When food waste gets hauled away with the trash, we pay for it five times over—in labor, energy, water, transportation costs and even carbon emissions.
We’re committed to reducing food waste across our operations with the dual goals of conserving resources and minimizing our environmental footprint.
We eliminate waste before it’s generated through a holistic food management process that includes menu planning, customer and portion forecasting, perfect purchasing, consumer engagement tools, waste tracking, post-analysis and more.
Knowing that what gets measured gets managed, all our foodservice locations are tracking food waste using a variety of methods, including hundreds of our largest accounts that have transitioned to a technology-based solution for tracking waste. Tracking waste enables better decisions about what to purchase and how much to prepare.
We’ve implemented trayless dining programs at most of our university clients, which reduces waste by about two ounces per person per meal on average. And, working alongside clients, we have composting programs in many locations to divert waste from landfills when possible.
Although our goal is always to eliminate food waste before it is generated, there may still be instances when our operations have excess safe, unserved food available. Our food donation program provides this food to hunger relief agencies. Thousands of pounds of food is donated each year to non-profit organizations, which helps feed people in our communities and keeps surplus prepared food out of landfills.
For our commitment and efforts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture recognizes Aramark as a Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champion. In addition, Aramark has been a member of the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, an industry collaboration focused on reducing waste and finding ways to donate or recycle unavoidable food waste, for nearly a decade.
August 9, 2018 - We are introducing new sustainability commitments, healthier menu items and innovative programs, to fit Gen Zers’ desires.