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Herts Catering Standards

At HCL our core aim is to improve school meals and make lunchtime a positive and integral part of a student’s school experience. That’s why we are so passionate about fresh, local and seasonal ingredients that help us to provide dishes that are not only popular with students but also comply with healthy eating standards and guidelines.

Our meals are fun, nutritious and delivered by a dedicated team of catering professionals with a focus on taste, value and quality. We can do this by ensuring that we use raw ingredients from a supply chain with a proven tract record. We deliver dishes with a focus on taste. Value and reassurance of the provenance of our meals.

HCL is committed to providing healthy and nutritious meals and we comply with the Government’s School Food Standards which were introduced in 2015. The standards were created to improve the diets of young people. Further information on the guidelines we follow can be found at http://www.schoolfoodplan.com/actions/school-food-standards/

Standards

  • Maintain awareness of and ensure compliance with all current and relevant legislation.
  • Ensure compliance with Food Information Regulations 2014 (FIR) particularly in relation to allergen declarations of loose foods.
  • Plan menus to ensure that they are nutritionally balanced and comply with the Government’s School Food standards.
  • Maintain standards to comply with chosen voluntary purchasing accreditations i.e. Silver  Food for Life, Red Tractor.

Food 

  • Where possible we source food from SMEs.
  • To support our commitment to ethical procurement and ensuring farmers and producers get a fair price for their products and local communities are supported we will where possible purchase Fair Trade ingredients. Examples of Fair Trade ingredients we use include tea, coffee, sugar, orange juice and bananas.
  • Only Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) fish from sustainable sources is served
  • Niche artisan and local suppliers provide specialist products
  • Eggs are free range which meets the British Egg Industry Council’s Lion Code.
  • Initiatives to encourage pupil participation in gardening projects, cookery clubs, fruit workshops, healthy eating debates, recycling and waste reduction.
  • We express a preference for British grown fruit and veg when in season.
  • All our fresh meat is British and Red Tractor Farm Assured. This assures production standards on safety, hygiene, animal welfare and the environment. It also means the meat on our menus is fully traceable back to independently inspected farms in the UK.

Wellness and Nutrition

  • Promote the principles of a healthy diet and, in partnership with the schools involved. 
  • Promote best practice in nutrition by collaboration and making alliances with private, public and voluntary bodies.
  • Offer a range of allergen free menu choices and manage the delivery of these as appropriate to age.
  • Ensure that no products containing nuts or nut traces are served in Primary Schools.
  • Where a menu choice is available, work with both parents and schools in encouraging pupils to make the healthy, balanced choice.
  • Offer regular Theme days to keep the service fresh, encourage additional take up of the meal service and to support curriculum activities.
  • Monitor portion sizes and ensure that they are appropriate for the age range served.
  • Do not use MSG, Genetically Modified materials or Mechanically Recovered Meat.
  • Minimise the use of additives as far as possible, and do not use any additives listed in the Soil Association’s Food for Life Handbook.
  • Do not add salt to cooking.
  • Reduce sugar content of foods.

Local Supply Chain

We support growers and suppliers by procuring local and regional fresh produce to support Food for Life principles and accreditation. In order to achieve this and maximise the benefit we use locally based supplier Histons Fruit and Vegetables (Based in Cambridgeshire) and Hurrens Butchers (based in Stevenage). All the meat and poultry used is Red Tractor accredited ensuring it is sourced from British reared stock with high animal welfare standards. We are able to offer, if required HFA certified Halal Meat.

Examples of our locally sourced ingredients include:

  • Pork sausages from pigs reared in Suffolk
  • In season our cucumbers are grown in the Waltham Abbey area
  • Our tomatoes are grown in Hertfordshire

Waste

  • Recipe/menu testing is carried out to ensure dishes are popular.
  • Use of fresh, seasonal vegetables to reduce waste from deteriorating products.
  • Used cooking oil is collected from our kitchens and recycled.
  • We use technology to aid our commitment to recycling – our kitchens are now equipped with Cypad to reduce paper work in our kitchens.
  • All HCL disposables are compostable and biodegradable.

Transport

  • HCL keep food miles to a minimum by sourcing locally whenever possible. 80% of the fresh fruit and vegetables we buy are sourced from the UK.
  • Our suppliers use intelligent route planning to reduce food miles and environmentally efficient vehicles.

Energy

  • We purchase energy efficient equipment for our kitchens. We offer a Repairs and Maintenance scheme as part of our catering service to schools to ensure equipment are properly maintained and are in excellent condition.

Herts Catering Standards

At HCL our core aim is to improve school meals and make lunchtime a positive and integral part of a student’s school experience. That’s why we are so passionate about fresh, local and seasonal ingredients that help us to provide dishes that are not only popular with students but also comply with healthy eating standards and guidelines.

Our meals are fun, nutritious and delivered by a dedicated team of catering professionals with a focus on taste, value and quality. We can do this by ensuring that we use raw ingredients from a supply chain with a proven tract record. We deliver dishes with a focus on taste. Value and reassurance of the provenance of our meals.

HCL is committed to providing healthy and nutritious meals and we comply with the Government’s School Food Standards which were introduced in 2015. The standards were created to improve the diets of young people. Further information on the guidelines we follow can be found at http://www.schoolfoodplan.com/actions/school-food-standards/

Standards

  • Maintain awareness of and ensure compliance with all current and relevant legislation.
  • Ensure compliance with Food Information Regulations 2014 (FIR) particularly in relation to allergen declarations of loose foods.
  • Plan menus to ensure that they are nutritionally balanced and comply with the Government’s School Food standards.
  • Maintain standards to comply with chosen voluntary purchasing accreditations i.e. Silver  Food for Life, Red Tractor.

Food 

  • Where possible we source food from SMEs.
  • To support our commitment to ethical procurement and ensuring farmers and producers get a fair price for their products and local communities are supported we will where possible purchase Fair Trade ingredients. Examples of Fair Trade ingredients we use include tea, coffee, sugar, orange juice and bananas.
  • Only Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) fish from sustainable sources is served
  • Niche artisan and local suppliers provide specialist products
  • Eggs are free range which meets the British Egg Industry Council’s Lion Code.
  • Initiatives to encourage pupil participation in gardening projects, cookery clubs, fruit workshops, healthy eating debates, recycling and waste reduction.
  • We express a preference for British grown fruit and veg when in season.
  • All our fresh meat is British and Red Tractor Farm Assured. This assures production standards on safety, hygiene, animal welfare and the environment. It also means the meat on our menus is fully traceable back to independently inspected farms in the UK.

Wellness and Nutrition

  • Promote the principles of a healthy diet and, in partnership with the schools involved. 
  • Promote best practice in nutrition by collaboration and making alliances with private, public and voluntary bodies.
  • Offer a range of allergen free menu choices and manage the delivery of these as appropriate to age.
  • Ensure that no products containing nuts or nut traces are served in Primary Schools.
  • Where a menu choice is available, work with both parents and schools in encouraging pupils to make the healthy, balanced choice.
  • Offer regular Theme days to keep the service fresh, encourage additional take up of the meal service and to support curriculum activities.
  • Monitor portion sizes and ensure that they are appropriate for the age range served.
  • Do not use MSG, Genetically Modified materials or Mechanically Recovered Meat.
  • Minimise the use of additives as far as possible, and do not use any additives listed in the Soil Association’s Food for Life Handbook.
  • Do not add salt to cooking.
  • Reduce sugar content of foods.

Local Supply Chain

We support growers and suppliers by procuring local and regional fresh produce to support Food for Life principles and accreditation. In order to achieve this and maximise the benefit we use locally based supplier Histons Fruit and Vegetables (Based in Cambridgeshire) and Hurrens Butchers (based in Stevenage). All the meat and poultry used is Red Tractor accredited ensuring it is sourced from British reared stock with high animal welfare standards. We are able to offer, if required HFA certified Halal Meat.

Examples of our locally sourced ingredients include:

  • Pork sausages from pigs reared in Suffolk
  • In season our cucumbers are grown in the Waltham Abbey area
  • Our tomatoes are grown in Hertfordshire

Waste

  • Recipe/menu testing is carried out to ensure dishes are popular.
  • Use of fresh, seasonal vegetables to reduce waste from deteriorating products.
  • Used cooking oil is collected from our kitchens and recycled.
  • We use technology to aid our commitment to recycling – our kitchens are now equipped with Cypad to reduce paper work in our kitchens.
  • All HCL disposables are compostable and biodegradable.

Transport

  • HCL keep food miles to a minimum by sourcing locally whenever possible. 80% of the fresh fruit and vegetables we buy are sourced from the UK.
  • Our suppliers use intelligent route planning to reduce food miles and environmentally efficient vehicles.

Energy

  • We purchase energy efficient equipment for our kitchens. We offer a Repairs and Maintenance scheme as part of our catering service to schools to ensure equipment are properly maintained and are in excellent condition.
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