Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.21
Liaison Jeremy King
Submission Date Sept. 19, 2022

STARS v2.2

Denison University
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.87 / 6.00 Jeremy King
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the President
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Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on products that are sustainably or ethically produced:
24.97

Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on plant-based foods:
45.61

An inventory of food and beverage purchases that qualify as sustainably/ethically produced:
A brief description of the methodology used to conduct the inventory, including the timeframe and how representative samples accounted for seasonal variation (if applicable):

Bon Appetit, Denison's dining provider, handles all the purchasing for dining operations. The data submitted is from October 2021 - March 2022 and is tracked by Bon Appetit. This timeframe is the most conservative estimate of overall spend on sustainable and ethically-sourced foods as it excludes most of the local growing season. By our own measures 35-40% of our products are sustainably or ethically produced, however, we had a transition of leadership and COVID challenges that prevented us from including the summer months (growing season) in our sourcing.


Website URL where the institution’s validated Real/Good Food Calculator results are publicly posted:
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Which of the following food service providers are present on campus and included in the inventory/assessment?:
Present? Included?
Dining operations and catering services operated by the institution No No
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor Yes Yes
Student-run food/catering services No No
Franchises (e.g., regional or global brands) No No
Convenience stores Yes Yes
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes Yes

Total annual dining services budget for food and beverage products:
$1 million - $4.9 million

A brief description of the institution’s sustainable food and beverage purchasing program:

Sustainability is at the heart of the food and beverage program managed by Bon Appetit @ Denison University. We have a company-wide goal to source at least 20% of ingredients, by dollar, from small, local, owner operated farmers and artisans; prioritize plant-based proteins in the café and offer vegetarian options at every meal; cook from scratch, including stocks, sauces, and soups; prevent and minimize waste in a number of ways; purchase only cage-free and third party certified eggs, pork raised without the use of gestation crates, and ground beef from Certified Humane operations or small, local farmers. Our seafood is never airfreighted and is purchased in accordance with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Guidelines for Sustainability, and we’ve been at the forefront of the right for farmworkers rights – including hosting an annual National Farmworker Awareness Week on campus. Last but not least, we communicate with guests through menus in the cafes and through our guest facing website (www.cafebonappetit.com) in order to share our sustainability related policies, the local farms we source from and their distance from the campus, and menu items with COR icons that relay information related to each of these standards.

Our Denison Specific Sustainable food and beverage policy is:

Responsibly sourced food for Denison means that we prioritize foods that are locally grown and produced by small, owner-operated farms and businesses within 150 miles of our campus. Responsibly sourced animal products including meat, cheese, and dairy are from animals who were raised in humane conditions, fed vegetarian diets free of sub-therapeutic antibiotics, and ideally pasture raised when applicable. Responsibly sourced seafood is certified as green or yellow through the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines. If a product cannot be sourced locally, it can be responsibly sourced if it has a third-party animal welfare or organic certification, either direct or Fair Trade, addresses climate change, or is from a company that has exemplary social justice or corporate responsibility practices.

On our inventory all Farm-to-Fork listings are included because they fit the parameters as outlined here: http://www.bamco.com/sourcing/farm-to-fork-criteria/


Website URL where information about the food and beverage purchasing program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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