In Celebration of Earth Day, Restaurant Chain Expands Green Effort
MARYVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 17, 2009--
Ruby Tuesday restaurants are celebrating Earth Day this year with
several new green initiatives. The international chain has more than 900
company-owned and franchised restaurants and almost 50,000 employees,
and nearly all are taking part in one way or another. Earth Day is
celebrated around the world on April 22, 2009.
Ruby Tuesday first made a commitment to minimize the negative impact on
the planet and improve the company’s green standards several years ago.
“It started with small changes, with regard to our supplies and paper
products,” says Richard Johnson, who directed Ruby Tuesday’s initial
green program. He says the company is now taking it to the next level
with the launch of a website solely dedicated to this initiative, www.AGreenRuby.com,
so they can track all changes and share updates with their guests.
One of the most significant changes is to Ruby Tuesday’s signature fresh
garden bar, but Executive Vice President Kimberly Grant says: “Not to
worry. All of our customers’ favorite items are still there!” Ruby
Tuesday is reducing its landfill waste by 320 tons per year by
challenging the salad dressing vendors to repackage their products. “We
went from using large rigid plastic containers to much sleeker pouches,”
says Grant. As a result, Ken’s Salad Dressings received Ruby Tuesday’s
2009 Supplier of the Year Award for Change.
“From the trucks that deliver the fresh produce and meats to the
restaurants to the menus our customers hold in their hands, we’re making
a concerted effort to change the way we do business,” says Senior VP
Mark Young. Delivery trucks no longer idle while parked at Ruby Tuesday
restaurants, so exhaust emissions and fuel usage are reduced. “We’re
also streamlining our delivery routes to be as efficient as possible,”
When it comes to the menu, Ruby Tuesday is partnering with printers who
are also committed to making the world a better place. For example, the
menu is printed on Mohawk paper, which is made from wind-generated
electricity. Young says: “Our printers recycle, and they use soy-based
inks to cut down the use of toxic chemicals.”
Inside the restaurant, Ruby Tuesday is now using a stackable glassware
rack that consumes less water and soap thanks to an innovative “wave”
design. Other energy efficiencies in the kitchen include fluorescent
bulbs that illuminate the hood and cooler and low-flow pre-rinse nozzles.
At the Ruby Tuesday Restaurant Support Center, in Maryville, TN, an
energy management schedule has been implemented, which means at night
and on weekends, the building will be cooler in the winter and warmer in
the summer. “We’re also recycling all of the fluorescent light bulbs
from the center,” says Grant. The company has switched to reusable ink
cartridges for its printers as well. “Did you know it takes 450 years
for just one cartridge to decompose? When I heard that, I just knew we
had to make the switch.”
Johnson says Ruby Tuesday will continue to look for ways to build a
safer, healthier, and cleaner world. “And come April 22, we welcome
anyone who would like to celebrate Earth Day to join us at a local Ruby
Tuesday restaurant for a flavorful and valuable dining experience with a
twist that’s green.”
Ruby Tuesday, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RT).
More information about Ruby Tuesday is available at www.RubyTuesday.com.
Source: Ruby Tuesday, Inc.
For Ruby Tuesday, Inc.
Mike Cohen, 865-584-0550