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The Council is also a strong supporter of Hampshire Fare, the County food group which works with producers and farmers in Hampshire as well as shops, restaurants, schools, government agencies, the media and the public to heighten awareness and consumption of Hampshire’s quality produce and support the rural economy in Hampshire.
Holds the LACA (Lead Association for Catering in Education) Business of the Year Award 2015 and is shortlisted for the Educatering Excellence Awards and FreeFrom Food Awards 2016. In 2014, was the inaugural Free-from Eating Out In Education (Schools, Colleges & Universities) award winner.
In addition to being the only authority to have its school meal menus accredited by the Hyperactive Children’s Support Group (for having seventy additives removed from manufactured products), Hampshire was the first county to be given a Compassion In World Farming award and, a plaque from the Campaign to Protect Rural England for its food sourcing achievements. Hampshire has also been the subject of food case studies published by the Institute of Grocery & Distribution, the Prince’s Charities, the Commission for Rural Communities and The Institute of Food Safety Integrity & Protection (TIFSIP) and has been positively mentioned at the Seafish Seafood Awards.
The National Audit Office has previously commented on the level of “good practice”. Hampshire was commissioned by DEFRA to produce a DVD which was distributed countrywide promoting the Rural Pathfinder Public Sector Procurement of Local Food Project, and the development of the local Apple Juice mentioned above, was the subject of a video made by the Federation of Small Businesses and shown at one of their National conferences.
HC3S (Hampshire County Council Catering Services) has previously won the Healthy Schools Caterer Competition and been voted Cost Sector Educational Caterer of the Year.
Wherever the opportunity exists to support the UK economy our distributors work closely with us to achieve such an end whilst meeting legal requirements. Many other local and national suppliers have sought our guidance as to how they should best approach the local government school meals market. However, Hampshire always states that offering locally, regionally or UK sourced products offer so many benefits, but costs must be realistic and quality should remain in line with what is available elsewhere in the EU.
For further information, please contact:
Nigel Lacey – Purchasing Manager
Tel: (01962) 826912
Angela Byles – Principal Buyer (Food)
Tel: (01962) 826920
John Foskett – Food Development (Brokerage) HC3S
Tel: (02380) 627728