JetBlue Opens Doors to Small Sustainable Food Companies

JetBlue Opens Doors to Small Sustainable Food Companies

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.@JetBlue's BlueBud program helps local entrepreneurs but also builds a #susty #supplychain via @Cone #CSR

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 10:15am


Investing in the little guy has long been in many major companies' CSR playbooks – just look at Boston Beer Company's "Brewing the American Dream" program or Patagonia's "$20 Million & Change" initiative. Yet, now some organizations are bolstering entrepreneurs in entirely new ways, investing in companies with strong values while at the same time building a responsible supply chain for the future.

This month, JetBlue Airways launched "BlueBud," a mentoring program to give small businesses an inside look into what it takes to be a supplier for a major airline – and the search is now on for the first BlueBud, a food or beverage company with a focus on social or environmental responsibility in JetBlue's home state of New York. The program aims to give nascent companies unique insight into JetBlue's operations and the shared values it looks for in partners. Jamie Perry, vice president of brand and product development explains the benefits of the program, "Getting onboard an aircraft as a food partner is not an easy task, so what better learning experience is there than getting first-hand knowledge directly from those that pick new menu selections."

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