Foodservice company Charlton House (parent of CH&Co) has responded to the government's new Public Health Responsibility Deal by claiming to be the first caterer to commit to the new targets.
The move comes as the government yesterday pledged an update to its public health responsibility deal, this time focusing on the reduction of salt content in food.
Charlton House has confirmed that it has removed 986kg of salt from its workplace meals since signing up to the government's initial deal in 2011.
This marks 83% of the company's original target. It also forms part of its "Wellbeingbeingwell" health programme, and training scheme to help its chefs reduce salt from their food.
The company is listed as a partner on the government's responsibility pledge web pages, with its salt reduction information clearly shown. In 48 out of 58 applicable product categories, the company meets the given targets, including for ham, pork pies, burgers, bread, cereals, cheddar cheese, crisps, sandwiches and pasta sauces.
It does not yet meet the targets for products such as cooked sausages, cottage cheese, or salted butter.
To help reach target, the company said it has launched new versions of existing products, such as low-salt bacon, sausages, soft cheese, gravy, as well as other healthy swaps such as using healthier rapeseed oil, 1% milk, low-fat mayonnaise, increased vegetable portions, calorie-counted menu options, and replacing all tinned fruit in syrup with fruit in juice.
Chief executive of CH&Co, Caroline Fry, said: "I am proud of our achievements to date but we are not resting on our laurels when it comes to improving the nutritional value of the meals we serve. We are committed to serving healthier, lower salt meals to our clients, but we are not prepared to compromise on taste or price."