Sodexo has launched a new sustainable meals offer in its independent schools business following a successful pilot last year.
The Green & Lean meals are the product of a partnership with WWF-UK and are aimed at reducing the environmental impact of Sodexo’s meals by serving more vegetables and pulses in place of meat and dairy, in line with WWF’s Livewell principles for a sustainable diet.
The dishes use healthier ingredients such as wholegrains and lower fat dairy products, and also minimise sugar and salt. Meat and fish is certified and sustainable, while Green & Lean is not marketed as a premium offer in order to make the meals affordable.
Green & Lean meals are currently rolling out across over 40 independent schools in England following a trial in November 2015 during which almost 20,000 meals, containing more than a tonne of extra vegetables, were served to pupils.
“Encouraging children to eat more pulses and vegetables is not always easy, so by including them in tasty main courses is a great way to achieve this,” said Phyllis Street, catering manager for Independents by Sodexo at Emanuel School.