Press Releases

Long known for its ethical sourcing and more recently for its support of farmworkers, Bon Appétit has just supplied Fair Trade Certified™ shirts to student employees through a pilot program in two of its university cafés. The new commitment was timed to honor Fair Trade Month in October.

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Bon Appétit Management Company is proud to have been recognized by the 2011 Cruz Reynoso-Ralph Abascal Don Quixote Award from California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) for our efforts to shine a light on the unfair treatment of the workers who harvest this country’s food.

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On Tuesday, September 27, all our chefs at more than 400 locations in 31 states will cook a meal from 100% local ingredients. When we launched our first Eat Local Challenge in 2005, “local food” was a novelty, not a national movement. The reasons to eat food grown by small, local farms remain the same as when we started – because it tastes better, is more nutritious, encourages biodiversity, preserves open space, and protects the environment, to name just a few. However, like our chefs, we’ve learned some important lessons in the years we’ve been going loco for local

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Bon Appétit Management Company, the socially and environmentally responsible food services company, announced today that it is adding an important new category to its landmark local-sourcing program, Farm to Fork. Launched in 1999, Farm to Fork now draws from over a thousand small farms and artisans to supply Bon Appétit’s 400-plus cafés in 31 states. The company will extend the program to mid-size poultry and hog farms, cattle ranches, and dairies that meet its stringent criteria. By doing so, it will nourish this critically endangered segment of agriculture known as the “disappearing middle.” And by requiring third-party humane certification, Bon Appétit also hopes to increase the supply of ethically raised meat and poultry, which has not kept up with demand as the meat industry consolidates under ever-more-massive factory farms.

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Bon Appétit Management Company today announced a breakthrough in sustainable seafood sourcing with Fish to Fork, a program that outlines what “local” and “small-scale” means for both wild and farmed seafood and elevates certain overlooked species that have both great flavor and robust supplies.

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In three sessions, titled Meet, Movement, and Money, the independently organized event, licensed by TED, will provide a 360-degree view of farmworkers today and throughout history; compare labor’s progress with other social justice movements; and end with a discussion of fair labor practices from a business standpoint.

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CEO and founder Fedele Bauccio has been honored with one of the inaugural James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards. The new awards were established to recognize visionaries in the business, government, and education sectors responsible for creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world.

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Bon Appétit Management Company at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, has been recognized as offering the best college food nationally in Princeton Review’s annual survey of 122,000 students at the country’s top colleges. Out of all colleges ranked in the food category, Wheaton took the top slot for its tasty, healthy, innovative, responsibly sourced, local, seasonal food prepared by Bon Appétit Management Company chefs.

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In the lead-up to Earth Day, socially responsible food service provider Bon Appétit Management Company will celebrate its fourth annual Low Carbon Diet Day. The chefs of the company’s 400-plus cafés will encourage patrons to think about ways to reduce their carbon “foodprint” with creative, flavorful dishes showcasing vegetables and grains; using beef and cheese sparingly, if at all; and avoiding air-freighted foods.

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The Inventory of Farmworker Issues and Protections in the United States is the product of a unique for-profit/NGO joint venture of the Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation and United Farm Workers (UFW), with support from Oxfam America. By compiling and analyzing data from multiple federal, state, and private sources, it renders the most comprehensive picture yet of the reality faced by America’s least-valued yet critically important workforce.

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