Healthier Catering Commitment Award
Restaurants, takeaways, sandwich bars and other caterers that offer healthier food options can now apply for a Healthier Catering Commitment (HCC) Award.
This is a voluntary scheme to recognise food outlets which offer healthier food options. This scheme is run by the council in partnership with the GLA (Greater London Authority), and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).
There are currently 20 London boroughs taking part in the scheme.
The Healthier Catering scheme publicly recognises caterers who are seen to be:
- Committed to promoting good health by providing a range of foods that meet customer demands for healthier choices.
- Committed to providing a good standard of hygiene and have achieved a ‘3’ rating or above under the food hygiene rating scheme.
Eating well is an important factor in helping to reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
The scheme is aimed at encouraging outlets to take some simple steps to reduce saturated fat, reduce salt and offer healthier alternatives such as smaller portion sizes. The scheme is based on the principle that small changes can make big differences.
Who is eligible for the Healthier Catering Award?
All types of catering establishments are eligible to apply for the scheme including: sandwich bars, pubs, restaurants, business caterers, leisure centres and takeaway outlets.
What benefits does the award have for you?
The scheme is continuously promoted to increase public awareness. You will be given a window sticker to promote your award on your premises. A list of award holders will also appear on the council website, which is regularly accessed by the general public. Caterers in the past have also found that the award helped to:
- Increase the number of customers visiting the establishment
- Increase secondary spending, as people remained in the establishment for longer
- Free nutritional advise from a qualified nutritionist
- Free publicity for your business as the scheme expands.