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Sodexo Quality of Life Services

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History of Sodexo

Founded by Pierre Bellon in 1966, Sodexo developed from a small family business in Marseilles, France into the worldwide leader in quality of daily life services in four decades. The recipe for our success is well known: our focus on organic growth, our client-centered approach and a unique company culture shared by all our employees.

   
 
 

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46 Years of Continuous Growth...

  • 1966

    Pierre Bellon creates Sodexo in Marseilles, France

    Born into a family of entrepreneurs, Pierre Bellon decided to leave the maritime catering firm founded by his grandfather and try his luck. Taking advantage of the family’s long experience, he set up his own business specialising in foodservices for company staff, schools and hospitals. With a few thousand French francs and a single company restaurant, the adventure begins.

  • 1967

    First multi-service outsourcing contract

    The company enters the multiservice business through a contract with the French government space agency (CNES) in French Guyana, creating the Remote Sites management segment.

  • 1968

    Sodexo commences operations in the Paris area

    Born into a family of entrepreneurs, Pierre Bellon decided to leave the maritime catering firm founded by his grandfather and try his luck. Taking advantage of the family’s long experience, he set up his own business specialising in foodservices for company staff, schools and hospitals. With a few thousand French francs and a single company restaurant, the adventure begins.

  • 1971 - 1978

    First steps towards international expansion and diversification

    Pierre Bellon quickly realizes that the French market is too limited and that major US companies will soon be arriving to compete in Europe. He sets his sights on development abroad, opening operations in Belgium, followed by Italy and Spain. During this decade, Sodexo expands its Remote Sites business first to Africa and then in the Middle East. The 1970s also marks the start of a new activity: Service Vouchers.

  • 1983

    Initial public offering of Sodexo shares on the Paris Stock Exchange

  • 1985 - 1993

    The Group develops across the world

    On the strength of its initial success in France and Europe, Sodexo continues its worldwide expansion. The Group establishes activities in the Americas, Russia and South Africa and reinforces its presence in Continental Europe.

  • 1995

    No. 1 in foodservices worldwide

    As a result of its alliances with Gardner Merchant in Great Britain and Partena in Sweden, Sodexo becomes the world market leader in foodservices.

  • 1996

    Opening of the Service Vouchers and Cards business in Brazil, following the acquisition of Cardàpio

  • 1998

    Foodservices market leader in North America

    Merger of Marriott International and “Sodexo foodservices” and the founding of “Sodexo Marriott Services” in the United States, with Sodexo holding 47% of the outstanding shares. The new company becomes the market leader in North America.

  • 2000

    The No.1 group in Remote Sites management is set up

    Sodexo and Universal Services merge to form Universal Sodexo, the leader in Remote Sites management.

  • 2001

    A period of acquisitions

    Sogeres (France) and Wood Dining Services (United States) join the Group. Sodexo acquires 53% of the share capital of Sodexo Marriott Services. In the United States, Sodexo Marriott Services becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of the Group and changes its name to Sodexo, Inc.

  • 2005

    Michel Landel becomes CEO of the Group

    The Group decides to separate the roles of CEO and Chairman of the Board. On September 1, 2005, Michel Landel, President and CEO of Sodexo North America since 2000, becomes the Group's Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Pierre Bellon who continues as Chairman of the Board. As CEO, Michel Landel initiates the company's transformation through a new strategy and positioning

  • 2006

    Sodexo celebrates its 40th anniversary

    Four decades of extraordinary growth have transformed a small foodservices business in Marseilles into a global market leader that improves the Quality of Daily Life for the people it serves in 80 countries around the world.

  • 2008

    Brand rejuvenation

    The Group also rejuvenates its visual identity with a simpler, more modern design of its logo to give the brand greater visibility and value. The Group acquires the Service Vouchers and Cards business of VR in Brazil to become co-leader of the largest market worldwide. Sodexo carries out additional acquisitions including Zehnacker, which doubles the size of Sodexo in Germany and makes it the country's leader in the Health Care segment.

  • 2009

    New positioning: Sodexo invents a unique offer on the market

    Sodexo presents its new strategic positioning, the new names of its business lines (On-site Service Solutions & Motivation Solutions) and launches a third activity: Personal and Home Services. The acquisition of Radhakrishna Hospitality Services Group, the leader in On-site Service Solutions in India, triples Sodexo's size in this enormous market. The Group acquires Comfort Keepers in North America in the area of Personal and Home Services for Seniors.

  • 2010

    Launch of the Better Tomorrow Plan

    To unify its sustainability initiatives and efforts throughout the world, Sodexo defines three priorities: actively promote nutrition, health and well-being; support the development of local communities; and preserving the environment. Sodexo is ranked 1st by DiversityInc among the 50 top American companies committed to promoting diversity, recognizing the Group's achievements in diversity-management practices. www.diversityinc.com

  • 2011

    An outsourcing champion

    Sodexo chosen as the winning bidder to provide foodservices at 51 Marine Corps mess halls within the continental USA. For its new headquarters in Paris, the French Defense Ministry has selected Sodexo's comprehensive service solution designed to provide a comfortable, modern working environment that promotes performance and efficiency. For the third consecutive year, Sodexo ranked 3rd among the world's leading outsourcing services companies by an industry trade group, the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals.

 

Sodexo in the North Sea

Sodexo has been delivering On-site Services to oil and gas industry clients in the North Sea for more than 40 years, with in-country offices in Aberdeen, Stavanger (Norway), Esbjerg (Denmark) and Hoorn & Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Our presence today came about through the merger of two companies; Kelvin and Universal Services.

 

  Kelvin Remote Site Management

Kelvin was founded in Scotland in 1954 and by 1970 was providing catering services for offshore operations in the North Sea. In time it was recognised as the market leader for the North Sea catering industry.

     

1954
Founded in Scotland.

1970
Providing Catering Services for Offshore Operations in the North Sea.

1983
Became part of the Forte plc group that also included Gardner Merchant.

1993
Gardner Merchant and Kelvin split off from Forte.

1994
Kelvin provides services for the immense Tengiz project in Kazakhstan.

 

1995
Gardner Merchant/Kelvin combine with Sodexho.

1997
Sodexho acquired interest in Universal Services.

1999
Kelvin and Universal Services consolidate their North Sea operations, forming Universal Kelvin.

2000
Name change to Universal Sodexho.

2008 onwards
Now just known as Sodexo.

 

  Universal Services

Universal Services was founded in Alaska in 1946 to provide catering and support services for work crews building defence bases after World War II. Services were soon extended to Alaska oil exploration activity.

     

1955
Operations expanded to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

1964
Expansion to the North Sea.

1974
Support services provided for the construction crews building the Trans Alaska Pipeline.

1995
Universal Services, Kelvin and Sodexho join to form Allied Support JV in the former Soviet Union.

 

1997
Sodexho purchases minority interest in Universal.

1999
Kelvin and Universal Services consolidate their North Sea operations, forming Universal Kelvin.

2000
Name change to Universal Sodexho.

2008 onwards
Now just known as Sodexo.

 
 
   
     
       
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