Boosting community economies

Underpinning Sodexo’s global presence is a vast network of local suppliers. Thanks to these farmers, artisans, tradespeople and other professionals, Sodexo is able not only to offer the best service and freshest produce, but also give local communities an economic boost.

Sodexo event services offer juicy business

Scotland’s Cuddybridge Apple Juice supplies Sodexo with hand-pressed beverages
for prestige events as well as the Scottish parliament.


“We are an artisan company that makes varietal apple juice using a hand press, processing everything on site – without using electricity. We then pasteurize and bottle it, so what the customer is getting is 100% pure apple juice.

I have found Sodexo to have been unbelievably good for me. They are a big company and there is a lot of support there and a genuine interest in having smaller people like me supplying them.

We are very proud to have our products served at prestige golf tournaments and the Scottish Parliament thanks to our relationship with Sodexo.”

—  Graham Stoddart, Cuddybridge Apple Juice, Innerleithen, Scotland, UK

Local distributor brings dozens of family farms into Sodexo ‘network’

Jerry Ambrogi’s fruit and vegetable distribution business sources local farm produce in three US states
to supply Sodexo’s restaurants.


Jerry Ambrogi (center) is recognized by Ann Oka, Senior Vice President, Supply Management (left) and George Chavel, president and CEO of Sodexo, Inc. at the 2013 Supplier Vendor Partner Meeting

“We are a family-run food services distributor that supplies Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. We only carry fresh fruits and vegetables, and work very closely with more than three dozen local farmers in our area to the point that they plant their acreage according to our needs.

Sodexo’s emphasis on local produce has definitely helped us – and these farmers – thrive by not only providing access to a larger market for their products, but also by visiting farms and inspecting processes to ensure that their produce is grown in the best conditions and to their high standards.”

—  Jerry Ambrogi, J. Ambrogi Foods Distribution, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, United States of America

French farmer finds a growing market for fresh lettuce with Sodexo

Daniel Béhuret’s family-owned farm is located just 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Paris and supplies fresh lettuce for Sodexo clients in the French capital the same day it is harvested.


“Clients really appreciate freshness. We pick at 4 AM and deliver (to our distributors) just hours later, which means our lettuce arrives at Sodexo’s restaurants in Paris the same day. Traceability and sustainability are integral to our family-owned business. For this reason each pallet has a number that can be traced to the source field. We also alternate our fields with grain as a means to rest the earth and limit the need for pesticides. These days, there are fewer and fewer lettuce producers, because children are not taking up the family businesses as much. That is not the case with us. We now have 30 employees, with fathers and their children working side-by-side.”

—  Daniel Béhuret, lettuce farmer, Chailly-en-Bière, Seine-et-Marne, France

Outsourcing local technical talent for facilities management

Roth is a Sodexo company that sources local tradespeople and service providers to work with Sodexo.


“Roth is a one-source solution for energy-efficient building and construction-related services.  Our delivery approach and model is unique. We engage local contractors such as plumbers and painters that have a working knowledge of the area and its environmental conditions and also are able to perform technical services at our service-level requirements.

In addition to our own full time team members, our network of more than 1,000 local mechanical and specialty contractors is able to deliver service, guaranteeing the lowest prices and highest quality of preventive and reactive service work, parts and materials for our customers – and Sodexo.”

—  Paul Belair, President, Roth, a Sodexo Company, Youngstown, Ohio, United States of America