Compass Group UK & Ireland, the UK’s largest food and support services firm, is launching its innovative Chop Chop hot ‘food-to-go’ options, to be introduced across its various sectors and client sites in the UK this autumn.
Currently in trials around the business, the hot food-to-go range includes the new ‘hot pot’ concept, hot meals contained within a hand held pot, and specially designed Toasties and Paninis that can be held hot and ready to eat for up to two hours. This new range is the latest addition to the company’s Chop Chop food-to-go options, which already includes sandwiches, salads, snack pots, sushi and fruit pots.
A full selection of fourteen hot pot meals have been developed, ranging from more ‘traditional’ options such as a ‘Full English’ or Mac N’ Cheese, alongside more adventurous choices such as the vegetarian Halloumi, Butternut and Courgette Tagine and the Katsu Chicken Curry. Most of the range come in under 500 calories, and there are also Gluten Free and Vegan choices.
Assembled off-site and sent to units chilled, the pots can be displayed as either hot held or chilled and ‘ready to heat’. The hot held options are cooked in microwaves, using Compass’ exclusive steam-cooking technology, allowing fresh vegetables to be cooked from raw to retain their nutritional value. Once cooked, the products are placed in hot holding units, maintaining the ideal temperature for a period of two hours. Alternatively, the chilled options are held in a refrigerated display cabinet for customers to take away and cook themselves at a later time.
Louise Pilkington, Marketing Director, Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: “Our new food-to-go range is based on extensive research into the market and consumer needs. As a nation we’ve come to expect tasty, healthy and filling meals in a matter of minutes. Chop Chop is a chef designed range of hot and cold grab-and-go food, which means time poor consumers don’t have to compromise – it’s a great food experience however and whenever they want it!”
This comes off the back of the launch of the chilled Chop Chop range earlier this year. The development of Chop Chop uses many insights from Compass’ ‘Eating Out of Home’ survey, which estimates that the grab-and-go market is now worth £20.1bn. The new brand brings a delicious range of food to go to Compass customers across the country.