Local Businesses Grow with Sodexo, University of Maine System

Local food purchasing within the University of Maine System has increased every month since Sodexo began instituting local procurement processes.

Sodexo (No. 6 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list), world leader of Quality of Life services, and the University of Maine are bridging the gap between local business owners and food distributors through an information expo on serving locally sourced seafood and produce on college campuses.


On November 1 and 3, Sodexo and the University of Maine hosted Scaling Up, a networking and professional development event aimed at helping local farmers, businesses, and fishermen secure a larger market reach for their products.

Scaling Up was part of The Maine Course by Sodexo, a statewide initiative created in 2015 to prioritize serving local and sustainably harvested seafood at all of the company's client sites in Maine. Since the Maine Course by Sodexo began instituting local purchasing processes in July, local food purchasing within the University of Maine System has increased every month.

"We wanted local business owners to leave the expo informed about how to take the next step in selling to an institution like Sodexo or the University of Maine at Orono," said Maeve McInnis, director of The Maine Course by Sodexo.

During the events, which were held at two of Maine's public university campuses, participants and presenters discussed how local fisheries, producers, and vendors could start on the path to providing local food to University of Maine System students and staff. Food distributors discussed how to engage with Sodexo, a global company that is committed to making a positive economic impact on the communities in which it operates.

"I know that buying 'local' is trendy at present," said Lou Miller, a local business owner. "But the goodwill and presentation by the panel members showed me sincerity and staying power in their efforts. We had a terrific day."

Presenters at Scaling Up included Ron Dryer, director for the Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources branch of the State of Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry and Jed Beach from Maine Farmland Trust, as well as Sodexo's North American distribution partners and supply managers.

"Our aim is to have the largest possible positive impact on Maine's economy," explained McInnis.

Selling to a large institution is often a challenge for small business owners. To facilitate the process for local business owners, the Scaling Up event included presentations and networking opportunities with distributors, University of Maine administrators and the Sodexo team.

"Sodexo and the University of Maine System are both committed to the economic, social, and environmental development of the communities around us," said McInnis. "These events initiated connections between institution and local business owners. We hope that these connections lead to business growth for both parties."

More information on Scaling Up and Sodexo's commitments to responsible food sourcing can be found at www.mainecoursebysodexo.com.

Sodexo's Sustainability Efforts at Loyola Marymount University Recognized by the Green Restaurant Association

The Lair Marketplace at Loyola Marymount University, operated by Sodexo, becomes the first university dining facility to achieve over 400 GreenPoints™ on the Green Restaurant Association certification scale.

Originally Published by Sodexo.

Sodexo, a food and facilities management company committed to delivering Quality of Life services, announced that its Lair Marketplace at Loyola Marymount University earned over 400 GreenPoints™ on the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) certification scale, making it the first University dining facility to achieve this honor.

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Originally Published by Sodexo.

Sodexo, a food and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, announced a new pilot program called The Circuit designed to equip college athletes with the proper nutrition, game-ready facilities and opportunities for professional growth and advancement.

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There tends to be a very black and white viewpoint, but women bring a new perspective and approach challenges differently.

Originally Published by Sodexo.

By Suzanne Harvey

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Inspiring Women to Consider STEM Careers at Sodexo

While women have fought to win the rights that we have today, the battle is not over, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), where women are still significantly underrepresented.

By Connie Arnold

Originally Published by Sodexo.

Candidates who meet me now may not know my background (unless they visit my LinkedIn profile, of course), and while I am currently a Strategic Recruiter for Sodexo's Clinical Technology Management opportunities, I spent around 20 years in the field as a Biomed myself!

From what I've found, many people aren't sure what a Biomed career consists of - or sometimes they don't even realize it exists.

In a nutshell, biomedical equipment technicians, also called biomedical engineers, biomeds or BMETs for short, hold a critical position in filling the gap between medicine and technology. They make it possible for medical staff to use state of the art medical devices, providing the highest level of patient care.

So how did I end up there? In high school, I loved math and science, and it seemed to promise real opportunities for our changing world. This was when I discovered biomedical engineering, which combined my two passions - medicine and fixing things.

Unfortunately, there are some young girls who still grow up thinking that engineering and science aren't meant for women, so it is important to me to show that women can thrive in the world of engineering (or in any career they choose). Because of this, I have chosen to share my personal career path and experiences with the students at my daughter's local high school and with you on this blog.

Today, gender equality and diversity is just as important as ever. Imagine the great advances that could occur in engineering if men and women were working together more often to solve problems. While women have fought to win the rights that we have today, the battle is not over, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), where women are still significantly underrepresented.

In my current role, I have the great opportunity to search the country for Healthcare Technology Management professionals and hope that I can use my position to inspire more women to consider the field from an early age.

For those who may be interested in learning more about Sodexo and the jobs we have available, I highly recommend attending in person events, like the upcoming AAMI Conference & Convention, where Sodexo Clinical Technology Management operators and recruiters will be there in person to answer your questions and help you get to know our company better.

In the meantime, head over to our dedicated career page to read stories from both men and women in the Sodexo CTM organization and find out how you can become part of the team.