LACA NSMW ‘Taste For Yourself’ Tour visit Quorn Factory
A cold and blustery north east morning was the setting for the ‘Taste for Yourself’ tour on Monday 11thNovember as LACA’s National School Meals Week started in earnest.
After visits to LACA North West and West Midlands on Thursday and Friday last week respectively, the week got under way with a visit to the Quorn factory in Stockton on Tees at 8.00am sharp.
If the weather was somewhat unwelcoming then that was offset by a warm greeting and some delicious hot food as the LACA NSMW team swung into action in the mobile kitchen.
The visit to the Quorn Factory in the LACA North East Region focused on the importance of school caterers providing meat free alternatives for pupils and taking into account changes in eating habits and dietary requirements that affect the whole of the education catering industry. The tour was a fantastic opportunity to visit the largest vegetarian food producing factory in Europe.
Phil Thornborrow, Head of Foodservice for Quorn said: “We know school caterers have their finger on the pulse and, quite rightly, expect products that are on-trend, innovative and good for children.”
“We’re passionate about working closely with schools to develop the range they need, ensuring meat free versions of everyday favourites. Gone are the days when meat free dishes are on the menu to only cater for the minority. All of our products cook from frozen, with minimal prep needed, and we also support pence per meal management – helping with menu affordability and cost control.”
LACA National Chair Stephen Forster enjoyed a delicious Vegan curry and said “Today we are celebrating in National School Meals Week, the way that children are changing their dietary needs and we are particularly looking at supporting Vegans and vegetarians”Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Alex Cunningham who was present commented “It is great to see the NSMW team up here in Stockton and I applaud the work that they are doing in getting our children eating healthily. It is important that pupils have a nourishing hot meal in the middle of the school day as we know from research that it aids development and increases academic achievement”