SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--JUST (Eat JUST, Inc.), a company that applies cutting-edge science and technology to create healthier, more sustainable foods, today announced a partnership with Sodexo, a global food services and facilities management leader, to bring the award-winning, top-selling JUST Egg to Sodexo’s higher education, healthcare and corporate sites across the United States.
Crafted by a team of Michelin starred chefs, the plant-based JUST Egg’s key ingredient is protein from the mung bean, a dietary staple in Asia for thousands of years. It is cholesterol-free, non-GMO and packed with as much protein as many animal proteins. While it cooks and tastes like eggs, its ingredients use 98% less water, 83% less land and emit 93% less CO2e than conventional animal sources.
Through this partnership, JUST joins Sodexo’s commitment to sourcing responsibly, encouraging plant-based meals and reducing food waste as part of Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow 2025 strategy to reduce their carbon emissions 34% by 2025. Expanding menu offerings to include JUST Egg further speaks to Sodexo’s commitment to quality ingredients, health, sustainability and addressing evolving consumer dietary preferences.
“We’re thrilled to become a preferred supplier to Sodexo, which serves over 75 million consumers each day. Sodexo’s sustainable menu innovation initiative has resulted in hundreds of new plant-based recipes and we’re excited to see a range of delicious JUST Egg dishes arrive at clients’ facilities in the months ahead,” said Josh Tetrick, co-founder and CEO of JUST.
Today’s Sodexo announcement marks an exciting moment in the rapid expansion of JUST Egg. After one full year of distribution in retail and foodservice, JUST Egg has quickly become a beloved breakfast staple in households across America and a favorite on menus at restaurants and other dining establishments. To date, the company has sold the equivalent of more than 20 million eggs — all made entirely from plants.
“Sodexo’s Sustainable Diets Strategy in North America has resulted in a number of benefits and innovations for our clients and customers. One specific category of innovation is around plant-based proteins, and one clear product range with immediate benefit is the plant-based egg products available from JUST Egg. Consumers are looking for plant-based items that mimic the foods that they are either not eating any longer or trying to eat less of – for whatever reason – be it wellness, animal welfare or environmental sustainability. JUST Egg products are nearly indistinguishable from their ‘real’ counterparts – they taste like eggs, cook like eggs and can bake like eggs. We’ve done a considerable amount of recipe development for our North America customers and will be working with JUST Egg on the next wave of Sustainable Diets innovation for sure,” said Rob Morasco, senior director culinary development, Sodexo.
As a growing number of people look for breakfast options that are healthier, provide protein and are allergen-friendly, Sodexo understands the potential of JUST Egg to help address these lifestyle and dietary needs, ultimately improving the way communities eat across the country while greatly reducing strain on our environment.
While plant-based eating is increasing across all demographics, young people have been the fastest to embrace healthier more sustainable foods like JUST Egg. Nowhere is that more evident than on the campuses of Sodexo’s 500 college and university locations in North America serving a total of 1.6 million students in the United States and Canada.
About Eat JUST, Inc.
Eat JUST, Inc. is on a mission to build a food system where everyone eats well. The company’s world-class team of scientists and researchers leverage a one-of-a-kind discovery platform for meat and plant-based food and Michelin starred chefs combine these ingredient discoveries with decades of culinary expertise to create delicious, accessible, healthier and more sustainable products. To learn more, visit www.ju.st and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
About Sodexo North America
Sodexo North America is headquartered in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily. The company employs 150,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada and indirectly supports tens of thousands of jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $32 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit us.sodexo.com and connect with us on us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.