At the Change Now Summit, Paris 2024 presents its catering strategy for the Games: combining French expertise and sustainable food
At the Change Now Summit 2022, Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet presented the Organising Committee’s catering strategy for the Games. The ambition is at the height of the challenge with 13 million meals served during the Olympic and Paralympic Games and strong commitments that will guide their preparation. The Paris 2024 Organising Committee has worked with relevant stakeholders (from the agricultural and catering sectors, NGOs, experts, nutritionists, partners - Sodexo Live !, Coca-Cola - , athletes, chefs, etc.) to enhance French expertise and promote social and environmental practices that are more sustainable during the Games.
French and sustainable cuisine in the spotlight during the Games
Paris 2024 has made six commitments to support the transformation of the restaurant model and to highlight French cuisine:
- Twice as many plant-based foods per meal
- The objective of zero food waste by sizing quantities, designing recipes that reduce the risk of waste and recycling 100% of non-consumed food.
In total, these two targets will halve the average carbon footprint of a meal during the Games.
- 100% certified food to guarantee the origin and quality of the products (80% of the supply from France, 25% of which will be sourced within 250 kilometres of the competition sites, 100% responsible fishing, 100% French dairy products, etc.).
- Half the amount of single-use plastic in catering, in response to high expectations, particularly from athletes and consumers, to reduce plastic pollution. This will be achieved by reusing 100% of the tableware for on-site catering, through the provision of returnable containers and by collecting and recycling 100% of the plastic that could not be avoided.
- 100% of the equipment and infrastructure used for catering during the Games will be reused. The Paris 2024 Games anticipate the reuse of tableware, such as cutlery and plates, as well as catering facilities, most of which will be in existing structures: catering in the Athletes' Village will be provided in the Cité du Cinéma (a giant film studio complex in Saint Denis), for example.
- At least 10% mandatory inclusion in catering contracts. This turnaround in catering cannot be achieved without social commitments and Paris 2024 wants the Games to be a springboard for unemployed people and for local businesses. This is why a 10% integration threshold will be mandatory and will reach 15% in the Athletes' Village, thanks to the commitment of Sodexo Live!, Official Supporter of Paris 2024. The threshold will ensure that a percentage of jobs will be reserved for people with disabilities, who are unemployed, or people from priority areas.
France invites the world to its table to discover its culinary expertise
During the Games, 13 million meals and snacks will be served to many different audiences: spectators, organising teams and volunteers, athletes and their support staff, media, hospitality and the Olympic and Paralympic family. They do not have the same culture or the same needs, but they all share the same desire to eat well in France, a country renowned for its gastronomy.
In order to provide an offering tailored to each individual, these commitments will guide catering during the Games, from snacking, to meals in the Athletes' Village, to refreshment bars at the competition venues.
The Games will be played out in the four corners of France and Paris 2024 also wishes to highlight the expertise of each host region. Everyone will be able to discover the products and specialities of the varying French regions at competition venues. The temporary competition venues will act as test labs for new, innovative products and trialling large-scale solutions such as alternatives to single-use plastic.
A collaborative effort with all the stakeholders from the restaurant industry
The Paris 2024 Organising Committee teams have developed a unique working method by bringing hundreds of French gastronomy stakeholders to the table. 40 individual interviews and dozens of collective workshops were organised over a period of more than a year to define the expectations regarding food and catering to be promoted during the Games, as well as to accelerate the environmental and social transformation of the restaurant industry.
120 organisations representing all sectors (agriculture, catering, etc.), NGOs , nutritionists, stakeholders and Paris 2024 partners - first and foremost Coca-Cola and Sodexo Live! - sat around the table to take advantage of the Paris Games to re-define the catering of the future. 200 athletes were also consulted (80% of whom were international) to discover their needs, particularly as food goes hand in hand with performance.
This ambition and its implementation at the dining table has involved distinguished chefs such as Thierry Marx, who is also a member of the Committee for the Ecological Transformation of the Games, or Amandine Chaignot and Alexandre Mazzia, of Sodexo Live! for the Athletes' Village, who will accompany the Committee in defining the offer and promote French culinary expertise.
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