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The benefits of the scheme for catering establishments

Research shows that consumers are becoming more aware of healthy eating, and by signing up to the Greater Manchester Healthier Catering Award you could:

  • Market your business to your established and new customers by showing that you are compliant to a set standard for food hygiene and that your customers can select some healthy menu items too.
  • Contribute to the health and well-being of the local community by offering healthy food choices to your customers.
  • Increase profits for your business as increasing numbers of customers choose to have healthier lifestyles.
  • Businesses that achieve the award will receive a certificate and sticker to display, and receive local publicity.

Most catering businesses (with the exception of schools, nurseries, care homes and hospitals that have specific nutritional guidelines) are eligible to take part in the scheme.

 

Which award is right for my business

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Commitment Award

Your business can apply for this award if you have a Food Hygiene rating of 3 or above.

There are 9 criteria in total at this level. Each business only needs to implement the criteria that apply to that business.

This level includes criteria concerning; the use of healthier oils and margarines, using correct frying techniques, promoting a portion of fruit and vegetables where served, reducing salt and increasing the range of low sugar drinks (while not increasing costs).

Achievement

Your business can apply for this award if you have a Food Hygiene rating of 4 or above.

To obtain this level of award you must fulfill the commitment criteria and the achievement criteria. There are potentially a total of 16 criteria at this level.

Each business only needs to implement the criteria that apply to that business.

This level includes criteria concerning; having a range of portions to offer to customers, promotion of healthier options, fruit or vegetables being offered in meal deals, lower fat products being used where possible, salt or MSG not being added to food as it is being prepared and a supportive atmosphere for breastfeeding mothers.

Delicious Cafe Bury

Excellence

You can apply for the Excellence Award if you have a Food Hygiene rating of 5.

To obtain this level of award you must fulfill the commitment, achievement and excellence criteria. There are potentially a total of 25 criteria at this level.

Each business only needs to implement the criteria that apply to that business.

This level includes criteria around having providing lower sugar / low salt snacks, reducing total salt used, marketing healthier options, showing a commitment to recycle, implementing the alcohol challenge 25, promoting sustainability and working towards providing allergen information to customers.

The Delicous Cafe, Bury. One of our pilot caterers, working towards thier Excellence Award


All awards are valid for 2 years but they can be withdrawn if you fail to keep up the good work, or there is a change in food business operator.

 

Creation Cafe Salford

Documents to download

Healthier Catering Award Brochure (1.5Mb)

Commitment Award Criteria

Achievement Award Criteria

Excellence Award Criteria

 

 

 

 

Creation Cafe, Salford. One of the pilot catering establishments.

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To complete an online application form click here (recommended)

If you want to print out, complete and post your application click here for the application form (PDF)

 

Working towards healthier catering in Greater Manchester