Irish Village Markets are coming to a workplace near you

Compass Ireland’s new foodservice with Irish Village Markets will see artisan foods land on-site at workplaces across Ireland.

Irish Village Markets and compass Group have forged a partnership to bring eclectic and healthy artisan foods to Irish offices.

Since its launch in 2005, IVM has become one of the best-known food market operators in the country, expanding to 12 locations in Dublin, including Mespil Road, Spencer Dock, The Grand Canal and Sandyford Industrial Estate.

“The launch of Irish Village Markets at Compass Ireland client sites will give employers a new way to reward and re-energise employees as they return to workplaces”

IVM specialises in healthy, nutritious, and diverse street food and has close working relationships with over 35 vendors serving a wide range of multicultural cuisines ranging from Spanish, Mexican and Lebanese, to Korean, Brazilian, and Hawaiian.

Food for thought

“Our partnership with Irish Village Markets is the latest step in the reimagining of our business at Compass Group Ireland,” explained Deirdre O’Neill, managing director of Compass Group Ireland.

“The way we work has changed enormously and we are responding to the changing needs of our customers, diversifying our offering, and putting healthy, nutritious, diverse, and flexible food options at the heart of everything we do. The launch of Irish Village Markets at Compass Ireland client sites will give employers a new way to reward and re-energise employees as they return to workplaces. It will also allow us to support local, independent food suppliers and give them a much-needed boost and a unique platform to reach new customers.”

Now, employees returning to workplaces will be able to enjoy a delicious range of food options served on-site by IVM vendors, such as Meat Mafia BBQ, who source all their beef in Ireland, Jaru’s gourmet Korean soul food, including Kimchi Mandu, pork belly, a wide array of delightful “Banchan” side dishes and homemade sauces, and Shaka Poké’s fresh and flavourful salmon and tuna salads. 

Also on the menu will be Kerala Kitchen, the well-known Indian eatery whose owner Lewis Cummings recruits his chefs all the way from Kerala in Southern India for restaurants on Baggot Street and in Stoneybatter.

Compass Ireland’s new partnership with Irish Village Markets will allow the Irish-owned street food specialist to broaden its reach in the market, giving its carefully chosen roster of 35-plus leading vendors access to new customers following a difficult 18 months of trading for many in Ireland’s food sector.

“Our partnership with Compass Group Ireland presents a very exciting opportunity to expand and bring our special brand of street food goodness to more people,” said Tara Dalton, co-founder and owner of Irish Village Markets.

“We have close working relationships with vendors serving cuisines from all corners of the globe and catering to all tastes. Compass Ireland has shown tremendous vision in imagining this new way to bring delicious food to Irish workplaces, while also supporting IVM and the small Irish vendors we work with, who will now have a completely new trading option.”

Main image at top: Deirdre O’Neill, managing director of Compass Group Ireland, pictured with Tara Dalton, co-founder and owner of Irish Village Markets. Photo: Julien Behal

John Kennedy
Award-winning ThinkBusiness.ie editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.

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