Sodexo has been awarded a contract worth €1 million a year from Trinity College Dublin, the highest ranked university in Ireland, according to the QS World University rankings for 2018.

With over 17,000 students, the university has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence.

Geraldine Ruane, chief operating officer, Trinity College Dublin, said “Trinity is delighted to work with Sodexo as our new catering partner providing a new café concept on campus extending our food offerings to our students, staff and visitors.”

Sodexo’s contract includes a complete refurbishment of the Arts Building café, introducing a bespoke café concept – The Perch – which will refocus and refresh the space, putting in a new selection of new food offers and providing new seating to increase capacity.

Sodexo will aim to make the space work harder, so that it becomes a social hub for students on campus and will work closely with local suppliers to offer food that is fresh, tasty and ethically-sourced, whilst still competitively-priced.

Paul Anstey, chief executive officer of Schools & Universities, Sodexo UK and Ireland, said; “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract at Trinity College Dublin. We hope the staff, students and visitors enjoy the new café concept as well as our responsibly-sourced, healthy range of freshly-prepared food and refreshments.”

Margot Slattery, country president, Sodexo Ireland, also commented; “Sodexo has a strong reputation for providing innovative food offer to our clients in Ireland. We are confident we can bring together strong sector and local knowledge to provide a superbly-executed and innovative café concept.”

Sodexo Ireland is a leading provider of food and facilities management services to clients in business and industry, education, financial services and healthcare. It employs approximately 3,700 staff in over 230 locations across Ireland, serves 90,000 people daily and spent over €19 million on Irish food in 2016.

Last year, NUI Galway awarded Sodexo its first Irish university catering contract when it was appointed to manage the 720-seater An Bhialann restaurant.

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