Compass cooks up a cloud canteen for hybrid workplace

In a possible shake-up for the Irish foodservices sector Compass has invested in Feedr to roll out a delivered office food solution for the hybrid work future.

Compass Group Ireland has launched a new solution for the hybrid working situation that companies will face.

The launch of the company’s successful Feedr app in Dublin, partnered with the catering group’s new virtual kitchen facility, Copper Pan Kitchen, will give employers a flexible and scalable way to feed their teams whether on-site in the workplace or at home.

“Feedr’s Cloud Canteen solution allows businesses provide a flexible food perk without needing a full onsite restaurant”

Compass Group acquired Feedr, a UK developed Cloud Canteen solution, in March last year to accelerate digital transformation of its workplace foodservices and as a key element in its ‘return to work’ strategy.  

Additional investment in the region of €500,000m has been made in the development of the virtual kitchen infrastructure in Dublin and modification of the Feedr app to facilitate production and contactless delivery of meals to workplaces and homes here.

An army marches on its stomach

The office food solution means companies can temporarily swap onsite catering and buffet style meals for an individual delivered service.

Whether a company is feeding 15 or 500, at the office or at home, the Feedr app allows individual users select healthier choices from an extensive rotating menu of 140 balanced meals that help boost physical and mental wellbeing.

Eating good food at work is a core part of the office experience for many, that is both social and comforting, says Deirdre O’Neill, Future Food Offer Director at Compass Group Ireland.

“Feedr’s Cloud Canteen solution allows businesses provide a flexible food perk without needing a full onsite restaurant.  Employees have nutritious meals delivered to the office, on the days they’re in, and Feedr simultaneously groups orders, minimising the number of deliveries”.

The Feedr service, which will only be available in the Dublin area during 2021, will increase flexibility for corporate customers and facilitate social distancing thanks to app-based pre-order and pre-payment, agreed workplace collection points, and notifications when food is ready.

With Compass Group support in Dublin, Feedr has been able to scale its core proposition further and continue to drive rapid product innovation to help businesses digitise catering solutions, Riya Gover, CEO at Feedr, says.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming new customers to our community, as businesses make their way back to the office in Dublin in the coming months.”

Businesses have access to an admin portal, where they can choose the level of subsidy, amend the schedule, and monitor employee engagement. There is no subscription fee and Feedr only charges for active users, allowing companies to manage fluctuating headcounts.  Home delivery of meals in the greater Dublin area is also an option.

The cloud kitchen

Vegetarian, vegan, nut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free meal options are all provided via the Feedr app, individually packaged and named.  Users are also able to choose their lunch based on life goals, such as opting for low carb or gut health optimising food. 

A diverse menu offers flavours from around the globe including Asian, French and Italian favourites, burritos, steak pie or salads, soup and sandwiches, as well as chocolate desserts and treats like muffins and pastries. 

The new Copper Pan Kitchen offering also champions Ireland’s agricultural base.  90pc of produce is sourced locally, including grass-fed Bord Bia-approved beef and lamb, milk, eggs and seasonal fruit and vegetables.  All packaging is 100pc recyclable or compostable.

The Feedr and Copper Pan Kitchen solution from Compass is perfect for businesses without a restaurant facility onsite, or those now rethinking their catering options, Deirdre O’Neill says.  

“A Cloud Canteen service takes the headache and risk out of managing your own kitchens, particularly with businesses focussed on managing cost during a time of unpredictable headcounts.  It’s scalable and cost-effective and doesn’t sacrifice quality, but saves on maintenance, utilities and waste.”

Feedr the soul

Tech solutions like Feedr will make the return to work easier for businesses that want to foster a sense of continuity and motivate employees, O’Neill adds.

“Cloud Canteen reaches near full uptake among employees of businesses who opt for the service, by giving them a safe and efficient way to enjoy subsidised workplace or at-home delivered meals.

“Even before the pandemic we were starting to flip the script on what food in the workplace means.  The traditional notion of 9-5 office working and fixed mealtimes is becoming a thing of the past.   We need to flex and adapt, manage unpredictability and feed the nation’s workforces in a way that works for them,” O’Neill added.

Main image: Shay Kendrick, Compass Group Ireland Culinary Director,  Vicki Murphy and Brendan Heinzl, Feedr Delivery Driver 

By John Kennedy (

Published: 27 April 2021