We're delighted to announce that the Traditional Foods counter in CafeTierra Food Court, Main Building, has achieved the Soil Association’s bronze Food for Life Catering Mark for serving fresh, healthy and sustainable meals.
The Food for Life Catering Mark brings together all of the issues close to the hearts of students, staff and visitors to the Aston Campus, with a focus on removing harmful additives, trans fats and GM from the menu, to ensure the majority of food on our menus are freshly prepared on site. The mark considers health, climate change and animal welfare. It recognises restaurants and caterers who serve fresh food which is free from controversial additives and better for animal welfare.
The award has been given to the Traditional Foods counter in CafeTierra Food Court, one of the most popular places to dine on campus, with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack foods available throughout the day.
The Catering Mark is open to all food providers. The bronze, silver and gold tiers recognise caterers who serve more locally produced, healthy and organic food. Caterers with the bronze catering mark serve seasonal meals which are freshly prepared and free from undesirable additives including MSG, tartrazine and aspartame. No GM ingredients are used and all eggs are free range.
Delighted with their achievement, Kate Glynn, Head of Catering at Aston, said: "The catering team at Aston are committed to ensuring the food we produce on campus is considering the environment around us to provide all of our customers with sustainable food which is responsibly sourced. It's been a busy year in Catering, with CafeTierra Manager, Carly Bradshaw and Catering Operations Manager, Richard Thurman, driving many of the changes with our chefs and this is a fantastic success to follow on from our Gold Go Green award in the spring."
The Bronze Award, what it means:
- No undesirable additives or trans fats
- At least 75% of dishes are freshly prepared from unprocessed ingredients
- Meat is from farms which satisfy UK welfare standards
- Eggs are from cage-free hens
- Menus are seasonal and in-season produce is highlighted
- Catering staff are supported with skills training in fresh food preparation and the Catering Mark
- No GM ingredients are used
- Free drinking water is prominently available
- No fish is served from the (MCS) ‘fish to avoid’ list
- Information is on display about food provenance
- All suppliers have been verified to ensure they apply appropriate food safety standards
- Caterers in schools and academies, early years and residential care settings and hospitals can demonstrate their compliance with national standards or guidelines on food and nutrition
- Menus provide for all dietary and cultural needs
Check out the full Sustainability Food Policy for Catering@Aston.
Catering at Aston were delighted to win the coveted Gold award in the 2014 GoGreen awards, run by Aston University's Environment and Sustainability Team. The sheer volume of green developments, coupled with the future plans for improvements secured the award with Vice Chancellor, Dame Julia King presenting Carly Bradshaw with the trophy.
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