Compass Group UK & Ireland is adapting a large number of its core recipes to replace butter with Flora Buttery.
This switch will result in hundreds of recipes in Compass's new recipe bank - The Source - being altered, and will enable the business to eliminate up to 240 million calories and almost 100 tonnes of saturated fat - the weight of a blue whale - from its food.
The Compass Know Your Food programme will also enable the organisation to honour the calorie-reduction pledge it made to the Government earlier this year as part of the Responsibility Deal.
The decision to use Flora Buttery follows extensive testing by Compass's cross-sector culinary teams, led by Compass Group UK & Ireland's executive chef, Nick Vadis. Recipes containing butter and Flora Buttery were compared, assessed and tested over a number of months.
Vadis commented: "We realised that the opportunity for reducing the calorie and fat content of our dishes with Flora Buttery was immense but knew that moving to a healthier solution could never mean we compromise on taste.
"The results were extremely positive: in many applications the Flora Buttery recipe even outperformed butter and Compass chefs saw first-hand how difficult it was to taste the difference."
Oliver Cock, managing director, commercial, Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: "When a business the size of Compass takes a step like this, the result is extremely significant and we are committed to continuing to develop exciting new initiatives to benefit the three million customers we serve daily."
By Lisa Jenkins
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