Catering

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Hurlingham School Catering Contract

Elior UK subsidiary Lexington is delivering catering services at the independent, co-educational Hurlingham School’s prep and pre-prep departments in Putney, southwest London. The team of fifteen from the company’s dedicated ‘Lexington Independent Schools’ division, includes head chefs located at both of the school’s sites, with the cater also covering hospitality events such as parent evenings…

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Compass Reduces Emissions from Animal Proteins

Compass Group UK & Ireland has reported a 36.11 per cent reduction in emissions from animal proteins in the first 18 months of a targeted climate action programme. According to the company, the reduction in animal protein emissions has contributed to a significant 187,084 tCO2e absolute reduction in emissions (-20.37%) reported in its food and…

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Supporting Plant-Forward Protein

ISS Guckenheimer has joined the new Beans is How coalition as a founding partner. The coalition will promote soil health, improve nutrition, and provide increased access to food at a lower cost, and aims to accomplish this goal by doubling the consumption of beans, peas, pulses, lentils, and legumes globally by 2028. Paul Fairhead, CEO…

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Launch of ‘BUILT by Levy’ Strengthens Compass Partnership with UK Design and Build Specialist

Compass Group business Levy UK + Ireland is launching BUILT by Levy – a multi-disciplined service solution that gives venues the advantage of experts under one umbrella to reimagine food and drink spaces. BUILT by Levy’s expertise has been strengthened further with the formation of a new joint venture with long-term design and build associates,…

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Supporting the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology

Facility services provider Bidvest Noonan has become a supporting member of the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) which promotes best practices through its research and training in the United Kingdom. The food industry encompasses the production, processing, and distribution of foods and beverages, and employs hundreds of thousands of people.  Bidvest Noonan hygiene…

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One of America’s Most Responsible Companies

Aramark has been named in Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2023 following an assessment of publicly-available key performance indicators derived from CSR and sustainability reports, and an independent survey by Statista Inc. KPIs used for the assessment included company performances in the environmental, social, and corporate governance areas, while the independent survey…

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UK Proposals for Plant-based Product Names “Ludicrous”

Proposals by the UK to ban dairy descriptor names for plant-based products have been branded “ludicrous” by an MP speaking in the House of Commons this month. MP Kerry McCarthy (Labour, Bristol East) was referring to draft guidance that the Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) is currently considering that would effectively ban…

FM Magazine

Taking a Closer Look at New Standards for Hospital Food in the UK

Russell Blake, Managing Director – Healthcare, Compass Group UK & Ireland, considers the impact of the National Standards for Food and Drink in Healthcare introduced by the NHS in November 2022. The NHS has implemented new National Standards of Hospital Food for patients, staff, and visitors under its NHS Standard Contract, published in November 2022.…

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Dufry Receives Green Light for Autogrill Acquisition

The proposed acquisition of Italian multinational food and beverage leader Autogrill S.p.A by Swiss global travel retail company Dufry AG has received unconditional approval from antitrust authorities around the world, paving the way for the establishment of a combined entity with 5,500 outlets at 1,200 airport and other locations in 75 countries. First announced in…

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Middleby Acquires Marco Beverage Systems

Marco Beverage Systems Limited has been acquired by global equipment supplier to the foodservice, beverage, baking and food processing sectors, The Middleby Corporation. Management, activities, and contacts for Marco remain unchanged with managing director, Paul Stack, continuing to support the existing team and consultant Drewry Pearson remaining in his role. Marco will benefit from access…

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Mark This!

Episode 3 of Aramark’s new podcast series, Mark This, considers the role of the global foodservice and facility services provider’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and the opportunities they afford volunteer members for networking, outreach and professional development. Or read transcript of podcast hhttps://pages.e2ma.net/pages/1778606/39529ere. Participants Margaret Fitzgerald, Vice President Operations, Lifeworks Restaurant Group Margaret is based…

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CH&CO Names Barista of the Year

Natalia Taraskiewicz has been selected as the winner of CH&CO’s Barista of the Year 2022 competition. Natalia, part of the Gather & Gather team at Sky Osterley, showcased incredible talent at the final of the Barista of the Year competition where technical skills, knowledge, creativity and latte art were put to the test. Open to…

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Lexington Catering Partners with Street Food Brand Influencer Platform

Lexington Catering has entered into a partnership with Sessions, an innovative UK-based influencer platform that provides access to a stable of independent street food brands from acclaimed chefs.  Available brands include popular and original food choices ranging from sustainably sourced burgers, homemade bao buns, and bold Korean dishes to Mediterranean fusion and robata grilled BBQ…

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EU Citizens Want Plant-based Milk in Schools

Preliminary findings from a European Commission consultation on the EU School Fruit, Vegetables and Milk Scheme indicate 72 per cent of respondents back plant-based milks being introduced as an option in schools. The scheme, which benefits over 20 million children across Europe, has the potential to become a flagship initiative for the inclusion of sustainable…

Germany

Aramark Germany Deploys Robots in Industry First

Aramark will be the first foodservice company in Germany to begin using fully automated kitchen robots in its corporate restaurants. The robotic kitchen innovation from Berlin-based start-up Aitme prepares dishes such as pasta, bowls, and salads from fresh ingredients to order. The collaboration creates new opportunities for Aramark business and industry clients by offering greater…

Italy

Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Charity

Elior has hosted a charity dinner at The Lloyd’s building with food prepared by renowned female chefs to support the work of UK charity, The Alzheimer’s Society. The contract caterer has pledged to raise £100,000 for The Alzheimer’s Society by the end of 2024 under a partnership, with the charity dinner raising £13,000. The event…

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HR Director of the Year

Elior UK HR Director Justin Johnson has been named ‘HR Director of the Year’ at a Personnel Today Awards ceremony at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House London. Johnson joined Elior UK in 2005 as HR Manager, progressing to Head of HR Operations and People Services before being promoted to HR Director in 2018. He devised…

Canada

Celebrating Native, Indigenous and Aboriginal Cultures

With November designated as National Native American Heritage Month, Aramark employees are recognising the historical and cultural diversity of Indigenous and Aboriginal communities around the world. To help build and leverage a vibrant workplace inclusive of Indigenous people and to create impactful change throughout the organization and beyond, company employees launched the RISING SUN employee…

Germany

Aramark Introduces Plant-Based Menus in Germany

Aramark Germany has recently introduced a series of plant-forward recipes based on recommendations from scientists at the EAT-Lancet Commission. “The EAT-Lancet Commission’s Planetary Health Diet reduces the environmental footprint while having a positive impact on health,” explains Ulrike Moessner, Head of Culinary Creation and Nutrition at Aramark Germany, and a member of its sustainability council.…

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Supporting Sustainable Farming

Levy UK + Ireland is sponsoring a demonstrator farm to support sustainable farming practices under a new collaboration with Yorkshire Water, Quorn Professionals and RegenFarmCo. The 92-acre Biohub at Ings Farm plot will be developed as a regenerative agricultural initiative that will also enable Levy UK+I to grow its produce that can be served in partner venues…

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TalkTalk Appoints TNS as Catering Partner

TNS Catering have secured an exclusive tender with TalkTalk at its Soapworks headquarters in Salford Quays, Manchester. Launched in July, the partnership between the independent caterer and one of the United Kingdom’s largest telecom operators is helping to revitalise TalkTalk’s food and drink offer, with a focus on locality, street food and a coffee offer…

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Lexington Expands Cloud-based Food Delivery in London

LexUnboxed, a cloud-based delivery service from Lexington Catering, is being extended to a six-mile radius of the company’s dedicated kitchen facilities at Cheapside in the City of London. Chefs have created a menu that appeals to all dietary requirements and is prepared using seasonally available, locally-sourced ingredients. Meals are transported in plant-based and fully compostable…

Government

UK Should Follow Spanish Guidance Limiting Meat Intake

The Plant-based Food Alliance in the UK is urging the government to follow the lead of Spain which has issued new guidelines recommending between zero and a maximum of 3 portions of meat to maintain an healthy diet and sustain the planet. “This represents a welcome breakthrough in Spain in the approach to dietary recommendations…

Belgium

European Partnership to Support Surplus Food Donations

Sodexo and Stop Hunger have launched a region-wide partnership with the European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) to prevent food waste and help alleviate food insecurity. The new initiative builds on an existing collaboration between the organisations at the European and local levels by formally recognising FEBA, which represents a network of more than 340 food…

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Celebrating Hispanic Culture

Aramark’s entire U.S. workforce joined Hispanic colleagues in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) in the United States from 15th September to 15th October. Leading festivities was the company’s Impacto employee resource group (ERG), which hosted events to educate fellow team members about the valued contribution of the Hispanic community to the country’s development. Founded…

Foodservice & Catering

Delaware North Adds New Menu Items for 2022-23 NHL Season

With the Buffalo Sabres’ 2022-23 season about to get underway, KeyBank Center foodservice partner Delaware North has announced new food and beverage choices across general concessions, clubs and suites. Buffalo-based Rachel’s Mediterranean Grill will have an outpost on the 100 level near Aisle 11 and a portable cart on the 300 level near Aisle 6.…

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Compass Scotland Announces Food Charity Partnership

Compass Scotland has launched a new surplus food partnership with food charity, FareShare. This partnership will encourage Compass Scotland sites to work with FareShare to donate surplus food so that meals can be distributed to those who need it most. The announcement comes as more individuals and families struggle to cope with the rising cost…

Foodservice & Catering

Aramark Increases Plant-Based Menu Offering on College Campuses

Aramark has announced 44 per cent of the available options on dine-in menus in more than 250 universities and colleges across the United States will be plant-based by 2025. Aramark and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have collaborated on plant-based initiatives for almost fifteen years, working together to benefit animals, people and…

FM

Sodexo Live! Introduces Robot Busser at Dulles International Airport

The Lufthansa lounge at Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C. has welcomed a futuristic new employee. Named LUFTH-I, this beta-stage robotic busser from Bear Robotics is helping employees by quickly collecting dirty dishes and glassware as it roams the lounge. LUFTH-I is then able to autonomously go to the cleaning area to drop off dishes…

Foodservice & Catering

New Menu Concept Launched by Elior UK

Sustainability and seasonality are at the core of Wildgreen, a new menu concept developed by Elior Group for the UK market. Created by dietitians in response to research revealing customers have been making environmentally conscious decisions in relation to their food choices, with sales of plant-based and vegetarian choices increasing by 23 per cent and…

COP27

Food4Climate Pavilion Launches COP27 Agenda

Food systems transformation will take centre stage at Food4Climate’s first Pavilion at the UN climate summit in Egypt next month. The Food4Climate Pavilion which is supported by ProVeg International, Compassion in World Farming, Food Tank, FOUR PAWS, IPES-Food, A Well-Fed World, and 16 other NGOs, think-tanks – as well as commercial organisations, plans to highlight…

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