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Meet the 2021 FM Top 50 contract management companies, including Compass, Aramark and Sodexo

The 2021 edition of Food Management Top 50 Contract Management Companies lists the 50 largest firms by 2020 revenue that operate dining, catering and other food-related services for clients in venues like schools, colleges, hospitals, senior living facilities, businesses and sports and entertainment venues.

Food Management’s Top 50 Contract Management Companies tabulates the 50 largest firms by 2020 revenue operating dining, catering and other food-related services for clients in fields ranging from schools, colleges, hospitals and senior living facilities to business and industry, sports and entertainment, corrections and parks/recreation. Each company is ranked by top-line North American revenues for fiscal or calendar year 2020. All figures are self-reported, unless noted with an (e), which designates an FM estimate derived from research and analysis, including published reports and previously submitted company data, when available.

It should be noted that while the goal of the Top 50 is to provide the most accurate comparison of the largest foodservice contractors, it does not necessarily reflect each firm’s relative presence in a particular segment or market. Also, some companies—particularly the top three of Compass, Aramark and Sodexo—do some of their business in areas other than foodservice, something we have tried to note in the listings under “Business Mix” where available.

Obviously, the entire foodservice contract industry was massively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic that struck the world in spring of 2020, ravaging different market segments to various degrees, so we have not only reported the last two year-to-year revenue figures but also historical revenue data from previous Top 50 listings—where available—to indicate how each firm was impacted top-line by the crisis and what might be the historical norm they might be expected to return to post-pandemic if they can maintain solvency and adapt their operations to the new market realities.

In addition, we asked each firm to provide a summary of how the pandemic affected their business and what business adjustments and operational changes they made to meet the crisis. These are presented in mildly edited form as part of each entry that submitted a response.

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