Sodexo Offers 1,000,000 People Certified Sustainable Fish

By Marine Stewardship Council, PRNE
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

LONDON, December 9, 2010 - More than one million people in the UK will be offered MSC
certified sustainable fish in workplace restaurants, schools, hospitals and
defence sites, thanks to leading foodservice provider Sodexo.

In a world-first, Sodexo has had all of its restaurants and
cafés certified to serve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified
sustainable fish. MSC fish will be available in around a thousand sites
ranging from Manchester Royal Infirmary, the Co-operative and Eton College to
primary schools in Wiltshire, Colchester Garrison, Blenheim Palace and
Chelsea Flower Show.

'Nothing less than amazing…'

Hannah Arcaro, UK Foodservice Manager at the MSC, said: "What
Sodexo has achieved is nothing less than amazing. Serving MSC certified
sustainable fish at nearly a thousand sites will introduce a huge
cross-section of British consumers to the issues around overfishing and how
they can be part of the solution. By helping to reward the certified
fisheries around the world, who have proven that they are fishing
sustainably, Sodexo and its customers will be helping to transform the
seafood market to a sustainable basis."

Looking to a Better Tomorrow

Michelle Hanson, Commercial Director, Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: "This is
a landmark achievement for us. MSC certification of our restaurants and cafés
was an ambitious target that we set ourselves as part of the Better Tomorrow
Plan, our sustainability strategy to 2020.

"Like most people, we were alarmed to hear about declining fish stocks.
Through MSC certification, we believe we are making a real difference in
helping to protect the world's fish stocks.

"Traceability of our fish from boat to plate has always been very
important to us. With the MSC Chain of Custody certification, we have
complete assurance that every step of the supply chain has been certified to
ensure that we know that every piece of MSC fish that we serve comes from a
well managed fishery.

"We are passionate about sustainable sourcing at Sodexo and have really
engaged with our staff and customers at each of our sites with training
initiatives and promotional material to get everyone working together to
support sustainable fishing."

Key facts and figures

    - Sodexo is one of the world's largest food and facilities
      management services providers.

    - Nearly a thousand Sodexo sites have been certified including
      Tillery Valley, Sodexo's prepared foods business, which provides
      tasty and nutritious chilled and frozen meals to the healthcare and
      education sectors.

    - Sodexo serves 123 tonnes of wild-caught MSC fish per year.

    - Sodexo's UK MSC fish on offer at sites includes mackerel,
      herring, Dover sole and sardines and international MSC fish includes
      hake, salmon, hoki, pollock and prawns.

    - Sodexo was the first foodservice company to achieve MSC
      certification across all of its education sites in 2009.

    - Sodexo serves fish at over 375 schools and universities, 54
      hospitals, 150 defence sites and 350 company restaurants, visitor
      attractions and national events.

    - You can recognise the MSC certified fish on menus by the
      MSC's 'Certified Sustainable Seafood' blue ecolabel.

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For further information, please contact: James Simpson, Marine Stewardship Council on +44(0)207-811-3315 or email james.simpson at; Sophie Gayler / Clare Collins, Sodexo on +44(0)20-7535-7400 or email at

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