Futures Serves Better: Aramark – GuruFocus.com

The heart of the home is often the kitchen, and Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) knows that hospitality makes the difference in creating a campus experience that radiates warmth and belonging. As we look forward to the new academic year, Aramark’s higher education division—now Aramark+University+Hospitality—Doubling down on sustainability and global flavors, inspiring culinary offerings and expertise, and creating a new name and look that reflects what it does best.

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The heart of the home is often the kitchen, and Aramark knows that hospitality makes the difference in creating a campus experience that radiates warmth and belonging. As we look forward to the new academic year, Aramark’s higher education division (now Aramark Collegiate Hospitality) is doubling down on sustainability and global flavors, sparking excitement in culinary offerings and expertise, and coming up with a new name and look that reflects what it does best. . (Photo: Work Wire)


“These last few years have been incredible, with both incredible successes and significant challenges,” said Jack Donovan, President and CEO of Aramark Collegiate Hospitality. “This is the time to make sure our brand – our overall look and message – matches what we do every day to improve our consumers’ dining and living experience.”

Aramark Collegiate Hospitality is making it easier for students and the campus community to choose climate-friendly foods with the expansion of Cool Food Meals this fall. The Cool Food Meals badge identifies meals with a lower carbon footprint and appears on more than 350 menu items in participating schools. The existence of Cool Food Meals is in line with Aramark’s announcement in June that it is the first foodservice company in the US to sign WRI’s Cool Food Commitment. By signing the Commitment, Aramark commits to significantly reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the food it serves in the US by 25 percent by 2030.

Aramark Collegiate Hospitality, the only food service company with a full-time Farm-to-Business role dedicated to providing food directly from local farmers to our chefs, puts its word into action with shared sustainability goals focused on diverse and inclusive sourcing and developing local seafood initiatives. Local sourcing and relationships remain a key factor in Aramark’s vision, and the company has increased resources to deepen these ties. Last year, Aramark spent over $260 million working with small farms and local businesses.

A strong desire for more global flavors continues to feature prominently in student feedback. Aramark research shows that 67% of Gen Z prefer authentic cultural cuisine, and Collegiate Hospitality is proud to announce a major expansion in partnership with renowned Chef Grace Ramirez, La+Latina+Cocina. Aramark’s culinary development team worked with Ramirez and chefs from the Collegiate Hospitality culinary team to develop a comprehensive and authentic Latin experience. Last year’s 11-school pilot — which included pop-up and takeover stations — will expand to 74 campuses this fall.

Eat Safely

Aramark Collegiate Hospitality recognizes that no one meal solution is right for all students and strives to solve this not only by providing food stations, from the allergen-friendly True Balance to the new Burgers+%2BFries, but also by employing employees. by training experts and experts through non-formal and accessible education.

  • Chefs: Aramark Collegiate Hospitality employs more than 100 chefs at campuses around the country. More than 50 of these have earned the Culinary Institute of America’s ProChef certification.

  • Dietitians: More than 50 registered dietitians provide subject expertise to guide all programs related to health, wellness and nutrition. There are three key areas of focus: campus programming and education, food safety and surveillance, and nutrition counseling. Students at each Aramark campus have access to these registered dietitians.

  • Allergen+Training: ANSI approved food allergy training is provided free of charge to all employees. There are currently 87 AllerCheck™ certified college and university locations, the first of its kind for allergen-friendly food stations. Every place should be inspected and certified once per semester.

Meal plans are designed to meet students’ diverse meal needs through meal dollars or full access plans. Plan diversity helps meet budgetary needs and provides a stable, predictable cost model despite current inflation-related challenges.

Better Serviced Futures: University Hospitality

In a post-pandemic world, when the in-person community feels fresh again, Aramark Collegiate Hospitality is getting back to its foundations by creating a hospitality ecosystem on campus that improves student and community life.

“This is not an identity change; It’s a harmony of presentation and substance,” said Trevor Ferguson, President and COO of Aramark Collegiate Hospitality. “As with all healthy business partnerships, our offerings have evolved with customer and market needs. We have rebranded our name and messages to reflect what we are already doing.”

Research has shown that nearly half of students say meal schedules and amenities are important in their college decision. Collegiate Hospitality’s environmentally conscious dining experience, world cuisine and holistic approach to healthy living are in line with student priorities and are essential to its core values.

About Aramark

Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly provides catering, facilities and uniform services to the world’s leading educational institutions, Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, leading healthcare providers, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world. provides service. . Because our culture is service-based, our people strive to do great things for each other, our partners, our communities and our planet. Aramark was ranked #1 in the Diversity Outsourcing Services Category on FORTUNE’s 2022 ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ list, and on DiversityInc’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” list, and Forbes’s “America’s Best Employers for Diversity” list took place. Rated 100% in HRC’s “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality” and Disability Equality Index. Learn more at www.aramark.com and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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