Policy paper

A plan for public procurement: food and catering

Improving food procurement by changing the way the public sector buys food and catering services.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Document

A Plan for Public Procurement

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Details

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
Published 21 July 2014