Sodexo launches new B&I dining concept

Sodexo has launched Kitchen Works Co. a new food offer to meet the needs of employees in manufacturing and data centre environments.

The first Kitchen Works Co. restaurant opened this week at Toyota’s Burnaston manufacturing site in Derby, the home of the new Corolla launched in January 2019.

Kitchen Works Co. has been developed using the latest consumer insight and offers nutritious and tasty food in a welcoming environment providing a dining space where colleagues can refuel, recharge and regroup away from their day-to-day tasks.

Sodexo’s own research among automotive workers in 2017 revealed that 64% were aware that their performance and productivity was directly related to what and when they eat and 68% regard the quality of food provided as important, but only 32% felt well-catered for by their organisation.

Kitchen Works Co. addresses this, delivering a wide range of meal options featuring global cuisine, plant-based dishes ideal for those following a vegetarian and flexitarian diet 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 & Sautéed Courgettes and Chicken Katsu curry and rice.

At Burnaston, Sodexo invested in the refurbishment of the main restaurant to create the new Kitchen Works Co. The new restaurant, which caters for the 2,600 workers, includes a new and improved lay-out, digital screens and new furniture as well as a brand new menu which also includes using rescued fruit and vegetables as part of Sodexo’s Wasteful to Tasteful initiative.

Toyota and Sodexo share a common goal to help employees improve their health and well-being at work, and at home as well as a strong commitment to sustainability.

James Mundy, marketing manager, corporate services, Sodexo UK & Ireland, explained, “Kitchen Works Co. takes its inspiration from modern quick service restaurants with a home-from-home feel. It has been created to provide a mix of familiar favourites with more aspirational dishes in a relaxing environment.

'With sustainability a key concern for many we are pleased that our chefs will be using ‘wonky’ fruit and veg which not only allows them to be inspired by in-season produce but enables them to use their creativity and culinary skill to create some delicious dishes for the Burnaston workforce.”

Christine Cooke, Senior Manager, Purchasing at Toyota, said, “We are delighted with our new Kitchen Works Co. restaurant which will vastly improve the employee experience for our colleagues at Burnaston.

'It is critical we attract and retain talent at this key manufacturing base for us and giving them access to great, healthy food, in a nice environment and in a way that allows them to maximise their downtime is a vital part of that mix.”

Pictured are Toyota Manufacturing (left to right): Christine Cooke, Shaun Humphries, Alan Camwell, Marvin Cooke (MD), Jim Crosby (Deputy MD), Andy Graham, David Avery, Ian Clemson and Andy Munns, and the Sodexo on site team (left to right):
Lee Morgan, James Mundy, James Dean, Liz Davies, Lisa Summerscales, Sally Wood, Tony Walters (not in view), Jane Pearce and Darren Bartram.