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Lancaster achieves Food for Life Catering Mark

Lancaster University achieves prestigious Food for Life Catering Mark, a recognised industry standard, for serving fresh and healthy meals on campus

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | March 10, 2017 | Catering & hospitality

The Lounge and Café 21 on the Bailrigg campus have retained their Soil Association’s Gold Food for Life Catering Mark for serving fresh and healthy meals made with local and organic ingredients.

More and more, people want to know where their food comes from and how it has been made. The Gold Food for Life Catering Mark guarantees nutrition, animal welfare, the environment and staff well-being are considered in all decisions. 

After a rigorous on-site inspection, Lancaster University have proved that they prepare meals using at least 15% organic ingredients as well as a selection of ingredients produced locally or in the UK, and are making healthy eating the easy option. 

The Gold ‘Food for Life’ Catering Mark guarantees that all environmental considerations have been taken care of – health, climate change and animal welfare. It also recognises the use of fresh, seasonal, local and organic ingredients

In 2014, Lancaster University made Food for Life history, becoming the first UK University to obtain two Gold accreditations, paving the way for other further education establishments.

Julian Ankers, Executive Chef at Lancaster University said: “Our students, staff and visitors are increasingly interested in where their food comes from and where it is produced. The Gold ‘Food for Life’ Catering Mark guarantees that all environmental considerations have been taken care of – health, climate change and animal welfare. It also recognises the use of fresh, seasonal, local and organic ingredients. This is something we have worked hard to progress with our local suppliers including; Plumgarths Farm Shop in the Lake District, Lune Valley Smokehouse near Carnforth, Dewlay Cheesemakers in Garstang and J.Atkinson & Co of Lancaster, so we’d like to thank them for their help in us achieving this standard.”

W: www.soilassociation.org/catering  

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