Last night, an impressive gathering of the great and the good from the foodservice industry assembled in the Long Room at Lords Cricket Ground to celebrate the winners of the 2016 Health and Vitality Honours.
The annual Roll of Honours - hosted by corporate sustainability champion Footprint as part of their social sustainability agenda - saw Compass, ISS at Barclays Bank and Professor Susan Jebb to name but a few, take home some of the top accolades for their outstanding contribution to the health and wellbeing of the nation.
The Honours, now in its fourth year, kick-started what is being coined as ‘green 2016’ by recognising the exceptional strides the foodservice and hospitality Industry has made to ensure positive healthy impacts. From Brighton & Hove City Council winning the Public Sector Honours to CH&Co Group being awarded the Healthy Hospitality Honours, companies across the board demonstrated commitment to the promotion of best practice in the out of home sector.
Following the success of the 2015 Honours, this year’s categories were expanded from seven to 10 after a record number of initiatives and campaigns were submitted. And, after two rounds of judging by nutrition and industry experts, all 10 winners were chosen by a panel of expert judges including; Mike Duckett MBE, the Department of Health's Maeve Welsh, Nicole Patterson-Lett from Leatherhead Food Research, Nestlé's Beth Hooper and Health & Vitality Honour's Principle Ambassador Amanda Ursell.
Nick Fenwick-Clennell, CEO of Footprint, was quick to commend the sheer number of high-calibre nominees for this year’s Honours:
“With the health of the nation, and the talk of a sugar tax, on everyone’s lips, it’s a privilege to be amongst so many members of the foodservice elite who are already actively making a difference to the wellbeing of the public each and every day.”
“This year’s Health and Vitality Honours has truly been an exceptional showcase of all the hard work that has been taking place behind-the-scenes to drive nutrition forward across the out of home sector, from restaurants and schools to the workplace. A huge congratulations is in order to all our worthy winners!”
“We look forward to seeing further sustainable achievements made across the Industry, both socially and sustainability, as the year progresses,” he added.
The Health & Vitality Honours is associated with Footprint Forum, a member organisation open to all senior professionals who work within the foodservice supply chain. Footprint’s aim is to create a community where Food Industry stakeholders can discuss and share best practice with one another as well as continue to change food attitudes through legislative debate.
The full list of Health and Vitality Honours for 2016 is:
Health & Vitality Communication and Engagement Honours sponsored by innocent
Winner: ESS (Compass)
Runner Up: Aramark
Health & Vitality in Education Honours sponsored by Leatherhead Food Research
Winner: Sodexo at Southampton Solent University
Runner Up: University of Wolverhampton, Telford Innovation Campus
Public Sector Health & Vitality Honours sponsored by CH&Co Group
Winner: Brighton & Hove City Council
Runner Up: Southampton Solent University
Corporate Vitality Honours sponsored by Nestlé Professional
Winner: ISS Integrated Solutions
Runner Up: Artizian Catering
Healthy Hospitality Honours sponsored by TUCO
Winner: CH&Co Group
Runner Up: Dine Contact Catering
Responsible Manufacturing Honours sponsored by Houghton Hams
Winner: Coca-Cola Life
Runner Up: Innocent Bubbles
Health & Vitality Product of the Year sponsored by Acquire
Winner: innocent Bubbles
Runner Up: Unilever Food Solutions
Special Achievement Honours
Winner: Professor Susan Jebb
The headline sponsor for the 2016 Health and Vitality Honours is Sodexo UK & Ireland with other sponsors including; CH&Co, Leatherhead Food Research, Houghton Hams, Innocent, The University Caterers Organisation, Acquire Services and Nestlé Professional.