Montreal, April 28, 2022 – Sodexo, a world leader in providing quality of life services, is pleased to announce its new partnership with ORCA Digesters Ltd. A Canadian international player in food waste recycling technology, to minimize the production of food waste in Sodexo facilities throughout Canada and the US.

This partnership falls under Sodexo’s global commitment of reducing 34% of its carbon emissions, including a 50% reduction in food waste. 

The ORCA Digesters technology uses a natural, biological process to break down food waste into its basic constituents of nutrients, protein, and water, diverting it away from traditional collection and disposal in landfills, in one single step and without chemicals or grinding.

Sodexo is excited to partner with ORCA Digesters to introduce this innovative food waste technology to our food services in Canada and our North American run locations, says Normand St-Gelais, Director of Corporate Responsibility (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Sustainability & Stop Hunger Foundation), Sodexo Canada. Sodexo works to eliminate waste and contribute to the circular economy in all aspects of our offered services. With the Orca Digester technology, we can continue to improve on our commitment to keeping waste out of landfills and emissions out of the air.

According to the United Nations, one-third of all food produced in the world is wasted which equates to 1.3 billion tons per year. With Sodexo and ORCA Digesters both having company values strongly embedded in sustainability and fighting hunger, this partnership will mitigate Sodexo’s carbon footprint of dining operations across North America. 

We are thrilled to collaborate with Sodexo to deliver on our mission to drive down the environmental impact of food waste and take garbage trucks off the road.  The ORCA Digester allows Sodexo to adopt leading-edge food waste reduction technology right at their premises. Said ORCA Digesters CEO, Louis Anagnostakos.  

Through this agreement, we will be able to offer our hyperlocal food waste technology to both Sodexo and Entegra customers across Canada and the US. Our ambition through this collaboration is to divert over 25,000 tons of food waste from landfills per year – saving over 4600 tons of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases. Said ORCA Digesters Sales Director, Robert Gates.  


About Sodexo Canada

Sodexo delivers a wide range of customized solutions, designed to optimize work and living environments. Sodexo has been providing food and facilities management services in Canada for over 40 years, with a focus on enhancing safety, work process and well-being. Sodexo is a market leader in Canada. Sodexo has been recognized as a top employer for the past seven consecutive years. Sodexo is proud to have created the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, an independent charitable organization that has raised over $3 million to fight hunger and donated more than one million meals to at-risk youth across Canada since 2007. Sodexo is included in the CAC Next 20, CAC 40 ESG, FTSE 4 Good and DJSI indices. 

Key Figures

  • 10 000 employees
  • Recipient of Canada's Greenest Employer Awards 2021
  • Recipient of Canada's Diversity & Inclusion Employer Awards 2021
  • 1 million consumers served daily


About ORCA Digesters

ORCA designs, manufactures, and markets the innovative ORCA aerobic digester that allows for rapid breakdown of food waste in institutional and commercial settings. Through a microbial process, food waste is converted into a liquid that is then discharged into the normal plumbing infrastructure. The solution creates meaningful cost savings for customers while diverting food waste from landfills and reducing emissions related to the transportation and breakdown of waste. ORCA offers businesses an innovative and affordable solution for food waste disposal.

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