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Carolina Food Co.

Sustainability

We are committed to making a positive impact on our people and our planet.

Sustainability & COVID-19
  • Reusable serviceware available in residential dining halls
  • Reusable to-go boxes available in residential dining halls
  • Compostable to-go containers provided in retail dining locations
  • Continued composting in our busiest kitchens
  • Continued purchasing of local products from Vertical Roots and Senn Brothers
  • Continued partnership with Food Recovery Network to donate surplus food to hunger relief agencies

 

 

Sourcing Responsibly

Carolina Food Co. has taken important steps to advance our sourcing practices in a responsible and ethical way. To drive measureable change, we focus on the following areas:

Local food isn’t just better on your plate, it’s better for the community. Buying local food supports South Carolina farmers and keeps our businesses thriving. We’ve partnered with Senn Bros. Produce, Freshpoint, and Brasstown Beef to provide us with the freshest local fruits, vegetables and burgers. We strive to purchase products from local, independently-owned, minority-owned or women-owned businesses whenever possible.

We have high standards for the food we serve. That’s why we have high standards for the ingredients we buy. We purchase cage-free eggs, humanely-raised chicken and beef as well as seafood approved by the Monterrey Bay Seafood Watch.

 

 

Minimizing Waste

Carolina Food Co. models its waste reduction strategy after The Food Recovery Hierarchy developed by the EPA.

Recycling is a high priority for Gamecocks. We do our part by recycling cardboard, paper and plastic in our locations

Carolina Food Co. offers reusable to-go containers in all-you-care-to-eat dining halls. Guests can take meals to go and exchange dirty containers for clean ones the next time they come back.

Our team records food waste with software that analyzes data and predicts trends. This helps our chefs to plan for a specific number of guests and prepare the right amount of food.

When excess food is prepared, we work with the Food Recovery Network to safely donate to hunger relief agencies like Transitions Homeless Center.

We’ve diverted over 500 tons of organic waste away from landfills. ReSoil Compost removes compostable material from kitchens and special events. The compost enriches the land for gardens and farms throughout the Southeast.

Waste oil from our kitchens is converted into biodiesel with the help of Restaurant Technologies, Inc.

 

 


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