Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.30
Liaison Laura Hamstra
Submission Date Feb. 9, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Durham College
OP-6: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 4.00 John Kerr
Food Services Director
Aramark
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Percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
2.96

A copy of an inventory, list or sample of sustainable food and beverage purchases:
An inventory, list or sample of sustainable food and beverage purchases:

Attached is a list from our food services vendor, Aramark. Based on this information, the % is only 2.96. We also have The Centre for Food at our Whitby campus that serves the Bistro '67 teaching-inspired restaurant as well as the Pantry. The food for these locations is grown on-site where possible or purchased as locally as possible. The CFF is a Feast On certified facility, which indicates a minimum of 25% local food and beverage in purchasing.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (food and beverage expenditures for on-site franchises, convenience stores, vending services, or concessions)?:
Yes

Percentage of on-site franchise, convenience store, vending services, and concessions food and beverage purchases that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
10

A copy of an inventory, list or sample of on-site franchise, convenience store, vending machine, and/or concessions food and beverage purchases that are sustainably produced:
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An inventory, list or sample of on-site franchise, convenience store, vending machine, and/or concessions food and beverage purchases that are sustainably produced:

Our CFF pantry includes in-house made food and beverage products crafted by our culinary students.


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

Aramark at Durham College uses our local farmers with as much as they can supply us with. We use such farmers as Geissberger Farmhouse Cider, Gallery on the Farm, Pingle's Farm Market, Hy hope farm and Ashton Maple products. We also serve fair trade coffee in our Express coffee concepts. In addition to the campus food services provider, Durham College has an award winning Centre for Food building at our Whitby Campus that was built on the field-to-fork concept and is a 3 Star certified Green Restaurant Association (GRA) facility.


A brief description of the methodology used to track/inventory sustainable food and beverage purchases:

Centralized purchase tracking database where Aramark keeps information on where product is sourced
Database, origin, location of processing, third party verified sustainability attributes
Aramark has a sophisticated product tracking system which allows us to report virtually every purchase made by our campus team over a given period of time. Whenever we require information on procurement patterns reports can be generated detailing purchase volumes and total spend for any particular item, anywhere in the country.
We are currently in the process of building more capabilities into the system and one of the more useful features is the addition of source and processing location data attached to every item in the database. We are working very closely with food suppliers of all types and sizes to acquire this info and make it readily available. Progress in purchasing habits with respect to sustainability and the support of local producers cannot occur without a reliable benchmark. Learning more about how and where the food we buy is grown, raised and packaged will allow us to create such a benchmark and proceed to important next step of setting targets for improvement.


Total annual food and beverage expenditures:
1482232 US/Canadian $

Which of the following food service providers are present on campus and included in the total food and beverage expenditure figures?:
Present? Included?
Dining operations and catering services operated by the institution Yes Yes
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor Yes Yes
Franchises Yes Yes
Convenience stores Yes Yes
Vending services Yes Yes
Concessions Yes Yes

Has the institution achieved the following?:
Yes or No
Fair Trade Campus, College or University status No
Certification under the Green Seal Standard for Restaurants and Food Services (GS-46) No
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification Yes
Signatory of the Real Food Campus Commitment (U.S.) No

A brief description of other sustainable restaurant and food service standards that the institution’s dining services operations are certified under:

MSC - Marine Stewardship Council certification
Organic Fair Trade and Rain Forest Alliance Certified
Organic Fair Trade and Rain Forest Alliance Certified coffee selections offered and promoted throughout our coffee concepts

Green Restaurant Association - our award winning Centre for Food building and program is a 3-star Green restaurant certified facility and received a Feast On designation for having 25% minimum local food and beverage purchasing.


The website URL where information about the institution's sustainable food and beverage purchasing efforts is available:

CFF Feast - ON documentation available separately upon request

CFF purchasing was not included in the following %:

Total annual food and beverage expenditures

Annual food and beverage expenditures that are local and community-based and/or third party verified

Aramark and CFF are managed separately and complete data is unavailable at this time to merge in these areas

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