Busy Street Cafe, Frenchay Campus

Hospitality - sustainable food

UWE Bristol Hospitality delivers high quality sustainable food across our 3 campuses.

We know that our students and staff are increasingly concerned about where their food comes from, its impact on the environment and animal welfare issues. We are in a unique position to provide environmentally friendly food to a receptive audience and to reinforce a longer-term change in buying and eating habits. We are particularly committed to using local food and ingredients, both to cut food miles and to contribute to thriving local economies and sustainable livelihoods.

2020 Strategy targets

 Our 2020 Strategy targets are contained in our Food policy. Read below how we are meeting them and be inspired by what we are doing.

How we are providing sustainable food

  • 100% free range eggs; we use locally sourced free range eggs from Somerset. We have been awarded the Good Egg Award in conjunction with Compassion in World Farming. Where liquid egg is used, it is a free range product.
  • 100% organic milk: all our fresh milk is organic, supplied by a local dairy farm based in Tewkesbury which uses dairy farms within a 30 mile radius of their site.
  • 100%  sustainable fish and seafood: all products we use have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as sustainably sourced and we are independently audited by them.
  • All our meat is Red Tractor assured: this means that we can trace all our meat back to independently inspected farms in the UK which must meet safety, hygiene, and animal welfare standards. Our chicken, pork and lamb come from John Sheppard Butchers in Bristol.
  • Seasonal and local produce: the vegetables we use are local and seasonal (where possible), sourced from local farms in the South West. We aim to have 60% of all fruit and vegetables as seasonal by 2020.
  • Increase in vegetarian and vegan options: in line with our policy to reduce meat consumption by 10% (by weight – 2012 base) and in response to student demand, we have increased ranges of vegan and vegetarian options at all cafes and shops.
  • Fairtrade champion: UWE Bristol champions Fairtrade and has Fairtrade products at all its outlets including 100% Fairtrade coffee in its cafes, over 100 Fairtrade goods in The Students' Union shop and more.  Our 2020 target of increasing sales by 25% has been met and we are reviewing this in 2016. Find out more about Fairtrade at UWE Bristol.
  • Reducing use of artificial additives: we do not use any food additives in food prepared in our kitchens.

Food for Life Soil Association silver award  

Soil Association - Food For Life Silver Catering awardIn 2015 we were awarded the Food for Life silver award which provided independent endorsement that we are taking steps to improve the food we serve, using fresh ingredients which are free from trans fats, harmful additives and GM, and better for animal welfare. The award shows that we are meeting demands for traceable, sustainable, healthy food. You can find our award winning dishes at our main outlet OneZone at Frenchay.

Changing how we do things

In addition to the food we buy and serve, UWE Bristol Hospitality aims to embed sustainability in how it operates:

  • Used cooking oil goes to provide electricity in our Frenchay Campus R2 building
  • Used coffee grounds are given away in Student Union shops and used on our own grounds
  • An increase in sandwich making in house so that we can reduce packaging
  • Increases in effective storage and accurate planning resulting in reduction of food waste in line with our target of 20% reduction by 2020 (2012 base).
  • Annual meetings with students and staff to get feedback and ideas.
  • Provision of tap water in all outlets through fountains and jugs. Practical support for The Students' Union ‘Say no to plastics’ campaign, in which 2000 reusable bottles were given away to freshers.
  • Sale of bamboo reusable mugs at cost for £4 in all cafes to encourage use of reusable cups rather than single use disposable ones, with the added incentive of 10p off hot drinks if you bring your own cup.
  • Trail of Bioware compostable cups at City Campus at Bower Ashton
  • Active part in campaigns on sustainable food issues for staff and students such as prevention of food waste through cooking with leftovers sessions; plus all our menus/screens/facebook page promote sustainable food sourcing.
  • Supporting the community vegetable garden and campus herb beds – in the long term we aim to use their produce when there are enough quantities.

Any ideas/feedback? 

We are keen to hear your views – please email sustainability@uwe.ac.uk.

Student  support and study projects

We can support you by providing information and opportunities; email sustainability@uwe.ac.uk.

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