Sodexo wins new partnerships with INSEAD (Asia Campus) and Yale-NUS College

Tuesday, 3 July, 2018

Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services, has been selected as the food services partner of INSEAD (Asia Campus) after a competitive pitch against both local and overseas vendors. Services will begin in August 2018.

Executive dining and event catering are key deliverables for INSEAD, one of the world’s top graduate business schools. On its Asia Campus in Singapore, Sodexo will serve 500 students, 100 executive participants and 350 faculty and staff each day.


Unlike most tertiary institutions, the INSEAD cohort consists of senior business leaders, top-performing executives and high-achieving graduates and postgraduates from over 100 countries across all continents. Their dynamic, fast-paced semesters at INSEAD call for quality food options and conducive networking environments.


Offering homemade pastries, handcrafted beverages, sharing plates and more, the four food and beverage outlets on campus and near student residences fit naturally into the dynamic learning journey at INSEAD.


Rise and shine: Students can sip their morning brew while planning their day at the Grind & Brew coffee shop. Various seating zones allow for networking, individual think time and collaboration.


Lunchtime: The central dining hall, In The Hub serves up freshly cooked dishes at vibrant food stations. In the pipeline is a mobile application that allows students to pre-order their food and “grab and go” from a temperature-controlled cabinet. For a more exclusive experience, diners may conduct business lunches at In The Grove, an executive dining restaurant boasting high-quality dishes, wines and a virtual concierge.


After hours: Grind & Brew transforms into a wind-down destination with live entertainment and a foosball table. Students may also network and relax at The Insiders Den with a premium selection of cocktails and curated food menu.


The contractual win is also an affirming nod to Sodexo’s gastronomic prowess. In Paris, Sodexo runs the iconic Michelin-starred restaurants, Le Pré Catelan and Le Jules Verne. Sodexo is also the appointed food services provider for Cathay Pacific’s business and first class lounges at the Hong Kong International Airport.


Laurent Hochet, Segment director, Schools & Universities, South East Asia says, “Our diverse consumers at INSEAD lead busy days and flit from lessons to project meetings and work commitments, requiring thoughtful dining options to suit their unique needs. To that end, we are able to provide a wide variety of premium offerings and well-designed spaces, thanks to our top-notch chefs and staff. We are privileged to work with INSEAD in Singapore and look forward to a wonderful partnership.”


Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services, has signed a new food services partnership with Yale-NUS College after a competitive pitch. Services will begin at the end of July 2018.


Sodexo’s famed food services will be implemented at Yale-NUS College, Asia’s leading liberal arts college founded by the prestigious Yale University and National University of Singapore. The College has a full residential programme that integrates living and learning, and is home to over 900 students, faculty, and residential staff from over 60 countries.


Central to Sodexo’s offerings are sustainability measures driven by innovative technology and ethical practices. These solutions are tailored to meet the needs and aspirations of a new generation of students who care about healthy eating, how food is sourced and environmental sustainability*.


They include:

1) Responsible sourcing of ingredients such as sustainable seafood and certified sustainable palm oil. There will also be minimal use of single-use biodegradable disposables, plastics and paper among other measures.

2) WasteWatch, a food waste prevention programme developed for Sodexo sites worldwide. Food waste is tracked, measured and reported via a central monitoring system daily. Adjustments are then made to quantities and types of dishes served to reduce amount of waste generated. Students and staff are also actively engaged in the effort through placement of educational posters and transparent bins to develop mindfulness.


In the final stages of pitching, Sodexo received positive feedback from a food tasting session. The participating students with differing dietary preferences and requirements had a preview of Sodexo’s value propositions such as sustainability, nutrition, and themed food promotions. Sodexo also demonstrated commitment to align with Yale-NUS’ smart campus facilities management roadmap by proposing to innovate collaboratively and deploy technology-based solutions in managing the dining operations.


The new partnership with Yale-NUS reinforces the leadership position of Sodexo in the education sector. In Singapore, educational institutes in Sodexo’s current portfolio range from pre-schools to tertiary institutions.


Laurent Hochet, Segment director, Schools & Universities, South East Asia “A vital part of our win is that we are on the pulse of global trends, innovation and sustainability solutions. The know-how we possess coupled with high student engagement can help improve the Quality of Life of the people we serve. We are heartened by the confidence placed in us by Yale-NUS College, and look forward to a positive collaboration.”