Foodservice buying and marketing group, Caterforce, has announced that it plans to extend its buying policy in 2019 to continue to work towards an environmentally and socially responsible future for its members, suppliers and end customers.
Its updates will include a number of significant changes to ingredients, animal welfare, plastic and palm oil. The updates will be made in close partnership with its seven members to ensure the changes are sustainable.
Caterforce has already removed palm oil from a number of its own range Chefs' Selections products and is working with suppliers to reduce the volume of plastic packaging it uses.
Nick Redford, managing director of Caterforce, said: "We have recently seen a lot of consolidation in the industry, however at Caterforce we are dedicated to foodservice wholesalers and continually focus on creating an exceptional food service solution for members and end users.
"A crucial part of us achieving this, and maintaining Caterforce's values across our network, is to focus on corporate social responsibility. In 2019, we'll be placing huge emphasis on offering members, suppliers and customers more than just products. As a group, we are in a strong position to be able to make real change. We know we can utilise our business model to ensure positive steps are taken throughout the network, resulting in a big impact across the foodservice industry."
In addition to environmental initiatives, Caterforce is working on reformulating products with suppliers to reduce fats and salt and focusing on dietary requirements and allergens.
Caterforce is made up of seven wholesaler members which are all family run businesses; Lynas, Castell Howell, Hunts, Philip Dennis, Pilgrim, Pioneer and JB Foods.