Foodservice company Aramark and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have partnered to conduct a series of plant-based culinary training sessions.
Aramark, in a press release, stated that the training sessions, which will be conducted over the next six months, are a part of an ongoing effort to develop strategies that increase plant-based food offerings, including plant-based protein.
The goal of the training partnership is to better enable Aramark’s chefs to create meals, menus and dining concepts that centers on foods including vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. The company has more than 1,000 chefs as part of its staff.
“As part of our broad and ongoing commitment to health, wellness and sustainability, we continue to work towards offering more plant-forward menu options and alternate protein sources to Aramark guests,” said Dan Wainfan, who leads health and wellness for Aramark. “We are proud to work on culinary training and menu innovations which provide important health benefits to consumers, while minimizing our environmental impact.”
As part of Aramark’s Health for Life 20 by 20 commitment with the American Heart Association, 30 percent of the main dishes Aramark serves are vegan or vegetarian.
According to the press release, recent survey findings of Aramark consumers found that more than 60 percent of respondents believe that vegan, and plant-based options are important, and that the majority of those consumers also believe these options are better for their own health, the environment and for animals.
Aramark foodservice facilities can be found at healthcare facilities, educational institutions, Fortune 500 companies, sports facilities, correctional facilities, tourist destinations and municipalities in 19 countries around the world. The company is headquartered in Philadelphia.