20 Most Influential: Andrew Shakman, LeanPath Inc.

Shakman's concern over the environment led him to invent a food waste tracking system to help the foodservice industry monitor its waste.

Andrew Shakman
Co-founder, President & CEO,
LeanPath Inc.

Andrew Shakman is not a scientist, just a man with a passion for the environment. But it is precisely that passion that places him on our list. About 10 years ago, Shakman channeled his concern over a problem that has bedeviled many foodservice operators and restaurateurs—waste reduction—into the invention of a food waste tracking system to help operators in the foodservice industry monitor the amount of waste they are producing.

LeanPath was created in 2004 as a result of that invention, as the means to market the technology to operators. But when you talk with Shakman, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford and a master’s in fine arts from the University of Southern California, he doesn’t speak so much about what his technology can do for operators. He’s more likely to discuss why waste tracking is important to operators and to the industry as a whole.

LeanPath’s products don’t save customers money so much as give them the information they need to make informed decisions about what they can do to reduce waste and, ultimately, save money and make their facilities more sustainable.

His desire to spread the message of waste reduction has led him to become active in several foodservice organizations. He is on the Industry Advisory Board for the Association for Healthcare Foodservice and the Industry Advisory Council of the National Association of College & University Food Services. His skills and passion have been recognized outside the non-commercial foodservice industry as well. He served on the technical advisory committee for the development of Green Seal’s GS-46 Standard for Green Foodservice & Restaurant Operations, and in 2007 Shakman was honored by the Portland Business Journal as one of its “40 Under 40.” 


Foodservice Director has undertaken a bold initiative by identifying people who we believe are having the biggest impact on non-commercial foodservice. Our list may surprise you and should certainly intrigue you. Our honorees have backgrounds as varied as their personalities. They range from the father of the modern-day food truck to the wife of a sitting president. They include operators and suppliers, chefs and consultants, CEOs and civil servants. There are traditionalists and there are mavericks. Well-known names share space with hot newcomers. In all, 17 people, two groups of individuals and one institution compose the list. It’s time to meet FSD’s 20 Most Influential.

More From FoodService Director

Industry News & Opinion

Italian food hall chain Eataly is making plans for a 2018 initial public offering in its home country, according to a report this week in Financial Times.

The company plans to list shares on the Italian stock exchange in Milan “as early as next year,” Eataly Executive Chairman Andrea Guerra told Financial Times .

Eataly is eager to expand the presence of its massive Italian food emporiums in the U.S., which have helped spur the growing food hall trend . The company has five locations here, with two in New York City and one each in Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston. Financial...

Industry News & Opinion

Students staffing the foodservice department at Rutgers University will soon get an hourly pay bump, as the New Brunswick, N.J., university is raising its wage for student workers to $11 an hour, philly.com reports.

The increase will go in effect Jan. 1 and will impact 13,000 students.

The fight to raise wages at the school was spearheaded by student group United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), which is continuing to push the university to increase student wages to $15.

The fight for a $15 wage for student workers has spread at schools throughout the country,...

Industry News & Opinion

After shutting down 265 schools due to ongoing wildfires, the Los Angeles Unified School District kept three schools open on Friday and Saturday to provide meals for students and their families, the Los Angeles Times reports.

At one of the schools, employees and volunteers handed out around 100 meals on Friday and 270 meals on Saturday. The meals included items such as dragonfruit punch, raisins, bananas, sunflower kernels, whole-grain cinnamon graham crackers, sunflower seed butter and fat-free chocolate milk.

Around 80% of students in the district come from low-income...

Sponsored Content
Breakfast chili

From Bush’s Best®.

While decadent plates of French toast and pancakes stacked high will always be breakfast favorites, it’s undeniable that savory breakfast items are on the rise in many foodservice operations. Menu items such as avocado toast and omelets aren’t new, of course, but consumers’ preferences for better-for-you food choices, along with their desire for global flavors, are driving this trend.

According to a recent Technomic Breakfast report, consumer demand for vegetarian ingredients has led to an increase of ingredients like soy, tofu, beans, lentils, seeds,...

FSD Resources