Food and facilities management services provider Sodexo has launched the 513 Culinary Group, a new US campus dining venture, in partnership with the University of Cincinnati.

The initiative which has been operating since 1 May 2024, is focused on delivering innovative, creative and inclusive dining experiences, with an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients and global flavours.

The collaboration aims to revitalise dining facilities and introduce menu enhancements across the university’s main, Blue Ash and Clermont regional campuses.

Central to the partnership is the engagement of students and employees, which is expected to contribute to a stronger campus culture.

The 513 Culinary Group will cater to diverse dietary needs, including offering plant-based options for those seeking meatless dishes and ensuring that students with allergies have access to safe and convenient meals.

The partnership also includes plans to renovate and rebrand an existing facility into Bearcats Social, a new dining location.

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Innovation is a cornerstone of the partnership, with the university poised to become an incubator for new dining technologies that aim to improve the consumer experience.

Within the 513 Culinary Group, a new campus catering brand named Queen City Hospitality will provide enhanced catering services for campus events.

Sodexo USA Campus CEO Brett Ladd said: “Our partnership with the University of Cincinnati blends our expertise, creativity and passion for innovation with the city of Cincinnati’s vibrant culture and traditions.

“The partnership with 513 Culinary Group will be uniquely focused on belonging and inclusion, taking the concept beyond campus to enhance community outreach and create opportunities for area businesses.

“We are committed to working with alumni and local entrepreneurs to bring new experiences and future-focused spaces to campus, all while elevating the culinary experience with menu items that meet every need.”

This venture follows Sodexo’s announcement of a ten-year contract with McNeese State University in May 2024.

The contract further expands the food services provider’s presence within the University of Louisiana system and builds on its expertise in delivering exceptional dining experiences.