U.S. Foodservice-San Francisco to Supply Food for Project Kaisei Voyage

July 29, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, July 29 /PRNewswire/ — 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 Kaisei, 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 broadline 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 Kaisei 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 Kaisei crew follows, with Photo Advisory.)

“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 Woodring, Project Kaisei’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 broadline 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((R)), visit www.usfoodservice.com.

About Project Kaisei

Project Kaisei 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 Kaisei 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 Kaisei Interactive Voyage Tracker’ please visit: http://www.projectkaisei.org/.

                                    Project Kaisei
                             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 Beverages

    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

                                    MEDIA ADVISORY
                                   PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
                            FOOD DELIVERIES - PROJECT KAISEI
                             U.S. FOODSERVICE-SAN FRANCISCO
                                 Thursday, July 30, 2009
                                and Monday, August 3, 2009

    WHAT:     U.S. Foodservice-San Francisco will deliver food, beverages and
              disposable products to Project Kaisei, whose vessel will be
              departing for a 30-day mission to research problems of plastic
              garbage in the Pacific Ocean.

    WHEN:     Two delivery dates:
              7 am - 8:30 am Thursday, July 30 (Non-perishable food supplies)
              7 am - 8:30 am Monday, August 3 (Perishable food supplies)

    WHERE:    Sugar Dock, 800 Wharf Street, Richmond, California

    WHO:      U.S. Foodservice-San Francisco, the only green-certified
              broadline food distributor in the state of California, was
              selected to supply environmentally sustainable food, beverages,
              disposables and dry goods for the crew and scientists of Project

    CONTACTS: U.S. Foodservice:   Dave Baldridge
                                  Office: 314-982-7782
                                  Cell: 314-606-9936

              Project Kaisei:     Camelia Checeanu
                                  Office: 415-318-4101
                                  Cell: 949-413-6695

                                  Pete Hillan
                                  Office: 415-318-4111
                                  Cell: 831-252-1512

SOURCE U.S. Foodservice

Source: newswire

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