School caterers

In a time of increasing uncertainty about the provenance of food, and with growing scrutiny on food in schools, pressure is on caterers and local authorities to increase meal uptake and quality. The Catering Mark provides the guarantee that parents and policy makers are looking for. 

The Catering Mark supports caterers by giving them an achievable framework to improve quality and traceability, and ultimately uptake of school meals.

The recent funding announcement from the Department of Education has given the Catering Mark a key national role in delivering the School Food Plan aims and helping caterers increase school meal up-take: read more

Over 800,000 meals are served to Catering Mark Standards in schools every day, providing reassurance to parents, pupils and staff that the food they are eating meets high standards of provenance and freshness.

The Catering Mark is helping to give caterers an edge when applying for contracts. Many local authorities already have the Catering Mark for their schools.

"Our income across the business has increased by 13% over the past 3 years - we attribute much of our success to implementing the Catering Mark."  Gerry Clinton, Havering Catering Service

Supporting the delivery of School Food Plan and Universal Free School Meals (UFSM):


Award holders







 Where are we now?

  • Over 6,000 schools

  • 300 nurseries

  • Working with 30+ universities

  • 75% of London Boroughs

  • 6 hospitals

  • 25% of English schools

  • 8 Scottish authorities for their school meals


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