For the 9th consecutive year, Sodexo demonstrated its Quality of Life Services leadership as the official food supplier for the Dakar Rally, January 2nd – 14th, 2017. Serving over 2,500 people in 12 days, Sodexo teams proudly took on another major logistics, service and environmental challenge.
Ensuring 24-hour service under extreme conditions
Dakar 2017's edition posed one of the most complex logistic tests to date, since it coverd over 9,000 km of extreme tracks through Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia. Sodexo deployed a team specially trained for adverse conditions, working in 6 mobile kitchens. The fleet of kitchen trucks were constantly on the move ahead of the race. At each bivouac, the Sodexo team quickly set up to deliver the first-rate quality of life services upon which the organizer, Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), depended.
That means 20,000 breakfasts, 12,000 lunch packs and 22,000 dinners, all served with a smile in adverse conditions. Although the race covers 3 countries, the food was prepared centrally in Argentina and transported to relevant points on the route. High standards of innocuity and quality were followed to ensure the food maintained its attributes. This allowed us to reduce the organic wastes that occur in the process while guaranteeing a balanced and healthy nutrition to drivers and their teams.