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Michelin star chef, author and restaurateur JP Mc Mahon with Julianne Forrestal, executive craft chef, Sodexo Ireland, Patricia Walsh, business development manager and Ann Duggan, commercial manager, NUI Galway at the announcement of Sodexo’s €2M catering contract with the university

Sodexo scores a first in Irish University catering deal

Sodexo has been awarded its first Irish university catering contract with NUI Galway, one of Ireland’s oldest and largest universities.

The deal which is worth €2 million annually, will see Sodexo deliver a range of bespoke catering services to the University’s 17,000 students and more than 2,400 staff.

Sodexo will manage An Bhialann, a 720-seater restaurant that forms the heart of NUI Galway’s on-campus catering offer. It will refocus and refresh the restaurant, putting in a new selection of food offers and will work closely with local suppliers.

JP McMahon, the Galway-based Michelin-star winning chef, author and restaurateur, will act as its menu consultant in addition to providing training for the company’s 40 staff on-site.

A student experience manager will be employed by the services company to provide a central point of contact on campus and to help build positive, two-way relationships with students and staff.

Commenting on the contract, Ann Duggan, commercial manager, NUI Galway said:

We are delighted to welcome Sodexo, the global leader in the provision of catering services within the University sector internationally, and look forward to working with this innovative company who will provide a bespoke food offering focusing on wholesome, locally sourced food enhanced through the involvement of local food advisers to students, staff and visitors.”

Sodexo will also introduce innovative LeanPath technology to help drive down food waste. LeanPath is an electronic smart meter which enables kitchen staff to track, monitor, and reduce food waste using a tablet device.

Paul Anstey, chief executive for Sodexo Universities UK, Ireland and Nordics said:

This is a fantastic opportunity for Sodexo. NUI Galway is one of Ireland’s most well-respected and popular universities.

“Sodexo has an excellent reputation for catering and using locally sourced and fresh food in Ireland. We are confident we can bring together strong sector and local knowledge to provide a superbly-executed and innovative food offer for NUI Galway.”

Sodexo delivers integrated services to clients in business and industry, education, financial and healthcare sectors in Ireland, employing 2,100 staff in 200 locations and serving 90,000 people daily. With a commitment to locally-sourced and fresh food, Sodexo spent €21 million on Irish food in 2015.


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