Sodexo has opened a new cloud kitchen in Dublin after launching workplace catering subsidiary Fooditude in Ireland.
Sodexo acquired a majority shareholding in London-based Fooditude in December last year, giving it ownership of a ‘delivered-in’ workplace catering business that counts the likes of Netflix and Pinterest among its customer base.
Sodexo said that London-based Fooditude will have an important part to play in its strategy as it develops new digital-enabled and consumer-focused food services.
Fooditude has a track record in fresh, fun, on-trend menu options, allowing organisations to offer food as a benefit to entice employees back to workplaces, supporting the role of the office as space for collaboration and connection, and building employee productivity, health, and wellbeing.
Food is ordered in advance via the Sodexo Twelve Pay app that provides a seamless ‘order-to-delivery’ experience.
Fooditude’s off-site production capability allows organisations to review their real estate and re-model existing kitchen space for valuable business activities.
Julie Ennis, CEO of corporate services at Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “Our investment in Fooditude is a crucial element in the evolution of Sodexo’s workplace food services. Organisations are rethinking the way they work, reviewing their office footprints and the purpose of those spaces, so it is crucial we have the right flexible, digitally-powered food services to meet our clients’ and consumers’ needs.
“We are delighted to take Fooditude to Dublin. We see significant potential to establish and grow the business there, with clear benefits to our current clients as well as an offer that will help us grow our Ireland business and target new clients in the city’s fast-growing technology and media sectors.”
Fooditude continues to be run by husband-and-wife team Dean and Samantha Kennett, who have strong personal connections to Ireland.
A craft team will operate out of its new Dublin cloud kitchen at Clarehall in Santry.
The Fooditude team will be preparing sustainably sourced, seasonal on-trend office catering delivered daily by its vans to clients in the Dublin area.