Sodexo Pacts With Knorr, WWF-UK To Launch 'Planet-Friendly' Menus Globally

Posted On: 9/13/2019

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PARIS -- Sodexo announced that it is working with Unilever Food Solutions' Knorr Professional and conservation organization WWF-UK to bring more sustainable food choices to more consumers across the world. Sodexo will feature recipes inspired by Knorr and WWF-UK's Future 50 Foods report that identifies nutritious foods that are healthy, flavorful, accessible and can be better for the planet than comparison foods.

The Future 50 Foods report launched by Knorr and WWF-UK in February, brought together scientists, nutritionists and agricultural experts to identify 50 ingredients to contribute to a more sustainable food system. The list combines familiar foods, such as lentils, wild rice and kale, with lesser-known foods like fonio, pumpkin flowers and cactus, selected for their lower environmental impact and high nutritional value.

Sodexo and Knorr Professional chefs and nutritionists have developed 40 recipes using ingredients from the Future 50 Foods report and introducing them in kitchens globally. This initial rollout includes more than 5,000 locations in Belgium, the United States, the United Kingdom and France, including business and government offices, universities and hospitals.

"When you see there are more than 20,000 known edible plants on our planet, and yet our food comes primarily from a dozen of them, there is definitely opportunity to change and discover new ways of eating," said John Wright, senior vice-president of Sodexo Food Platform. "Today, we are helping consumers as they look for ways to adopt more sustainable diets. Future 50 Foods represents an exciting opportunity for our chefs to innovate in the kitchen and share Sodexo's Love of Food with diners in a way that's also good for the planet."

This partnership builds on Sodexo's commitment to providing consumers with more responsible food choices and contributing to positive impact on the global food system. Last year, Sodexo launched 200 plant-based meals in the U.S. and in 2017 developed Green and Lean sustainable recipes in the UK and Ireland featuring balanced, responsibly sourced and healthier ingredients. Future 50 Foods supports the company's nutrition, health and wellness commitments, menu strategy and sustainable sourcing guidelines.

"The Future 50 Foods grow and are available in a wide number of countries and can be the side or center of everyday meals, and can be added and substituted into meals or used to create new types of dishes," said Dominika Cabalska-Kaminska, global foods director at Unilever Food Solutions, managing Knorr Professional. "The aim is to increase the intake of these foods to help improve the health of people and the planet. This partnership between Knorr Professional and our strategic partner Sodexo helps us to faster deploy and scale the Future 50 Foods initiative, and to create a deep understanding of it for professional chefs' network."

Sarah Halevy, WWF-UK sustainable diet manager added: "People are waking up to the fact that the food we eat is having a devastating impact on our environment … It's vital that we change the way we produce and consume food, moving away from an over-reliance on animal protein -- carbon heavy foods which require vast amounts of space, water and feed to produce -- towards more plant-based diets."