On this World Vegan Day, we are announcing the launch of Verde, a 100% plant-based dining concept at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario. This collaboration with Sodexo Canada will make it easier for students and staff to access and enjoy plant-based meals on campus.  

The dining concept’s initial offerings include dishes such as an avocado sushi bowl, a black bean and sweet potato burrito, a plant-based meatball sub and cheesy tofu scrambled toast. The menu makes use of a wide variety of ingredients, from staples like chickpeas and quinoa, to dairy-free cheeses and even a dark chocolate spread made from scratch.  

Verde is part of Sodexo’s nationwide commitment to transition 20% of its protein purchases across Canada to plant-based by Dec. 31, 2024—a pledge made in conjunction with our Forward Food program last year. 

“Our new Verde offer is a game changer in the food service industry where Sodexo Canada continues to commit itself to the well-being of its students and the planet through an innovative plant-based, plant-forward concept,” said Martin Lapointe, senior vice president of operations for Sodexo Campus Canada. 

“We are overjoyed to see Verde come to life, making it easier for students and staff at Confederation College to enjoy plant-based meals,” said Riana Topan, senior campaign manager for the Forward Food program. “Working with Sodexo’s leadership on this initiative has been a dream and we are so proud of their progress to date in making more compassionate and environmentally friendly meals a bigger part of their menus.” 

Image of a Black bean sweet potato burrito / Italian sausage sandwich
We began collaborating with Sodexo Canada in 2018, and since that time our teams have co-hosted a series of plant-based training sessions for the food service company’s culinary staff.

Sodexo plans to open other Verde locations in the future, continuing to elevate the company’s plant-based menu options at their higher education, corporate services and energy and resource accounts in Canada.

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