Compass Group's education division Chartwells has been awarded a £21m school catering contract by Newport City Council.
Following a consultation on the current service with pupils, parents, school staff and other interested parties earlier this year, a new contract was offered for tender with guidance from the Welsh Assembly's Appetite for Life action plan.
Chartwells was awarded the six-year deal, worth £21 million in total, which will see the caterer working with 57 schools from April next year.
Councillor David Atwell, cabinet member for young people's services, said: "It is essential that we provide meals that are healthy, offer choice and are affordable. A balanced diet is essential for our children and young people if they are to develop and grow into healthy adults and links between diet and academic achievements have been made.
"This new contract will ensure that we meet the principles of Appetite for Life and put the needs of our pupils first."
Tony Byrne, Chartwells managing director, added: "We are delighted to form a partnership with Newport and to work together to consolidate the seven key areas of Appetite for Life.
"Chartwells has a team of chefs and nutritionists who are dedicated to developing menus which not only are compliant with the Government's food- and nutrient-based standards, but which also feature children's favourite dishes to ensure that our nutritious and balanced meals are tempting to school pupils of all ages."
By Janie Stamford
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