospital team.

Medirest New Zealand’s new ‘theatre’ live food preparation service at Christchurch Hospital has got off to a roaring start, selling out within 30 minutes on Day One.

“Our Medirest team introduced ‘live’ food preparation to The Great Escape café, as we wanted to create a different and enjoyable food experience for our customers,” says Medirest Retail Manager …