Rainforest Alliance & Gourmet Dining “Follow the Frog”
Wednesday, September 24th – Last week, Gourmet Dining and host campuses kicked-off the Follow the Frog Campaign featuring tasty Rainforest Alliance certified products like chocolate and coffee, and plush, cute frogs.
Follow the Frog is an initiative developed by Rainforest Alliance, a global non-profit that supports sustainable agriculture, tourism, and conservation. Gourmet Dining is proud to support the follow the frog initiative, aimed at college students to ask for and learn about Rainforest Alliance Certified Products on campus, to promote awareness for conservation efforts. The frog, as you can see in photos here, is the signature Rainforest Alliance stamp featured on certified products.
Follow the Frog day on campuses featured Student Government leaders, Ecology club members, Rainforest Alliance representatives and Gourmet Dining team members from chefs to dietitians. Peter Cabezas, Treasury official for the SGA at Seton Hall University said “It was great to be able to promote something on campus that is certified and proven to improve sustainability around the world, for the environment and for farmers. I think it makes students feel great that we can say our dining program is seeking out products and companies that are doing the right thing.”
Each campus chose a day to promote the effort with a Rainforest Alliance table and several product samplings. Over 80 students shared the #followthefrog mission by posting selfies with the frog and a Rainforest Alliance certified product!
All Gourmet Dining campuses currently sell 100% Rainforest Alliance certified bananas and coffee in all dining locations, except for Starbucks branded cafes, where a various certifed coffees are served. Rainforest Alliance Certified Lipton tea and Endangered Species chocolate bars are also available in many dining locations. Gourmet Dining plans to offer an expanded line of certified products in January 2014.
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