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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.

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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.


Watch this video on Sodexo's launch of 200 Plant-Based Recipes

Food production accounts for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, and helping people increase the share of plant-based foods in their diets is a critical step in reducing those emissions. "By increasing the proportion of plants in a dish, we help address some of the world's most pressing challenges," shared John Wright, senior vice president, global food platform, Sodexo. "This approach aligns with the sustainability and wellness commitments embedded in our Love Of Food platform."

Stanford University found that simply changing the name of vegetables to sound more appealing increased the number of diners opting for plant-based choices by up to 41 percent. Choices on Sodexo's new menus include "Chesapeake Cakes," "Smoky Black Bean Tamales," "Carrot Osso Buco," and "Kung Pao Cauliflower."

"The current language set used to describe plant-based food isn't creating the right stimulation in consumers' brains to drive curiosity for trying new dishes," explained Daniel Vennard, director Better Buying Lab at the World Resource Institute. "Our work with Sodexo in testing naming conventions demonstrated that even a small change could significantly increase willingness to select a plant-based option."

Talented chefs from HSUS and Sodexo's culinary team worked together to develop, test and perfect the 200 plant-based recipes that appeal to not only flexitarians, vegetarians and vegans, but also general consumers. In one of many examples, the chefs created a Mexican-themed menu featuring dishes such as jackfruit and avocado tortas, chipotle quinoa burrito bowls, and garlic-roasted cauliflower burritos.

"We are especially proud to expand this program with Sodexo. For more than a dozen years, we have worked closely with Sodexo to improve the welfare of animals and with this latest step, the company has once again shown its commitment," said Ken Botts, Humane Society of the United States, Director Food and Nutrition-Food Service.

As a leader in food service, Sodexo's ability to scale and reach tens of millions of customers per day will ensure that plant-based options are available to more people than ever before in North America. Unilever, a Sodexo supplier and client, will be one of the first locations to feature the new plant-based menu at its corporate headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

"Offering healthy and sustainable meals is part of our global Better Tomorrow 2025 roadmap for how we improve quality of life for individuals and address the challenge of climate change at the same time," explained Ted Monk, vice president, sustainability and corporate responsibility, Sodexo North America. "However, the most exciting aspect is that our customers get to experience new foods with new flavors along with creative adaptations of their existing favorites, with more and better choices overall in the marketplace."

The new plant-based menu items are one example of Sodexo's "Love Of Food," a consumer-centric approach that embraces fantastic food, healthy and balanced choices, and culinary innovation among its team of global chefs.

Visit www.sodexoUSA.com/plantbased to learn more.

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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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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."

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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 Encourages College Students to Support Vermont's Local Food Economy

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

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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.

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Students Leading Sustained and Innovative Hunger-Fighting Solutions Can Apply for $10,000 from the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Applications for the 2019 Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships now being accepted.

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The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation today announced the opening of the application period for the 2019 Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships which will run from October 5 through December 5, 2018. The scholarship program urges students to apply to #Get5KGive5K to help end hunger in their communities. Students from kindergarten through graduate school are eligible to apply for a $5,000 scholarship with matching $5,000 grant for the hunger-related charity of their choice. Visit https://aim.applyISTS.net/StopHungerScholars to apply.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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