College receives Food for Life Seal of Approval

The College’s catering department are celebrating having been awarded the Soil Associations ‘Food for Life’ Bronze Catering Mark.

The mark is awarded to schools and colleges who meet the stringent criteria of seasonality, ingredient provenance, healthy eating as well as displaying an ethical and sustainable supply chain and values. The award, that took College catering provider, Innovate, sixth months of supplier sourcing, research and training, was awarded after a rigorous on-site inspection earlier in the academic year. The College proudly sources all its meat from Red Tractor approved suppliers and fruit and vegetables from sustainable sources.

Catering Manager, Sue Lewis, with the award
Catering Manager, Sue Lewis, with the award


As a result of the award, Innovate at Newton Abbot College has the ability to work with other schools to help them achieve their own Food for Life awards, and will themselves be looking at working towards their own Silver award in the coming months.

Soil Association inspector and representative, David Kay, said after the inspection: “I am pleasantly surprised to see an education caterer driving uptake to this extent, whilst staying true to our principles at its core. This, along with the commitment to working with the schools and student bodies, looks like a winning formula.”

Innovate Catering Manager at Newton Abbot College, Sue Lewis, added: “The ‘Food for Life’ Bronze Catering Mark is a highly sought after accolade that reflects our commitment to safeguarding our students’ health. Innovate have worked extremely hard in partnership with Newton Abbot College to deliver the healthiest menu we can offer. We are extremely proud of the award and will continue to work towards students making healthy food choices in the future.”

I am pleasantly surprised to see an education caterer driving uptake to this extent, whilst staying true to our principles at its core. This, along with the commitment to working with the schools and student bodies, looks like a winning formula.

David Kay, Soil Association Inspector
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