Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

TRU Food Services

TRU Food Services, a branch of TRU Ancillary Services, manages TRU’s contractual relationship with Aramark Incorporated, which operates nine food outlets spread across multiple buildings on the Kamloops campus. TRU has worked with Aramark since 2003. The contract with Aramark was last renewed in 2013 after a competitive process and is scheduled for a review in 2018. Aramark has 32 full-time employees, 43 part-time student employees and 15 part-time non-student employees.

TRU’s relationship with Aramark has generated the following benefits for TRU and TRU’s students:

  • In the last three years, 68 percent of Aramark’s employees on the TRU campus have been students. Aramark offers flexible scheduling options that make it convenient for student employment.
  • In the last three years, $1.4 million has been paid in student wages.
  • There is a paid marketing internship position awarded to a TRU student annually. This internship has led to full-time employment after graduation.
  • 17 TRU alumni work full-time at TRU Food Services at either a supervisory or managerial level.
  • TRU Culinary Arts saves thousands of dollars annually in food costs through Aramark’s procurement channels.
  • Aramark continues to support the Education and Skills Training Program (ESTR), providing an on-campus training lab for their students.
  • TRU has received more than one million dollars over the last three years from commissions resulting from overall food sales. This money is used to offset the university’s operating costs.
  • Aramark has invested more than $850,000 in infrastructure improvements to the university.
  • Aramark has donated more than $100,000 to student scholarships and has been included in the President’s Circle.

Evolution

The food industry is always changing and we are changing as well. Check out some of the changes and improvements that we have made over the last couple of years.

2013 — addition of a full service Starbucks in Old Main
  • Replaced the limited menu Tim Hortons
  • Increased the variety of beverage and food selection on campus
  • Included renovations of Student Street; improving the space with new seating and additional tables
2014 — new service outlet, The U&M Deli added in Old Main
  • Developed due to changing demands for food on campus
  • Goal to provide various different dietary options; gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and halal
2014 — new service outlet, The Urban Market added in the Campus Activity Centre
  • Features an Urban Cultivator which grows fresh microgreens and herbs
  • Fresh pizza and calzones made daily in an open-flame stone oven
  • Affordable daily rotating hot entrée specials
2014 — updates made to the Upper Level Café in Old Main
  • Bento Sushi’s main location which features hand-crafted sushi made daily
  • Wide variety of fresh grab-and-go items
2016 — Heroes Pub changed to The Den
  • Changed to an all ages restaurant, opening the doors to all members of the campus community
  • Extended hours, revised menu, local offerings and daily food specials
  • Updates to interior to improve ambiance
2017 — introduced Bento hot entrée menu
  • Extended Bento menu added to offer rice and noodle bowls
2017 — launched new Food for U website
  • Information regarding daily specials, menus and dietary options
  • News nibbles for all features and changes regarding food on campus
2017 — Eats Amore arrives on campus
  • Marks the start of great partnerships between TRU Food Services and local Kamloops food truck operators
  • Brings unique food offerings to the campus community