The good and the great in the food service and hospitality industry gathered on 26th May 2016 for the 6th Anniversary Footprint Awards, at which Great Food at Leeds (GFAL) beat off stiff competition from other UK universities to win the Sustainability in Education award.
Sustainability in education is of enormous importance and GFAL have clearly demonstrated how it has been successfully embedding sustainability throughout its catering operations. GFAL always strive to use quality, local and seasonal ingredients and are passionate in the support of Fairtrade. However, the embedding of a sustainable approach to catering encompasses creating a sustainability strategy with objectives and actions for staff throughout the service. The continued commitment to the Green Impact project, consolidating deliveries to reduce Carbon emissions by an estimated 50kgs per week and ensuring 65% of the main food suppliers are within 40 miles of the University are just some of the steps GFAL has taken in their commitment to sustainability.
Judges looked at sourcing, processes, strategy, implementation of initiatives and most importantly the measurable advantages gained through responsible practice. Comments included: “Fantastic project results for all stakeholders. Excellent balanced entry. Not over claiming – have taken a common sense approach and focused on a number of things they can do well. Also good to see further investment is planned. Similarly useful initiatives, with added customer feedback. Well done Leeds!”
The accolade follows Great Food at Leeds success in the Annual National TUCO Awards in April, in which they scooped 4 awards, including Best Marketing Campaign and the TUCO Hygiene Award. The combination of these awards shows that GFAL are leading the way in branding, marketing and delivering excellent catering with some of the highest sustainable and food safety standards in the education sector.
Head of Catering and Conferencing Bev Kenny said: “Our success in these recent awards is a real confirmation of the teams efforts in striving for excellence in all that we do. Our journey towards sustainability is a very exciting one, and one that is embraced through all parts of our service. It is a journey, and not a destination – twee but true. To be acknoweldged and recognised within our peer group brings real pride to the team”.