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Top Food Service Management Companies

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Food service management companies are responsible for serving, manufacturing, and supplying prepared foods to supermarkets, restaurants and other institutions in need of their services. For 2009, the top companies within the food service management industry were the ones that generated the most revenue in volume. The industry as a whole made close to $2 billion more in 2009 than in 2008, and much of that was produced by the top three companies.

Compass Group North America

As part of Compass Group PLC in London, which is the largest contract catering company in the world, Compass Group North America was responsible for 40 percent of the group's total profits in 2008. It distributes food to corporate dining companies like Bon Appetit Managing Co. and FLIK International, health care companies like Crothall Health-care, restaurants such as Levy Restaurants, and education companies like Chartwells. In addition to the United States, it supplies products to Canada and Mexico. Compass Group North America's total sales volume in 2008 was $9,000.

Compass Group North America 2400 Yorkmont Road Charlotte, NC 28217


Making Fortune magazine's 2010 list as one of the "World's Most Admired Companies," Aramark also initiated $8,925 in sales volume in 2008, making it the second-highest producer in the food service management industry. It distributes food and uniforms for health care companies, colleges and universities, school districts, sports and entertainment industries, business and industry companies such as restaurants, and correctional institutions. It services a total of more than 3,000 locations and delivers to 21 countries outside the United States.

Aramark World Headquarters 1101 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-238-3000

Sodexo Inc.

Earning $7,700 in sales volume in 2008, Sodexo Inc. serves 6,000 clients in North America. The company is part of the global Sodexo located in Paris, which serves 80 countries internationally. It provides food and facility management services for school districts, colleges and universities, hospitals, the federal government, corporate environments, and the entertainment industries such as sports venues. Sodexo was also ranked as the No. 1 company for diversity out of 50 by DiversityInc.

Sodexo Corporate Headquarters 9801 Washingtonian Blvd. Gaithersburg, MD 20878 301-987-4500


Heather Neuharth received her B.A. in psychology with a minor in multicultural and ethnic studies at Westfield State College. She has been employed as a direct-care professional for the mentally ill, a job coach for individuals with disabilities and an activity assistant for the elderly. Neuharth writes for various online publications.