Jackson Laboratory and local caterer part ways

BAR HARBOR — After 12 years of serving staff and visitors at The Jackson Laboratory’s Bar Harbor campus, local business August Moon Catering will no longer be the lab’s food service provider.

“It is mutually agreed upon that the lab has outgrown August Moon’s capacity to provide for all the lab’s needs,” Fayelle and Michael Anderson, who own the catering company, said in a statement. “The lab is expanding into other markets… and felt it needed a wrap-around service provider.”

Lab officials concur. “As The Jackson Laboratory continues to expand in Maine and Connecticut, we needed a food services provider to serve all our east coast locations,” said S. Catherine “Katy” Longley, the institution’s chief operating officer.

“We are very grateful to Fayelle and Michael Anderson and their team, for 12 years of dedicated service to the Laboratory in Bar Harbor. I know I speak for the JAX team when I thank them for their high-quality offerings and steadfast commitment to the JAX community,” said Longley.

According to Longley, every August Moon employee who wanted to stay on was offered a position with the new food service provider, Corporate Chefs of Haverill, Mass. Corporate Chefs will operate Roscoe’s cafe at the Bar Harbor campus as well as food service at the lab’s facility in Ellsworth.

“We are excited about our new venture with The Jackson Laboratory,” said Shawn Bramble, managing director of Corporate Chefs. “We’re a New England-based company with global resources, and our foodservice director on-site is a Maine native, happy to be returning home.”

Corporate Chefs has locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Virginia, according to the company’s website.

Corporate Chefs’ parent company is Elior North America. According to a press release issued by the company last April, Elior North America is the nation’s fifth largest foodservice company, with more than 1,500 client accounts in communities across the country.

Elior North America is part of the Elior Group headquartered in Paris, France. Elior Group, according to their press release issued in January, is one of the world’s leading operators in the catering and support services industry. In addition to catering services, the international corporation also offers cleaning and facility management services for large customers worldwide such as Hewlett-Packard and Coca-Cola.

“We believe it is important to select a provider who can serve all of our east coast locations with high quality, reasonably priced, healthy food choices,” explained Longley. “No matter which location our team is working from, employees will find the same quality, healthy options.”

To choose a food service provider for all east coast locations, Longley said, the lab formed a selection committee made up of employees in Maine and Connecticut.

“The committee reviewed proposals and made key recommendations on the final selection,” she said. Criteria focused on menu variety, price, local food sourcing and nutritional labeling.

The contract with Corporate Chefs was signed last month, Longley said, and the transition process has begun. “We expect them to begin operations at JAX in April,” she said.

As for Bar Harbor-based August Moon Catering, the owners said that the catering business will continue in the greater MDI area.

Becky Pritchard
Former Islander reporter Becky Pritchard covered the town of Bar Harbor and was a park ranger in Acadia for six seasons.
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