Four more café chains have agreed to work with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to promote healthier eating through their shops. Camden Food Co, John Lewis Partnership Cafés, Sainsbury’s Cafés and Upper Crust have followed big chains such as Greggs and Starbucks in announcing various healthy eating commitments in conjunction with the FSA.
Initiatives focus on reducing salt and saturated fat, providing more nutritional information and promoting healthier options on menus.
Upper Crust, which is owned by travel food retail operator SSP and has over 60 shops in railway stations and airports, plans to develop a programme of recipe amendments on items that do not meet the FSA salt targets or which earn ‘red’ traffic lights by 2010. The company will also investigate calorie content labelling and better nutritional labelling.
Sainsbury’s, which operates 242 cafés, plans to cut saturated fat by 18% by changing the cooking oil it uses in its cafés and will trial milk with a 1% fat content rather than semi-skimmed.
All four café chains will regularly report to the FSA on the progress they are making with their initiatives.