School caterers praised at Health & Vitality Honours

School caterers praised at Health & Vitality Honours

A number of school contract caterers have been recognised in the 2017 Health & Vitality Honours.

The event, which recognises best practice in creating greater transparency on the social issues of health and nutrition throughout the foodservice supply chain, was held on 26th January at Lords Cricket Ground. Each year it lists operators from the cost and profit sectors in a Roll of Honour.

This year’s recipients included Chartwells and West Sussex County Council, Elior UK, Sodexo UK & Ireland and ISS Facilities Services, all of which provide school meals across the UK.

They receive the honours alongside companies including McDonald’s, Nestlé UK & Ireland, Pret a Manger, Sugarwise and innocent drinks.

Mick Hickman received the Special Achievement Honours for his work creating industry leading health and wellbeing initiatives at Compass Group UK & Ireland, the parent company of Chartwells.

Chartwells was the runner up for the Health & Vitality in Education Honours, for its sugar reduction programme with West Sussex County Council. Chartwells worked with its client to reduce the amount of sugar intake per school child by an average of 1.54 kilos per year, and in 24 months has almost halved the sugar content in its menus for West Sussex school children.

Chris Garside, managing director at Chartwells, said: “These acknowledgments at the Health & Vitality Honours, highlight the great work we’re doing in the area of health and wellbeing. Our team of experts, led by Mick, really are leading the way to provide healthier meals and education to our clients and consumers.”

The University of Brighton won the Health & Vitality Honours Education Award for its Sugar Smart campaign.