Camden drops Scolarest for school meals

19 January 2006
Camden drops Scolarest for school meals

Compass Group division Scolarest has been dropped by the London borough of Camden as its school meals provider.

The three-year, £2.5m deal has been awarded to Caterlink, a corporate partner of BaxterStorey, after a four-way bid.

Scolarest's was graded the poorest bid by the council (57.3%) and was criticised for serving healthy meals at only half of the borough's schools three years into the contract. The council's summary report stated: "The panel were not confident that the necessary improvement required would be put in place or sustained if Scolarest were appointed."

The other bidders were Caterhouse (which scored 58.8%) and Harrison's (63.2%). Caterlink, which is entering the primary school market for the first time, was marked 71.2%.

School catering has been the target of an ongoing campaign in the borough, with parents increasingly vocal about the quality of meals served.

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