Holroyd Howe shares how it’s tackling sugar reduction across its schools at Food Matters Live
Leading UK school caterers, Holroyd Howe, spoke about the sugar reduction programme, Half Measures, they have introduced into their schools at the Food Matters Live conference on the 17th of November at the ExCel Centre in London.
Focused on improving health and nutrition amongst pupils, the company has designed a simple yet extremely effective way to cut sugar content in school meals in half.
The Half Measures sugar reduction programme was first introduced in late 2014 at More House School in Surrey – a school that provides high quality education and pastoral care for boys who might be bright, but struggle in mainstream schools due to a Specific Learning Difficulty.
Since then, it has been rolled out across all of Holroyd Howe’s schools with much success, contributing to the company being awarded Education Caterer of the Year 2015. The campaign has also sparked a wider conversation around sugar intake within schools, and pupils are now also being restricted on their access to added sugar at mealtimes.
Seen to be taking a positive stand against the spiraling health crisis facing our youngest generations, Holroyd Howe was invited to speak at the event by the organisers. Ronan Harte, Managing Director at Holroyd Howe, was joined by Dan Collier, a Holroyd Howe Development Chef, on the day and spoke to around 80 delegates as part of the session on: “Practical lessons learned: sharing best practice in sugar, salt and fat reduction”.
Managing Director, Ronan Harte comments:
“Sugar is now increasingly referred to as harmful by the experts. If we can reduce sugar by 50% in our desserts without our pupils noticing, we can reduce their intake and subsequently teach them to avoid excess sugar content in the future.
We are delighted to have been asked to speak at the Food Matters Live conference and we hope that many others will join us in this campaign to reduce the amount of sugar our children are being given access to at school.”