Based in Philadelphia, the company was first founded in 1959 by Davre Davidson and William Fishman as Automatic Retailers of America (ARA), whose business was in vending machines. In 1994 ARA changed its name to ARAMARK.
ARAMARK has basically focused its energy into three main business areas, all of which represent dynamic, growth driven sub-sections of the outsourcing industry, and these are: Food and Support Services, Educational Resources, and Uniform and Career Apparel.
In regards to food and support services, this is perhaps best known for this ever-growing area of their business. "Contracting with companies and organizations throughout the world, we provide quality catering and food service staff for clients as diverse as Fortune 500 companies and professional sporting franchises." ("ARAMARK", n.d.).
For the Educational Resources department, ARAMARK works to create a ground-breaking alternative to ordinary education solutions, and this remarkable division of ARAMARK offers educational partnerships with businesses and schools, day care, and even private elementary schools.
Finally, when discussing the Uniform and Career Apparel area, ARAMARK specializes in providing uniforms and career apparel to a wide range of clients, and ARAMARK considers themselves "able to design, produce, and distribute uniforms for every ...