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This tool helps to organise a working group, called a “canteen commission”, made up of various stakeholders in a public catering facility. The commission is a contact point for all issues related to the canteen, including awareness-raising about sustainability issues.

Which steps and possible sustainable procurement criteria should procurement officers consider when preparing a call for tenders for catering services? This checklist provides ideas and inspiration.

Compared to ordinary Cook and Serve and Cook and Chill meal manufacturing methods, Cook Cold, i.e. cold manufacturing, enables a continuous manufacturing process in the central, conventional or satellite kitchen. Manufacturing freshly cooked meals in this way saves energy and human resources as well as it prevents food waste.

How can trade be created between farmers, small-scale processors, and catering companies? This tool provides a concept for a dialogue between these stakeholders to get to know each other and discuss the potentials and obstacles to business relationships.

This tool helps to avoid food waste in catering services by taking an overall view of the public meal provision process, learning about the reasons for waste, and then eliminating them.

How can practitioners, like caterers or procurers, be motivated to implement sustainability measures for public meals? This tool suggests that sharing experiences and learnings from other practitioners on good practices can be a powerful motivational trigger.

How can organic food be procured when there is no well-developed organic food supply chain? This tool can help by showing how to map local organic farmers and other organic producers.

Caterers planning to use EU or national eco-labels to promote their organic meals have to ensure that they contain a high share of organic ingredients (at least 95%), leaving no room for a transition phase. Learn how to establish a national or local eco-label specifically for caterers, who may use differing amounts of organic food in their meals.

This tool supports plant-forward eating by encouraging caterers to include different plant-based diets in their menu plans, from flexitarian to vegan. This helps expose customers to the different recipes and meal possibilities that a more plant-based diet offers.

This tool provides procurers with options to procure food with lower climate impact through shorter supply chains and preverance of seasonal food.

Find adaptable procurement criteria for the reduced use and impact of chemicals and consumable goods in the public procurement of catering services in this tool.

This tool provides schools and municipalities options for incorporating organic food criteria into the procurement of catering services.

This tool guides procurers in integrating plant-based options into the public procurement of catering services, based on the EU’s Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria.

If you plan to procure a new catering service for a public canteen, this tool helps to tackle food waste right from the start. It describes criteria for the procurement of catering services that help motivate catering companies to take actions against food waste.

Procured food items are often delivered in plastic packaging. Encourage the use of more recyclable plastics, like PET, by including an appropriate awarding criterion into your call for tender.

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