Compass Group Plc has teamed up with the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo in Italy to share and develop best practice in the food industry.
The exclusive agreement will see the two organisations to work together on research projects to explore and analyse trends in the food industry and take the findings direct to organisations and consumers.
Two of the initial projects they will work on will look at how people can maximise their energy levels, and therefore their productivity, throughout the day, and to increase education around the supply chain.
The partnership is expected to also offer the students and employees of both organisations a range of training and development opportunities, including an annual scholarship and dedicated training courses.
Peter Cinelli, director of international clients and market development at Compass Group, said: "Compass and its sector operating brands have a long-standing reputation for quality food and service, attracting the very best industry talent.
"We believe the University's experience and approach are the perfect match for our organisation, and we look forward to working together as we anticipate the future needs of our clients, consumers and employees. This partnership will give us access to new research and insights into the next generation of food service innovators."
Carlo Petrini, president of the University of Gastronomic Sciences and of Slow Food International, added: "This new venture will help to boost our research activities and it is a new step in our goal of supporting global companies that are interested in working with quality foodstuffs, environmental sustainability, and social ethics."