Aramark Vows to Trim Fat, Calories from Menus

The company says it will increase vegetables and whole grains for the millions of meals it provides each year.

Aramark's corporate headquarters in Philadelphia. (Wikimedia Commons)

Aramark’s corporate headquarters in Philadelphia. (Wikimedia Commons)

Aramark provides millions of meals each year to people in 21 countries. Now, the company vows to make those meals healthier.

On Wednesday, Philadelphia-based Aramark announced a new plan to reduce calories, saturated fat and sodium levels by 20 percent, while increasing fruits, vegetables and whole grains 20 percent. They call the program Healthy for Life 20 by 20.

By 2020, the changes are expected to impact more than 10 billion meals that Aramark serves annually at schools and universities, businesses, hospitals, sports-and-entertainment venues, and other destinations. One of those places is Citizen Bank Park, which recently got named one of the best ballparks for vegetarian-friendly options by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The initiative is a partnership with the American Heart Association, which says that 72 percent of American adults have a poor diet and nearly 70 percent of American adults are overweight or obese.

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