Carillion and retail catering partner Elior have achieved the Soil Association’s Food for Life Accreditation at Barts Health. The Bronze Catering Mark has been awarded in recognition of Carillion and Elior’s drive to provide fresh, healthy and sustainable food at its retail catering outlets.
The Food for Life Catering Mark is an independent endorsement, backed by annual inspections for food providers who are taking steps to improve the food they serve including the provision of fresh, sustainably sourced and ethical food, the ability to make healthy eating easy and the championing of local food producers.
Mike Hobbs, managing director of Carillion’s health business commented: “We are delighted that together with our partner Elior we have delivered on our commitment to Barts Health to achieve the prestigious Food for Life Accreditation. We will now be focused on moving from the Bronze standard to Gold.”
John Bacon, Chair of Barts Health said: “The health and wellbeing of our staff and visitors to our hospitals is a priority for the Trust. Food is an important part of all of our daily lives and has a direct impact on our health. Our partners, Carillion and Elior, have risen to the challenge and are playing their part by making healthy locally prepared food available at food outlets in our hospitals.”
This latest accreditation is a step closer to Carillion’s target of achieving this as a minimum standard across all of its hospital contracts.
In May this year, Carillion with Elior secured the Gold Food for Life Catering Mark for Patient Dining and Retail respectively at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. This site was the first site to be awarded Gold for Patient Dining and is the only major acute hospital in England to have secured Gold for a second successive year.