THE ROLL of Honour for the annual Health & Vitality Honours - the UK’s ONLY awards scheme that celebrates the contribution made by the UK’s Hospitality sector to the nutritional wellbeing of the nation – have been announced amidst much anticipation.
Often the unsung heroes of the food industry, which is dominated by consumer awards, dozens of senior hospitality professionals will gather to participate in this showcase of best practice in order to promote awareness on the Industry’s achievements.
This recognition initiative will highlight the work that the leading sector innovators are undertaking in the area of health, an area high on the media agenda as changes to legislation around allergens draws closer.
The most successful and influential entrants have been shortlisted after being assessed on a range of criteria including: innovation and originality, the impact the organisation has had on a community and the economy, and the replicability of their actions.
After the first round of judging, the companies achieving a place in the Roll of Honour are:
COMPASS UK & IRELAND
DINE CONTRACT CATERING
LEEDS CITY COUNCIL
SODEXO UK & IRELAND
THE SUSSEX PARTNERSHIP NHS TRUST
Speaking about the Roll of Honour announcement Amanda Ursell, Health & Vitality Honours Ambassador and Judge said: “As the Ambassador of the Health & Vitality Honours, I am hugely proud to be involved in an industry that is improving the health and wellbeing of our nation. As the out of home marker grows, it is of utmost importance the sector taking its responsibility to drive the health agenda seriously. Exciting changes are underway across the industry, which I am personally very interested in, which will continue to ensure that people get the best experience possible when it comes to their food.”
This year’s event has been hailed as particularly pertinent for the sector, as changes to allergen legislation – which now requires all food companies to clearly highlight potential irritants – have seen many foodservice companies adapt quickly and drive the agenda.
“As a sector, foodservice is often overlooked when it comes to leading the way in developments. And yet, many of those we work with are in fact contributing a huge amount to tackling challenges such as reducing sugars and salt,” said Charles Miers, Managing Director of the Honours.
“The Health & Vitality Honours aims to make these companies a positive example to all, and hope it inspires others to take the steps needed to combat the health issues facing the UK population today. Rising obesity and a dramatic increase in allergy suffering can only be dealt with through a holistic, joined-up approach across the entire industry.
“We wish all those shortlisted the very best of luck; everyone deserves to win this year.”
The winners will be announced on Thursday 29rd January at a presentation lunch in The Long Room at Lords Cricket Ground. Tickets to attend the awards lunch are now available. For information CLICK HERE