PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 24, 2016) – With Major League Baseball’s Opening Day approaching, Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), the award-winning food and beverage, retail and/or facilities services partner at ten MLB stadiums, today announced an expanded partnership with Andrew Zimmern, the three-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef and teacher, to bring his signature offerings to even more baseball fans this season.
Zimmern, who is best known as host and Executive Producer of Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods, debuted as an Aramark ballpark partner last season at Kauffman Stadium, where he introduced Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen Links and Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen Skewers, serving hot dogs, brats, sausages and flat bread sandwiches.
“Thanks to the successful launch of Andrew’s concepts in Kansas City last year, we are excited to expand our relationship with him and provide even more fans the opportunity to sample his culinary creations,” said Carl Mittleman, President of Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment division. “Every year we try to introduce something new that will enhance the game day experience, and I’m confident fans will be pleased with these new options from Andrew Zimmern, as well as the other items our teams are rolling out.”
“Aramark understands better than anyone that fans of all ages want a better culinary experience at the ballpark or wherever folks are convening. By offering such tremendous variety and depths of products from chefs all over America they are providing visionary leadership where it matters most, at meal time. And most importantly Aramark cares about quality. The food is the thing. No gimmicks. No fads. Just great stadium fare made to order, which is what we all want to settle into our seats with,” said Zimmern.
This season, Zimmern developed four signature items exclusively for Aramark’s menus at Citizens Bank Park, Coors Field, Fenway Park, Kauffman Stadium, Minute Maid Park and PNC Park.
Aramark and Zimmern are also partnering on the development of the dining program at U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings, which is scheduled to open later this year.
NEW EATS AT THE BALLPARK
Among the other new items Aramark will roll out at the eight MLB ballparks where it manages food and beverage services:
Chicken & Waffles
Burgers & Sandwiches
Popcorn & Cracker Jack
As part of Aramark’s Healthy for Life 20 By 20 initiative, and ongoing commitment to providing fans with greater variety, choice and access to healthier menu options, Aramark is expanding the availability of “better-for-you” products throughout the ballparks it serves. Beginning this season, Aramark will introduce two healthier alternatives to the typical fan favorite fare that will be widely available in general concessions:
Other new healthier options available this season include:
CONCESSION STAND OF THE FUTURE
The food and beverage experience at sports venues is evolving at an ever-quickening pace. Although an ordinary concession stand represents rich tradition and history, Aramark is introducing solutions to transform the experience for the next generation of fans.
Fastball Foods is an exclusive Aramark prototype at Minute Maid Park that explores bringing fans’ favorite foods to them in a new way-- better, faster, easier. Using Aramark’s progressive guest experience research and the latest tools and technology, a concession stand was designed where the guest has the ultimate level of control through self-ordering kiosks and beverage stations, and color-coded pick-up areas. Located on the Mezzanine level of Minute Maid Park, Fastball Foods will offer standard concession fair, such as hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, soda, beer and more.
Aramark is the proud partner of ten Major League Baseball teams, providing food and beverage, retail and/or facilities services to the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays and the 2015 World Champions, Kansas City Royals. Aramark will manage the MLB.com Shop at All-Star FanFest, this July, in San Diego.
**Photos of Aramark’s 2016 Opening Day Menu can be found here**
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