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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 – …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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December 13, 2016

Good approach supports ‘green’ goals

Recycled eco office furniture – all made out of cardboard – is being used by the Compass Group team at Victoria University.

Compass Group’s Victoria University food services team has rolled out a number of green initiatives, as part of its commitment towards environmentally friendly, sustainable operations and best practice.

The Wellington-based team has collaborated with its client, Victoria University, to identify smart ways to: conserve energy and reduce water consumption; improve waste …

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December 9, 2016

Kiwi flavour shapes new programme

The Eat Well, Live Well collateral includes: table talkers and posters. These will be placed in key settings including at schools, hospitals, food retail outlets, and defence force dining areas.

Students and hospital visitors and staff are just a few people who will be supported to make better nutritional choices, thanks to Compass Group New Zealand’s Eat Well, Live Well programme.

Eat Well, Live Well will be launched in 2017, as part of …

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December 9, 2016

Middlemore team spreads cheer

Compass Group’s Food Services Coordinator Sherry Ning adds the finishing touches to her festive beverage trolley.

Compass Group’s great team of Food Service Associates (FSAs) is always keen to brighten up a patient’s day at Middlemore Hospital.

The team recently decorated its beverage trolleys to celebrate the upcoming festive season. Food Services Coordinator Sherry Ning says patients appreciate the team’s special efforts to make food and beverage service fun.

“We always try to …

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December 9, 2016

Meals on Wheels gets thumbs-up

Dunedin’s Meals on Wheels Volunteer Drivers test drive the new menu.

Meals on Wheels (MoW) volunteer drivers – invited to give Compass Group’s new MoW menu a test drive at a Dunedin Hospital tasting session this week – have given the new menu a big thumbs-up.

Created by Compass Group’s Medirest specialist team, the menu was tested on Monday 28 November making Dunedin one of the first cities in New …

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December 9, 2016

Passion for food reaps benefits

Massey resident Dwain Tokoara is always looking for fresh ways to create new menus for clients.

A love of food, great team work and passion to succeed all contributed towards chef Dwain Tokoara’s success in the NZ Chefs’ Association National Salon competition.

Based at Middlemore Hospital, Dwain was supported by his team and Food Service Manager Karen Reynecke to participate in the live MasterChef-style event. Competing against nine others in the Senior …

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