Local & Responsible Procurement

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Local

Campus Dining defines local as farms and businesses located within a 250-mile range of campus. We partner with the nonprofit Feast Down East and the supplier FreshPoint to procure produce, meat, eggs, honey, and other value-added products. UNCW Campus Dining is committed to procure at least 10% of all food products from local sources by 2030. 

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In addition to supporting local farms, we extend our procurement to local businesses to further support our local food economy. These businesses include, but are not limited to:

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Responsible

Sustainable Seafood

At Aramark, we support our oceans on two main fronts—by watching what comes out of the water as well as what goes into it. Our Sustainable Seafood Policy details our purchasing practices, commitment to reporting, and approach to stakeholder engagement, while our commitment to reduce single-use plastics minimizes waste that may end up in our oceans.

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Humanely Raised Products

Our Animal Welfare Policy addresses the treatment of animals for egg, meat and dairy products across a range of animal welfare issues including confinement, painful procedures, and rapid growth. Our global principles are the foundation for what we expect from our suppliers, while our policy details purchasing commitments specific to the countries where we operate. March 2021 Through engagement with suppliers, academia and NGOs such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), Global Animal Partnership (GAP), Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW), and many others, our industry-leading policy continues to expand on commitments we’ve made over the last several years.

No Deforestation

At Aramark, we believe preventing deforestation is imperative to the wellbeing of our global community, and so in 2019 we announced our No-Deforestation Policy. We are on a journey to continually improve responsible sourcing practices in partnership with our suppliers, as well as industry and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Aramark is committed to working with our partners toward No Deforestation, No Peatland Loss, and No Exploitation of people, inclusive of legal and illegal deforestation.

We are proud of our progress to date:

• In 2020 we ensured that the soy used in all our contracted soy oils, as well as soy used in our contracted margarines and shortenings, is sourced from regions with no deforestation risk.

• We completed our transition to responsibly sourced palm oil that meets RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) standards in all our contracted margarines and shortenings.

• By engaging with our suppliers, as of September 2020 we have determined that at least 80% of our contracted beef is sourced from areas with no deforestation risk. We will continue this work to identify the origins of the remaining beef supply in 2021.

Climate Healthy Menus

We are also committed to increasing our climate-healthy menu options in support of our goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve this goal, Aramark launched a major plant-forward initiative to elevate the role of whole grains, legumes, pulses, and produce on menus in colleges and universities, hospital cafes and workplace locations. So far, we have created over 300 new plant-based recipes, achieved a 12% average reduction in red meat in Aramark recipes, and trained more than 1,200 chefs in plant-based culinary innovation workshops. More than 30% of our menu offerings are now vegan or vegetarian. To learn more about this industry-leading work, visit Healthy for Life.

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