Driving best-practice procurement in Wales

ACTION: Complete the SRA at the start of the process and consider whether Community Benefits can be built in.

Sustainable Food Buying

Key outcomes

  • Contracts are let which ensure the supply of safe and sustainable food.

There is no legal definition of 'sustainable food' however in its Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative, Defra define it as "systems of production, processing, marketing, distribution, and catering" which meet the following five broad aims:

•  Raise production and process standards
•  Increase tenders from small and local producers
•  Increase consumption of healthy and nutritious food
•  Reduce adverse environmental impacts of production and supply
•  Increase capacity of small and local suppliers to meet supply

In addition, the UK Sustainable Development Commission also offer a sustainable food definition. 

If the adoption of sustainable food procurement is to be successful, it is important that the end consumers and key stakeholders understand and are supportive of the changes.

Sustainable food procurement guidance was also produced by Value Wales (formerly the Welsh Procurement Initiative) in 2004 entitled 'Food for Thought'. It provides guidance on the issues involved in public sector food procurement - achieving value for money whilst also being conscious of the environmental, economic and social impacts, including practical recommendations on how to carry out procurement in a way that takes account of the broader areas and will generate the most benefit to all.

This section provides more information on these areas and suggests the steps to be taken for effective and sustainable food procurement.

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Don't forget...

Include the Wales Food Charter 'Buying Safe Food for the Public Plate: A New Approach to Food Procurement for Wales' in your food tenders and request suppliers adopt its principles.

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