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French Food Services

Sodexo (formerly known as Sodexho Alliance) is a French company with multinational operations that provides food and facility management services. The company is massive in its scale of operations and serves over 100 million people every day. Sodexo’s services are employed in several sectors, with everything from private businesses to governmental agencies and publicly owned facilities such as schools and prisons. It is headquartered in Issy-les-Moulineaux, a suburb of Paris, and its shares are traded on EPA.

Société d'Exploitation Hôtelière

Sodexo was founded in 1966 by Pierre Bellon in Marseilles, France. Initially named "Société d'Exploitation Hôtelière," the company began by providing catering services to companies, schools, and hospitals. During the 1980s and 1990s, Sodexo experienced significant growth and expanded outside of France. Alongside its geographical expansion, Sodexo diversified its service offerings, moving beyond catering to include facilities management services. The turn of the century saw Sodexo accelerate its expansion, growing through a broadening of its service portfolio and strategic acquisitions.

Food Services

Sodexo is most known for its food services, which include managing cafeterias in educational institutions and corporate offices, where they provide daily meal services to students and employees. It also supplies catering services to institutions such as correctional facilities, and governmental agencies. Additionally, they handle event catering, offering food services for events such as conventions and trade shows. Two publicly traded companies with similar services to Sodexo are Aramark and Compass Group.

Other Services

Beyond its well-known food services, Sodexo offers a broad range of facilities management solutions to complement its catering services. These services encompass maintaining and managing physical spaces for its clients, as well as building maintenance, cleaning, and security services. These complimentary services are aimed at providing comprehensive solutions for its clients in turn helping institutions such as schools and offices to receive all its services from one company.