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Industry Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Health & Nutrition

Industry Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Health & Nutrition
April 09
04:52 2014

A team of operators and individuals from the Scottish hospitality and catering sector met recently to discuss the nation’s health, and in particular how chefs can play a part in improving Scotland’s diet.

With a recent survey suggesting that up to 95% of catering college lecturers thinking chefs have a role to play in improving the nation’s health, many also agree that there will be more emphasis on health and nutrition when eating out in future.

For the roundtable event, organised by Unilever Food Solutions (UFS) and held at last month at Perth College, a team of stakeholders gathered to talk about the forthcoming introduction of the Supporting Healthy Choices Framework.

The initiative – which sets out voluntary actions for both caterers and food retailers – is about to be introduced, and the group agreed on a number of points, including:

– While Scotland has one of the highest obesity levels in the world, we also have some of the finest food, and more should be done to encourage businesses to promote it

– Educating chefs was key to helping the population make healthier choices when eating out

– The Scottish Government is encouraging all catering outlets to achieve the healthyliving plus by the end of this year

The event also coincided with the Scottish launch of the Unilever Food Solutions Health and Nutrition training programme. Developed with the People 1st Training Company, the one-day certificated training initiative has been designed for chefs already working in the industry, in addition to students studying catering and hospitality.

According to UFS, the programme – which allows students to attain Level 5 (SCQF) or Level 2 (QCF) – provides chefs with the knowledge and tools they need to deliver healthy and nutritious meals at the right price point.

Attendees included:

  • Dr Colette Backwell, Director, Scottish Food & Drink Federation
  • Gordon Clark, Sales Director,
  • Denise Connolly, Resource Efficient Scotland
  • Peter Dahl, Channel Director, Unilever Food Solutions UK & Ireland
  • Wendy Duncan, R&D Deploy/Technical Manager, Unilever Food Solutions UK & Ireland
  • Christine Keenan, Scottish Qualifications Association
  • Anne Lee, healthyliving award Project Manager, NHS Scotland
  • Ray Lorimer, Chief Executive, Institute of HospitalityScotland
  • Nicky Martin, Head of Nutrition UK & Ireland, Compass-Group
  • Jackie McCabe, The Royal Environmental Health Institute, Scotland
  • Kirsty McLeod, HIT Scotland
  • Kirsty Pavey, Nutritionist, Unilever Food Solutions UK & Ireland
  • Heather Peace, Senior Dietary Advisor, Food Standards Agency
  • Calum Ross, Chief Executive, BHA Scotland
  • Neil Thompson, Chief Executive, Federation of Chefs Scotland

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