McDaniel chooses AVI Foodsystems, Inc., as new food service provider
Westminster, MD
02/11/2019 02:47 PM
McDaniel College has chosen AVI Foodsystems, Inc., as the college’s new food service provider. 

AVI Foodsystems, Inc., is America’s largest, independently-owned and operated food and hospitality provider. The company is committed to preparing fresh, from-scratch meals using locally sourced ingredients. AVI also maintains a commitment to fair trade, aggressive sustainability practices and the incorporation of locally sourced ingredients to ensure that food is of the highest quality. 

The transition to McDaniel Culinary Services took place throughout the month of January with meals served in Englar Dining Hall during McDaniel’s Jan Term. Other dining establishments on campus, including Caseys’ Corner, McDaniel Pub and Green & Go Convenience Store, reopened for the spring semester on Monday, Jan. 28. 

According to Ernie D. Minor, executive vice president at AVI, “We will be introducing a number of new offerings and enhancements to the dining program to highlight our fresh, from-scratch approach, including a new rotisserie, bakery and more. AVI looks forward to working with McDaniel students to further enhance the dining program.” 

Other highlights include roasting and smoking deli meats in-house; making pizza dough from scratch; and homemade soups, stocks and sauces. In addition, local Westminster-area businesses are now highlighted on campus with Furnace Hills Coffee Company coffee being served in Englar Dining Hall and JeannieBird Baking Company pastries and baked goods in Caseys’ Corner. 

AVI replaces Sodexo, which had been the college’s longstanding dining services provider. The decision was made after a thorough reevaluation and selection process that took place throughout the fall semester. Input was gathered by an on-campus food service committee and students. 

McDaniel is the first college in the mid-Atlantic region to work with AVI. Other higher education institutions that the company serves include Wofford College in South Carolina, The Juilliard School in New York and Ohio Wesleyan University.

“I am confident that the change in our food service provider was made in the best interest of our students and the campus community,” said Tom Phizacklea, vice president for administration and finance at McDaniel. “I am excited to welcome a fresh new dining program here at McDaniel.”

For more information about the new McDaniel Culinary Services, visit 

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About McDaniel College: 

McDaniel College, founded in 1867, is a four-year, independent college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including pre-professional specializations and student-designed majors, and over 20 graduate programs. One of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives,” McDaniel emphasizes experiential learning and student-faculty collaboration to develop the unique potential in every student. Represented by the Green Terror, its 24 athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. A student-centered community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students offers access to both Baltimore and Washington, D.C., plus a European campus in Budapest, Hungary. 

About AVI Foodsystems, Inc.: 

AVI Foodsystems is a family-owned business based in Warren, Ohio. Founded in 1960 by John Payiavlas, AVI has an industry-leading reputation, providing customized hospitality and foodservice solutions for thousands of clients and millions of customers throughout the United States. AVI offers hospitality services in higher education, K-12, business, healthcare and leisure settings, and is the official provider for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

Cheryl Knauer
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