The Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust (DBAT) has awarded the catering contract for its expanding portfolio of primary academy schools to Sodexo.
The £800,000-a-year contract begins in September 2020 and runs for three years with the option to extend to a possible five years.
Currently,DBAT has 13 primary academies and one secondary academy in its portfolio, and the group is continually expanding, with a number of other primary schools expecting to join the trust in the near future.
Sodexo will be introducing its Food & Co concept which, for primary schools, comprises its Five Foodie Days menu.
Specifically designed based on research among pupils in key stage 2-4 across the UK and the latest market insights, the Five Foodie Days menu offers “a modern, fresh approach to school food”.
The schools are in Bristol, Swindon and Chippenham and have a combined pupil population of over 2,500 KS1 and KS2 children. The roll-out of the contract will be staggered with the first schools to be mobilised over the summer for the start of the new academic year in September 2020.
A key element of Sodexo’s Food & Co offer is the engagement with the children on the dishes included in their menu and the look and feel of the dining halls, all of which will be refreshed as part of Sodexo’s contract.
Its Five Foodie Days menu comprises a different theme for each day of the week: planet earth, street food, world food, originals and Friday favourites. Dishes on the menu have been informed by research outcomes and reflect high street trends and food favourites which link to the five foodie themes.
In September 2019 Sodexo won the catering contract for DBAT’s new secondary school, The Deanery. Sodexo was awarded the contract to provide the catering for The Deanery’s main dining hall, and its sixth form café as well as a public-facing café, the Cornerstone.
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