Compass Group UK & Ireland

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F4. Calorie Reduction

Committed since:

1 January, 2013

Delivery plan:

Submitted: 31 May, 2012

We cater for a hugely diverse client and consumer base across the UK, including workplace restaurants, leisure venues, sports stadia, visitor restaurants in hospitals, students in colleges and universities and the military. This new pledge will, therefore, be a major undertaking for Compass and one which will require considerable work for us to deliver.To successfully meet this pledge our focus will be on reformulation of recipes, provision of lower calorie and healthy choices and the education of our consumers.Recipe reformulation: Over the next 18 months we will reformulate our standard recipes, more than 5,000, to decrease energy density, and subsequently removing up to 10% of calories from these recipes.Consumer choices: We will ensure that we provide at least one lower calorie option at each meal time on all of our menus. We will also provide: 1% milk; promotions for lower calorie products e.g. buy four pieces of fruit and get the fifth free; salad bars with un-dressed choices; and where a carbohydrate is available that is cooked with added fat/oil there will be an option that does not included that added fat/oil. Additionally we will introduce a new offer, whole + sum, which provides a complete meal option - protein, carbohydrate and vegetable/salad - that is only 500 calories, into all appropriate outlets.Consumer education: Where relevant, we will install Wellbeing boards in our restaurants and dining rooms to provide additional information to our customers about the importance of health and wellbeing. This will include education material on GDAs and calorie reduction as well as national campaigns e.g. national obesity week and salt awareness week. We will also provide an ask the nutritionist email address as well as leaflets to take away and read.Portion control: We will also commence work on reviewing our portion sizes. This review will take place at the end of 2012 once we have completed the roll-out of our GDA labelling programme as part of our commitment to the out of home calorie labelling pledge.

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