TORONTO — Compass Group Canada and Copper Branch have launched an exclusive national partnership aimed at improving the availability of plant-based options in healthcare and post-secondary settings in Canada.
This partnership unites the plant-based-food expertise of Copper Branch and the foodservice expertise of Compass Group Canada to deliver a best-in-class experience for Canadian customers seeking improved access to vegan options.
Under this agreement, Compass Group Canada has the option to open up to 50 Copper Branch locations over the next 10 years, with five planned openings in the next year. These new locations will put a wider array of healthy, plant-based options within reach for Compass Group Canada customers, while simultaneously fuelling Copper Branch’s growth.
“We’re committed to making sustainability a key driver in our decision making. Plant-forward meals is one of the key action platforms of the Compass Group sustainability strategy, promoting menu choices that are better for the body and the planet,” says Michael Hachey, Chief Innovation Officer at Compass Group Canada. “This strategic partnership is a direct response to what our customers have told us: they want healthy, plant-based options that are environmentally sustainable and fit into a well-balanced lifestyle.”
“Our partnership with Compass Group Canada will allow us to put vegan options within reach for more Canadians while accelerating our growth and expanding our national footprint,” says Rio Infantino, Copper Branch’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are thrilled to partner with the nation’s leading foodservice provider to diversify diets from coast to coast.”
Copper Branch also recently announced that two of its Toronto locations will now stay open past midnight. Its location at 410 Bathurst St. is now open until 2 a.m. seven days a week and its restaurant at the Sheppard Centre is open Thursday through Saturday until 2 a.m. and Sunday through Wednesday until 1 a.m.
“Customer response to these two locations staying open late has been incredible,” says Copper Branch global director of Marketing, Andrew Infantino. “Our customers love that they can replicate their late-night favourites — such as burgers, Buffalo wings, nachos and even poutine — in an all-natural, healthy version when they’re out late in the city.”