Compass Group PLC is the world's leading food service company operating in around 50 countries, employing 600,000 people and serving over 5.5 billion meals a year. With its established brand portfolio, the company specialises in providing food and support services across its core sectors of Business & Industry, Healthcare & Seniors, Education, Sports & Leisure and Defence, Offshore & Remote. Tackling the food waste problem is a key part of Compass Group's sustainability strategy.
Named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” and “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is known for his avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of 27 restaurants throughout the country and beyond. In 2019, he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for to his humanitarian efforts.
Founded by CEO Danny Meyer, Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) has created some of New York’s most beloved restaurants, cafés and bars, and additionally includes operational and strategic consulting, an investment platform, and a multifaceted catering and events business, Union Square Events. USHG supports Compass Group leaders when opportunities arise to connect our businesses, elevate client experience and provide competitive edge.
Food Tank is a New Orleans based non-profit that seeks to reform the food system. Their goal is to highlight environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty. Since 2015, Food Tank has been holding a series of summits in various cities in an effort to discuss different themes within the food system.
Eatable is a consulting firm that helps food businesses track their food waste, start food recovery programs to donate their surplus food, and explore food waste solutions. Their services include creating waste strategies, waste audits and food recovery in efforts to divert food waste from the landfill.
Tristram Stuart, an active food waste campaigner, developed Toast Ale which uses bread waste to create award winning beers. 100% of their profits are given to the charity Feedback to tackle food waste. In 2018, the hospitality company Restaurant Associates began to introduce Toast into many of their New York based locations, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Tom Colicchio is an American celebrity chef. He co-founded the Gramercy Tavern in New York City, and formerly served as a co-owner and as the executive chef. He is also the founder of Crafted Hospitality, which includes Craft, Riverpark Temple Court, Craftsteak, Heritage Steak and Small Batch restaurants. He currently stars as the head judge of the BravoTV show, Top Chef. He has been a leading food waste advocate since 2012 and in 2017, he partnered with Stop Food Waste Day.
ReFED is a multi-stakeholder nonprofit, powered by an influential network of the nation’s leading business, nonprofit, foundation, and government leaders committed to reducing U.S. food waste. ReFED takes a data-driven approach to move the food system from acting on instinct to insights to solve our national food waste problem. They provide food waste solutions for our accounts as well as action guides to increase awareness.