From the first of January 2011, the TU/e has entered a partnership with business caterer Eurest for the catering of TU/e students and employees.
Sustainability is very important to the TU/e, the TU/e has an active policy and expects the same from its caterer. The Dutch universities have signed an covenant in which agreements on sustainability, both product range and work processes, have been recorded.
As part of contract management Internal Affairs is monitoring whether the caterer meets the agreements during the term of agreement. The TU/e feels a moral responsibility to encourage healthy food.Check out iIdeas for healthy food (in Dutch).
The caterer makes maximum use of local and seasonal products and ensures that a large amount of their products consists of organic products. These products are granted with various sustainability labels. Fairtrade and EKO products are identified in the company restaurants with an additional label.
In addition, the caterer takes sustainability in account in its processes. An important element is the prevention of food waste. The caterer manages this by responding to the expected customer demand, by residue processing and by discharging the products via a separate waste stream called 'swill'.
In August 2015 the caterer started a cooperation with the Made Blue organization. Over the whole year 2016 Made Blue made 15,755,350 liters of clean drinking water permanently available on behalf of the caterer at locations where this was needed the most. TU/e has made a considerable contribution to this. Out of the total of 15,755,350 liters no less than 1,346,370 liters were generated by TU/e (i.e. 8.5%). Check out the caterer’s subcertificate.
Vending machine caterer MAAS also supports this initiative. Over the whole year 2016 Made Blue made 126,572 liters of clean drinking water permanently available on behalf of MAAS via TU/e at locations where this was needed the most. Check out the vending machine caterer’s subcertificate.