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Unidine Overview

Boston, MA
5001 to 10000 employees
2001
Contract
Restaurants, Bars & Food Services
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Unidine is a culinary services management company driven by a culture of “Fresh Thinking,” and we take a fresh approach to customized culinary experiences. We create authentic food from scratch using fresh responsibly sourced, seasonal ingredients and ... Read more

Mission: Exceed our customers' expectations and meet financial commitments.

Unidine – Why Work For Us?


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OUR JOURNEY

2001 – UNIDINE FOUNDED

Unidine was founded by Richard Schenkel in 2001 with an exclusive focus on food and dining management services.  With a team of three employees, Unidine (then known as Summit Dining Services) set out to provide a viable alternative to senior facilities and hospitals, believing that the dining services market was poorly represented by outdated practices and techniques, and dominated by global providers with a procurement-driven one-size-fits-all approach.

2003 – DEVELOPMENT OF THE UNIDINE WAY

In 2003, Richard Schenkel developed The Unidine Way, defining our company’s fundamental approach to food and dining management.  Comprised of our corporate vision, mission, and values, The Unidine Way defines who we are and guides the actions of our team members in exceeding the needs of our partners and dining guests.

2006 – NAMED TO INC’S 500/5000 LIST

Unidine was named to Inc.’s 500/5000 list as one of America’s fastest growing privately-held companies.  Unidine has been named to this list in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

2006 – NAMED TO BBJ PACESETTERS LIST

The Boston Business Journal announced Unidine as part of a list of the region’s fastest-growing privately held companies. To make the list, each company must report annual revenue growth of at least 20 percent. Unidine would be named to this list 4 more times, in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012.

2007 – INTRODUCTION OF OUR FRESH FOOD PLEDGE.

Fresh Food Pledge was developed as part of a commitment to our clients and guests, outlining Unidine’s lasting commitment to scratch cooking and locally sourced ingredients that set the industry standard for quality, taste and freshness through each meal we serve.

2011 – UNIDINE FOUNDER AND CEO WINS ERNST & YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Company founder and CEO, Richard Schenkel, was recognized for the innovative, customer-centric organization he has built when he was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 New England award winner. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

2013 – PUREE WITH PURPOSE WINS SPIRIT OF INNOVATION AWARD

Unidine Client CHE Trinity Senior Living Communities was honored at the 2013 Long Term Care & Senior Living LINK Conference as a Spirit of Innovation Award winner for their “Puree with Purpose” program which was developed and implemented in partnership with Unidine. The program was one of twelve winners, selected from over 45 leading providers who submitted best-in-class ideas for the competition..

2014 – OH SO GOOD® PROGRAM INTRODUCTION

Unidine announced a nationwide launch of its innovative signature nutrition and wellness program OH SO GOOD®, designed to make healthy lifestyle choices easy for consumers.

2014 – FAME (FOOD AND MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES) MERGES WITH UNIDINE

FAME merges with Unidine, expanding Unidine’s range of services to private schools, community colleges and government facilities.

2015 – UNIDINE RANKED #14 ON FOOD MANAGEMENT’S TOP 50 LIST

Unidine has placed #14 on Food Management’s Top 50 Contract Management Companies for 2015, moving up from #17 ranking achieved in 2013 and 2014.

2016 – WHERE WE ARE TODAY

Unidine now serves over 32 million meals annually, operating within more than 200 facilities nationwide and employs 4200 team members.

Unidine Corporation is led by a team of executive managers who are capable, experienced and client-focused. Each one of these seasoned professionals brings knowledge and skill, along with proven performance and a passion for fresh food to the organization.


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Since 2001, Unidine has been raising the bar in food service management. We applaud the effort and accomplishments of the Unidine Team Members whose hard work and commitment are recognized through the various awards we have received.

2016 – UNIDINE NAMED TO RODALE 100

Unidine is honored to be the only dining management company named to Rodale’s list of 100 people, products and companies changing the face of health and wellness.

2015 – UNIDINE RANKED #14 ON FOOD MANAGEMENT’S TOP 50 LIST

Unidine has placed #14 on Food Management’s Top 50 Contract Management Companiesfor 2015, and was the fastest growing of the Top 25.

 
2015 – UNIDINE  NAMED TO BBJ PACESETTERS LIST

The Boston Business Journal recognizes the region’s fastest-growing privately held companies each year. To make the list companies must report annual revenue growth of at least 20 percent. Unidine was named to this list in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. Learn more about the BBJ Pacesetters Award.

2013 – PUREE WITH PURPOSE WINS SPIRIT OF INNOVATION AWARD

Unidine Client CHE Trinity Senior Living Communities was honored at the 2013 Long Term Care & Senior Living LINK Conference as a Spirit of Innovation Award winner for their “Puree with Purpose” program which was developed and implemented in partnership with Unidine. The program was one of twelve winners, selected from over 45 leading providers who submitted best-in-class ideas for the competition.

2013 – BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL LISTING OF LARGEST PRIVATE COMPANIES IN MASSACHUSETTS

Unidine was named to the Boston Business Journal listing of Largest Private Companies in Massachusetts based on revenue.  Unidine was listed as #38th largest and #39 fastest growing.

2011 – UNIDINE FOUNDER AND CEO WINS 2011 ERNST & YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Company founder and CEO, Richard Schenkel, was recognized for the innovative, customer-centric organization he has built when he was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 New England award winner. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

2006 – UNIDINE FIRST NAMED TO INC’S 500/5000 LIST

Unidine was named to Inc.’s 500/5000 list as one of America’s fastest growing privately-held companies.  Unidine would go on to be named to this list in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012,  2014 and 2015.

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Unidine offers excellent career opportunities for exceptional chefs, dietitians, dining management and more looking to redefine the dining experience for our guests.

Here your ideas will be encouraged. Your voice will be heard. Every day brings a new opportunity to make a real difference.

 

CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE

Our culture of excellence is rooted in the strengths of our people. We believe our partners are best served when our employees are free to explore these strengths, demonstrating their passion, creativity and expertise in food and dining management.

As a member of our team, you’ll never settle for pre-packaged, uninspired or ordinary. You‘ll be part of an environment that requires you to think outside the box and where “good enough” is never an acceptable answer.

This is how you will create exceptional dining experiences and improve the lives of our guests.

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    - Great support system from managers who want to help you succeed
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    - Company culture and positve matra constantly being pushed can be tiring, but it comes from the right place

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    typical first interview and then came back for an interview with a different person. Had to have a drug screen and a background check completed. The whole process took a couple of weeks to complete.

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Unidine Awards & Accolades

  • Rodale 100 Top Innovators, Rodale Publishing, 2016
  • Fastest Growing Foodservice Company, Food Management, 2015
  • BBJ 'Pacesetters': Boston's Fastest-Growing Private Companies, Boston Business Journal, 2015
  • Spirit of Innovation Award, LTC & Senior Living LINK Conference, 2013
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year®, Ernst & Young, 2011
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