Change is never easy. Yet it’s necessary, especially when the health of the whole nation is involved.
That urgently needed diet change was the theme of the 2015 Menus of Change Conference hosted by The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Present were two companies who are actively engaged in implementing those vital changes.
Ron Shaich, Founder and CEO of Panera Bread, shared that his fast-casual restaurants bravely embraced change by declaring in 2004 they would only purchase chickens raised without the use of antibiotics.
The next year Panera removed all artificial trans fats from their menu. But they didn’t stop there.
Panera Bread became the first national level restaurant to introduce healthy sprouted grains to their diners. Panera then decided to remove all artificial colors, sweeteners, flavors and preservatives from their menus.
They added calorie information to their order boards while also demanding positive animal welfare information from their suppliers.
With over 1,900 bakery-cafes in the U.S. and Canada, Panera is making a real difference and offering their diners sought after healthier choices.
Jonathan Atwood, Unilever’s vice president of sustainability, told Conference attendees that Unilever launched their Sustainable Living Plan, a blueprint for making sustainable business a reality, in 2010. Their inclusive plan required decoupling the company’s growth from negative environmental impact while increasing positive social impact.
By 2015 33% of Unilever’s worldwide food and beverages product list successfully met the highest nutritional standards, based on globally recognized dietary guidelines. Fifty-five percent of their agricultural raw materials are now sustainably sourced affecting the quality of culinary ingredients in over 74 countries.
Unilever successfully achieved zero hazardous waste at their production centers by 2014 - that’s more than 240 plants across 67 countries!
As a result of their positive worldwide efforts, Unilever scored 99 out of 100 for transparent disclosure on the Climate Performance Leadership Index.
Taylor Shellfish Farms cheers and supports the efforts of these courageous companies to make a positive difference and offer healthier food choices to diners while actively protecting the environment.