As part of our mission to enrich and nourish lives, we’ve taken a leadership position in health and wellness through our groundbreaking commitment with the American Heart Association (AHA) to help improve the Health of Americans 20 percent by 2020.
One of the ways we are making a difference is by increasing the vegetables, fruits and whole grains by 20 percent in the two billion meals we serve annually, while reducing calories, saturated fat and sodium levels by 20 percent. No other food service company in our space has a commitment like this, and our focus starts at the top with our CEO.
As part of the effort, earlier this year we launched a public awareness campaign called Feed Your Potential 365, to drive behavior change in underserved communities, as well as with our consumers, clients, employees and the public at large.
So far, we are making good progress against our goals with the AHA, and in 2016 we reduced calories, saturated fat and sodium by 8% on menus we’re serving to millions of people in workplaces, hospitals and colleges & universities.
As consumer demand for plant forward menus grows, we continue to provide choices to support those preferences.
- More than 10 percent of our menus currently have whole grains as the main ingredient and 30 percent of our main dishes are vegan or vegetarian.
- We've introduced robust and complete vegan options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. These 100 percent vegan menus omit all animal products and showcase innovative plant forward options.
- And recently, we announced a partnership with the Humane Society of the U.S. and the Culinary Institute of America around plant-forward culinary training.
It is important to understand the full story, because an activist connected to animal rights groups has initiated a viral campaign against Aramark to pressure the company into removing or greatly reducing the amount of meat we serve.
Audrey Sanchez, the proprietor of a non-profit called Balanced, reached out to us earlier this summer. We spoke with her at length and offered to meet to further discuss her plant-based agenda. Instead, she followed the playbook of animal rights groups, and launched an unfounded, blatantly false campaign against Aramark and has threatened to extend it to our clients and consumers.
The truth is, Balanced is an activist initiative that has only been organized for a few months and not a credible organization that Aramark would partner with to advance its health and wellness goals. This has been proven by the fact that Balanced claimed that they were aligned with the American Heart Association when they launched this campaign against us. This was totally false, the AHA had to take action to have their name and logo removed from the Balanced website and does not agree with the ideas Balanced is promoting. (see more below)
Aramark will not be making a commitment with Balanced to reduce the amount of meat that we serve. We believe that our consumers set the table and we make sure that healthy and meatless choices are available to our clients and consumers, as well as meat-based options that also play a role in a healthy diet according to medical experts including the AHA.
While there is always room to improve, we are proud of the work that we are doing to support health and wellness.
Please take a moment to review the information on this site to get a feel for our commitment and we invite you to join us to discover what healthy food can do for you through our Feed your Potential 365 program at http://www.fyp365.com/discover
Check out below:
Fox Business Feature - Aramark CEO Eric Foss: Time to pink slip processed food at Fortune 500 cafeterias
Aramark’s Groundbreaking Partnership with the AHA
Food Management Article - Aramark’s 20 by 20 initiative exceeding target goals
Our Groundbreaking Partnership with the American Heart Association
AHA Statement about Balanced’s Campaign Against Aramark
The American Heart Association (AHA) is proud of what we’ve accomplished working with Aramark to help improve the health of Americans. Thirty percent of Aramark’s main dishes in workplaces, hospital cafes, and campus dining halls are now vegan or vegetarian and more than 10 percent have whole grains as the main ingredient. The Association does not have a relationship with Balanced.org as they originally claimed and the AHA logo has been removed from their website. Additionally, the American Heart Association’s science-based nutrition guidelines do not support the generalizations Balanced.org makes regarding meat and eggs. The Association recommends a total diet concept which emphasizes fruits, vegetables and whole grains; includes low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts; and limits red meat, sodium, sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages.
Progress to Date
Huffington Post Article
Plant-Forward Options are Prevalent On Our Menus
Understanding consumer demand for protein substitutes has informed our holistic approach to plant-forward menu innovation as part of a balanced and varied menu. From vegetarian offerings that include whole grains, nuts, seeds and beans to innovative products and vegan menus that omit animal products altogether, we're providing the choices that consumers are looking for across the entire meat-substitute spectrum.
- We've launched a new plant-based culinary training curriculum with The Humane Society of the United States
- Fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low or non-fat dairy options are menu staples. Over 10% main dishes have whole grain as a leading ingredient.*
- We provide a vegetarian friendly environment with a variety of vegetarian and vegan choices. Over 30% main dishes are vegetarian or vegan.
- Our chefs are constantly searching for innovative ways to use vegetables as meat alternatives without sacrificing on flavor and satiety. We’ve collaborated with the Mushroom Council, California Table Grape Commission, Watermelon & Mango Boards and Avocados from Mexico to develop exciting fruit and vegetable dishes for our menus.
- We’ve introduced robust vegan menus featuring full plate solutions including breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Our 100% vegan menus omit all animal products and showcase the latest innovative plant-forward products.
- We’ve partnered with industry supplier leaders in the meat-alternative food sphere to build plant-forward menu items. Partners include Daiya, Gardein, MorningStar Farms, and Gardenburger®.
Our menus feature the choices consumers are looking for across the plant-forward spectrum. LEARN MORE.
*For offerings in Aramark's workplaces, hospital cafes, and college & residential dining halls.