futurefoods release healthy options for schools
Embargoed until 5am Friday 1st February 2008
1st Feb 2008
futurefoods release healthy options for school canteens
futurefoods, the leading national supplier to school canteens, has launched a range of products for back to school 2008. The products have been developed or reformulated in response to the government’s Food & Beverage Classification System that comes into force this year.
The Food & Beverage Classification System sets out healthy options for people involved in selecting food and beverages for catered meals, tuck shops, vending machines, sponsorship deals, fund-raiser events and rewards.
The futurefoods range includes 12 ‘everyday’ items, appropriate for everyday consumption, and 53 ‘sometimes’ items. All of these food and beverage products can be sold through the school canteen. Some of the ‘everyday’ items include an innovative pie with bread instead of pastry, pizzas and calzones, butter chicken wrapped in naan style bread and a bacon & egg panini.
“We have come up with some cool products that not only are healthy but are unique and great tasting with fun packaging that appeals to kids” comments Martyn Barlow, General Manager of futurefoods.
“We aim to release at least two new products every term so schools always have access to a wide range of healthy options and can update their menus regularly”.
Many schools and canteen operators felt the Food & Beverage Classification System would make it difficult to find appropriate products for school canteens. A positive response from some food suppliers, like futurefoods, means they have embraced the system and in fact make it very easy for schools to source healthy products for the canteen.