Nestlé Professional was a proud sponsor of this year's Food Made Good Awards.
Hosted by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), the awards recognise restaurants, cafés, pubs, bars, caterers and hotels for their drive and passion to ensure that the food they create and serve is not just delicious but is ethical and sustainable too.
The award ceremony brought together a diverse group of the food service industry, including Jamie Oliver and Raymond Blanc.
Representing Nestlé Professional was Country Business Manager George Vezza who handed out the ‘Award for Society’ alongside SRA President Raymond Blanc OBE to Artizian Catering Services.
Highlights from the event are available to watch here.
For many diners, their enjoyment of a meal goes beyond what is just on the plate.
They want to know that their food has been sustainably sourced and made in respectable working conditions.
Nestlé Professional believes in good food, good life and is committed to creating good quality and ethically produced food for people to enjoy out of their homes. To help develop more sustainable ways of working, Nestlé Professional works closely with chefs and food operators to deliver good food for a good life.
Here’s a glimpse into our journey so far:
• Food waste: We recently teamed up with Specialist Waste Recycling (SWR) to develop a free online Waste Management course, a practical tool to help chefs and operators have a positive impact on their waste.
• Water: We are taking steps to reduce water wastage, creating an educational biodiversity site, engaging school children in environmental activities and developing an Industry wide online Water Management course in association with the Food & Drink Federation.
• Coffee: Our sourcing programmes are an important strand of our commitments as a responsible business. In 2010, we launched the NESCAFÉ® Plan, which will provide 220 million coffee plantlets by 2020 and invest £213 million to help those involved across the entire supply chain to satisfy the increased demand for good quality coffee.
• Cocoa: We are making significant strides when it comes to cocoa. Launched in 2009, the Nestlé Cocoa Plan represents a £65 million investment over 10 years, to help address social, economic and environmental issues that cocoa farming communities are facing around the world. Through the Cocoa Plan, we work with our partners on the ground in cocoa-sourcing countries such as Cote d’Ivoire, to provide training and support for farmers, plantlets and community support, including the building of schools to help get children out of the fields.
• By sourcing cocoa through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, we have been able to reach a significant milestone here in the UK. As of 1st January this year, all of our chocolate confectionery and biscuits made and sold in the UK use 100% certified sustainable cocoa.
• Palm oil is another important commodity for Nestlé and one which we continue to work hard to ensure both the responsible sourcing and traceability of the palm oil we buy. As a result of this work, we now only use 100% RSPO certified, segregated palm oil in our Nestlé UK production sites, which is responsibly sourced and traceable back to the mill. Our ambition is to have fully traceable palm oil back to the plantation, and this is something that we are continuing to work heavily on with our partners.
Good Food by Numbers:
• 220 million - The number of coffee plantlets the Nescafé Plan will provide by 2020.
• £213 million -The investment made by the Nescafé Plan to help those across the entire supply chain to satisfy the increased demand for good quality coffee.
• £65 million -The investment made by the Nestlé Cocoa Plan to help address social, economic and environmental issues cocoa farming communities are facing around the world.
• 100% - As of the 1st January 2016, all Nestlé chocolate confectionery and biscuits made and sold in the UK use 100% certified sustainable cocoa.
• 100% - Nestlé only uses 100% RSPO certified, segregated palm oil in all UK production sites, which is responsibly sourced and traceable back to the mill.