Special Delivery

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From the October 2013 issue of Columbus CEO
  • Courtesy GREEN Bean Delivery

Eating well in the office can be a challenge.

“As a dietitian, I’m always looking for ways to help our employees make healthy choices,” says Ann Burk, a registered dietitian at Worthington Industries’ Medical and Wellness Center. When Burk heard employees praising Green BEAN Delivery, a fresh produce and organic grocery service, she reached out to see if it would take on a corporate client.

The timing was right. Green BEAN (an acronym for Biodynamic, Education, Agriculture and Nutrition) added corporate services in April, beginning in Indianapolis, where the company is headquartered. Clients in its Midwest distribution area include Finish Line’s HQ in Indianapolis and Macy’s in Cincinnati.

Green BEAN added Worthington Industries to its roster in June. “We’re delivering roughly 35 orders each week to Worthington,” says Lincoln Saunders, director of public affairs for Green BEAN, which has more than 4,000 home-delivery members in Central Ohio.

The company sources from local, national and international farmers. In the Columbus area, produce and organic foods come from Jorgensen Farms in Westerville, Sunsprout Farms, R.A.W. (Real and Wonderful) dehydrated snacks, Little Eater salads and Yogi Perogi in Grandview Heights. Food is aggregated, processed and delivered from Green BEAN’s 10,000-square-foot warehouse near Port Columbus International Airport. Produce offerings and prices vary by season.

Worthington Industries employees order through a company portal on Green BEAN’s website; orders of at least $35 are delivered free to the office weekly or biweekly in insulated bags. Customers aren’t locked into ordering regularly and can customize their selections online. Burk says employees appreciate those aspects of the service in comparison to stricter programs tried in the past.