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A Successful Partnership for Sodexo in Sherbrooke

December 17, 2020

Montreal, December 17, 2020 - Two years have passed since Sodexo Canada started managing the operations of the Library Learning Cafe, now a key location at the Bishop’s University campus in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Located inside the University's library, the Library Learning Cafe offers a selection of premium bakery and pastry products, custom bagel sandwiches, a wide choice of gourmet soups and salads, as well as a variety of coffees, teas, cold drinks and healthy snacks. The location has remained open despite the pandemic.

A bagel shop that highlights local products

The Library Learning Cafe promotes fresh and seasonal products from fair trade and local producers. Among other things, this allows them to reduce the shop’s and its customer’s environmental footprint.

The cafe serves the best bagels in the region, made by Magog’s La Fabrique de bagels Café Noir. The Library Learning Cafe has been a resounding success since its opening – in just eight months, they have sold more than 15,000 fresh, hand-crafted bagels, confirming the interest of its customers for great local products. Their 100% organic coffee is roasted in Sherbrooke by Café Vittoria, their duck grilled cheese features the renowned Brome Lake Ducks, and their main food supplier is based in Drummondville.

"I am proud of my company – we are the only ones between the South Shore of Montreal and Quebec City to serve hand-crafted bagels baked in a wood-fired oven. For the past eight years, my team and I have been offering high-quality bagels in several flavours such as sesame, cinnamon and raisins, garlic and black pepper, poppy seeds, blueberries, wheat and the classic plain bagel. My team and I are proud to be a Sodexo supplier for Bishop's University. Consequently, Sodexo contributes to the growth of my business and encourages local producers”, says Daniel Crevier, owner of La Fabrique de bagels Café Noir.

“The Library Learning Cafe, also known as the LLC, is a tremendous success. Our students expressed a strong desire to enjoy a coffee in the library in this bistro-styled, renovated space. Sodexo and the Bishop's Dining Committee have worked closely together to create a campus food offering that showcases local products and premium coffee. Sodexo has demonstrated its creativity by presenting a concept which offers a wide variety of authentic bagels as found in Montreal, but produced locally," says Debbie Langford, Director of Bishop's University Ancillary services. "The LLC adds a premium, local touch to the campus’ food offering, which has been very well received by our community. In fact, it has exceeded our expectations. Each campus has its own unique touch, and I think that Sodexo contributed to ours through its Library Learning Cafe concept."

The Library Learning Cafe team is very sensitive to sustainable development and the importance of short supply circuits. Thanks to composting, recycling and energy consumption reduction, the LLC produces virtually zero waste, despite a growing traffic since its opening in 2018. Sodexo has also recently undertaken steps to get the cafe LEAF-certified, a non-profit organization which recognizes the high standards upheld by food services organizations in relation to the environment and food waste.

About Sodexo Canada

Sodexo is the global leader in services that improve Quality of Life, an essential factor in individual and organizational performance. Sodexo has been providing food services, reception, maintenance and cleaning, to facilities and equipment management; from services and programs fostering employees’ engagement. Sodexo has been in Canada for more than 40 years and focuses on the improvement of safety, work process and well-being. Sodexo is a Canadian market leader and has been recognized as one of the best employers for seven consecutive years. Sodexo Canada 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 1 million meals to at-risk youth across Canada since 2007.

Media contact

Marie-Noël Phaneuf, annexe, 514 553-2570, marienoel@annexe.media

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