Our Story

How we got here.
Perfecting food service since 2001.

It all started with our Founder, President, and CEO, Richard B. Schenkel. From his years of experience in dining and hospitality, Richard understood the importance of creating exceptional customer experiences. A lifelong entrepreneur, he saw an opportunity to disrupt an industry that he considered stagnant. He wanted to fill a critical need for customized services, centered on fresh-from-scratch cooking and service excellence. Unidine is the realization of that pioneering vision.

Since our founding, Unidine has experienced consistent year-over-year growth, establishing us as one of the fastest-growing dining management companies in the United States.

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How We Got Here

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Unidine was founded by Richard B. Schenkel, with a focus on fresh food programs and service excellence. With only three team members, the company set out to fill a critical market need for a boutique solution as an alternative to processed foods, standardized service, and a one-size-fits-all approach.
The Unidine Way was born. It defines the way we work, the level of dedication we provide, and what our clients and customers can expect from every team members. The Unidine Way is the embodiment of our culture. It guides the business and keeps us grounded and ready to serve.
We were named to Inc.’s 500/5000 list as one of America’s fastest growing privately-held companies. We’ve continued to make this list in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015.
The Boston Business Journal announced our company as one of the region’s fastest-growing privately held companies. And we went on to win this six more times.
The Fresh Food Pledge was developed to outline our commitment to crafting exceptional food with care, from scratch, using only fresh, responsibly-sourced ingredients. Signed by all culinary team members, our pledge is our bedrock and a source of pride and commitment for our clients, customers, and team members.
Our Founder, President, and CEO, Richard B. Schenkel was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He was recognized for the company's demonstration of service excellence, innovation, and consistent success.
In partnership with our client, Trinity Health Senior Living Communities, Unidine was honored at the 2013 Long Term Care & Senior Living LINK Conference as a Spirit of Innovation Award winner for a program we helped launch called “Puree with Purpose.”
Our program OH SO GOOD® was created to make healthy lifestyle choices easy for consumers. OH SO GOOD® leverages the latest research and innovations to address our customers' health and dietary needs.
We were named to Food Management’s Top 50 Contract Management Companies for 2015. And again in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
We became one of 100 people, products, and companies to make the Rodale 100 List for “Positively Impacting the World.”
We continued to strategize new ways to address the changing needs of the senior living industry and expand our dedication to service excellence. In 2018, we rebranded Unidine Senior Living Culinary Group to Unidine Lifestyles. The new organization increased its span nationally, managing nearly half a billion dollars in volume as the best-in-class boutique provider in senior living.
To respond to the dynamic needs of the industry, in 2019 Coreworks was created, offering facility support services – housekeeping, laundry, plant operations maintenance, transportation, and security – that uphold the same distinctive level of service and hospitality culture that our clients currently enjoy from Unidine.
In our 20th year of serving excellence, Unidine remains committed to delivering memorable moments and cherished connections to the more than 400 clients in 42+ states across the nation. 10,000 team members are committed to living The Unidine Way and make us proud every day. More than 250,000 residents, patients, employees, and staff enjoy fresh, wholesome, and invigorating meals made from scratch. By prioritizing agile client responsiveness, unique partnerships, and innovation, we are one of the fastest-growing companies within the food service industry.

Experience something unique.

Unidine provides dining management solutions for one-of-a-kind clients. As your partner, you can always expect a high level of attention, responsiveness, and distinctive service from us. It’s a dedication to enhancing the lives of customers through exceptional food and hospitality.