University Of Winchester

We believe the University of Winchester is a national leader in the area of Sustainable Catering. Committed to sustainability, we launched our LIFE brand which provides the foundation for our all our operations:

Local

We promote the use of local suppliers, ensuring that our outlets always stock a number of local products. We only use free-range chicken and pork in our recipes and where possible, use locally reared animals across our range of menus.

Independent

We are an independent University caterer so we have the ability to use suppliers that best serve the needs of our customers.

Fair

Being fair and just is at the core of our philosophy, from offering Fairtrade products to dealing with customer comments or ensuring that our dishes are honestly priced and remain good value for money.

Ethical

We strongly believe in high ethical standards. We encourage sustainable life choices and embrace good practices in our operation such as reducing food miles, promoting recycling and efficient waste management.

Through this initiative we are proud to say that:

  • Meals and menus are created using fresh, seasonal and ethical produce, with ingredients sourced from local and regional suppliers
  • Food miles are monitored and the number of catering deliveries made per week to campus has been minimised
  • Winchester is a Fairtrade University
  • The University is committed to animal welfare and uses free range eggs, chicken and pork and organic milk in all of its dishes for students and staff alike

Free-range meat

In 2010, in a move to broaden the understanding and awareness of the quality-assured supply chain, representatives from the University’s catering department, along with the University’s Vice-Chancellor, visited Plantation Pigs, a Surrey-based free-range pig farm, to learn about the husbandry that goes into rearing quality, welfare-friendly pigs and the difference it makes to the resulting meat.

The visit was facilitated by the University’s butcher supplier, Solent Butchers, in conjunction with Hampshire Fare, a food group whose aim is to raise awareness of local suppliers and their products. ‘Free-range’ pigs enjoy a natural free-range lifestyle to produce the finest quality pork. Independently inspected, chefs and their customers can be confident that the pork comes from pigs that have been reared to high standards of animal welfare, hygiene and food safety.

Doing Good By

Source Fish Responsibly
Source Fish Responsibly
Support Global Farmers
Support Global Farmers
Feed People Well
Feed People Well
Support the Community
Support the Community
Treat People Fairly
Treat People Fairly
Value Natural Resources
Value Natural Resources
Reduce Reuse Recycle
Reduce Reuse Recycle
Waste No Food
Waste No Food
Business Type University
Rating
Awards 2018 - Reduce Reuse Recycle