Compass Group North America Brings Do Good Foods’ First American Chicken Brand to Fight Food Waste and Climate Change in Corporate Cafes, Health Systems and Event Venues
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Doing good for people and the planet is at the heart of the sustainability strategy of Compass Group, the world’s largest foodservice and assistance company. As founders of Stop Food Waste Day™, the annual international day of action to reduce food waste, the company is now the first national restaurant company to partner with Do Good Foods™, a food company turned to the climate on a mission to end food waste and fight climate change with Do Good Chicken™, America’s first chicken brand with USDA-verified carbon reduction benefits.
In the United States, 35% of all food goes unsold or uneaten, or nearly 90 billion meals a year, according to ReFED, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending food loss and waste in the world. American food system. By creating a closed-loop system where excess healthy food from grocery stores – after food bank donations – is recycled into nutritious food for chickens, Do Good Chicken is making strides to fight food waste and climate change. Every Do Good Chicken saves about four pounds of leftover groceries from being thrown away, reducing nearly three pounds of greenhouse gases (CO2e).
“Do Good Foods shows what’s possible when you creatively examine opportunities to make change that benefits people and the planet,” said Amy Keister, global director of sustainability, Compass Group. “Bringing Do Good Chicken to our cafes and restaurants not only reinforces our own sustainability commitments and Net Zero goals, but it’s another way to support our customers’ efforts to reduce their carbon footprint – while helping our customers make a difference by simply enjoying a delicious meal.
Starting this month, Do Good Chicken will begin appearing on Condé Nast and Google cafe menus, as well as other cafes and event venues operated by Compass Group. Through the Compass Group partnership, Do Good Chicken was also served at select venues during the US Open Tennis Championships.
The partnership with Do Good Foods reinforces Compass Group’s Net Zero commitment and efforts to work with customers and suppliers to halve food waste in the company’s global operations by 2030. further builds on Compass Group’s leadership in food waste awareness and sustainability which includes building partnerships with purpose and aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“We are delighted to partner with Compass Group in the fight against food waste and its effects on climate change. We know it will take all of us working together to have a real impact,” said Justin Kamine, co-CEO and co-founder of Do Good Foods, parent company of Do Good Chicken. “While every small action taken by individuals makes a difference, we recognize that the reach and scale of like-minded partners like Compass Group is a huge step towards a better future.”
A third of all the food produced in the world is wasted every year. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), if food waste were its own country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world. Do Good Chicken recently announced that in the first six months since launching the products, it has already diverted more than 10 million pounds of surplus food from landfills, saving approximately 950 metric tons of greenhouse gases (CO2e) to enter the atmosphere.
“The problem of food waste is hard to overstate, and I know there are things we can do as a community of chefs to effect real change,” said Sam Kass, Chief Strategy Officer, Do Good Foods, and former White House chef and senior. Nutrition Policy Advisor. “Through my previous work with Stop Food Waste Day, I know that Compass Group is committed to finding and implementing meaningful solutions. This partnership is another way to empower chefs to use food to promote a healthier planet.
About Compass Group North America
Compass Group is redefining the restoration and support services landscape with innovation and passion through the lens of the future. Serving leading healthcare systems, respected educational institutions, world-renowned cultural centers, popular sports and entertainment venues, and Fortune 500 organizations around the world, Compass Group always finds a way to deliver excellence in almost all verticals. Whether it’s serving school lunches that students love, upscale concessions in stadiums, or nutritious home-style meals for seniors, Compass is an industry leader. Ranked #1 by industry peers on Fortune’s 2020 list of World’s Most Admired Companies, Compass also earned a spot on Forbes’ list of 2020’s Best Diversity Employers and a Top 50 Company. who change the world according to Fortune. Learn more about the Compass experience at www.compass-usa.com.
About Do Good Foods
Do Good Foods™ is a groundbreaking climate-focused company. Its low-carbon food products offer consumers a delicious way to fight food waste and climate change from the kitchen. Founded by the Kamine family, Do Good Foods has created a closed-loop system with state-of-the-art infrastructure designed to recycle leftover grocery store food (after community donations) into nutritious pet food. Do Good Foods’ first product, Do Good Chicken™, is raised using this healthy food and can be purchased locally, giving consumers the opportunity to have an immediate environmental impact and Do Good…for Plate & Planet.™