Sustainable Food

Healthy and Sustainable Food Policy

The University has implemented a Healthy and Sustainable Food Policy to set an example by improving the sustainability of its own catering services and supply chain, and to help influence the market-place to encourage the development of new, more sustainable goods and services. The Policy is fully reflected in our catering tenders and contracts and ensures that local and smaller suppliers are not discriminated against in the procurement process and through our specifications.

Food For Life Catering Mark

10 out of 13 of the University's catering outlets have achieved the Bronze Food For Life Catering Mark, 10 have the Catering Mark. 1 of 2 of our production sites has also achieved this standard.

The Bronze Catering Mark standards include:

  • Meat is from farms which satisfy UK welfare standards.
  • Eggs are from cage-free hens.
  • Free drinking water is prominently available.
  • No fish is served from the (MCS) ‘fish to avoid’ list.

Local Sourcing

The University catering outlets are commited to using locally sourced food wherever possible. Current local suppliers include:

Milk – Lanchester Dairies, Lanchester, Co Durham, DH7 0RL

Eggs – Lintz Hall Farm, Burnopfield, NE16 6AS

Bottled Water (sold to satisfy customer demand) – Marlish Water, Morpeth NE61 4ER

Bread – Trotters Family Bakers, Seahouses NE68 7RQ

Information on the locally sourced items available on event catering menus is available here.

Meat from Unviersity farms is used, where possible, at BBQ events.