A message from our Founder and CEO

Richard SchenkelWelcome! I founded Unidine in 2001 because I had a vision of what food and dining management in senior services and hospitals should be. Residents and patients in these facilities deserved fresh, delicious food, enhanced choices, greater flexibility and top notch service. To fulfill this vision, there needed to be a different kind of food and dining management company – one that blends culinary artistry, expertise in clinical nutrition, passion for service, strong management and infrastructure, and the flexibility to customize a dining program suited to the unique characteristics of each community that it serves. Unidine is the realization of that vision.

It wasn’t long until we were approached by corporations that wanted the same dining management philosophy, fresh food commitment and focus on health and wellness programs, so we expanded into business dining. Today, our services also include government facilities and private schools, allowing us help share our unique approach to dining management with even more dining guests.

Most dining programs, whether self-operated or outsourced aspire to these ideals, but only Unidine has the experience, the resources and the commitment to deliver a consistent, reliable program every time.

Richard Schenkel, Founder & Chief Executive Officer

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alternative to senior facilities and hospitals, believing that the dining services market was poorly represented by outdated practices and techniques, and dominated by global providers with a procurement-driven one-size-fits-all approach.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 6 more times, in 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2016.

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 #17 on Food Management’s Top 50 List

Unidine has placed #17 on Food Management’s Top 50 Contract Management Companies for 2015. Unidine would go on to be named to this list in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

2016 – Unidine named to Rodale 100 List

Unidine was named to Rodale 100, as one of the 100 people, products and companies that are “Positively Impacting the World.”

2017 – Unidine entered into a partnership with Compass Group North America

Unidine’s team members continue to lead our innovative health & wellness-focused approach to dining service across the United States, while our partners will provide us with an enhanced supplier network for our fresh food program, important technology upgrades, as well as enabling growth within the organization.

2018 – Where we are today

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