Cultivating Change 2016 - Giving Back Is Good!

Giving Back Is Good!

We believe in local farming and we believe that supporting growers in our communities is the best way to ensure a future for food. Cultivating Change, the Greener Fields Together local farm grant program aims to fund projects or pursuits that will help local farmers do what they're best at: farming. Grant amounts from $3,000-$10,000 will be funded on an annual basis to qualifying growers through an online voting platform and industry review panel.

Interested in applying? Registration opens September 1st! Learn more by visiting: Cultivating Change or by contacting Royal Food Service at 404.366.4299.


 

Greener Fields Together and Venkman's Hosts "Make Your Meals Matter" Brunch

On Saturday, July 23rd, foodies and environmentalists alike gathered at Venkman's in Atlanta, GA to celebrate the seasonal flavors of the Southeast region. These locavores were attending the first Make Your Meals Matter event organized by Greener Fields Together and Royal Food Service. The event aimed to highlight and celebrate the efforts of local farmers. Read full article.

Make Your Meals Matter Brunch at Venkman's

 


 

Jaemor Farms Shares Thoughts on Top Grant Win through Cultivating Change

Grant program supports local farmers in achieving higher agriculture sustainability standards.

Jaemor Farms—our supplier of Georgia grown strawberries and other fresh produce—shares thoughts about Cultivating Change, a farm grant sustainability program, and safety measures their top level award made possible! Learn more about Cultivating Change.

 

 


 

Read "Breaking Down Barriers for Local Food" on TriplePundit

Article written by PRO*ACT's Supply Chain Sustainability Manager, Kathleen Weaver.

17741387003_82eb0c6c62_zMost consumers believe produce comes shrouded in plastic: perfectly-selected apples presented in a pristine package ready to enjoy. And while anyone eating fruits and vegetables excites me for all the obvious reasons both health- and commerce-related, there is one significant difference between the eater of today and that of the past. Eighty years ago, most folks knew how an apple was grown, which is no longer the case. Read full article

 


 

Royal Scores 98% Two Straight Years on Third-party Food Safety Audit

3rd Party HACCP/GAP Audit - Past 4 YearsThis week Royal received another outstanding high score on its HACCP/GAP food safety audit performed by Primus GFS, one of the strictest third-party audits in the industry.

Primus GFS performs annual audits through their Auditing Operations division and considers our scores over the past three years to be superior. The scope of the audit includes storage and distribution operations and supporting processes such as repacking and splitting, incoming product and stored product inspections, product coding and tracking, temperature controls—all key elements of the standards defined by Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).

Royal strives to meet high standards and practices, not only in matters of food safety, but in all areas of our business—from the products we pass on to our customers, to our level of customer service. Food safety auditing is one way in which we put our customers first. Thank you for being our customers, and for helping us to make excellence a possibility!

 


 

Torbert Farms near Miami Works to Save Bean Crop from Flooding

Torbert Farms bean crop heavily damaged by rain in South Florida. Click to watch news report video.

Prices are rising due to heavy rain in South Florida as well as abnormally cold temperatures, resulting in quality and yield issues for squash, zucchini, tomatoes, and green beans. The system of rain and cold has made it virtually impossible to harvest to meet current market demand for these items.

WATCH: Royal supplier, Torbert Farms, near Miami works overtime to save bean crop.

 


 

Jaemor Farms and StoneCreek Hydroponics Awarded Grants for Farm Improvements!

Jaemor Farm     StoneCreek Hydroponics

We wish to publicly thank all those who recently joined Royal Food Service in helping two of our local farms, Jaemor Farms and StoneCreek Hydroponics, who applied to win a grant worth up to $10,000 to improve their farming operations by obtaining standards certifications or making improvements to infrastructure, capacity building, or marketing.

Thanks to your support through your daily voting, we're happy to report that Jaemor Farms was awarded a total of $13,000 and Stone Creek Hydroponics was awarded $3,000! The additonal $3,000 to Jaemor was for their finish in the popular vote! Both farms were among the top 10 chosen by an industry review panel!

The contest, Cultivating Change Grant Program, was sponsored by PRO*ACT's Greener Fields Together. Jaemor Farms made it to the top 10 and StoneCreek Hydroponics came in real close to the top ten as well. It could have not happened without your help. We thank you once again for your support!

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Jaemor Farm chats with Greener Fields Together and Royal Food Service about their farm grant award through Cultivating Change and how it will help them to achieve an important food safety goal. Their thoughts about sustainable agriculture are also shared.


 

Georgia GrownRoyal 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.

 

Courtesy of Southeast AgNet.
Southeast AgNet

 


 

Go Green PlusRoyal Achieves Green Plus Certification

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.

image placeholderWe 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

Learn More and Join!    |     Download Flier (pdf)

 


 

 

Cultivating Change is a farm grant program

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

Commissioner Gary Black poses with some attendees at Georgia Grown 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 a member of Georgia OrganicsRoyal 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

 


 

Georgia Peach Crop Update

One of our peach suppliers in Georgia, Lane Southern Orchards, comments on the current peach crop. Courtesy, The Produce News.



 

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.

 


 

Compass Group North America is Newest Greener Fields Together™ Hospitality Partner

Compass GroupCompass 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.

 


 

Royal Joins to Support Georgia SHAPE'S Healthy Child Initiative

Georgia SHAPEGeorgia 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. image placeholder