Our Good Food Procurement group brings together catering organisations to share good practice, make contacts and learn about benefits of buying and serving good, healthy food.
Large organisations like the city council and local NHS Trusts spend millions of pounds on food and catering services each year. Making changes to the way their food is produced, purchased, consumed and disposed of can bring huge benefits to people’s health, the environment and the local economy.
One million meals a month
In 2012, as part of the citywide food strategy, the Food Partnership established the Good Food Procurement Group. Our role has been to act as a hub, bringing together catering managers and chefs from different organisations to share best practice, to make new contacts and to learn about the benefits of buying and serving good food.
Twenty organisations have been involved in the group so far including local NHS Trusts, universities, the city council, primary and secondary schools, care homes, workplaces and major venues. They collectively serve well over 1 million meals a month.
Here are some key actions we recommend catering services in Sussex can follow to improve the food provision in your organisation.
- Join the Good Food Procurement Group, contact us today.
- Find out more about what you can do to reduce and redistribute your food waste. If you are interested in carrying out a food waste audit or planning a plate waste engagement campaign, we can help. If you are looking to dispose of your food waste, you can contact the local food waste collection provider, Paper Round.
- Demonstrate that you provide healthier catering and vending– get involved in the citywide Sugar Smart campaign, or find out if you’re eligible to go for a Healthy Choice Award.
- Source local and seasonal food – we have a Local Suppliers Directory with contact details of over 300 local suppliers. If you would like us to email you a copy, please contact us.
- Serve only sustainable fish – find out where and what to buy. If you want to serve and promote MSC fish, you’ll need to gain the MSC Chain of custody certification.
- Apply for the Soil Association’s Catering Mark.
- Develop a Food & Drink Strategy. We have a strong track record in this area, so would be happy to help you develop one. Brighton University has an excellent Sustainable Food Policy that is worth looking at.
- Become a Living Wage employer.
Get in touch
You can also find out more about the group in our range of case studies and blogs:
• Hospital food: the good the bad and the sustainable
• Celebrating food champions in the city
• Brighton & Hove leads the way in healthier catering
• Brighton & Hove organisations pledge to serve healthy choices
• Where next for Community Meals?
• Dorothy Stringer dish up a healthy approach to school food
Case study: Food Procurement 2016
Find out more about the minimum buying standards.
Case study: Good Food Procurement Group 2015
Find out how good food is good for business.
Case study: Primary School Meals Service 2016
How the Brighton & Hove Primary School Meals Service is adding value to our city.