Monday, August 3, 2009


California’s only green-certified broadline food distributor selected to provision 30-day expedition to research tons of plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean

SAN FRANCISCO – July 29, 2009 – U.S. Foodservice-San Francisco has been selected to supply environmentally sustainable food, beverages, disposables and dry goods for the crew and scientists of Project Kaiser, a 30-day research mission to determine the best way to clean up and recycle the increasing amount of floating plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean, known as the “Plastic Vortex.”

The expedition will launch from Sausalito on August 4th with a team of scientists to collect samples, study toxicity impacts on marine life, and test various capture methods, all with the aim of bringing solutions to the problems of marine debris in our oceans. U.S. Foodservice was selected because of its long and outstanding record of food safety. The company is also the only breadline food distributor in California that is green certified by the Bay Area Green Business Program, which recognizes companies for their environmental leadership, compliance with environmental regulations and ability to conserve resources and reduce pollution.

“This is an exciting project for us and we are proud to support this important environmental mission,” said Phil Collins, President, U.S. Foodservice-San Francisco. “As part of the project we helped the Kaiser crew create a 30-day menu calendar to ensure the team enjoys a healthy and delicious balance of meals during the expedition.” (NOTE: Sample Menu for the Project Kaiser crew follows this release.)

“U.S. Foodservice offered the best variety of quality products and services to meet the demanding requirements of this research voyage, and was able to deliver the supplies in an extremely tight time frame,” said Doug Wooding, Project Kaiser’s Co-Founder and Project Director. “Their role as a certified green food distributor was an important factor in choosing them for this critical research project.”

In addition to providing green-certified product lines – like napkins made from sugar cane, compostable poly gloves, and cups made from corn starch – U.S. Foodservice-San Francisco provides training to businesses in the area on the importance of achieving green-certified recognition.

“As a green-certified breadline food distributor, we’re proud to offer sustainable product lines that allow us to reduce our carbon footprint and be a better corporate neighbor in the Bay area,” Collins said. “It’s important to us and our customers that we help strengthen communities where we do business.”

About U.S. Foodservice

U.S. Foodservice is one of the country's premier foodservice distributors, offering more than 43,000 national, private label and signature brand items and an array of services to its more than 250,000 customers across the country. The company proudly employs 26,000 associates in more than 60 locations nationwide who are poised to service their customers beyond their expectations. As industry leaders, with access to resources beyond the ordinary, U.S. Foodservice provides the finest quality food and related products to neighborhood restaurants, hospitals, schools, colleges and universities, hotels, government entities and other eating establishments. To find out how U.S. Foodservice can be Your partner beyond the plate®, visit

About Project Kaiser

Project Kaiser consists of a team of innovators, scientists, environmentalists, ocean lovers, sailors, and sports enthusiasts who have come together with a common purpose: to study the North Pacific Gyre and the marine debris that has collected in this oceanic region, to determine how to capture the debris and to study the possible retrieval and processing techniques that could be potentially employed to detoxify and recycle these materials into diesel fuel. Project Kaiser is organized under the Ocean Voyages Institute, which is a non-profit organization devoted to the preservation of the Maritime Arts and Arts and Sciences and the Ocean Environment. Ocean Voyages Institute is a “501 C 3” California Registered non-profit organization. For more information, to donate, and to pre-register to follow the expedition in real-time with the ‘Project Kaiser Interactive Voyage Tracker’ please visit:

Project Kaiser/U.S. Foodservice Sample Menu

August, 2009


Scrambled Eggs & Bacon


Beef Burrito


Cheese Omelets

Danish Muffin Bagels

Coffee and Assorted Beverages


Roast Beef Sandwich with Salad

Ham & Cheese Hoagie (toasted)

Turkey Sandwich with Soup

Sloppy Joe with Chips

Egg Salad Sandwich with Chips

Pasta Toss with Roll

Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Soup

Coffee and Assorted Beverage



Philly Steak with Chips

Lasagna with Salad

Chicken Slider Burgers with Cole Slaw

Stuffed Green Peppers with Rice

Beef Stew with Salad

Quiche with Fruit Salad

Fish Taco with Salad

Fried Fish with Rice

Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes

Cheese Tortellini with Salad

Coffee and Assorted Beverages


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