Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.65
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
OP-6: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.91 / 4.00 Nicholas Anders
Associate Director
University Center
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Percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
17

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

1. Falcon Foods Ice Cream
2. Falcon Foods Brats
3. Kemps Products (yogurt & milk)
4. Asperetto Coffee


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:
17

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:

1. Falcon Foods Ice Cream
2. Asperetto Products
3. Falcon Foods Cheese
4. Best Maid Cookie Company
5. Caribou coffee
6. Kemps Products


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

Local Purchasing:
Falcon Foods $8,670 FF Ice Cream was not available for several months during this tracking period. (Primarily cheese, ice cream, and bratwurst)
Kemps $117,643 (From Rochester plant; milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, etc)
Sysco $136,788 (Sysco pulled a report of all purchases from locations within 150 miles of their distribution center in NE Minneapolis)
Bix $6,295 (local producers of vegetables, cheeses and other items)
Stockyard Meats - $6,363 (Sodexo purchases their steak from this butcher in Minneapolis)
Earthgrains - $29,160 (A bakery in the Twin Cities that Sodexo purchases bread from)
Caribou - $22,764 ( The amount of coffee purchased from Caribou, based in the Twin Cities)
Best Maid (C-Store) $ 4,937
Gilbertsons $1,015 Local sweet corn grower


Aspretto Coffee (Fair Trade) $12,533
Aspretto is Sodexo's ethical and sustainable global coffee brand. Aspretto is a premium coffee that is our answer to the market's call for a sustainable, “green” product. It is fair-trade purchased and Fair Trade USA certified. Everything that touches the product is green, from the 10% post-consumer fiber cups to the renewable resource stirrers to the fair trade sugar wrapped in recyclable paper and printed with vegetable dye.

We had planned to use a local bakery this fall but owner pulled out at last minute due to family health issues. This year we began purchasing some lettuce from Future Farms but that will be included in the next recording period.

Total Local purchases $346,168/ Total annual food purchases $2,039,500= 17%


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

MarketConnect Inventory Management Software Program- - tracks all items in and out. This is then analyzed by the Sodexo GM and Executive Chef to determine sustainable purchases


Total annual food and beverage expenditures:
2,039,500 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 No No
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor Yes Yes
Franchises No No
Convenience stores Yes Yes
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes No

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 No
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:

Sustainability is a priority for Dining Services. We are actively pursing many practices to enhance our sustainability standards. Many are back of the house and not visible to the guest, including programs to reduce water consumption and energy use, others are more visible to the public. We always welcome your recommendations for enhancing our sustainability efforts.

One of our more visible and significant sustainability initiatives is trayless dining. The primary goal of trayless dining is to significantly reduce food waste. Trayless is a national trend that has documented more than 40% reduction in food waste.

Dining Services is proud to sponsor a Mug Refill program. UWRF mugs are available for sale for the discounted price of $2.00 to all students the first week of classes.


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

UWRF does not separate the purchases of on-site franchises, convenience stores, vending services, and concessions from those of its other dining operations.

The information provided in this section is from the 2014 calendar year. In May 2015, UWRF's food service provider changed from Sodexo to Chartwells. Getting information from two vendors during a transition was difficult so we are reporting the last full year (2014) under one vendor, Sodexo. The 2016 calendar year will be reported next year with information provided from Chartwells. .

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.