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Catering firm puts health on the menu in Wisbech

A national hospitality provider has become the first in Fenland to receive a Healthier Options Award after pledging to make healthy changes to its menu and food preparation.

Healthy Options award - BaxterStorey

BaxterStorey has become the latest member of the Cambridgeshire-wide scheme after introducing healthier options at the Nestlé Purina PetCare factory in Wisbech, where it provides extensive catering services for over 600 staff members.

The free scheme, led by Cambridgeshire County Council's Public Health team and run in the Fenland area by Fenland District Council, encourages food businesses and restaurants to make changes to their menus, that are healthier and taste just as good, to help people eat more healthily.

A multi-award winning company, BaxterStorey has been providing catering services at Nestlé Purina for almost five years, ensuring its food is not only fresh and nutritious, but also convenient for a company operating 24 hours, with staff working varying shift patterns.

But the firm wanted to improve its menu further and pledged to make a number of changes in order to become a Healthier Options member. The changes included replacing sugar in cakes with a sweetener, using healthier oils, adopting better frying techniques when frying chips and choosing where possible, to bake foods instead of frying them.

Presenting the Healthier Options Award, Councillor Mike Cornwell, Portfolio Holder for Communities at Fenland District Council, said: "I'm pleased to see the first business in Fenland get on board this fantastic scheme, and I hope that many more will follow."

"By making a pledge and becoming a Heathier Options member, food outlets can help people to make healthier choices, adding up to longer-term health and well-being."

People eat an increasing number of meals outside of home, either at work or in cafes or restaurants, which can often be higher in calories, fat and salt. To create more consumer choice, Healthier Options works with local food outlets to include healthier ingredients, cooking techniques and dishes.

Val Thomas, Consultant in Public Health at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "It is great to make our first Healthier Options Member award in Fenland. Through the Baxter Storey canteen pledging to make these small changes, such as a healthier breakfast menu, staff can now enjoy a greater choice of tasty, healthy foods and drinks." 

Any Fenland businesses interested in making a Healthier Options pledge can contact Justin Hanson, Environmental Health Officer at Fenland District Council, on 01354 654321 or email: jhanson@fenland.gov.uk. To be eligible for the scheme, businesses must have a minimum rating of 3 on the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

For more about the project and how to join visit healthier-options.org.ukor follow Healthier Options on Twitter @Healthier_Cambs.

Article added: March 1, 2018