Bon Appétit Management Company

Bon Appétit Management Company

company_name = Bon Appétit Management Company
company_type = Private
company_slogan =
foundation = 1987 (Palo Alto, CA)
location = Palo Alto, CA
key_people = Fedele Bauccio, CEO
Michael Bauccio, COO| industry = Sustainable Food Source Provider
homepage = []

The Bon Appétit Management Company is an onsite custom restaurant company, owned by Compass Group, that provides café and catering services to corporations, colleges and universities, and specialty venues. The company, based in Palo Alto, CA, operates 400 cafes in 28 states. Bon Appétit has developed programs with Environmental Defense, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, the Humane Society of the United States, and other conservation organizations cite web
title = Bon Appétit Management Company Press Room
url =
accessdate = 2007-12-31
] .


"Company Milestones"
* Founded in 1987 as a catering company
* Farm to Fork program for local sourcing since 1999
* Sustainable seafood purchasing since 2002
* rBGH-free milk purchased as available since 2002
* Policy for anitibiotic reduction in chicken adopted in 2003
* Initiates policy to reduce antibiotic use in turkeys in 2005
* Establishes policy for cage-free shell eggs in 2005
* Launches the first annual Eat Local Challenge in 2005 cite news
last = Courtenay
first = Erin
title = Today's Eco-Event: "Eat Local Challenge"
publisher =TreeHugger
date = 2005-04-29
url =
accessdate =
* Sponsors Save Seafood campus film tour on ocean conservation in 2005/2006 [cite web
title=The Save Seafood Roadshow..
* Drives Compass Group to purchase sustainable seafood in 2006 cite web
title= Food Service Giant Unveils Sustainable-Seafood Purchase Policy
* Move to all "natural" beef burgers in 2007
* Launches Low Carbon Diet in 2007


[ Fedele Bauccio, CEO]
[ Michael Bauccio, COO]

Sustainable Policies

"Farm to Fork"
Farm to Fork is a Bon Appétit company-wide initiative to buy locally. The first choice is to purchase seasonal, regional and organic produce from local farmers and artisan producers within a 150-mile radius. These local products are often served within 48 hours of harvest cite web
title=Maisie Ganzler of an eco-friendly catering company answers Grist's questions | Grist | InterActivist | 23 Oct 2006
] .

Seafood is purchased in accordance with the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch guidelines for sustainable seafood. Locally-sourced fish is the first choice for seafood and tuna is dolphin-safe .

Bon Appétit works with ranchers to reduce the amount of drugs given to poultry, cows and pigs. The company purchases only chicken and turkey breast that has been produced without the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics that belong to classes of compounds approved for use in human medicine. Hamburgers are made with ground “natural” chuck, raised without antibiotics or added hormones on a vegetarian diet. Free-range, organic and grass-fed meats from local sources are served at many locations cite news
last =Peterson
first =Kristina
title =Local Food Company Has Beef With Antiobiotics
work =Palo Alto Daily News
pages =
language =
publisher =
date =2007-03-26
url =
accessdate = 2007-12-31

"Cage-free eggs"
Bon Appétit purchases cage-free shell eggs at all accounts. These eggs are from sources that meet the animal care standards of Humane Farm Animal Care, an independent farm animal welfare certifying organization .

Milk is free of antibiotics and recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) where available. Local sources are the first choice for dairy purchases .

"Circle of Responsibility" The Circle of Responsibility is an educational program created by Bon Appétit to teach staff and diners about sustainability. After completing a training, café staff members are prepared to engage diners and teach them about the company's core sustainability principles. In addition, each café prominently displays Circle of Responsibility educational tools that help diners identify foods according to the categories of: health, vegetarian, vegan, organic, locally and responsibly sourced .

"Fair Trade"
Bon Appétit supports farmers' rights and offers Fair Trade Certified, shade grown and organic coffee options wherever possible cite news
last =Borque
first = Haven
title =Growth of Fair Trade Certification shows more people care about where their food comes from
work =Cooperative Grocer
date =July - August 2005
url =
accessdate = 2007-12-31
] .

"Eat Local Challenge"
This annual event, starting in 2005, challenges each Bon Appétit restaurant and café to serve a meal made entirely of ingredients from within a 150 mile radius of each kitchen. This includes every facet of the meal, from dairy and protein, with salt as the one exception .

"Low Carbon Diet"
The Low Carbon Diet, launched in April 2007, is Bon Appétit’s endeavor to reduce the carbon footprint of all its cafés. Food production -- including processing, transportation, packaging, preparation and waste -- is the single largest human-driven contributor to the greenhouse gases responsible for global climate change [Citation
last =Eshel
first =Gidon
author-link =
last2 =Martin
first2 =Pamela
author2-link =
title =Diet, Energy and Global Warming
date =May
year =2005
url =
accessdate = 2007-12-31
] . The Low Carbon Diet decreases carbon emissions by reducing use of high-carbon foods such as meat, promoting seasonality, eliminating foreign and bottled water, conducting energy audits of equipment and developing innovative waste management programs. Diners will have the opportunity to calculate and reduce the carbon footprint of their own food choicescite news
last =Peterson
first =Kristina
title =Campaign aims to cut emissions:'Low-carbon diet' hopes to take bite out of greenhouse gases
work =Palo Alto Daily News
date = 2007-04-21
url =
accessdate = 2007-12-31
] .


* Seafood Choices Alliance – 2007
** Fedele Bauccio Honored as Seafood Champion [cite news
title=Line Items
work =Seafood Business
pages =10
date =March 2007
url =
accessdate = 2007-12-31
* Ecological Society of America – 2005
** Corporate Award for Ethical Business Practices [cite news
title =Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America
pages =212
url =
accessdate = 2007-12-31
* The Humane Society of the United States - 2005
** Praises commitment to cage-free eggs [cite web
title =Bon Appétit Management Co. Receives National Humane Award
work =
publisher =
date =2006-04-10
url =
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doi =
accessdate = 2007-12-31
* Princeton Review – Multiple years
** #1 College Food Service in the Country [cite news
last =
first =
coauthors =
title =Two Bon Appetit accounts lay claim to best college campus food
work =Nation's Restaurant News
pages =
language =
date =2001-09-17
url =
accessdate = 2007-12-31
* SAMCEDA – 2006
** Award of Excellence for Service to the Community [cite web
title=SAMCEDA - Awards of Excellence

Partial listing of clients

Corporate Food Service

Adidas America
Best Buy
Intel Corporation
Nordstrom, Inc.
Oracle Corporation
Palm, Inc.
Target Corporation
Payless Shoesource

Education Food Service

American University
Biola University
Carleton College
Case Western Reserve University
The College of Idaho
Duke University
Dominican University of California
Goucher College
Grove City College
Hamilton College
LeTourneau University
Lewis & Clark College
Macalester College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Northwestern College
Oberlin College
Reed College
St. Olaf College
University of Portland
University of Redlands
University of San Francisco
Wabash College
Washington University in St. Louis
Wesleyan University
Whitman College
Woodbury University

pecialty Venues

Acme Chophouse
The Art Institute of Chicago
AT&T Park (Home of the San Francisco Giants)
deYoung Museum
The Getty Center and Getty Villa
Guthrie Theater
Legion of Honor
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Minnesota History Center
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Seattle Art Museum

Notes and references

See also

Low Carbon Diet
Organic Food

External links

[ Bon Appétit Management Company Official Website]

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