bartlett mitchell, one of the UK’s leading independent caterers, has signed up to the Peas Please initiative to help put more vegetables on UK plates.
On average, Brits consume just half a portion of veg for every three meals eaten out and on-the-go. But for every one of your five-a-day eaten, the risk of all-cause mortality decreases by 5%. That’s according to estimates by independent think tank the Food Foundation, which is spearheading the campaign.
bartlett mitchell has committed to increase the quantity of vegetables it procures by 10% in the coming year, while also providing a comprehensive programme of nutrition education for staff.
The Peas Please campaign has already delivered 4.8 million portions of vegetables in its first year.
Co-ordinated by partner organisations in each of the four UK nations, Peas Please aims to improve the availability, affordability and quality of the veg offer available to Brits.
Eating more veg could prevent diet-related chronic illnesses like heart disease, cancer and diabetes, and significantly reduce the subsequent financial burden on the NHS. But despite the clear benefits of vegetable consumption, 80% of adults and 95% of teenagers eat fewer than 3.5 portions a day.
Wendy Bartlett, founder, bartlett mitchell, said: “As a progressive business, we are always looking to provide food that not only tastes good, but also supports the health and wellbeing of our teams and customers.
“We are proud to be recognised by many organisations for our thorough, engaging and creative educational programmes. As part of this pledge, we are committing to ensuring that our customers are provided with additional information and insights that will encourage them to increase their vegetable intake.
“We’ve already enjoyed great success with our ‘5 days on the veg’ campaign which proved incredibly popular with our teams. We are looking forward to building on this through the Peas Please initiative.”