Our food service industry in North America feeds millions of people daily. With scale comes responsibility. That’s why we at Unilever Food Solutions are committed to helping operators deliver healthier menus sustainably.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 11, 2013
Unilever Food Solutions, the food service division of Unilever, today shares its ambition to help chefs make 200 million meals healthier, tastier and more enjoyable every day by 2020. In North America, in support of this ambition, the goal is to help operators reduce 1 billion calories on restaurant menus and through a partnership agreement with The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), to help develop a sustainable food service industry.
The food service industry, and its tens of millions of chefs who prepare dishes every minute in 17.5 million outlets,* has the potential to make a big collective impact. Small actions, like reducing food waste and calories on menus, can, when multiplied by tens of millions, make a big difference.
Through this exciting partnership, Unilever and The Culinary Institute of America will provide resources and expertise to help operators and chefs focus on implementing healthier, and more sustainable, business practices. Current research on culinary excellence, social responsibility and business innovation will be presented as part of the Menus of Change First Annual Leadership Summit, hosted by The Culinary Institute of America and the Harvard School of Public Health in Cambridge, MA, June 10-12.
Simon Marshall, President of Unilever Food Solutions North America says: “We are pleased and excited to have forged this new partnership with the CIA. Our goals to help the food service industry create a sustainable future are well-aligned. We are on this journey together, and by combining our unique resources I believe we can have a really positive impact on the health and sustainability of the food service industry.”
Dr. Tim Ryan, President of The Culinary Institute of America says: “Half of all meals consumed today on a dollar cost basis are being prepared by culinary professionals. Chefs shape taste preferences and national food trends, and with that they are in the best position to make healthy, sustainable foods craveable. We, at The Culinary Institute of America, are thankful for Unilever’s partnership and vision in focusing on well-being in the food service industry.”
Simon Marshall adds: “Our food service industry in North America feeds millions of people daily. With scale comes responsibility. Tackling big sustainability issues has to be a priority for the food service industry in North America, not because we say so, or because it’s a nice thing to do, but because it is the only way we can continue to grow as an industry. That’s why we at Unilever Food Solutions are committed to helping operators deliver healthier menus sustainably. We ask that operators and chefs join us and take the Seductive Nutrition pledge to remove 100 calories from a top dish.” With each pledge from today through December 31, 2013, Unilever Food Solutions will help provide eight meals** to Feeding America® up to 50,000 meals. Over the past five years, Unilever has contributed more than 20 million pounds of product, including food and personal care items, as well as donated more than $2.7 million to Feeding America.
Find out how to make your menu healthier and your kitchen more efficient and sustainable at ufs.com.
- Source: Datamonitor
** Source: Feeding America; $1 = eight meals
Unilever Food Solutions - Who We Are
At Unilever Food Solutions, we help chefs all over the world serve tasty, wholesome meals that keep guests coming back for more.
Our service offering around Your Guests, Your Menu and Your Kitchen provides insights and tools to help make your business more profitable. We create ingredients that save precious prep time in the kitchen, without compromising on flavor or flair and constantly provide ideas and inspiration that keep your menu fresh and exciting. Our ingredients are some of the staples of professional kitchens in 74 countries around the world: Knorr®, Hellmann’s®, Lipton® and more.
We’ve been in the food service industry since the 1880s. We’re chefs ourselves. We understand that critical balance between impressing your guests and making a profit, and how to keep your menus and recipes fresh and exciting, as times and tastes change.