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Quorn joins forces with Sodexo to launch carbon neutral solution in contract catering

20th Apr 2022 - 08:50
Meat free brand Quorn has joined forces with food services provider Sodexo to begin the global roll out of Carbono Cero, the world’s first carbon neutral solution for food services, which could save 7,296 tonnes of carbon each year.

This month sees Carbono Cero rolled out at a number of Sodexo’s corporate client sites in the UK, with a plan to expand this globally to 1,500 sites by April 2023.

With over one-third of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions coming from the food system (IPCC), the Carbono Cero solution features recipes inspired by chefs at Quorn Professionals and Sodexo to help tackle the global climate crisis.

Carbono Cero is a range of ten carbon-neutral recipes which are created using three key elements:

  • Quorn – accredited low carbon protein
  • Seasonality / locality – low carbon ingredients
  • Each recipe has been developed to reduce as much of its carbon footprint as possible before being offset to be carbon-neutral

Paul Jennings, head of food development for foodservice at Quorn Foods, said: “Quorn is a company born out of sustainable values; it underpins everything we do. We want to be part of the solution that the planet needs so it was a pleasure to develop Carbono Cero with Sodexo. We share many of the same values and each have Net Positive strategies to ensure we’re having a positive impact on the planet.”

Recipes include Asian inspired potato chaat & saag dahl, dirty wing burrito bowl, Japanese crispy katsu, Louisiana style buttermilk burger, Napoli style lasagne, double dip Korean wings, Middle Eastern style shawarma, ancho chilli miso mole and Indonesian satay wing goreng.

John Wright, global head of food at Sodexo, added: “Our guests want more and more plant-based dishes that taste great and help to reduce the impact on the environment. It’s an exciting opportunity to leverage the collaboration with Quorn and for our chefs to bring carbon neutral dishes that are authentic and tasty for our guests to enjoy, that are also good for the planet.”

Quorn’s ambition is to become a Net Positive business by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions within its own operations by 2030. The company also aims to achieve net zero emissions across it’s whole supply chain by 2040.

Sodexo’s global target – validated by SBTi – to reduce carbon emissions by 34% by 2025 (against a 2017 baseline) forms part of Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow commitment.

Written by
Edward Waddell