The Catering Mark brings together all the issues – from health through to animal welfare and local sourcing – that people care about when it comes to food on the plate. It has become a recognised, industry standard across public and private sector catering with nearly a million meals served up every day to school and nursery children, hospital and care home patients, university students and hundreds of thousands of other people across the UK.
City Hall, home of the Greater London Authority, commissioned contract caterer OCS – which meets the Soil Association’s bronze Food for Life Catering Mark standard – to provide freshly prepared, healthy and sustainable meals.
Rosie Boycott, chair of the London Food Board met with Soil Association Chair Orna NiChionna, OCS Head Chef, Simon Caple and Cyril Gidigbi, OCS Hospitality and Deputy Manager to welcome the news and sample the menu. Boycott, commented:
“The City Hall Café serves hundreds of staff and member of the public each day and it’s really good to know that the food that customers enjoy is not just healthy and tasty, but meets important standards in welfare and sustainability too.”
Orna NiChionna, chair of the Soil Association Council, said:
“The Catering Mark helps organisations to have access to healthy and sustainable menu choices at work. I applaud City Hall’s move to provide Catering Mark meals to its staff; it sends out a clear message of encouragement to other organisations to follow suit.”
Mark Nelson, director of service development at OCS Group UK, said:
“We’re very proud of our facilities and our catering offering at GLA, and we’re delighted to be working with the Soil Association on an on-going basis to maintain our high standards.”