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Mount Charles wins £8.4m Kildare uni catering deal

Mount Charles has won a landmark four-year, catering services contract with Maynooth University in Kildare, Ireland, worth €10m (£8.38m).

The deal, will see #TeamMC provide food and beverage services to the University’s 14,000 students, staff and visitors onsite, which will continue to grow over the duration of the contract.

Maynooth University is one of four constituent universities of the National University of Ireland and in 2019 was placed #50 in the global top 100 universities under 50 years old, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Mount Charles will run all the Maynooth University foodservice operations on the campus including restaurants and cafes. The main student restaurant Phoenix has received a complete branding overhaul to become Urban Square Food Co and Urban Square Coffee Co, boasting large graffiti artwork, pool tables and football tables.

A new and exciting brand, Pop has been introduced to the Arts Building, offering sweet treats such as milkshakes, bubble waffles, and ice-cream. Improvements have been made to the Starbucks café, situated in the John Paul II Library and Mount Charles’ own Mexican street food brand, Coco Diablo, has been installed in the John Hume Building.

Terry Woods, Commercial Director, Mount Charles Ireland, said, “We are thrilled to have secured this contract and our team is delighted to be working with one of the most prestigious universities in Ireland.

“We are looking forward to working alongside Maynooth University and deliver on our ambitious plan to completely transform the campus restaurants and cafes and offer something really unique to students, staff and visitors.”

Michael Rafter, Director of Campus and Commercial Services at Maynooth University, said, “Mount Charles’ creativity and innovation immediately stood out for us and their understanding of our student population and campus was a strong element of their proposal.

“Mount Charles are transforming our students’ dining experience and how we engage with them. We believe that campus catering is an important part of delivering a great campus experience. Ensuring we have the very best catering service and value for money, quality food offer, is essential for the health and well being of the University and its community.”

The company has recently added a catering contract with the Irish Blood Transfusion Service to its Republic of Ireland client portfolio, alongside prestigious contracts with RTÉ, Griffith College Dublin, the Public Appointments Service, Ordinance Survey Ireland, Abbey Theatre, National Aquatic Centre and Custom House in Dublin.