By Terry Macalister
Compass, one of the school catering firms at the centre of the Jamie Oliver row over junk food, is to sell its £500m vending machine business after reporting a 4% annual fall in revenues in the education sector.
The world's largest contract caterer said its Scholarest canteen subsidiary was missing out at state secondary schools where it had worked hard to improve quality because "the take-up of healthier options remains slow". Its performance in primary schools was much better, it said. In September it had warned that it would pull out of schools if it could not make appropriate returns.