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WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL STARTS SCHOOL MEALS VENTURE

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The company aims to make lunchtimes fun © Shutterstock


4 October 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal


Warwickshire County Council has set up new company Educaterers to take over its role of delivering school meals.

 

The standalone catering firm, launched on 1st September, is the county council’s first local authority traded company.

 

The council has catered to local schools for more than 25 years, but believes that Educaterers has “more freedom to compete, bid for new contracts, and reinvest back into the business”.

 

As a traded company it also has “more flexibility to work with local suppliers and producers”, adds the council, which is the sole shareholder.

 

Councillor Peter Butlin, portfolio holder for finance and property, said: “Educaterers will build on the success and reputation of the council’s school catering service, while being able to operate and compete on a more commercial basis.”

 

Educaterers provides 25,000 school meals each day to 195 schools in Warwickshire and holds The Soil Association’s Silver Food for Life Award – a guarantee that fresh food is always on the menu.

 

Its menus use a selection of local, seasonal and organic ingredients that are free from endangered fish and include meat and dairy products from farms with good standards of animal welfare.

 

Among its initiatives to encourage take-up of school meals, Educaterers has launched the Nutrigang at primary schools. This campaign, which presents four friends with different hobbies and interests sharing a passion for food, is designed to make lunchtimes more engaging for younger pupils.