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 ufs.com.

Gold

Rich’s supports its customers by helping them meet the needs of today’s market. That’s why it has been transforming its portfolios to include more healthful, and sustainable foods. Its expanded offerings—which include options like vegan, whole-grain and gluten-free—allow customers to meet the growing demand for fresh, better-for-you, and personalized food experiences. 

Rich’s is committed to sustainability to ensure a healthy and successful future for its customers and communities. The company focuses on environmental impact reduction and enhancing livelihoods through initiatives like sustainable sourcing (e.g., seafood and palm oil), waste management, and employee volunteerism. Learn more at Richs.com

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.

Bronze

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 barillacfn.com/en/

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.

For more information, please visit www.daiyafoods.com

Danone North America’s ambition is to produce healthful foods that create economic and social value and nurture natural ecosystems through sustainable agriculture. Bringing together portfolios of dairy and plant-based products enables it to better serve consumers’ diverse preferences in high-growth and evolving categories. 

As a newly certified B Corp, Danone North America is taking bold steps for social good. The company is changing the way many of its foods and beverages are made by progressing certain flagship brands toward the use of fewer ingredients that are more natural, not synthetic, and non-GMO. 

It is working with some of its farmer partners to plant non-GMO feed and is committed to sustainable agriculture, water conservation, waste reduction, animal welfare, and community engagement, changing the way the world eats to benefit both people’s and our planet’s health. 

Danone North America offers innovative dairy, plant-based, and coffee options you’re looking for. Not to mention, turnkey marketing support. That really is all kinds of better.

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 www.mushroomsonthemenu.com for more information, fresh mushroom ideas, recipes and The Blend.

Olive Oils from Spain is the promotional brand of The Spanish Olive Oil Interprofessional, which is a non-profit organization established by the entities representing the different operators in the olive oil industry (olive growers, cooperatives, factories, bottlers, and exporters), with the aim of serving as an industry improvement tool. We work to ensure that the greatest number of consumers around the world appreciate the quality of our oils, a quality that is linked to their origin in Spain. We drive and lead R&D programs with the aim of promoting innovation in the areas related to olive oil: sustainability, biodiversity, growth, processing, consumption, and, of course, health.

The distinctive “Jaén Selección,” created by the Diputación de Jaén, includes the best extra-virgin oils from each harvest. With this label being an indicator of excellence, “Jaén Selección” oils are a safe bet for sustainability of this unique growing region, a healthy diet, and gastronomic innovation.

Learn more at www.oleotourjaen.es

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.