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ISS Guckenheimer Partners with Humane Society to Make Menu 55% Plant-Based by 2025

ISS Guckenheimer, a leading food services provider, has pledged to make 55% of its menu options fully plant-based by 2025. This represents the strongest such commitment to date by any food service provider, the company says. As part of the Cool Food Pledge, the company is seeking to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 25% over the next three years. To meet these goals, Guckenhimer is working with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to develop plant-based recipes, culinary trainings and greenhouse gas assessments. The company also intends to increase the number of plant-based menu offerings, reduce its reliance on meat-based dishes, and manage the portion sizes of animal protein. Guckeheimer is further enhancing its climate change impact by rolling …


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Whitsons Culinary Group Partners with Humane Society to Launch Veggabóls Plant-Based Meals in Schools

Whitsons Culinary Group, which provides dining services to public schools in the Northeast US, has partnered with the Humane Society of the United States to introduce Veggabóls, a plant-based school meal program. As a part of Whitson’s commitment to offering at least 10% plant-based menus by 2024, Veggabóls are being piloted across 12 school districts this spring, with a full expansion possible in the fall.  Through Veggabóls, Whitsons is providing 10 healthy and sustainable recipes developed by HSUS’s team of chefs. The chefs modified several of Whitson’s most popular school lunch options to be fully plant-based, while creating brand new Veggabóls like Fiesta Rice and Beans and BBQ Chickpea and Rice. To ensure a successful rollout, Whitsons and the HSUS plan to offer virtual culinary …


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Gastronomy & Food Service

Sodexo & Humane Society Plan to Make 42% of University Menus Plant-Based by 2025

Catering giant Sodexo recently announced the expansion of its collaboration with the Humane Society of the United States, in a partnership that has continued for over 15 years with the aim of increasing the number of plant-based options on its menus. The initiative is part of Sodexo’s overall strategy to reduce its carbon emissions 34% by 2025: shockingly, though perhaps not surprisingly, Sodexo’s carried out an internal analysis which found that at least 70% of its supply carbon footprint was related to animal-based food purchases in the fiscal year 2020. Following the study, Sodexo Campus claims it is now aiming to make 42% of its planned menu offerings plant-based by 2025.  US initiative follows UK success Sodexo UK and Ireland already announced last October that …


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Food Service

UK’s Kent University Votes For 100% Plant-Based Catering by 2027

Students at Kent University have voted for a transition to 100% plant-based catering from 2027 in a proposal that aims to reduce the impact of animal agriculture on the environment. The policy motion, voted for by 450 students at Kent University, will now be discussed by the university’s Board of Trustees.   The Plant-Based Universities campaign has witnessed increasing success in the UK, with the universities of Birmingham, Stirling, and Cambridge voting for fully plant-based menus. The move closely follows news from earlier this week that Brakes, the UK’s leading food wholesale supplier, has launched an initiative urging educational settings to serve plant-forward meals. “A plant-forward approach is a virtuous circle providing a sustainable, healthy, and cost-effective way of catering,” said Lisa Johnson, sector marketing manager …


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Fast Food

Hart House Opens Fourth Location in Less Than a Year at USC Campus

Plant-based fast food chain Hart House opened yesterday its newest and fourth location across from the University of Southern California (USC) campus in Downtown Los Angeles. Hart House’s new strategic location — the chain’s first restaurant near a University — aims to make sustainable and plant-forward food accessible to students, teachers, and the whole community that revolves around the university. “I am very excited that we are opening our fourth Hart House at USC. College students are always looking for easy and delicious meals and Hart House satisfies both of those wants,” commented Kevin Hart. Hart House at USC Since comedian Kevin Hart launched his all-vegan concept in August 2022 to compete with fast food giants like McDonald’s and Burger King, the brand has expanded its …


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Food Service

Sodexo, HSUS Commit to Make 50% of College Menus Plant-Based by 2025

Global food service leader Sodexo announces a new pledge to make 50% of its college campus menus plant-based by 2025. The latest commitment, made in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), increases the company’s previous goal of making its higher-ed dining 42% plant-based by 2025. According to Sodexo, 35% of Americans are looking to eat less meat, and college students are especially interested in the environmental and health benefits of plant-based eating. A 2020 GlobeScan study found 37% of Gen Z individuals expressed an interest in eating more plant-based and meat-free foods​. Currently, Sodexo states 36% of its college and university menus are plant-based, and the company is committed to meet this growing demand. “Formula for success” “Year after year, Sodexo …


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New Vegan-Friendly Coalition to Help Hospitals Provide Plant-Based Meals in 2020

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the Humane Society of the United States, Oldways, Health Care Without Harm, and Meatless Monday are five nonprofits that have partnered to create the Plant-Based Hospital Food Coalition. This Coalition will provide support, resources, and hands-on training to hospital culinary teams to help them provide more plant-based meals.

Fairs & Events

Plant-based World Conference & Expo – New York 2019

A new trade show centred around plant-based products and services has been announced by JD Events. The Plant Based World Conference & Expo (PBW) is taking place June 7-8, 2019 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Focused on plant-based food and lifestyle, the event will also feature three educational conferences, keynote speakers and networking opportunities.

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Top Stories

Sodexo: Changing Names of Veg Dishes Increases Appeal by 41%

Sodexo, a quality of life services organisation based in France, have announced new menus for universities, healthcare, and corporate services segments, with 200 plant-based recipes, created in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the World Resource Institute-Better Buying Lab (WRI).

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What’s Behind Fatty Meat: Plant Chompers’ Chris MacAskill on The Plantbased Business Hour

Mr. Plant Chompers, Chris MacAskill, joins Elysabeth Alfano on The Plantbased Business Hour to share why he created the super popular YouTube channel Plant Chompers. Often getting over 100k views, Chris talks about achieving better health and the science behind achieving better health to help consumers understand the underpinnings of a healthy diet.  They also discuss the business elements that can further misinformation. It’s a very fun and nerdy Plantbased Business Hour! Specifically, they discuss, Misunderstandings about diabetes, The rising cost of healthcare in parallel with a growing number of obese Americans, The negative impacts on health from eating meat and the benefits of meat alternatives, The planetary healthcare costs of our current food supply system.  Below is a short clip and transcript from their conversation. Podcast …


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Sustainability / Environment

More Than 20 Organisations Sign Open Letter Encouraging Consumers to Change Their Diets to Save Sea Animals

The Aquatic Life Institute, an international marine wildlife welfare organisation, has released an open letter urging consumers to reduce or eliminate seafood consumption altogether. The letter, signed by more than 20 conservation and animal welfare organisations, states that “some 100 billion aquatic animals are farmed each year and another 2 billion are caught in the wild to meet our growing demand for seafood. In comparison, this figure is about 35 times that of all farmed land animals. Yet aquatic animal welfare has been neglected throughout history.” The effects of industrial fishing on marine wildlife According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, 75% of the world’s fish stocks are still overfished. In addition, hundreds of thousands of dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and …


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Food & Beverage

Forbes Says That Vegan Bacon Products are the “Next Plant-Based Frontier”

Forbes reported yesterday about the rise in plantbased, citing Beyond Meat as the key driver behind the industry and vegan bacon as the next trend. Beyond said last year that they would be developing a plantbased bacon in 2020, but which other brands are competing and why is it so imperative that vegan bacon exists right now?

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Seattle Food Tech Hires Kristie Middleton

Seattle Food Tech (SFT) has announced Kristie Middleton as the company’s new Vice President of Business Development. SFT is a food manufacturing technology and production company implementing unique manufacturing methods with the aim to produce affordable plant-based alternatives to meat at high volumes. Middleton will lead the effort to bring SFT’s plant-based chicken products to the public sector in the United States, such as schools, hospitals, universities, and the military.