Vegetables in wooden boxes

Sustainability at Dussmann Food Services

Our vision and mission

As your partner in catering and a family company, we believe we bear particular responsibility for our fellow humans and the natural world. That’s why we are committed to doing our part to protect the climate, while offering our customers the very best in local dining enjoyment. We view the challenges facing us as opportunities and draw on them as a source of creativity and innovation.

Added value through services

  • Efficient waste management
  • Reduced packaging
  • Cooperation with "Too Good To Go" and "VYTAL"
  • Organic and fair trade products selected by default
  • Local supply chains, streamlined logistics
  • All aspects of sustainability incorporated into our food promotions in corporate dining

Sustainability made by Dussmann

Maintaining a livable climate and local dining enjoyment come first in everything we do. As a family company and your partner in catering, we believe we bear particular responsibility for our fellow humans and the natural world. Beyond that, we view the challenges facing us as opportunities and draw on them as a source of creativity and innovation. This is our vision as we embark on plans for future stability and establish the topics of sustainability and enjoyment as the standards in catering. Every word of our catering vision is based on action fields that help us aim for the right goals. To develop these fields, we surveyed employees, external partners, and diners and considered the changing overall social context.

Our formula at a glance:

From the warehouse to production and beyond to what is left over on people’s plates, we identify avoidable food waste throughout the process and use this information to craft a plan of action and recommendations tailored specifically to you. This reduces waste and, above all, cuts costs. 

Overview of our measures:

  • Energy produced using oils, grease, and food waste
  • Exclusive use of recyclable garbage bags
  • Reusable packaging and large packages instead of single-use packaging

Vytal reusable tableware to go

Food to go in reusable packaging – is it possible? No problem! To allow your employees to continue taking lunch to go, while at the same time reducing the packaging waste  generated, some of our Dussmann corporate restaurants are working on a sustainable solution. This solution involves introducing a reusable system with our partner Vytal.

The result? We have eliminated 223,000 single-use packages at 21 sites since December 2021 alone.

The app developed by Vytal is fighting packaging waste. This is all made possible by handy reusable bowls in various sizes. These reusable containers are dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe. People simply pay a deposit to borrow one and can then return it after use to any of a large number of partners.

The Vytal app also lets you track how much packaging you are saving directly.

Overfilled garbage can with 30% marking

To help you prevent food waste, we can work with you to craft individual solutions – always aligned to your company and your location.

One special highlight is our cooperation with Too Good To Go. This partnership gives our catering sites a way to sell their excess food, including prepared dishes, at a reduced price to people who pick up these items. This benefits everyone. Specifically, it means we are working together to reduce food waste and at the same time, users get tasty food at attractive prices.

Here’s how the Too Good To Go app works:

  1. Users find our catering sites via the Too Good To Go app and pay for their food online.
  2. Then they come to the site to pick up their reserved items at the pick-up time indicated.
  3. Users show the digital receipt and take their rescued food home.

CATERING WITHOUT WASTECooperation with Querfeld

Banana too crooked? Pumpkin too small? Sadly, it is still the case that many foods are simply thrown away although they are perfectly fine in terms of quality and taste. Not with us! We have a nationwide partnership with Querfeld, a startup based in Berlin, with which we are taking action to fight food waste. Through this relationship, we offer fruit and vegetables with aesthetic flaws - including organic produce - a spot on your plate or in your bag to be taken home.

Bag of vegetables
Farmer from Locking poultry farm holds chicken in hand


We rely on sustainable approaches when it comes to meat, too. That’s why we say 'no' to hybrid breeding and culling of male chicks. Our corporate catering operations in southern Germany use dual-purpose chickens instead.


An important step for more sustainability is made by our commitment to use fish from sustainable fisheries and responsible fish farming. In our certified catering operations, we use 100% fish that is either MSC- or ASC-certified.

Our certificates:

  • MSC-C-54646
  • ASC-C-03449
Heart shaped fish fillet on a bed of lettuce

Catering by Dussmann: local and seasonal

We believe only the very best items should wind up on your plate. That’s why we are extremely stringent when it comes to the quality of our foods. We use only iodized salt, use sugar as sparingly as possible, and use exclusively canola or olive oil.

We are also careful to ensure high nutrient density in all our foods. That means a wealth of vitamins, minerals and protein, but not much fat.

Organic, local, and seasonal – the right combination for your menu

In selected companies, we already offer an ample selection of organic products with organic certification, and thus increasingly focus on organic farming. This not only affects nature less than conventional farming, but also makes a great contribution to a better environment.

The organic products used are shown accordingly on the menus of the organically certified companies, in addition to the certification number DE-ÖKO-006. 

Overview of our organic options:

  • Deformed organic vegetables rescued in partnership with Querfeld
  • Fruit, vegetables, dairy products, meat, and cold cuts primarily sourced locally
  • More than two satiating and vegetable side dishes weekly, which are preferably in organic quality
  • Coffee, tea, and chocolate products primarily fair trade
HACCP control with kitchen manager and controller


In food hygiene, we work in accordance with our HACCP concept. This efficient control system guarantees the utmost in food safety and hygiene throughout the production process. This requires end-to-end documentation and regular HACCP audits performed by an independent hygiene institute.

Contact directly near you

Use our location search feature to find the right point of contact near you and contact the appropriate branch location – by e-mail, phone or simply by using our contact form.

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Dussmann Food Services

So much more than sustainability

Dussmann provides versatile and sustainable services in the food services sector. Here we supply a wide range of facilities - from coffee bars to full catering, from daycare centers to hospitals. Together with our clients, we turn services into tailor-made solutions.

Organic Certification

All Dussmann catering operations, which carry organic certification are checked by the control agency DE-ÖKO-006.