Kent-based Independent Catering has been awarded the Soil Association's silver Food for Life catering mark for serving fresh and healthy meals to school children.
The caterer achieved the accreditation for school meals made with selected local, organic, fair trade and sustainable ingredients at all of its 50 schools.
Independent Catering underwent a rigorous auditing process to demonstrate that it meets a range of criteria including serving products from sources which meet high welfare standards and no fish from the Marine Conservation Society ‘fish to avoid' list.
Commenting on the achievement, Andrew Saunders, director of Independent Catering, said: "We're delighted that our commitment to serving fresh, local and organic food has been recognised by the silver Food for Life Catering Mark. We hope the school pupils we serve will enjoy their meals all the more knowing that they contain a selection of local and organic ingredients."
Rob Sexton, chief executive of the Soil Association Certification, added: "We're delighted to see Independent Catering achieving the silver Catering Mark and gaining recognition for serving great fresh meals made with seasonal, local and organic ingredients. Serving menus to silver Catering Mark standards supports local businesses and reassures customers that meat and dairy products come from farms with higher standards of animal welfare."
By Kerstin Kühn
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