Soil Association Certification launches foodservice guide for fresh produce growers

Produced by Soil Association Certification, the UK’s leading organic certification body, the guide provides the key things organic businesses need to consider and have in place to get their products listed and to supply this growing and lucrative sector.

Launching the guide at an event that brought together fresh produce experts from across the industry, including growers, packers and retailers, to investigate the opportunities and challenges facing the organic fresh produce sector, Clare Hadway, Foodservice Business Development Manager for Soil Association Certification, said: “Organic sales in the foodservice sector have grown by 50% in the past 5 years, so there’s plenty of opportunities for organic fresh produce within foodservice. Caterers and chefs are looking for suppliers to meet this increasing demand and Soil Association Certification have today launched this guide to give companies the knowledge they need to make the most of this exciting opportunity.”

The certification body is using the guide to highlight the many opportunities for suppliers of organic, local and sustainable products within the foodservice industry, which includes public sector and high street catering.

A survey carried out by Soil Association Certification found that a staggering 50% of people would be more likely to choose a restaurant that highlights its ethical or sustainable credentials; and 43% think a restaurant or café will be better than others if they see organic on the menu or drinks list (Soil Association Certification’s Eating Out Survey 2018).

In 2018, £57 billion (Federation of Wholesale Distribution 2018) was spent by consumers in this sector and in the public sector £4.9 billion was spent on food procurement (Defra, 2019).

The guide sets out what caterers are looking for from suppliers, how foodservice supply chains work and hints and tips for accessing this lucrative market.

The report is free to download and can be accessed at https://www.soilassociation.org/certification/foodservice/.

For hard copies or further information, suppliers should email FFLsuppliers@soilassociation.org.

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