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August 23, 2012 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia-based food-service giant Aramark said Tuesday that it would eliminate the use of all pork from animals bred using gestation crates in its U.S. supply chain by 2017. In announcing the plan with the Humane Society of the United States, Aramark joined dozens of other food-service companies, restaurant chains, and supermarkets that have pledged to end their reliance on suppliers who house breeding pigs in confining crates their whole lives. "Aramark is proud to stand in partnership with other industry leaders and supply-chain partners to transition away from gestation crates in a timely fashion," said Kathy Cacciola, Aramark's senior director of environmental sustainability.
NEWS
April 24, 1996 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
The evening meal was long over when the female inmate started cleaning the restroom near the staff dining room at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center. The 31-year-old Latino inmate was part of a select group of women assigned to work in the prison kitchen with male employees of Aramark, the giant food service company that holds a city contract to feed prison inmates. And like many places in the Philadelphia prisons, this area had its guard posts reduced - from two to one - as part of a city effort to save money.
BUSINESS
December 4, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aramark shares closed Wednesday at their highest level since the firm went public two years ago. Shares of the Philadelphia food-service provider gained 2.95 percent, or 98 cents, to close at $33.86, one day after Aramark impressed analysts with increased projections of higher profit margins over the next three years. At its first-ever investor day, Aramark officials explained how they would reduce $3 billion in annual food costs and $6 billion in labor costs to boost the company's profit margin to 7.2 percent from 6.2 percent.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2000 | By Ambre S. Brown, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Aramark Corp. agreed yesterday to acquire the food-and-beverage concessions and venue-management units of Ogden Corp. for $236 million in cash and debt. Aramark would pick up 140 contracts to provide concessions at several large ballparks and arenas in the country, including Veterans Stadium and the Waterfront Entertainment Centre in Camden. The acquisition is the second-largest for Aramark, which is based in Center City. It includes $11 million in assumed debt, and is expected to close in the calendar second quarter, both companies said.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2006 | By Harold Brubaker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Aramark Corp.'s shares soared yesterday after the Philadelphia food-service company received a $5.8 billion cash buyout offer led by chairman and chief executive officer Joseph Neubauer. Neubauer and a group of private-equity firms offered $32.00 a share, a 14 percent premium over Friday's close of $28.11. Aramark's publicly traded class B shares zoomed past the offer price to close yesterday at $33.90 a share - a 20.6 percent, or $5.79, gain from Friday. "The offer seems a bit low to us," Morgan Stanley analyst Christopher P. Gutek said in a note to investors.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2003 | By Patricia Horn INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The chairman and chief executive of Aramark Corp., Joseph Neubauer, and his wife, Jeanette, have pledged $1 million to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to endow the museum's senior conservator job, to be called the Neubauer Family Chair of Conservation. The job is held by P. Andrew Lins. The donation matches a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help the museum endow its senior positions. H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, chairman of the museum's board of trustees, said that since the museum began its current capital campaign, it has received money to endow six senior staff positions and five fellowships.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2010 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
For a $12.6 billion company, Aramark Corp. sure is quiet about when it has a strong year. But the Philadelphia food-service provider and uniform-rental company did increase sales for its fiscal year ended Oct. 1 by 2 percent. Not bad in a year when revenue growth has eluded most major companies. Gimme Credit L.L.C. analyst Vicki Bryan wrote in a note that it was the first time in years revenue was up in all of Aramark's business segments, even its uniform and career-apparel unit, which she described as "long-struggling.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2009 | By Becky Batcha DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Bundles of federal stimulus dollars are earmarked to make school cafeteria food more nutritious and school buildings more energy-efficient. Philadelphia-based Aramark Corp. stands to benefit from that windfall and from new efforts by schools to economize - if it can convince supervisors that a for-profit enterprise will act in students' best interest. Aramark manages food service, facilities, or both for about 500 school districts across the country. (But not Philadelphia's.) Dennis Maple runs the company's K-12 arm, which serves 2.8 million meals a day to schoolchildren and cares for 153 million square feet of space in schools.
NEWS
November 28, 1995 | By Nancy Petersen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A global giant that dishes out food and drink to Olympics athletes, sports fans and schoolchildren will likely add the Chester County Prison to its client roster. The Chester County Commissioners today are expected to award a $795,101 food service contract for the prison to Aramark, the low bidder for a job that has been done by county employees. County Government Services Director Wayne Rothermel said the county can expect $132,000 in savings next year by contracting out the service, primarily due to the economies of scale a company as large as Aramark can offer.
BUSINESS
November 8, 1997 | By Josh Goldstein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Aramark Corp. yesterday said it would buy back its outstanding stock and become fully owned by company managers. The Philadelphia food-service company has been privately controlled since 1984, but about 20 percent of its shares are held by outside institutions and individuals. Aramark said it will spend $440 million to repurchase those shares and about 30 percent of the company stock owned by its employee benefits plans. None of the outstanding shares are traded on a public stock exchange.
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