The plan sets out what standards the public sector and suppliers are encouraged to follow when buying food and catering services.
It proposes a new but voluntary approach, involving use of a balanced scorecard and an e-marketplace, to improve food procurement in the public sector.
The plan focuses on:
- provision of a “toolkit” which enables food procurers to consider a variety of factors when making decisions about procurement
- working together with industry, procurers, researchers and farmers to support opportunities for British grown produce and food within the public procurement market
- ongoing work to develop the toolkit through five different working groups covering procurers, suppliers, research and technology bodies (focusing on innovation), assurance schemes and Local Enterprise Partnerships