Aramark rolls out fresh meals on residence dining menus and identifies 250 low-carbon dishes

MISSISSAUGA — Aramark is making it easier for students at 15 universities and colleges across Canada to make climate-friendly choices, by introducing Cool Food Meals to residence restaurant menus this semester. The Cool Food Meals badge identifies low-carbon dishes and will appear on up to 250 menu items that Aramark will serve in residence dining rooms with all-you-can-eat service.

Earlier this year, the World Resources Institute (WRI) announced that Aramark was the first contract catering company to introduce the Cool Food Meals badge to identify low-carbon meals in college dining halls in the United States. Building on the success of the U.S. pilot, the Cool Food Meals badge will begin appearing in the fall semester of 2022 on up to 250 menu items that Aramark will serve in residence dining rooms at 15 properties across Canadian higher education.

WRI measured the carbon footprint of hundreds of Aramark recipes to identify items that meet Cool Food Meals criteria, based on farm-to-table ingredients and the land used to produce the meal. If a dish’s carbon footprint falls below an established threshold per meal and also meets a nutritional protection, it is approved as a fresh meal. Some examples of Aramark dishes that will be labeled as a fresh meal include Chipotle Lime Fish Tacos, Jerk Chicken Pasta, Thai Lentil Rice Bowl, and Marrakesh Vegetable Stew.

“We are excited to give students the opportunity to identify climate-friendly choices on restaurant menus using the Cool Food Meals badge,” said Andy Siklos, President of Aramark Canada. “Our market research has clearly shown consumers’ desire to reduce the amount of meat in their diet, as well as a growing interest in the fight against climate change. Our Cool Food Meals recipes will empower students to do both.

“Young people are among the loudest voices calling for climate action. With agriculture accounting for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, changing what we eat is one of the easiest ways to reduce our personal carbon footprint and impact the world,” said Edwina Hughes, head of Cool Food at the World Resources Institute. “Students, faculty and staff will now have an easy way to achieve their climate ambitions, whether it’s having lunch after class, before heading out for an event, or grabbing a late night meal. It’s about helping people make climate action a simple and essential part of their way of life.

Aramark’s commitment to the planet is at the heart of the company’s sustainability plan, Be well. To succeed., focused on positively impacting people and the planet. Aramark’s planetary priority is focused on several initiatives aimed at combating climate change. The company is working to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by offering more vegan and vegetarian meals, sourcing responsibly, operating more efficiently, minimizing food waste and reducing packaging .

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