World Oceans Day at Aramark

Monitoring what goes in -- and what comes out of -- our oceans
Jun 8, 2018 1:00 PM ET
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June 8, 2018 is World Oceans Day, a day to celebrate what the oceans mean to our planet and our health, and how we can continue to be good stewards from sea to shining sea. At Aramark, we support our oceans on two main fronts—by watching what goes into the water and what comes out of it.
 
We work to minimize waste that may end up in our oceans by promoting recycling efforts, and by finding new ways to reduce packaging materials across operations. A few recent highlights, from our Higher Education and Leisure accounts, include:
  • One of our Higher Education clients has distributed nearly 2,000 reusable to-go containers to customers and has replaced plastic straws with compostable straws to reduce the amount of plastic on campus.
  • We work with a national park that has increased diversion rates 20% over the last season and we are collecting recycling from all the other hotels along the park road to maximize recycling efforts. We have also eliminated bottle water at the park.
We also responsibly source what we take out of the oceans. Our partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program has resulted in many successes that we celebrate on World Oceans Day, including: 
  • 90% of our frozen finfish and 100% of our canned tuna purchases meet the Seafood Watch recommendations for sustainable seafood.
  • By the end of 2018, we expect to have transitioned all salmon and shrimp products to Seafood Watch Best Choice and Good Alternative categories.
Also, we've partnered with Ocean Hugger Foods, makers of a veggie-based sushi alternative called Ahimi, available at a number of our Higher Education cafes. 

Created by Certified Master Chef James Corwell, Ahimi® was developed in response to the near extinction of tuna in our oceans. The product is vegan, non-GMO, and made with just five simple ingredients - tomatoes, filtered water, soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar.

The game-changing product will be served in a range of innovative poke bowls developed as part of a collaboration between the two companies. Initially, the menus featuring Ahimi® will be offered for a limited time at select corporate cafes and college campus dining halls, managed by Aramark.

 As consumers continue to embrace plant-forward eating, Aramark has stepped up to the plate and expanded its menu selections in collaboration with industry-leading partners, like Ocean Hugger Foods, to ensure it is providing the choices that meet individual lifestyle and dietary preferences. Today, 30 percent of main dishes served across Aramark’s dining operations in Healthcare, Higher Education and Business Dining are vegetarian or vegan, with increases in the amount of fruit, vegetable and whole grain ingredients used.

Visit www.worldoceansday.org to learn more.

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About Ocean Hugger Foods, Inc.

Ocean Hugger Foods, Inc. offers healthy, delicious and sustainable plant-based alternatives to your favorite seafood dishes. Founded by Certified Master Chef James Corwell, the company’s mission is to alleviate the pressures on our vulnerable oceans and endangered species through culinary excellence. Learn more at https://oceanhuggerfoods.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Aramark

Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, state-of-the-art healthcare providers, the world’s leading educational institutions, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world. Our 270,000 team members deliver experiences that enrich and nourish millions of lives every day through innovative services in food, facilities management and uniforms. We operate our business with social responsibility, focusing on initiatives that support our diverse workforce, advance consumer health and wellness, protect our environment, and strengthen our communities. Aramark is recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE, as well as an employer of choice by the Human Rights Campaign and DiversityInc. Learn more at www.aramark.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.