Here’s the official Press Release on our new partnership with REAL Certified:
BlueCart (formerly Improvonia) and the US Healthful Food Council (USHFC) announced a partnership today to simplify ordering between restaurants and suppliers. The partnership provides REAL Certified restaurants with the technology necessary to source from the best suppliers in the industry using BlueCart’s nationwide ordering platform. Both organizations are interested in ensuring that the restaurant industry can successfully address—and capitalize on—the growing demand for better, more nutritious food.
“USHFC has been incredibly innovative in helping the restaurant industry make healthful and sustainable food more profitable,” said BlueCart co-founder Konstantin Zvereff. “A huge part of that effort has to be making sure that restaurants can find and order the right food, and BlueCart is uniquely positioned to do just that. Our app makes it easy to place and receive orders for everything a restaurant needs to do business, and that makes a big difference for chefs and suppliers grappling with shifting consumer demand. Plus, it is absolutely free for restaurants.”
The partnership also enables restaurants looking for endorsed, REAL Certified products to search their suppliers on BlueCart for items matching their criteria, and suppliers will likewise be able to highlight their REAL endorsed items for sale. Restaurants looking to reach out to new suppliers will also be able to request REAL Certified catalogs from vendors in the system.
“REAL Certified has been successful in helping restaurants bring attention to their efforts to provide more nutritious and higher quality food to their customers,” explains USHFC’s CEO Lawrence Williams. “BlueCart (formerly Improvonia) allows REAL Certified to extend across the supply chain by linking endorsed buyers and suppliers. ”
The BlueCart app and website allow restaurants to order all their supplies from all their suppliers in one click, and the platform already has over one thousand active accounts. After nearly doubling every month since launching in July of 2014, orders through the system grew at almost 300% month on month at the beginning of 2015. At the same time, USHFC is also growing rapidly, certifying restaurants and foodservice operations across the country, and branching out this year to recognize both the first national restaurant franchise and the first prepared meal company as REAL Certified.
As both organizations move forward in the industry, Zvereff is confident that this partnership will help make for a better food system, and better business all around: “Adjusting to the demand for healthier food has not always been easy for chefs already overwhelmed with trying to order from multiple suppliers each night. With REAL Certified on BlueCart, restaurants and suppliers get both healthy menus and healthy bottom lines.”
BlueCart is the free app that lets restaurants, hotels, and food service operators place all their orders to all their suppliers in one click. We build better relationships in the food industry by giving chefs and sales reps a simple communication tool that saves them time, and allows them to focus on what matters most to their businesses. Just 6 months after launching in July, 2014, there are over one thousand accounts on the platform, with over two hundred new food buyers activated per month, including major hotel chains and hospitals. Visit us online athttp://www.BlueCart.com, or download the app directly in the App Store (http://apple.co/1BIaZ5Q) or Google Play (http://bit.ly/1poNuU1).
About the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC):
Established in 2011, the USHFC is a 501©(3) nonprofit dedicated to transforming America’s food system and fighting diet-related disease by realigning the food industry’s incentives with consumers’ health interests. The USHFC works towards its mission through the REAL Certified holistic nutrition and sustainability certification program. REAL Certified foodservice operators must satisfy prerequisites and earn sufficient points in the areas of Responsible (nutrition), Epicurean (preparation), Agricultural (sourcing) and Leadership (going above and beyond). The organization has received financial support from the Tennessee Department of Health, the Park Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s Grant Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. More information can be found at USHFC.org and REALCertified.org.