January 13, 2011
Compass Group to Receive Humane Society of the United States Corporate Progress Award
In recognition of its industry leadership through an innovative “Be a Flexitarian” initiative, Compass Group, the world’s largest food service company, is among the 2010 recipients of The Humane Society of the United States’ Corporate Progress Award.
Under this initiative, Compass Group worked with its chefs to increase their vegetarian offerings while also encouraging its customers to incorporate more plant-based meals into their diet.
“More and more Americans are seeking meals that will improve their health, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance sustainability,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. “Compass Group’s ‘Be a Flexitarian’ initiative heeds the growing demand for more meat-free options, and we applaud the company’s leadership to provide consumers with more choices.”
“Compass Group is committed to providing healthy meals, preserving the environment and meeting the needs of our clients,” stated Cheryl Queen, Compass Group vice president of corporate communications. "Our flexitarian initiative is a great step toward achieving all of these goals."
Compass Group’s “Be a Flexitarian” initiative coincides with a growing number of public health experts touting the benefits of eating vegetarian. The American Dietetic Association asserts that “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”
Compass Group’s “Be a Flexitarian” initiative is the latest in its efforts to build a sustainable, healthy, and responsible food system. In 2007, the company switched all its shell (whole) eggs to cage-free for its U.S. clients.
Following in Compass Group’s footsteps, numerous other food service companies including Guest Services, Seasons Culinary and Parkhurst have started to use cage-free eggs. Major restaurant companies including Burger King, Wendy’s, Denny’s, Subway, Sonic, Quiznos, Red Robin, Hardee’s and Carl's Jr.—have started to use cage-free eggs. Hellmann’s mayonnaise announced that it will convert all 350 million eggs it uses each year to cage-free. And supermarket chains including Wal-Mart, Costco and Safeway have taken steps to increase their cage-free egg sales.
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