Acclaimed city attraction, charity and leading conservationist Chester Zoo recently won a sought-after award for its choice to serve fresh food lovingly made using sustainable ingredients in its multiple food outlets.
The Soil Association bestowing the “Food for Life Served Here Gold Award” on the zoo has been a major milestone for the non-profit organisation and the result of many years of work and dedication by its Food and Beverage team. The award provides the zoo with official recognition for all its cafes and restaurants that they only serve food with the highest-quality ingredients, while following the pinnacle of sustainable practices in its supply chains.
Head of Food and Beverage at Chester Zoo, Simon Lockhart, commented:
“We’re one of the largest organisations to have ever been awarded a gold award by the Soil Association. The high volume of food produce we use and serve at the zoo makes it all the more difficult to achieve this top award, so we’re ever so proud of this achievement.”
As a conservationist the Zoo has been able to influence supply chains to adopt sustainable and nature-friendly practices. These include the championing the trade of deforestation-free staples like sugar, coffee, soya and sustainable palm oil.
Chester Zoo has an abundance of cafes, kiosks and sit-down restaurants located throughout its 128-acre gardens. As a result, visitors from the city and beyond can find a diverse variety of cuisine to suit all appetites, from street food snacks to classic family-friendly dishes.