Gold Food City Bid: Take action as a food business

Take action as a food business

Food businesses such as restaurants, cafes, retailers, canteens, event caterers and hospitality serve a huge number of meals across the city every day and therefore have a key role to play in helping Brighton and Hove go for GOLD.

Help play your part by taking some of these actions for food businesses:

Source food ethically and sustainably

⇒ Develop a sustainable food policy for your organisation, following examples from Brighton University and Brighton and Hove City Council.
⇒ Source sustainable fish: See our guide to buying sustainable fish locally.
⇒ Source higher welfare meat, dairy and eggs: See our guide to buying meat locally.
⇒ Where possible source food locally to reduce the distance it has travelled and to support local producers: Contact us to see our local suppliers directory.

Provide food & drink that’s good for people and the planet

⇒ Flip the menu: order to read vegetarian, fish, meat.
⇒ Sign up to the Sugar Smart and Peas Please initiatives.
⇒ Sign up to be a water refill station.
⇒ Go for accreditation: Healthy Choice Award, Sustainable Restaurant Association, Food for Life, The Green Kitchen Standard, Chefs’ Manifesto, The Planet Mark.

Reduce food waste

⇒ See our resources for businesses on tackling food waste to learn how to reduce, redistribute, repurpose and recycle your food waste.
⇒ Redistribute your surplus food: See our resource on where to donate surplus food in the city.

Reduce single-use plastics

⇒Sign up to the Plastic Free Pledge.

Support your community

⇒ Sign up to the Living Wage Campaign.
⇒ Get involved at the Community Kitchen.
⇒ Retailers can sign up to accept Healthy Start Vouchers.

Shout about what you’re already doing

Share what actions you are taking on social media using #goldfoodcitybid to inspire others and show how much good work is happening in our city. Please remember to tag in @btnhovefood.

⇒ Keep staff involved in any steps you’re taking, and ensure they are fully trained on key guidelines or policies.
⇒ Utilise all methods of communication (newsletters, intranet, social media, meetings, events and website) to inspire others to get involved.
⇒ Use our Gold Food City Bid toolkit for organisations to show you are supporting the bid.

If you’d like further information on any of these actions please contact us.

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