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Northlink Ferries: All Aboard the Healthyliving Award

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Northlink Ferries: All Aboard the Healthyliving Award

October 21
20:07 2013
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The NorthLink ships, MV Hjaltland and MV Hrossey, which operate on the Aberdeen- Kirkwall and Lerwick routes, have now achieved the healthyliving award for their on-board à la carte restaurants.

 Peter Hutchinson, Senior Manager of Vessel Support Services, explains why NorthLink became involved: ‘We were keen to promote healthy living on board, to the crew as well as passengers. We looked at our crew meals and put all our chefs through the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) Food and Health training course.

 ‘The next step was to go for the healthyliving award and we decided to start with the à la carte restaurants, which are supplied with high quality island produce such as locally landed fish and seafood from Shetland, and lean island-reared beef from Orkney. This gave us a head start towards meeting the award criteria while supporting local producers.

 ‘We take bookings in advance for the fine dining, and it’s extremely popular with our passengers. The menus, which we tweaked to meet the award criteria, have received a very positive response so far.’

 NorthLink Ferries’ achievement is a typical example of how the healthyliving award can be good for customers, for business and also for the local economy:

 ‘Gaining the healthyliving award is great news for our company, as it recognises the staff’s achievement in providing healthier options while underpinning the training they have received,’ concludes Peter. ‘As an added extra, it also showcases the high quality, healthy produce from the Northern Isles, so everybody wins.’





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The healthyliving award green apple logo can be found in all sorts of unusual places throughout Scotland, and as well as a number of North Sea oil platforms, it’s now available on at least two NorthLink passenger ferries…

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