100 per cent of our food is sourced from local Welsh suppliers and producers
Myddelton College has achieved its goal of sourcing 100 per cent of its food from local Welsh suppliers and producers.
Catering manager Lee Perrett said the college was passionate about supporting the local community and reducing food miles.
He has been working since last April, when he joined the school, to convert the kitchen to sourcing from all local suppliers, and all the companies Myddelton works with themselves promote the ethos of sourcing from local Welsh producers.
“It has been a long hard process and we finally achieved it on January 2 this year,” said Lee.
“Seventy-five per cent of the food we serve is now sourced from within six miles of the school gates. Three of our suppliers are literally on our doorstep and all are within 30 miles of the school.”
“We felt it was important to work with local suppliers because it helps the local community.”
The school’s meat is supplied by Denbigh-based butchers Clywd Meats which sources its lamb and beef from local farmers. Bread and bakery items come from the Denbigh-based family-run Henllan Bakery and speciality cooked meats and sandwich fillings are prepared by Ravenscroft and Thackeray Fine Foods, also based in Denbigh.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are supplied by Jones Price greengrocers, based in Mold. The company sources its produce from fellow local Welsh businesses. Meanwhile dried produce and frozen foods are supplied to the school by Castell Howell, in Chirk, which itself works to promote local produce.
Each day Myddelton’s Catering team of nine feeds nearly 200 people, 152 students and 40 staff.