Independent catering group CH&Co claims to have become the first catering company in the UK to serve pole and line-caught tuna in spring water throughout its 120 restaurants nationwide.
The tuna will be served across all of its specialist catering brands, including Charlton House, Lusso, Ampersand and Chester Boyd, and is part of a series of initiatives to improve the health of its 60,000 customers nationwide by cutting levels of sugar and salt.
Caroline Fry, managing director of CH&Co's staff catering brand, Charlton House, said: "Although skipjack tuna in spring water is available to consumers via select retail outlets, it has never been available to contract caterers, primarily because of the size of the cans.
"One of our key distributors, 3663, rose to the challenge and worked closely with suppliers, MCM Select Foods, who identified a sustainable source of pole and line-caught skipjack tuna from the Indonesian Sea and procured it on our behalf."
Putting it in spring water rather than brine reduces the salt content by six per cent, and skipjack tuna was identified as a more sustainable alternative to bluefin tuna.
In addition, the independent caterer now serves reduced salt and sugar baked beans throughout its restaurants and by August, all its restaurants will serve 1% fat milk.
Pictured: fishermen in the Maldives throwing bait to catch tuna (Paul Hilton/Greenpeace)
By Janie Stamford
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