Compass Group Canada announces the opening of its Cuisine Centre and Introduces Steamplicity(R) to Canada - A Cooking Revolution!

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Compass Group Canada is pleased to
announce the opening of its new Cuisine Centre.
    The 6,140 sq. ft. Cuisine Centre is located close to the company's
Mississauga based head office. The centre was designed and developed primarily
for the preparation and assembly of Steamplicity meals.
    Compass Group Canada is the first organization to bring Steamplicity
technology to Canada.
    Steamplicity is a unique and simple cooking method. It uses a combination
of steam, pressure and microwave energy to deliver superior, fresh-cooked and
wholesome food. Steamplicity's secret is the patented technology, which
includes a unique valve that keeps the internal pressure and temperature
constant throughout the cooking process. The quick steam cooking process
ensures that food retains valuable nutrients and reduces utility usage
relative to other food service systems.
    All Steamplicity meals are assembled and sealed in the HACCP designed
facility, which maintains a temperature of 4C or less. The Cuisine Centre's
coolers are monitored to ensure that all meals stay at this temperature for
food safety.
    In addition to the closely monitored temperatures, the tray sealing
machine's metal detector completes a final check on each meal to ensure none
of the meals are released with any unwanted particles.
    "Steamplicity has been developed with the customer in mind and has
resulted in an improvement to food and service standards and increased
customer and client satisfaction. The meals have been described as 'excellent
and superb,' just like in a fine dining establishment," said Ilona Jonus, Vice
President, Steamplicity. "We are absolutely delighted to be the first to bring
this culinary innovation to Canada," said Jonus.
    Compass Group Canada's Executive Chef Don Giles, along with Compass's
team of dietitians developed each of the Steamplicity meals. They are prepared
by placing the food in individual or bulk, heat proof, pressure-resistant
plastic packages, which are then sealed and refrigerated. All meat and starchy
carbohydrates are cooked, while the fish and vegetables - except for frozen
peas and corn - are placed in the packages fresh and raw at the Cuisine
    Steamplicity meals are delivered to client sites in temperature
controlled trucks, and monitored by data loggers. Prior to service, the meals
are pressure cooked in microwaves for three to six minutes using the
innovative valve control system. Heating the water molecules within the food
builds steam pressure, and the pressure is released gradually through the
unique valve to cook the food. Throughout the food preparation and delivery
process, systems are in place to ensure food safety and hygiene.
    This method of steam cooking is the healthiest way to cook food while
retaining the nutritional value, colour, texture and flavour of the meal. Food
is cooked just minutes before it is served. There is currently no other method
available that takes food and freshly cooks it for immediate consumption.
    Steamplicity meals come in three different formats; individual plated
meals; multi-portions; and retail vending meals, suitable for healthcare,
education and the retail sector. The Cuisine Centre offers a wide variety of
menu choices to suit all tastes.

    About Compass Group Canada:

    Compass Group Canada is the country's leading foodservice and support
services company with revenues of around $1.2 billion in 2008. Operating in 55
countries and with over 388,000 associates worldwide, its parent company,
Compass Group PLC had revenues of (pnds stlg)11 billion in the year to
September 30, 2008.

For further information:

For further information: Cindy Harris, Director of Communications,
Compass Group Canada, (905) 568-4636 x 432,

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