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Aramark Announces Lower Carbon Footprint Dishes, Plans to Introduce at US Universities

Published on: 5 January 2022 10:15 PM
by KnowESG

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Aramark, a US-based food, facilities and uniform services company, announced that it would introduce climate-friendly food choices at 10 selected universities in the US. The initiative by the company helps students make climate-friendly food choices.

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Reducing carbon emissions is one of the primary goals of most organisations these days. The World Resources Institute (WRI) said, to reduce the effects of climate change, the carbon footprint of the food we eat daily has to decline by 38 per cent by 2030.

In 2020, WRI rolled out the cool food program label meals to educate the customers on food items having a low carbon footprint.

Jack Donovan, President, and CEO of Aramark’s Higher Education business said: “We are excited to make it easier for students to identify climate-friendly choices on dining menus, with the addition of the Cool Food Meals badge. Reducing Aramark’s impact on the planet is a critical priority. Our research has shown that 60% of consumers want to reduce their meat intake. Our 350 Cool Food Meals recipes use less beef and lamb, so we are meeting our guests’ desires, as well as making these items climate-friendly.”

WRI said, consuming plant-based food has a lower environmental impact compared to animal-based food. Animal-based food contributes the largest to GHG emissions and uses more than three-quarters of agricultural land.

Based on the ingredients and the land used to prepare the meal, WRI calculated the carbon footprint of Aramark's recipes to determine products that fulfil the criteria of Cool Food Meals. A meal is certified as a Cool Food Meal if its carbon impact is less than a set per-meal threshold and it passes nutritional requirements. Mediterranean Falafel Plate and Five Spice Sesame Tofu Salad Bowl are among the Aramark items that will be labelled.

Selected universities that are part of the initiative are Arizona State University, Florida State University, Slippery Rock University, St. Bonaventure University, the University of California Irvine, the University of Mississippi, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the University of Virginia, and Western Washington University.

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