Sodexo is poised to implement a menu modernisation programme at 18 academy schools in the West Midlands after winning a £1.3m-a-year catering contract.
The three-year deal with Birmingham Diocesan Multi Academy Trust (BDMAT), which has an option to extend to five years, will see the company overhaul the existing foodservice structure as it caters for almost 4,000 pupils.
Over 50 staff from multiple catering providers will be transferred across to create a one-team catering approach specifically for the new contract.
Each school will be involved in Sodexo’s Food & Co makeover led by pupils themselves and will include the Five Foodie Days menu.
Meals will comprise of a different theme for each day of the week: planet earth, street food, world food, originals and Friday favourites.
Dishes on the menu will reflect local pupil demographics and have been informed by research outcomes, emulating high street trends and food favourites which link to the five foodie themes.
A menu pre-order and payment platform, ‘School Food United’, will also be implemented to assist busy families on the go and ensure pupils are able to eat their choice of lunch every single day.
Matt Garner, managing director, government schools at Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “The award of this new contract demonstrates our continued commitment to providing healthy school meals while strengthening our position as a leading catering provider for state schools and academies in particular.
“We are looking forward to working in collaboration with the staff and pupils at each individual school to create a new, exciting school meals concept.