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Culinary Digital and Whitsons partner to launch “Café Connections” across 110 School Districts

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Partnership will drive communication across multiple locations quickly and efficiently.

Culinary Digital, a leading food-tech platform and Fulcrum Group LLC company, has announced a new project with Whitsons Culinary Group (Whitsons), a provider of customized dining services to public schools and more in the Northeast, to launch “Café Connections” across 110 school districts. The alliance will bridge the communication gap for onsite staff allowing Whitsons to deliver real-time information and updates directly to the onsite teams.

Café Connections is the newest innovation from Culinary Digital to manage the content on screens at each school with ease, helping to develop skills and keep team members engaged. The internal digital network of up to 700 screens connects Whitsons’ K-12 cafeterias across 110 school districts. Café Connections was inspired by the existing FD Connect, an employee communication platform for food contractors and self-operating cafeteria operation.

Additionally, Café Connections will:

  • Inform staff with real-time information on new products, plans, training, features, or recalls
  • Provide responsive communication between corporate/district office and onsite teams
  • Offer flexibility by the system to personalize messages across each district

Kelly Ann Friend

“We’re growing at a very rapid rate, and the larger we get, the more challenges it presents in terms of trying to reach out to all our team members. The goal was to be in front of it and start coming up with solutions before we would have to go backwards looking for a solution”

“Our motto is People, Food and Communication. Not only does this align with our goals and our company culture, but it also addresses the food part of it. Each location can share what they’re doing with the food being served. It’s inspiring the employees”

Kelly Friend, Chief Operating Officer for Contract Management, Whitsons

Abilash Krishnaswamy

“We have been partners with Whitsons Culinary Group over the last 8 years and worked on various projects involving automation and digitization of back of the office and front of the office cafeteria management functions. Café Connection further strengthens our already existing long-term strategic partnership.”

“The high-impact communication platform can be used to send day-to-day happenings including OSHA training needs, supply chain challenges, newsletters, benefits, and much more.

Abilash Krishnaswamy, VP of Products, Culinary Digital

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