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Sodexo Encourages College Students to Support Vermont's Local Food Economy

First-ever Taking Root Student Symposium celebrates the best of farm-to-institution.

Originally Published by Sodexo.

Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to Quality of Life, organized and hosted the first-ever Taking Root Student Symposium to demonstrate the organization's commitment to buying locally-sourced products in Vermont and to teach college students in the state what it means to chart a career in food.


The symposium, which was held in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and Vermont's Farm to Plate, was just one of many strategies aimed at advancing Vermont's local food economy through the Sodexo initiative, Vermont First. In 2017, Sodexo's Vermont First program spent over 2.5 million dollars on locally-sourced food from approximately 195 local producers within the state.

"It is incredibly rare for students from across the state to gather to not only celebrate farm to institution, but to also make the connection between studying food systems and pursuing a career in that field," said Annie Rowell, Vermont First coordinator, Sodexo. "Sodexo is in the unique position to use the platform of Vermont First to bring together experts in the field to educate and teach Vermont students about the local food system and introduce ways to chart a career and make a difference."

The Taking Root Symposium, held at the University of Vermont where Sodexo is the dining provider, brought together several Vermont colleges. Students networked with 20 local producers and suppliers, that are part of Sodexo's supply chain and Sodexo's Vermont First initiative, including Vermont Bean Crafters, VT99 Meats and Vermont Chevon. In a demonstration of the farm-to-institution initiative, attendees enjoyed an "eat the loop" meal, which featured producers who mitigate waste as part of the creation of their product.

Launched in 2014, Vermont First is Sodexo's commitment to help grow the state's food economy by purchasing local food first. Under the program, Sodexo works with farmers, distributors, processors, state government, non-profits and supply chain players within the local economy to increase the amount of local food grown and sold in the state and beyond.

Sodexo incorporates local sourcing into the company's overall purchasing practices to further support the communities in which Sodexo does business. As part of the organization's corporate responsibility roadmap, called Better Tomorrow 2025, Sodexo is proud to enrich communities by sourcing local to focus on long-term sustainability.

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Sodexo: University Dining Teams Partner to Give Back and Address Hunger on College Campuses

Sodexo's work to fight hunger follows the entire student journey from primary to higher education.

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Originally Published by Sodexo.

Every holiday season, Sodexo dining teams across more than 650 university locations extend their service spirit to students in need. Here are six great examples of partnerships with students, faculty and University leadership that are making an impact beyond the classroom.

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Sodexo's Centerplate and Miami Beach Convention Center Announce Contract Extension

"This is a world-class facility and we look forward to having a best-in-class culinary program for years to come, led by General Manager Danny Medina and Executive Chef Ismael Lasalle."

Originally Published by Sodexo.

Centerplate, North America's leading convention center hospitality provider, and The Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) have announced an agreement to extend the food and beverage contract at the Center. The newly signed extension comes as the MBCC reopens after an all-encompassing $620 million renovation.

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Sodexo Selected to Provide Elevated Dining Experience for Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

Chefs will recreate President and Mrs. Reagan's favorite items and introduce new ones to celebrate special exhibits and seasonal holidays.

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Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, today announced it will begin service at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, effective January 2019. The newly forged partnership will ensure best-in-class restaurant and catering offerings for years to come. The catering operation specifically will be enhanced by James Beard Foundation's award-winning talents, Chef Suzanne Goin and Restaurateur Caroline Styne, owners and operators of The Lucques Group family of acclaimed hospitality businesses.

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Sodexo Launches New Plant-Based Menus Across Hundreds of University, Healthcare and Corporate Services Accounts Nationwide

200 Plant-Based Recipes Created in Partnership with the Humane Society of the United States and the World Resource Institute-Better Buying Lab.

Originally Published by Sodexo.

Sodexo Launches New Plant-Based Menus Across Hundreds of University, Healthcare and Corporate Services Accounts NationwideAccording to a Nielsen global survey, 39% of American consumers are working to incorporate more plant-based foods in their diets. Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, launched its new plant-based menus in hundreds of accounts across its Universities, Healthcare, and Corporate Services segments. The new menus featuring 200 plant-based recipes were created in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the World Resource Institute-Better Buying Lab (WRI), to meet consumer demand for plant-based options and reduce the environmental impact of food offerings.

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Sodexo: From Tikka Masala to Congee, Campus Dining Trends Go Beyond Chicken Tenders & Pizza

Sodexo, Which Runs Dining Services at More Than 600 U.S. Colleges and Universities, Names Top Dining Trends.

From Tikka Masala to Congee, Campus Dining Trends Go Beyond Chicken Tenders & PizzaOriginally Published by Sodexo.

College dining halls these days look more like the popular food halls in cities throughout the US and Canada than like the cafeterias that many alumni remember. Today's students have sophisticated palates and dining services reflect this.

"Our student customers have grown up eating a wide-variety of cuisine from around the world. They know what they like, but they are also adventurous and want to try new foods," said Lisa Feldman, Sodexo's director of recipe management. Sodexo provides food services for more than 600 colleges and universities across North America.

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Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Extends Partnership With Armed Services YMCA To Help End Childhood Hunger

$100,000 grant from the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation will support child development and food insecurity programs at two ASYMCA locations.

Originally Published by Sodexo.

Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation announced that it is extending its partnership with the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) and providing a $100,000 grant to improve access to nutritious food to help end childhood hunger. The organizations will continue to work together to support the military community by helping to reduce food insecurity among military families. With the generosity of organizations like Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, ASYMCA can help stop military family hunger through programs and services supporting young, low-income military families.

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Sodexo Revolutionizes High School Cafeteria Experience with Launch of Innovative Taste4 Dining Concept

The next generation in high school dining, Taste4 rolls out in 97 sites this Summer and next Fall for implementation in the 2018-2019 school year.

Originally Published by Sodexo.

Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company that provides student nutrition to nearly 400 school districts throughout the U.S., has launched Taste4, a new meal concept that revamps the classics - salads and wraps, deli sandwiches, pasta, grilled favorites, pizza – and elevates school lunch for today's sophisticated palates.

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Sodexo Commits to Achieving Gender Parity

Sodexo Joins the Paradigm for Parity Movement to Address Gender Parity in Corporate Leadership Positions.

Originally Published by Sodexo.

Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, announced its partnership with the Paradigm for Parity® Movement to advocate for equal employment opportunities for all genders specific to leadership positions.

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