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PSC Week local sourcing webinar – line-up of expert panel confirmed

21st May 2024 - 08:59
public sector catering week local sourcing webinar
As part of the Public Sector Catering Week, which is taking place this week (May 20-24), there will be a live webinar to address the issue of local sourcing at 2.30pm tomorrow (May 22nd).

A panel of experts with insight into sourcing and procurement will discuss why caterers should do more to source local food, and how they can build stronger links with Britain’s farmers and growers

The panel line-up includes:

  • Neil McCole from Campbell Brothers, the national meat wholesaler and catering butcher
  • Rich Osborn, chief executive of Equilibrium Markets (EM Food)
  • Clare O’Brien, head of new model development at Entegra UK&I
  • Steve Thomas, co-founder and chief executive of Ample Marketplace

You can join the webinar to hear from them talking about the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of ‘Buying British’.

They will be offering insight into the challenges that caterers face in looking to source food more sustainably, and at the new Buying Better Food & Drink framework announced this year.

The webinar will aim to define local sourcing; identify the benefits of it for caterers, farmers and growers, and local communities; look at the importance of animal welfare and quality standards; and examine ways that British farm produce can compete with cheap imports when public sector budgets are so tight.

The local sourcing webinar is just one of a number of activities taking place during Public Sector Catering Week 2024, which aims to highlight and celebrate the valuable contributions of individuals and teams involved in providing food services in schools, hospitals, care homes universities, government offices, and other public facilities.

Each day will have a theme, these will look at kitchen technology, plant-based menus, local sourcing, careers & recruitment, as well as managing allergens.

If you want to join the webinar live on May 22nd, then register here

Written by
David Foad