Since September, Independents by Sodexo has been sourcing all the pork and eggs used in its menus for its portfolio of more than 70 independent schools from Freedom Food-approved farms.
Freedom Food is the RSPCA’s farm assurance and food labelling scheme dedicated to farm animal welfare. Farms offering Freedom Food-assured products are assessed annually to check they meet all the relevant RSPCA welfare standards, which are based on the latest scientific, veterinary and practical industry knowledge.
Sodexo believes in “providing fresh and creative food which nourishes and maintains the health and wellbeing of the children it serves”, placing an emphasis on cooking from scratch and not using pre-prepared dishes.
Jeremy Alderton, managing director, Independents by Sodexo, said: “We are proud of our commitment to provide ethically sourced products and this latest step reinforces this. We are now looking at extending our partnership with the Freedom Food scheme with the addition of chicken and other products onto our menus.”
Jeremy Cooper, Freedom Food’s CEO, said: “We are delighted to be working with Sodexo to expand the number of Freedom Food products in their menus. Sodexo has demonstrated its commitment to sourcing ethically and we are looking forward to helping them further.”