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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