Sustainability & Health: Making Change Happen

As a group, Menus of Change sponsors are driving important innovation in the foodservice industry. In their own words, here’s what a number of sponsors have told us are important, new developments to advance sustainability and health in their own companies, product lines, and growing/production practices.

Grand Platinum

Unilever’s purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace.’ Under the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, this is executed through three pillars: improving health and well-being, reducing our environmental impact, and enhancing livelihoods. We are working in partnerships where we can help create change on a global scale: deforestation, climate change, water, sanitation and hygiene, sustainable agriculture, and more.

At Unilever Food Solutions, we are focused on improving health and well-being by helping chefs make meals healthier through our service, Seductive Nutrition.  This service is focused on helping chefs create delicious meals that are more nutritious and have appealing menu descriptions. Learn more at

Premium Gold

Bush’s Best Beans is proud to be a sponsor of the Menus of Change Leadership Summit as well as its University Research Collaborative and continues to advocate for more inclusion of healthy, plant based proteins into the diets of all people. Beans are an excellent source of fiber and folate and also provide a good source of protein and nutrients such as manganese, magnesium, copper, iron, and potassium. Additionally, beans are an earth-friendly crop, requiring less water and fertilizer than many crops. Bush’s Best hopes to continue sharing helpful nutritional and sustainability information like this and expand upon the public knowledge of the benefits of the bean and pulse categories through the Menus of Change initiative.  For more information, please visit is actively working to increase the awareness and consumption of delicious and nutritious lentils in North America. High in protein and fiber, lentils are an economical and sustainable source of plant-based protein. Lentils, and other pulses, use less fertilizer and improve soil health by fixing nitrogen back into the soil during the growing process. Lentils and other pulses also have a low carbon footprint, are resilient in the face of climate change, and require relatively low water inputs. Working on behalf of growers who are committed to sustainable agricultural practices and respecting the environment, looks forward to supporting menu innovation using lentils. Learn more at


Land O’Lakes is a farmer owned co-op committed to creating better livelihoods, being good stewards of our natural resources, and building strong communities. Our conservation of land, water, and air with public and private partners is the foundation of creating high-quality dairy with fewer resources. From our entrepreneurial beginnings in 1921, Land O’Lakes has produced delicious, wholesome dairy products enjoyed by all. Our culinary team helps chefs keep an eye on flavor trends and transform classics into flavorful, satisfying dishes making healthful modifications to suit many diet requirements.

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At The Wonderful Company, we’re passionate about growing high-quality, great-tasting fruit and nut products you’ve come to know and love. First and foremost, we’re growers. That means we control the land and have oversight over the entire process from planting to picking, from tree to table. We grow, market, and sell only wholesome, nutritious fruit, nuts, and beverages because we believe that what you put into your body matters.


  The Almond Board of California is committed to providing a safe and stable supply of almonds by supporting California’s community of more than 6,800 almond growers and their use of sustainable* agricultural practices that respect the environment, are economically viable, and protect their local communities. The California Almond community has invested more than $60 million to build a foundation of research on environmental, production, and other issues to continually evolve best practices and support almond sustainability. 

  Almonds’ powerful nutrient package makes them an ideal fit for plant-based, heart-healthy, weight-wise diets, and a deliciously easy way to snack—and eat—smarter.2 

  For more information on almonds and the Almond Board of California, visit

  * What defines California Almond sustainability? Sustainable almond farming utilizes production practices that are economically viable and are based upon scientific research, common sense, and a respect for the environment, neighbors, and employees. The result is a plentiful, nutritious, safe food product. 2 Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.One serving of almonds (28g) has 13g of unsaturated fat and only 1g of saturated fat.


At Barilla, people and the planet have been at the center of our way of doing business for 140 years. We do it by trying to improve every day, from the field to the table. It starts with sustainable agriculture: working side-by-side with farmers carefully choosing raw materials, to make sure that they are good, high quality, and produced in ways that respect the people and the environment. We also source locally in the countries in which we produce: 80 percent of durum wheat and 100 percent of tomatoes, rye, and flour.We only choose suppliers that share our animal welfare values, with 80 percent of our eggs coming from cage-free chickens. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact: In the past five years we have reduced CO2 emissions by 23 percent and water consumption by 19 percent, and we intend to keep improving each year. For more information about Barilla’s sustainability efforts around the world, visit

How we make our food is just as important as what we make. From the way our ingredients are grown to the recyclable materials used in our paperboard packaging, sustainability is a part of everything we do. It’s how we bring you all that tasty goodness while lightening the footprint we leave behind.  As the demand for global food resources grows, we remain focused on being part of a sustainable solution. Daiya is a delicious, plant-based solution that we believe is better for animal welfare, better for the future of our planet, and most importantly will make you feel better.

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Over 25 years ago, illy pioneered the direct trade model by cultivating personal, long-lasting relationships with the growers with whom it works. By working directly with coffee growers to produce the best of the best beans – purchasing them at prices substantially higher than market values—illy ensures the growers make a good profit. Through illy’s Università del Caffe, it provides hands-on instruction to our growers all over the world – helping them to develop skills and techniques, and to stay up-to-date on innovations in sustainability, all at no cost to the growers.

These partnerships are essential to illy – not just because they are the right thing to do, but also because they result in beans that are of unparalleled quality.

The Mushroom Council represents growers of cultivated mushrooms in the U.S., creating demand through education, promotion, and nutrition research. The Council plays a critical role in showcasing how mushrooms meet the culinary and nutrition challenges of today’s marketplace.

With the development of The Blend, in partnership with the CIA’s Healthy Menus R&D Collaborative, and the launch of The Blended Burger Project with James Beard Foundation, the Mushroom Council has created a movement that strives to make burgers, and other iconic foods, better by blending chopped mushrooms with ground meat—creating a more delicious, nutritious, and sustainable dish.

According to a new sustainability study, mushrooms are one of the most sustainable products grown in the U.S.

Go to for more information, fresh mushroom ideas, recipes and The Blend.

The National Peanut Board has helped America’s peanut farmers make dramatic improvements in environmentally favorable crop production practices by funding research – more than $21 million since 2000. As a result, farmers are increasing yields; growing more drought tolerant plant varieties with more efficient irrigation; using fewer pesticides, fungicides and other inputs; and using less energy.

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Truitt Family Foods makes Foods that Make a Difference®. Our products are culinary-driven, shelf-stable, all natural, and include beans -the original plant-based protein- as the central ingredient. We strive torevolutionize the way we think about satisfying nutritional needs by bridging the gap between convenience, flavor, and sustainability. We will not compromise the synergistic relationships between our ingredients, sourcing, and people. We are committed to our family of employees, partners, farmers, and consumers through honesty, collaboration, and stewardship. Our passion for clean, healthful foods is a reflection of our belief that a better food system – from process to product – is the foundation of better living.