US Foods Launches Sustainable Product Line
US Foods has introduced 21 new items that are responsibly sourced or that contribute to waste reduction. In an effort to help chefs and foodservice operators meet growing diner demand for products that are fresh, sustainable, and healthier, US Foods has introduced its Serve Good line, which features a wide range of products including cage-free eggs, organic bread, non-GMO oils, and sustainable seafood.
“The demand for sustainable options when dining out continues to grow,” said Stacie Sopinka, vice president, Product Development and Innovation, US Foods. “In fact, nearly 70 percent of diners say they would have a better impression of a restaurant that offered sustainable foods. With the high-quality, on-trend, and sustainable items in Serve Good, we can help our customers deliver what their diners want and stay competitive in this changing marketplace.”
Each of the 21 Serve Good products are responsibly sourced or contribute to waste reduction while also bringing the benefits of versatility and time and labor savings in the kitchen.
On the topic of sustainably and responsibly sourced, US Foods notes that 82 percent of consumers want meat and poultry raised without antibiotics, and sustainable seafood ranked ninth in the top 20 food trends for 2016. Among the Serve Good items that are in line with these preferences are the Chef’s Line All-Natural Turkey Breast Roast, a skin-on turkey roast made from turkeys that are vegetarian-fed and raised without antibiotics; the Harbor Banks Barramundi, a sustainably sourced, ocean-farmed whitefish that is on its way to earning four-star certification under the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standards; and Rykoff Sexton Non-GMO Canola Oil, which is expeller-pressed, without the use of chemicals, has zero grams trans fats per serving and is low in saturated fat.
As for reducing food waste, US Foods reports that nearly 40 percent of the U.S. food supply is wasted annually, and about $218 billion a year is spent growing, processing, transporting, and disposing of food that is never eaten. In contrast, the Serve Good products are fresh, efficient, and contribute to waste reduction, as well as responsible disposables. Among the products offered that address these goals are Cross Valley Farms Chopped Broccoli Leaves, a superfood crop that minimizes water usage and yields an additional 2,640 pounds of additional product harvested per acre, and Monarch Eggless Spread, which is described as a mayonnaise alternative that is made with vegetable protein, which when compared to animal protein, uses five to ten times less water and requires one tenth of the land.