Spice manufacturer Santa Maria Foodservice has joined the Soil Association's Food for Life Catering Mark Supplier Scheme, which encourages caterers to create nutritious meals from scratch that are also free from additives, and sustainably sourced.
There are three levels of Catering Mark on the scheme, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Santa Maria's range of dry spices can significantly help caterers to qualify for the minimum core requirement that 75% of dishes are freshly prepared from unprocessed ingredients, as opposed to pre-prepared sauces. For those aiming for the Silver and Gold levels, Santa Maria also has an organic range of herbs and spices, to help satisfy those criteria, including the Food Quality section, which asks caterers to source ethical and environmental products.
Eimear Owens, country sales manager - UK & Ireland, at Santa Maria, said: "The Food for Life Catering Mark programme has proven very successful in focusing the attention of caterers on the ingredients they use and improving the food they serve. At Santa Maria we're all about making it easier for schools, hospitals and universities to deliver great tasting, healthy food."