Green Restaurant Association launches distributor program

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Last month, we told you that Pizzeria Rustica re-earned its four-star rating from the Green Restaurant Association, placing it among an elite international group. 
Pizzeria Rustica has been the sole local restaurant to rack up stars with the Green Restaurant Association. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Pizzeria Rustica has been the sole local restaurant to rack up stars with the Green Restaurant Association.

On Thursday, we received a press release from the GRA announcing a hopefully impactful new, first-of-its-kind initiative to specifically engage restaurant distributors. A couple outfits in New England are spearheading the program. We'll reach out to some local distributors (and update this posting with any responses) such as Sysco and Shamrock to find out if this type program is something they'd consider participating in. 

Meanwhile here's the rundown of the full details:

Imagine a world where restaurants could find the greenest products and most sustainable food from their own distributors. Imagine these distributors only listed the green products that meet the Green Restaurant Association’s (GRA) rigorous environmental standards… and that each product on that list was vetted by the Green Restaurant Association’s team of restaurant sustainability consultants. Imagine that each product would list the environmental standard it meets, along with its GreenPoints™ score. That world is now here.

Up until now, it could be difficult for restaurateurs to find the green products they could rely upon to both work and have a lower environmental impact. Restaurateurs had to rely on their salespeople to be the environmental experts. Now, tens of thousands of restaurants in the Northeast can rely upon the nonprofit Green Restaurant Association’s 25 years of experience pioneering the Green Restaurant™ movement. Now, restaurateurs for the first time can find the transparent, vetted, and consistent information on their distributors’ websites… and can purchase those green products.

Restaurateurs can now get sustainable food, greener chemicals, and better disposables at the first two Green Restaurant Distributors™: Dole and Bailey and HT Berry. You can go to DoleandBailey.com, and then click on the Green Restaurant Distributor™ logo to see their list of hundreds of sustainable food items, such as sustainable seafood, organic meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, and flour.

Restaurateurs can find the greenest disposables at Htberry.com. When you click on the Green Restaurant Distributor™ logo, you can find recycled napkins, high post consumer waste trash liners, a suite of compostable products… along with green cleaning chemicals. Each item at HT Berry and Dole and Bailey has been vetted by the Green Restaurant Association and will be updated as they bring on new products.

In addition to providing a reliable and convenient way for restaurateurs to source green solutions, these Green Restaurant Distributors™ will also furnish their clients with usage reports showing them all the green products and solutions they are using, which makes the process of becoming a Certified Green Restaurant® much easier and quicker.

“The Green Restaurant Distributor™ program has been part of the Green Restaurant Association’s vision for many years,” said Michael Oshman, CEO and Founder of the Green Restaurant Association. “We are proud of Dole and Bailey & HT Berry for their leadership in both carrying hundreds of green products… and making it easy for their customers to identify, purchase and track their green solutions.”

“All of us at H.T. Berry are thrilled to partner with the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) as the first Green Restaurant Distributor™ for paper, food service packaging, cleaning chemical, and disposable,” stated Chris Nolan, President of the H.T. Berry Company located in Canton, Massachusetts. “We believe in the platform developed by the (GRA) and feel that H.T. Berry’s strong offering of high quality sustainable green products that are affordable can really be a win-win-win for food service professionals interested in helping the environment.”

“Dole & Bailey is excited to be the first Green Restaurant Distributor™ for Food in the World!” said Nancy Matheson Burn, CEO/President. “This will continue to provide our customers the level of transparency and variety of sustainable foods that D&B has built our reputation on.”

About HT Berry
The H.T. Berry Company was founded in 1964 by Mr. Henry T. Berry in the South End section of Boston, Massachusetts. Today the company operates out of a state of the art 100,000+ square foot fully bar-coded warehouse with over 3,300 different products in stock located in Canton, MA. H.T. Berry distributes products such as cups, plates, napkins, to-go packaging, restroom products, and cleaning chemicals into various segments of the food service profession such as full service restaurants, cafeterias, coffee shops and bakeries just to name a few. H.T. Berry continues to have a strong focus on sustainable/green products via the private label product offering under the H.T. Berry brand Natures Square. Sustainable Solutions is a platform developed by H.T. Berry to provide an education and marketing program that should offer restaurant partners with a distinct advantage in the expanding green markets. In 2011, H.T. Berry became the only paper, disposable and janitorial distribution company that is 100% energy efficient and completely off the electrical grid thanks to solar energy panels on the roof of its warehouse. Visit H.T. Berry at www.htberry.com or please email Chris Nolan at chrisnolan@hberry.com

About Dole and Bailey
Dole & Bailey is a 148-year-old food hub that is transforming New England’s food systems with total transparency and traceability. Most recognized for providing custom processing, food safety and efficient distribution for local farms and fisheries through their Northeast Family Farms and Northeast Family Fisheries programs. In ten years D&B has purchased directly from over one hundred different family owned farms and fisheries throughout the Northeast, invested close to $3 Million in processing fees with local abattoirs, and harvested over 100,000 naturally raised local animals.

About the Green Restaurant Association
The Green Restaurant Association is a national non-profit organization that provides the only official Certified Green Restaurants® mark in the country. For 25 years, the GRA has pioneered the Green Restaurant® movement and has been the leading voice within the industry encouraging restaurants to listen to consumer demand and green their operations using transparent, science-based certification standards. With their turnkey certification system, the GRA has made it easy for thousands of restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable in a profitable manner. The GRA is endorsed by scores of national environmental and business organizations. The GRA is also an Energy Star partner. In 2010, CitySearch announced the GRA as their official Green Restaurant® listing partner. The GRA has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and in The New York Times, and The Washington Post. For more information, visit www.dinegreen.com.

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