Birmingham Diocesan Multi Academy Trust has awarded caterer Sodexo a £1.3 million-a-year contract to supply meals at its 18 schools.
The new contract runs from 1 August and includes an option to extend to a possible five years.
The trust’s portfolio of 17 primary schools in Birmingham and Warwickshire has more than 3,800 pupils. Sodexo’s contract also includes the trust’s new purpose-built secondary school – Christ Church Secondary Academy, in Yardley Wood, Birmingham. The school, which will educate 190 year-seven pupils during its first year, opens in September.
Under the contract, Sodexo will transfer more than 50 staff from multiple catering providers to create a one-team catering approach. Each school will be involved in Sodexo’s Food & Co makeover, led by pupils themselves, and will include the firm’s ‘Five Foodie Days’ menu.
Meals will reflect a different theme for each day of the week: planet Earth, street food, world food, originals and Friday favourites. The menu will reflect local pupil demographics and has been informed by research, emulating high street trends and food choices that link to the five foodie themes.
A menu pre-order and payment platform, ‘School Food United’, will also be offered to help busy families and ensure that pupils are able to eat their choice of lunch each day.
Matt Garner, managing director, government schools, Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “The award of this new contract demonstrates our continued commitment to providing healthy school meals while strengthening our position as a leading catering provider for state schools and academies in particular.”
Christopher Mansell, CEO of the trust, added: “We were really impressed with how the values and aspirations of Sodexo aligned with those of [the trust] and are excited about developing our new catering offer with Sodexo. Our pupils deserve the very best; eating healthily and well is a key component of supporting pupils in their education and development and we are confident Sodexo is the perfect partner for us.”
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