7 May 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Global services company Sodexo has launched Kitchen Works Co. - a new catering offer to meet the needs of employees in manufacturing premises and data centres.
The first Kitchen Works Co. restaurant opened last week at Toyota's Burnaston manufacturing site in Derby, the home of the new Corolla launched in January.
Kitchen Works Co. has been developed using "the latest consumer insight".
Sodexo's research among automotive workers in 2017 showed that 64 per cent were aware that their performance and productivity is directly related to what and when they eat and 68 per cent regard the quality of food provided as important, but only 32 per cent felt well catered for by their organisation.
To address this, Kitchen Works Co. delivers a wide range of meal options featuring global cuisine, plant-based dishes for those following vegetarian or flexitarian diets, and a new grab-and-go range. Traditional favourites such as "sausage and mash will be served alongside 'hero' dishes such as chipotle glazed belly pork with gratin potatoes and sautéed courgettes and chicken katsu curry and rice".
Sodexo invested in the refurbishment of the main restaurant at Burnaston to create the new Kitchen Works Co. It now caters for 2,600 workers, and includes a new and improved layout, digital screens and new furniture as well as a new menu that also includes using rescued fruit and vegetables as part of Sodexo's 'Wasteful to Tasteful' initiative.
Sodexo says it shares a common goal with Toyota "to help employees improve their health and well-being at work, and at home as well as a strong commitment to sustainability".