SODEXO pledges to ME clients that “at least 20%” of its whitefish will be purchased & “harvested responsibly” in Gulf of Maine

The International French-HQed foodservice company Sodexo announced that it will begin “sourcing seafood harvested sustainably in the Gulf of Maine” for its Maine (USA) clients. It is partnering with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI).

“As part of our overall mission of improving the quality of life for the people we serve, Sodexo is committed to supporting the economic, social and environmental development of the communities where we operate,” said Sodexo Regional VP Phil Harty. “Supporting this initiative is good for the state, our communities, our client partners, and the many students we serve as we work together to help educate and develop our future leaders.”

Sodexo made the commitment by the end of 2015 “at least 20%” of its whitefish purchasing will be harvested responsibly. The company is also committed to promoting underutilized species such as redfish, dogfish, mackerel, pollock, and whiting.

“Sodexo has such exciting potential to have a real impact on the market demand for lesser-known, under-harvested species from the Gulf of Maine region,” said Kyle Foley, seafood brand manager for GMRI. “The kind of market pull that Sodexo brings to the table creates more consistent outlets for a wider range of Gulf of Maine species, which in turn will provide a more stable and diverse range of income opportunities for fishing communities.”