Industry News | April 21, 2010

Sodexo Gets Sustainable

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Sodexo's 241 cafes that serves Aspretto, the new Sodexo, a leader in Quality of Daily Life Solutions, now serve fair trade-based hot beverage that is 100% sustainable from grower to grounds.

The sustainable coffee line sources from local markets accredited by the Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade Foundation, or the Soil Association and internationally-recognized fair trade certification organizations. Aspretto uses recyclable and bio-degradable materials in packaging and utensils. Equipment wraps are made from 100% post-consumer recycled resin, and all printed materials are created with vegetable inks.

Sodexo is proud to demonstrate its values and ethical principles through this fair trade product that has the potential to reach millions of people each day. Aspretto is served in nearly 250 sites in the U.S., including 177 locations on college campuses and 50 in corporate cafes, government buildings, and hospitals. Some of the cafes where it is most popular include Babson College and Merrimack College in Massachusetts, Denison University in Ohio, California State–Monterey Bay, Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Saint Michael Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

As a company that buys an average of 8,000 tons of coffee and serves more than one billion cups per year, the launch of Aspretto is sure to make its mark in the global coffee industry. In the U.S. alone, Sodexo purchases 10 million pounds and serve 100 million cups of coffee each year.

The company recently announced broad and detailed commitments for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The Better Tomorrow Plan adds a global approach to Sodexo's continuing commitment to improving the quality of daily life for customers in three key areas of the environment, health and wellness, and community development.

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