|Traded as||NYSE: ARMK|
|Founded||1959 (as Automatic Retailers of America)|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Davre Davidson, Founder
Joseph Neubauer, Chairman
Eric J. Foss, CEO
|Revenue||US$14.832 B (FY 2014)|
|US$564.56 M (FY2014)|
|US$148.96 M (FY2014)|
|Total assets||US$10.455 B (FY 2014) |
|Total equity||US$1.718 B (FY 2014)|
Number of employees
Aramark Corporation, known commonly as Aramark, is an American foodservice, facilities, and clothing provider supplying businesses, educational institutions, sports facilities, federal and state prisons, and health care institutions. It is headquartered at the Aramark Tower in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Aramark’s revenues reached 13.5 billion USD in 2012 and was listed as the 23rd largest employer on the Fortune 500. Its revenue in 2013 was $13.95 billion, and $14.832 billion in 2014.
Aramark was founded as Davidson Brothers in 1936 by Davre and Henry Davidson. Davidson Brothers began by providing vending services to plant employees in the aviation industry in Southern California.
In 1959, Davre Davidson partnered with William Fishman to establish ARA (Automatic Retailers of America), which became publicly traded a year later in 1960.
In 1969, ARA officially became ARA Services, to reflect its growing range of businesses.
ARA Services changed its name to Aramark in 1994.
In 2001, Aramark returned to the New York Stock Exchange as a public company under the RMK ticker. In 2006, a group of investors led by Neubauer (and including CCMP Capital, Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Thomas H. Lee Partners, and Warburg Pincus) proposed the acquisition of all outstanding shares of the Aramark Corporation, which was approved by shareholders. The merger was completed in 2007.
Aramark provides food and facility services to thousands of clients in 22 countries, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Chile, Ireland and Spain. Those services include:
- Business and Industry: Business dining services include management of on-site restaurants, catering, convenience stores, and executive dining rooms. Other services include coffee, vending and facility management.
- Sports and Entertainment: At sports, entertainment, and recreational facilities, including national parks, Aramark provides concessions, banquet and catering services, retail, merchandise and novelty sales, recreational and lodging services and facilities management.
- Higher Education and K–12: Services to colleges, universities, school systems and districts and private schools include dining, catering, food service management, convenience-oriented retail operations, facilities maintenance, custodial services, grounds maintenance, energy management, construction management, capital project management and building commissioning.
- Healthcare: Non-clinical support services at healthcare and senior living facilities include patient food and nutrition services, retail food services, clinical equipment maintenance, environmental services, laundry and linen distribution, plant operations, energy management, strategic/technical services, supply chain management and central transportation.
- Aramark's uniform and career apparel segment provides uniforms, career and image apparel, safety equipment, work clothes and accessories in industries such as manufacturing, transportation, construction, restaurants and hotels, public safety, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.
Aramark owns half interest in AIM Services, a leading outsourcing food provider in Japan.
Chilean miners rescue
Aramark was hired to help feed the 33 miners trapped in the 2010 Copiapó mining accident after a local catering company was unable to meet government requirements. The Chilean Ministry of Health contacted Aramark, which specializes in remote site food preparation and delivery. They arrived in Copiapó on September 6 and developed a method of delivering vacuum-packed meals, at the correct temperature, meeting specialized dietary requirements until the miners were extracted about 45 days later. All told, the company provided five meals each day, about 6,000 meals total.
In recent years, Aramark has made several moves to boost its social responsibility image. In 2008, Aramark Building Community, a company-wide volunteer initiative, was created to help neighborhoods rebuild community centers as well as provide support for job readiness programs, nutrition and wellness education, and basic human needs for families and neighborhoods. A spring 2009 survey of over 92,000 students supported the company’s concept of trayless dining, which was developed to reduce the amount of campus waste. In July 2009, Aramark and the Colorado Rockies opened what is believed to be the first gluten-free concession stand in major league baseball. By 2010, Aramark made gluten-free foods available at all 12 of its major league baseball accounts.
In response to First Lady Michelle Obama's childhood obesity "Let's Move!" campaign in February 2010, Aramark, along with other major food service providers, pledged to reduce the amount of fat, sugar and salt in their meals over the next five years.
Aramark has also been the subject of a number of scandals regarding labor practices and business ethics. These include firing workers for reporting unsanitary food conditions, paying fringe wages, not paying for all hours worked, not paying backpay, and firing or eliminating the positions of those who file Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claims. Likewise, Aramark has been criticized for skimping portion sizes, food safety issues, and overcharging state governments (Michigan, Kentucky, and Florida) that have used their food in prisons; a Kentucky prison riot is reputed to have been caused by the low quality of food Aramark provided to inmates. In 2013, an investigation by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Chris Hedges discovered that the food provided to inmates at Burlington County Jail in New Jersey was substandard and spoiled, and often made prisoners sick with diarrhea and vomiting. Maggots found in the food preparation areas at Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson, Michigan may have been the source of an outbreak of food-borne illness. Maggots were also found in Aramark food products at Michigan's Charles Egeler Reception & Guidance Center and two Ohio prisons, the Ohio Reformatory for Women and Trumbull Correctional Institute. Ohio and Michigan fined Aramark $270,000 and $200,000 respectively. In April 2015, the managing board of The Cavalier Daily, a student-run newspaper at the University of Virginia, reported that Aramark literally "served garbage" to inmates in a Saginaw Correctional Facility in Michigan. It also noted that Aramark has in the past "underfed inmates and fed them dog food, worms and scraps of food from old meals" and argued that the University should reconsider its relationship with the food services contractor in light of these ethical issues. Aramark UK, whom also work in British prisons have had numerous complaints lodged due to the excessive mark up in prices of the products they sell to prisoners in their weekly canteens(prison shop). For example mara bars 80p individually. So any discoun Aramark gets wholesale on each product isn't enough for their profits they then double at least every products price. A whistleblower who was sacked for putting extra chocolate bars, shampoo, stamps and envelopes in secure childrens homes canteen bags because he was sickened the kids who had no extra money being sent in had to choose between sanitary products or stamps as they only recieved 2.50 a week from the authority, said they would make up the price lists before they actually bought their stock from wholesalers fully aware they would profit exponentially. Also managers would take packets of cigarettes and tobacco from the prisoners bags wich were made up ready to take to the prisoners. The result would be a form from a guard saying missing items byt as this went to a manager, the aramark supervisor, he/she would chuck in bin. Fully aware that the prison officers do not investigate where a box of cigarettes went from a prisoners bag and governors always ended the seconds of thought on the issue with "them lags have got into the bag and sealed it up somehow cheeky buggers" this would cost the prisoner money for the item however but hardly ever would a refund be issued as the mistrust would fall on the prisoner and as some prisoners are serving years there previous canteen records arent kept so if any investigation did occur against aramark the prisoners would all say they had tobacco taken and want compensation! The whistleblower was awarded a undisclosed sum for wrongful dismissal. But stil told all to a uk newspaper.
Aramark has been criticized for the "filthy conditions" in Chicago Public Schools following the privatization of janitorial services and Aramark receiving a $260 million contract for their management. Responding to these reports, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said "Aramark's job is to clean the schools, so our principals and teachers can focus on their fundamental responsibility: education. They will either live up to that contract and clean up the schools or they can clean out their desks and get out."
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- Aramark National Events Promotional Services Website
- Aramark Canada Website
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