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Food for Life Catering Mark

Fresh food you can trust

The Catering Mark provides an independent endorsement that food providers are taking steps to improve the food they serve, using fresh ingredients which are free from undesirable additives and trans fats, are better for animal welfare, and comply with national nutrition standards.

The Catering Mark has been cited by NHS England as a way to improve hospital food, and by the Department for Education as a national framework to support caterers to increase uptake of quality school meals. Government's new Plan for Procurement recognises the Catering Mark as a 'well-established' best practice tool.

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About the Catering Mark

An independent endorsement that you're taking steps to improve your food, using fresh ingredients which are free from harmful additives and b...

Who is the Catering Mark for?

The Catering Mark is for any food provider who serves meals outside of the home, including restaurants, canteens, schools, universities, care...

The benefits

Benefit your business, provide reassurance to your customers, and gain the recognition that you deserve for serving freshly prepared, traceab...

Catering Mark suppliers

Find the suppliers you need. Our Supplier Scheme will link you up with our database of suppliers who can provide products to help you meet th...

Catering Mark Standards

The Bronze, Silver and Gold tiers are a step-by-step approach towards improving the food you serve, helping you to provide fresh, traceable a...

How to apply

It's simple to apply for the Catering Mark. We will support you through each stage of the process, from application and inspection to communi...


Visit our FAQ page to find out all you need to know about the Catering Mark; from the process of application, to what happens at your annual ...