Catering and facilities management provider Sodexo
The company's supply chain, systems and processes were independently review and audited by the Assure Food Standards (AFS) team. 'Corporate member' status means that Sodexo is now a wholly-accredited organisation.
After demonstrating a responsible sourcing policy across all of its operations, Sodexo will now only be required to apply centrally to its sustainable procurement team to request the use of Red Tractor logos at point of service.
David Clarke, AFS chief executive officer, said: "We would like to congratulate Sodexo on becoming the first company to secure this accreditation. Since we first began to work with Sodexo, they have continued to be the industry benchmark for their commitment to UK farming."
Sodexo was the first company in the foodservice sector to secure Red Tractor accreditation across multiple sites in its education, healthcare and defence sectors for fresh produce, milk and cream.
This accreditation has been extended to include all sectors and all fresh meat both in England and Wales. It means that all meat procured via its supplier must meet strict criteria in relation to traceability, food safety and animal welfare standards.
By Janie Stamford
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