Procurement Policy Note 10/14: the plan for public procurement of food and catering

This public procurement plan aims to help government procurers to take a more consistent approach to buying food and catering services.



The Plan for Public Procurement of Food and Catering aims to improve transparency for government suppliers. It aims to open up the supply chain to a wider range of companies, including small and medium businesses (SMEs) and companies that have not supplied government before.

Using the toolkit, central government departments, their executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies should commit to procuring food using the balanced scorecard method and revised Government Buying Standards for food and catering services. They will find suppliers that can help them achieve this via the procurement portal.

Departments should also manage their contracts proactively, and work with suppliers to source responsibly and comply with the balanced scorecard approach.

Published 13 November 2014