Aramark and Ocean Hugger partnership offers plant-based tuna at cafes

22nd March 2018 (Last Updated March 22nd, 2018 10:54)

American food services company Aramark has partnered with New York-based Ocean Hugger Foods to offer the plant-based alternative to raw tuna, Ahimi, to corporate and higher education cafes.

Aramark and Ocean Hugger partnership offers plant-based tuna at cafes
Ahimi served in a poke bowl. Credit: Business Wire.

American food services company Aramark has partnered with New York-based Ocean Hugger Foods to offer the plant-based alternative to raw tuna, Ahimi, to corporate and higher education cafes.

Created by Master Chef James Corwell for consumers looking for plant-based meals, Ahimi is a vegan, non-GMO tuna alternative prepared using tomatoes, filtered water, soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar.

Under the partnership, the two companies have created a new menu comprising of a range of new poke bowls that will feature Ahimi.

“At Aramark, we’re continually looking for new and innovative ways to deliver culinary experiences that meet the demands of our guests.”

The limited-time bowls will be initially offered at select Aramark-managed corporate cafes and college campus dining halls.

Aramark culinary & innovation lead chef Annette Gray said: “At Aramark, we’re continually looking for new and innovative ways to deliver culinary experiences that meet the demands of our guests and reflect current marketplace trends.

“Our collaboration with Ocean Hugger Foods to introduce Ahimi into our recipes is another example of our forward-thinking approach to creating sustainable menus that not only taste great but are healthy for you.”

In order to cater to the individual lifestyle and dietary preferences, Aramark’s menu selections in healthcare, higher education and business dining feature 30% of vegetarian or vegan main dishes, including fruit, vegetable and whole grain ingredients.

Ocean Hugger Foods CEO David Benzaquen said: “We are honoured to partner with such an industry leader as Aramark in addressing the crisis of our oceans and sharing Ahimi with their customers. Collaborating with Aramark allows us to expand our footprint and reach countless new customers and further our mission.”