Education caterers face the challenge of providing nutritious and diverse meals for students at various stages of their education, while adhering to government regulations and managing limited budgets, requiring reliable and cost-effective food options.
When planning nursery, school and higher education menus, there is so much that caterers need to consider. Breakfast, snacks, lunch and after school meals need to offer variety and contain the vital nutrients children and students need to fuel their learning journey.
Feeding large numbers every day with different needs, preferences and at different stages in their education is a challenge. Add to this pressure from the government to conform to new food standards and changes in legislation, all while managing strict budgets.
We understand that education caterers need good value, consistent quality products in formats that work for them.
Here are 5 top tips for school menu planning:
- Involve students in the introduction of new foods to improve school meal up-take and reduce wastage.
- Celebrate culture and diversity, introducing world foods and pairing current events with local or international dishes to continue the learning journey from the classroom into the kitchen.
- Make the healthy choice an easy choice, including it in promotions such as meal deals.
- Determine portion sizes during menu planning to ensure the benefits of healthy meals are not undone.
- Use seasonal produce to make menus more enticing and cut costs.
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Country Range products are as good if not better than any products out there but they’re cheaper so you get better value for money. There’s not one Country Range product that I have ever been disappointed with. I’m surprised by how big the range is.Gloucestershire Care Home
We use a lot of Country Range products, from the battered fish to sponge mixes, oil, tinned tomatoes, sauces and dressings. It really is great value whilst at the same time being great quality.School Caterer
We’re always looking to improve, and our residents are becoming more experimental each year so my wholesaler and the Country Range brand have been a massive help in driving our creativity.Care Home Chef
Quality and margin are both essential for our business to succeed and the Country Range products help us achieve both.Owner, Health Café
We use a wide selection of the Country Range products and from a quality and taste point of view, they are excellent. The spices, bouillons, custard, cream - I could go on- they are all great products that we use regularly.Head Chef, Surrey
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