Be recognised as a healthier caterer and enjoy the rewards

 

Greater Manchester Map

Across the city region of Greater Manchester there are over 10,000 catering businesses, including restaurants, pubs, takeaways, cafes and sandwich shops, which sell a wide range of food and drink.

Eating out and having takeaways is not just an occasional treat, but  a part of everyday life for many people and therefore this food is an important part of many people's diets. However, the food prepared outside of the home is often higher in saturated fats, trans fats, sugar and salt and lower in fibre and fruit and vegetables than food we prepare at home. As most of us know, a diet high in saturated fats and salt is linked to heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.

In 2011 the government launched the Public Health Responsibility Deal. The deal encourages a range of companies including national food manufacturers and food chains to sign up to implement a range of pledges. These include reducing salt and trans fat, calorie labeling and increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables available. The Greater Manchester Healthier Catering Award supports the principles of the Deal and will help customers to make a healthier choice if they wish too.

The aim of the Greater Manchester Healtheir Catering Award is to recognise those catering businesses that have a national Food Hygiene score of 3 or more AND have demonstrated a commitment to reducing the level of saturated fat, sugar and salt in the food and drinks sold. It encourages caterers and chefs to offer their customers healthier choices when they eat out at a restaurant, cafe or pub or get a take-away.

 

The Awards

The award is a three tier award linked to the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme which all Greater Manchester Local Authorities are committed too.

Commitment Award

This award certifies that this catering establishment:

  • Has achieved a food hygiene rating score of at least 3
  • Is committed to offering a range of food and drinks to their customers that are lower in saturated fat, trans fat, sugar and/or salt
  • Will offer a portion of fruit or vegetables.

Achievement Award

This award certifies that this catering establishment:

  • Has achieved a food hygiene rating score of at least 4.
  • Is committed to offering a range of food and drinks to their customers that are lower in saturated fat, trans fat, sugar and/or salt.
  • Will offer a portion of fruit or vegetables.
  • Will actively promote these foods and drinks to their customers.

Excellence Award

This award certifies that this catering establishment:

  • Has achieved a food hygiene rating score of 5.
  • Is committed to offering a range of food and drinks to their customers that are lower in saturated fat, trans fat, sugar and/or salt.
  • Will offer a portion of fruit or vegetables.
  • Will actively promote these foods and drinks to their customers.
  • Will have in place strategies to promote sustainabilty.

Commitment AwardAchievement AwardExcellence Award

On completion of each tier the catering establishment will receive a certificate, window sticker, award logo for their website and a place on this Healthier Catering website.  

This will ensure that customers know that the caterer has achieved the required Food Hygiene standard AND shown a commitment to offering a heathier eating-out or take-away experience.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Participation in the scheme is entirely voluntary. If a catering establishment doesn't display a sticker or certificate or cannot be found on this website, it does not mean that they do not provide healthy food.

The key objective of the scheme is to make it easier for the people of Greater Manchester to choose a healthier option when they eat out or takeaway.  To find your nearest participating catering establishment please go to the home page of this site and use the map or postcode search to find your nearest award winner.

Feedback:  If you visit one of the award winning establishments and they do not appear to be meeting the standards you would expect please use the contact us page of this website to tell us about it.

 

If you are a catering establishment and want to know how to join the scheme, or simply want to know more about the criteria for the awards, please see the information on the Join the Scheme page

 

Acknowledgements

This scheme was devised by:

Helen Turner RD

Greater Manchester Programme Manager for Healthy Weight working for the GM Public Health Network.

Helen is a registered dietitian with 22 years of experience working within the NHS. She has been the lead dietitian on the strategic development of the award on behalf of the Directors of Public Health across Greater Manchester.

Kate Campbell RPHN

Public Health Nutrition Coordinator at Trafford Council.

Kate is a registered nutritionist with 7 years’ experience and has worked at Trafford for 4 years. She has worked on the strategic group for the development of the Greater Manchester Healthier Catering Award.

Steve Hoyle

Food Safety Manager at Bury Council

Steve is an Environmental Health Officer with over 30 years experience in food safety.  In recent years Steve has also worked with the Healthy Eating Group on a number of projects including the development of the Healthier Catering Award.

 

We would like to thank:

The pilot catering companies: 

Bury Cancer Support Centre Cafe, Bury

Creation Café, Salford

Delicious at the Fusilier, Bury

Five, Prestwich

Oxford Street Fish and Chips, Stalybridge

Passion for Food, Swinton

Paula’s Pantry, Ashton under Lyne

Spice Palace, Salford

The Lowry Theatre, The Quays

The Mighty Bite, Ashton Under Lyne

The Starving Man, Altrincham

The Starving Mermaid, Altrincham

 

Marketing

IC-e Group - for their work in the design and production of the marketing materials and this website.

London Healthier Catering Group

We would also like to thank the London Healthier Catering Group for their help and support.