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Royal Interviews with Georgia Grown about Added Value to Customers through Relationships with Local Farms
In this week's Georgia Grown Moment, Southeast AgNet puts the spotlight on Georgia Grown Gold Member Royal Food Service, a family owned full line produce distribution company with a mission of adding value to the customer.
We're pleased to announce Royal has received Green Plus Certification through Green Plus. Green Plus seeks to support and recognize America's smaller enterprises who have put in the effort and care to run sustainably. They do so through recognition, storytelling, partner discounts, events, education, knowledge sharing, and helping companies and communities achieve greater efforts toward sustainability. Learn more about Green Plus.
What is Royal doing to implement Sustainability practices?
- Promotes Greener Fields Together (GFT) to educates regarding the benefits of sustainability practices
- Assists local farmers in achieving GFT agriculture and food safety standards
- Works to keep agriculture and hospitality dollars in the local economy to benefit our local communities
- Compacts over 4 tons of cardboard per month
- Switched from high-bay CFL warehouse and cooler lighting systems to high-efficiency LED fixtures
- Monitors truck fleet for efficient fuel consumption, driving style, and vehicle location on routes
- Uses document imaging, where possible, to reduce paper waste
- Prints to laser printers to minimize waste from unused paper forms
- Launched a web-based order system to reduce paper waste
Join Us in Helping Atlanta Youth Achieve Greater Potential
Royal Food Service and Agape Youth & Family Center partner to help Atlanta youth develop character and reach higher academic achievements.
We invite you to participate with Royal Food Service in partnering with a local organization: Agape Youth & Family Center. Agape is a non-profit that empowers and supports youth from underserved families within its community to discover and embrace their full potential. Agape's mission is being achieved by providing academic support and family services by focusing on:
- character development
- academic achievement
- reading proficiency by third grade
- successful high school graduation
- post graduation placement
Support Atlanta Youth through Agape!
As a sponsor, you or a group of friends, co-workers, church members, sports team can donate $200 which will provide more than a weekend's worth of bagged fresh fruits and vegetables for the families of 40 youth from Bolton Academy or E. Rivers Elementary.
In addition to sponsoring you also have the option to bring 3-5 individuals to assist Agape staff in
sorting the produce and distributing to the children. The sorting and distribution takes place on
Thursday afternoons at Trinity Presbyterian for Bolton Academy students and at the Agape Center for E. Rivers students.
Trinity Presbyterian, 3003 Howell Mill Road, NW, Building D, Second Floor, Atlanta, GA 30327
Agape Youth Center, 2353 Bolton Road, NW, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30318
Greener Fields Together™ Announces Cultivating Change Grant Program for Local Farms - Application Period is September 1, 2015 – October 31, 2015
Greener Fields Together™ (GFT), the sustainability and local produce initiative created by PRO*ACT, the produce supply-chain management company, is proud to announce Cultivating Change, a grant program for local farms. Through Cultivating Change, local growers are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $3,000 to $10,000. The grants will be funded on an annual basis to qualifying growers through an online voting platform and industry review panel. Read full press release.
StoneCreek Hydroponics, one of Royal's local farms, obtained GFT certification in 2014. In this short video, owner, Zach Unruh, talks about the certification process working with Pro*Act and Royal Food Service.
To learn more, visit our JOIN GFT page.Farmers: Apply for the "Cultivating Change" grant by filling out this Online Grant Application.
Georgia Grown Commissioner Gary Black Praises Royal as Early Adopter of their Innovations at Test Kitchen Meeting
This meeting held at Royal Food Service on July 23, 2015 was a remarkable opportunity for Royal to meet with key leaders at Georgia Grown (Georgia Dept. of Agriculture), the Georgia Dept. of Education, and school nutrition directors from across Georgia, who discussed Georgia Grown's Test Kitchen program. The program will be conducted at selected Georgia schools to help improve nutrition for students and minimize the complexity of meal preparation in school kitchens. Read full news release.
Royal Food Service Joins Georgia Organics
Royal Food Service is now a member of Georgia Organics, an organization recognized state-wide and abroad for its expertise in local, sustainable organic agriculture. We believe this affiliation will help us to better support local organic farming, our customers in healthcare whose patients depend on certified organic produce for treatment, and increase visibility to our expanding line of organic fruits and vegetables.
Learn more about Georgia Organics
Newton County Schools Chooses Royal
The Newton County School System is preparing to feed its students in the 2014-15 school year, approving various contracts at the Board of Education. Among them was Royal Food Service of Atlanta who was selected as the vendor of choice for providing produce and fresh eggs, with the contract becoming effective on June 25 and ending June 24, 2015. Romaine lettuce, apples, oranges, onions, nectarines and peaches are just a few of the produce items that Royal will provide.
It was determined by the Newton school district that Royal Food Service offered the lowest cost to the school district. (Newton Citizen, June 5, 2014, Ryan McKenzie) Read full article.
Royal Joins to Support Georgia SHAPE'S Healthy Child Initiative
Georgia SHAPE is an exciting initiative to improve Georgia’s future, beginning with our state’s most vital and important asset: our young people. We know all children can benefit from knowledge of their current health-related fitness levels, along with a capacity to develop and implement strategies for personal improvement. Read more about Georgia SHAPE.Below: Georgia SHAPE team poses with Governor Nathan Deal.
Compass Group North America is Newest Greener Fields Together™ Hospitality Partner
Compass Group North America, the leading foodservice management and support services company, is the newest hospitality partner in Greener Fields Together, the sustainability and local produce initiative created by the PRO*ACT produce supply-chain management company. Read news release.