Sodexo opens local dining concept at Hawaii university

According to senate report, Hawaii imports 92% of its food; students hope the new dining concept will reverse trend.

Aug. 7—This fall, Sodexo will open its new “Stir-Fresh Stir-Fry” venue, which looks to continue Sodexo’s “Local First” initiative, replacing Taco Bell on the first floor of Campus Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

“In Hawai‘i, we have the unique opportunity to drastically reduce our environmental impact by purchasing locally grown foods and products from locally owned businesses,” said Derek Sayegusa of Sodexo Campus Services in Hawai‘i. 

At the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa last year, Sodexo was able to source more than 100,000 tons of local produce, which was approximately 30 percent of its total usage.

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