The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) announced the Compass Group North America as the 2023 recipient of its Black Pearl Award. Sponsored by F&H Food Equipment Company, the Black Pearl Award will be presented at IAFP’s Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, taking place July 16–19.

The Black Pearl Award is given annually to one company for its efforts in advancing food safety and quality through consumer programs, employee relations, educational activities, adherence to standards, and support of the goals and objectives of IAFP.

Compass Group is a contract food service business that operates in tens of thousands of food service locations and employs hundreds of thousands of associates in the U.S. alone. The company’s comprehensive food safety system covers four pillars: Food Safety, Food Quality, Food Fraud, and Food Defense.

Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Compass Group’s North American division had more than 280,000 associates and $20.2 billion in revenues in 2022. The company has the privilege of serving premier healthcare systems, respected educational institutions, world-renowned cultural centers, popular sporting and entertainment venues, and Fortune 500 organizations.

The UK-based Compass Group PLC operates in approximately 40 countries and employs more than 500,000 associates worldwide who are committed to delivering superior service to create the best customer experience. The group had revenues of around £25.2 billion in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022.

Compass never compromises on the health and safety of its people and customers. Ranked by industry peers on Fortune’s 2023 list of World’s Most Admired Companies, Compass has also earned a spot on Newsweek’s 2023 lists of America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity and America’s Most Trustworthy Companies. Compass Group is among the Top 50 Companies Changing the World, according to Fortune.