History > The Beginning
British-based Compass Group PLC dates back to 1941 with the foundation of 'Factory Canteens Ltd' in England. Compass Group's beginning in the USA began in 1994 with the acquisition of another canteen, Canteen Corporation, with $1 billion USD in revenues.
In 1995, Compass Group North America established its headquarters in Charlotte, NC. We were awarded with what was, at that time, the largest business and industry account in the US foodservice market, providing IBM’s 100,000 employees with food and vending. That same year, we acquired FLIK International, a $56 million USD contract company based in the New York area.