ATLANTA -- Morrison claims to be the first healthcare foodservice provider to commit to implementing its comprehensive wellness platform across all of the institutions it serves.
A unit of Charlotte, NC-based Compass Group, Morrison serves about 550 hospitals and integrated healthcare facilities across the country. Officials said the initiative will impact up to 300 million hospital meals annually.
The contract foodservice giant is in the process of implementing its new healthcare menu, which includes a 44% reduction of sodium and a 33% reduction in calories compared with traditional fare.
It will also offer better-for-you foods at cash registers in place of "high impulse, low-nutrient" food and limit the availability of high-sugar bottled beverages. The company will feature images of healthy, nutrient-rich food in its regular marketing promotions.
Full implementation of the program should be under way by mid-2014.
"Rising healthcare costs and lost productivity within the healthcare setting and community are driving the demand for prevention-based programs," explained Morrison president Tim Pierce. "By implementing these changes nationally, we are making healthful choices easy and accessible to millions of patients, staff and visitors."