Our history


Compass Group PLC was founded in England in 1941. Today, the company operates in more than 50 countries and employs over 600,000 people worldwide.

Compass Group PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange and has an annual turnover in the tens of billions of euros. Today, the company is recognised as one of the world’s leading providers of food, cleaning and facility management services. Clients include: Shell, IBM, Microsoft, Sony, Apple, American Express, Nike and Mercedes-Benz.



Compass Group Denmark started in 1973 as SAS Catering, introducing a combination of flights and food to the Danish market. The company grew in line with the increasing demand for package tours, and expanded its focus to include opportunities on land in the 1980s. Here, Compass Group Denmark developed into the market leader in catering services and widened its client base to include hospitals and offshore drilling companies.

In September 2010, Compass Group Denmark acquired IDA SERVICE to strengthen its facilities management services.

Today, Compass Group Denmark is the leading provider of facilities management services, cleaning, and staff and campus restaurants for a wide range of companies and educational institutions throughout Denmark. Compass Group Denmark currently operates under the following brands:

  • Eurest – staff restaurants for companies and office buildings
  • Eurest Services – facilities management services, including cleaning, catering and reception
  • Chartwells – campus restaurants for the educational sector
  • ESS – offshore services for drilling rigs

Compass Group Denmark has thousands of employees nationally.

In June 2019, Compass Group PLC entered into an agreement to purchase Fazer Food Services. Read the press release here.


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