Bon Appétit Management Company has said that annual purchases from farmers and artisans have reached US$55,000bn, accounting for 30% of its total food purchasing expenditures in 2006.
The figure represents an 80% percent increase over 2005, according to data from FarmToCollege.org. The food service management firm’s annual expenditures on local foods far exceed that of any other food service company, it said.
The company said that with concern over our national food production at an all-time high, sustainable sourcing policies such as Bon Appétit’s are critical to strengthening America’s food supply.
“Small family farms deserve our full commitment, and most especially our financial support,” said Fedele Bauccio, CEO of Bon Appétit Management Company. “In the absence of a Farm Bill that performs this function, we are proud that our business model strengthens farm health and improves America’s food security. We challenge all food service and restaurant companies to buy local.”