Monday, 10 January 2022

VALORAFOOD consists of an operational group coordinated by the Foodservice Cluster that continues the work carried out by the Llotja de Futurs project. The participants of this operating group are IRTA, RADI S.L, SERHS FOOD, GUSTOS MERITEM and PESCADOS PUIGNAU.

The VALORAFOOD project aims to get to know the fishing and industrial sector of fish processing. Its focus is to identify the real surpluses that fish processing companies have and to design guidelines to revalue the surpluses in the form of new products previously agreed upon. All this is carried out through meetings, visits, focus groups and immersive workshops, among others.

However, before focusing efforts on the development of innovative products with a high nutritional value, it is necessary to know several challenges that are currently unknown to most:

  1. The quantification of the surpluses of the species to be valued.
  2. The quantification of the volumes, regularity, and specialization of the different species to be revalued.
  3. The productive design of the different products to be valued according to the selected species: formula, processing, storage, etc.
  4. Characteristics that the product should have to be used with Pulse Combustion Dryer technology or others.
  5. Technical and economic feasibility of the designed products.

Fresh prawn carpaccio, fish burgers, fish sausages, sauces, blue crab powder, pâtés and dry products for instant soups, are some examples of valued products that the consortium has.

Regarding the creation of the new products, these will not only be intended for commercial catering, but also for schools, hospitals, and residences, where there will also be an improvement in nutritional value to prepare dishes for patients with dysphagia and other related diseases.

Innovation is the basis of this project, which seeks to promote the sector with useful, low-emission products that guarantee sustainable development of the coast, as well as increased competitiveness and diversification of the sector.

Within the framework of this operating group, we see an opportunity to create a HUB of knowledge and transformation of surpluses with by-products by other consortia and help the sustainability of certain low-productivity groups.

 

For more details about the project, you can access here.

 

 

Thursday, 09 December 2021

During the month of November 2021, SERHS Food was awarded with the new work canteen service, cafeteria and vending service in the facilities of the System of Medical Emergencies (S.E.M.) of the Generalitat of Catalonia. The company has been managing this service since February 2016.

The SEM’s mission is to provide health services 24/365 in order to respond to emergency situations and pre-hospital emergencies, as well as to provide information and health advice, both in ordinary and extraordinary situations. Within the framework of the Department of Health, its objective is to provide a close, proactive, excellent and efficient information, orientation and healthcare service that obtains the satisfaction of the people who live in and visit Catalonia.

This new award has led to the introduction of a significant number of improvements both at the level of spaces, signage, such as the different vending machines, new and more sustainable, personalized, as well as the introduction of healthier, quiality and local products. Premium service is provided for the 400 daily users based on the criteria of the Mediterranean Diet, also contemplating different aspects of specific diets. It highlights the availability of daily vegetarian menus throughout the year. As a novelty, there is also a new solution for catering called Take Eat Easy, based on a dispensing machine (24/365) of fifth-range cooked dishes, specially designed for the workplace. It presents a high rotation of recipes and novelties, dietary control, time savings and maximum food safety and prevention as basic characteristics of the more than 30 recipes, complete unique fishes, offered in the center (veggie, traditional, gourmet). It has also been consolidated as a nutritional support for medical emergency contingencies.

SERHS Food is the first and only collective catering company in Spain, in the High Performance Kitchen, certified in the FSSC 22000 v5 standard and which also has ISO 9001:2015 on quality and ISO 22.000:2018 on food safety.

 

                           

Thursday, 02 December 2021

SERHS Food, together with the Maresme Health Consortium, the Maresme Foundation and the Mataró City Council have started an innovative program to prevent malnutrition in children and adolescents with severe neurological disorders who suffer from dysphagia and who have problems eating and drinking with normality, which affects your health and quality of life.

This project began in 2019 thanks to the money that the Maresme Health Consortium (CSdM) collects from the “El Comer Cura!” Campaign, with the collaboration of the Maresme Foundation and the support of the Mataró City Council.

Now, once the scientific study has been carried out, the program is consolidated through the collaboration of SERHS Food and is integrated as a pilot test in the ordinary operation of the L’Arboç de Mataró school, where most of the students have cerebral palsy.

 

The project is also possible thanks to the agreement signed with the Mataró City Council, which will contribute € 14,000 per year to offset the extra cost of adapting the diets to the needs of the students.

Phase 1: investigation and diagnosis of the situation

The first objective of the CSdM team of researchers was to evaluate the situation of the students of the L’Arboç school.

The study carried out in 2019 and recently published in the prestigious journal Nutrients shows that all the students had dysphagia, 89% had growth difficulties, 55% were underweight and 70% dehydrated. The study included a chewing, swallowing and nutritional evaluation, an estimate of nutritional and water needs, and the design of a modified texture diet.

“To develop this project, it has been essential to carry out a preliminary research study to measure the dimension of the problem and establish the nutritional needs of the school students based on age and nutritional status based on 4 different phenotypes. All this has allowed us to verify that the affectation is very wide and that the problem is not only their diet, but also their hydration.”, Says Pere Clavé, academic, research and innovation director of the CSdM.

 

Phase 2: educational program

During this year an online program has been carried out to train people who care for students, both in the school environment (tutors, educators, physiotherapists, nurses, speech therapists, etc.) and at home (formal and informal caregivers), as well as to families.

Cristina Carol, director of the L’Arboç special education school explains that “The more we know about dysphagia, the more we realize the incidence that this disease has in a school like ours, and the more aware we are of its impact on health of our students, all with great neurological affectations. Consequently, it is key that the educational community is aware of dysphagia and knows how to act on it. For this reason, we value this comprehensive intervention of the CSdM very positively to help improve the health and quality of life of our students”.

 

Phase 3: adapted school cafetería

During this course the school is working on what is known as the Triple Diet Adaptation (TAD); the adaptation of the different calories and proteins of the dishes to the needs of each student, as well as their viscosity and texture, enhancing the organoleptic qualities to make tasty and attractive dishes.

It is in this phase of developing the dishes for the students that Serhs Food has come into action.

This comprehensive intervention program in a school with students with neurological disabilities will serve as a pilot experience to later implement the system in other centers. “We believe that it is a much more widespread problem than it may seem and that is why all the procedures that we have designed in a pioneering way, as well as the development of adapted diets, will also serve for other schools in similar situations”, says Pere Clavé.

 

Raimon Bagó, general director of SERHS Food, comments that “our main objective has always been individual satisfaction within collective catering. With the adaptation of food to each person entails, one by one, according to their needs. In this case it is even more important and we show our commitment in this collaboration”.

 

The media have echoed the news. You can see it in La Vanguardia.

Thursday, 25 November 2021

The president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, inaugurated the 5th edition of Circular Economy Hotspot 2021, an event that, he affirmed, “will allow us to show innovative, courageous and disruptive initiatives and projects” that are being carried out in Catalonia, because “our ambition is to become a benchmark country in the circular economy”. This annual celebration that brings together public representatives and intersectoral companies from Europe and around the world took place in Barcelona from November 15th to the 18th. The Circular Economy Hotspot has already been held previously in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Scotland, and Belgium, with the aim of sharing experiences and strategies on circular economy. The people who participate, about 300, are part of the main European actors involved in the transformation of the current economic and productive model.

Catalonia, the host of this new edition of the Circular Economy Hotspot, has some 400 companies that currently offer circular solutions, of which half export worldwide. During the day and a half of the organized itineraries, some of these initiatives were explored, as well as I+D+I projects, government and successful collaborations.

SERHS Food participated as one of the centers visited in the food sector, which also included Mercabarna, Celler Raimat, IRTA, among other centers of interest. Specifically, the delegation of about 25 professionals visited the facilities of the High-Performance Kitchen (CAR) in Mataró, where the environmental benefits of the activity were shown.

Raimon Bagó, general director of SERHS Food, presented the environmental indicators of the CAR as a sustainable option versus a kitchen in a restaurant, made at home or in a community such as a school. Based on energy consumption, carbon footprint (CO2), waste reduction, packaging or management of local suppliers and logistics distribution, among others, the High-Performance Kitchen objectively presents, based on measurable data, the best environmental option for the preparation of cooked dishes. For the analysis of the data and indicators, we have had the collaboration of Inèdit, a leading company in the sector that was born at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, pioneers in industrial ecology and 12 years of experience and more than 300 national and international clients.

The celebration of this event in Catalonia reinforces the Catalonia Circular hub, a meeting point for companies, institutions and people who provide solutions and strategies to implement and consolidate the circular economy in Catalonia.

 

                           

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

In the 32 public schools of Terrassa that SERHS Food manages the dining room service and noon space, this 2021-2022 course, the number of different diets that are prepared each day has increased from 49 last year to 62 this year. It is a question of an important number of different diets that are all therapeutic, determined by medical prescription and, also, as a novelty as of October of this year an ovolatile-vegetarian diet is offered for reasons of ethical or personal decision. Along with diets without meat and without fish due to religious reasons.

From the 62 diets that are currently being prepared for the more than 5,000 children who use the canteen service, the number of children who require personalized nutrition has increased, above all, from 22 last year to 37 this year. It is about meeting the specific dietary needs that in some cases involve a combination of different generic diets or there is some intolerance to ingredients such a fructose, which may be for a child on a specific fruit and for another on another fruit, which cannot be taken. Hence the high degree of customization. Also, diabetic diets have been increased as a remarkable fact. All this must be coordinated with the new premises established by the PREME Plan of the Generalitat for schools in which the introduction of vegetable protein in the menus stand out.

“Without gluten, without pork, no meat, no fish, no eggs, hypocaloric, low in cholesterol… each day we make an important coordination and planning work for the public schools of Terrassa among all those involved” says Lourdes Catalá, responsible of dietetics of SERHS Food. She goes on to say that “this high level of customization that is increasing year by year implies a significant effort at the level of professional resources that is compensated by the better satisfaction in the service that we offer to children of all ages when we are in the schools”.

SERHS Food is a Catalan company with more than 40 years of experience and based in Mataró that serves Terrassa since March 2016. The forecast for this school year 2021-2022 is to improve in areas such as those explained above, differentiated diets, as well as in the greater introduction of ecological products, of proximity, increase the training courses in the internal teams and promote the idea of sustainability in the school canteens. In total, the company manages 200 schools throughout Catalonia, Zaragoza and Oviedo, both the food side and the midday space with the different educational project of each center. Individual satisfaction in collective catering is promoted as the main purpose in the pyramid of values of the company from its very origin.

 

The media have echoed the news! You can see it in the Diari de Terrassa and Terrassa Digital.

Thursday, 15 April 2021

With the objective of analysing and considering new ways of collaboration and benefit synergies, the Foodservice Cluster has facilitated a new B2B reunion of co-innovation between SERHS Food and GB Foods, two of their associates.

The meetings arise, on the one hand, from the purpose of GB Foods to enter the world of catering for school communities, and, on the other hand, from the needs of SERHS Food to adapt to the new Public Health Agency’s normative from Catalonia, which increases the number of dishes with vegetal protein that are served in schools.

«This new challenge will help us to be able to introduce dishes in our schools and be able to enhance the consumption of vegetables and to try to do so in a sustainable way and giving variety, that it is not always to eat the same legume in the same way» says Lourdes Català, responsible of the Dietetics Department at SERHS Food.

«I am convinced that when several companies work together, we unify needs, we understand each other and, among all, we understand the client. It is very enriching having these meetings and be able to develop joint proposals because we have a great knowledge of the industrial part and I believe that we can be a good solution for the sector and thus support infant nutrition» adds on his part Ricardo Clavel, marketing manager at Foodservice from GB Foods.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Due to the exceptional situation that we are experiencing in recent months and the need to offer the best food service to all boys and girls in schools, from SERHS Food we present different service options with a CONTINGENCY PLAN with maximum safety and prevention.

We have more than 40 years of experience in the management of school canteens and we have a wide range of solutions, 5th-range dishes in multiration and singleration to distribute the service with maximum food safety. We offer the service both for educational centres that carry out the dining service both “in situ” in the school kitchen, as well as transported, offering the option of product only and even in some cases offering the full dining service.

As a result of these months of Covid-19, from SERHS Food we have activated the Emergency Menu Line, they are adapted for all types of catering needs, such as home care services, field hospitals, hotels, and summer centres.

All the dishes in our dining room service are prepared following the nutritional criteria of the SERHS Food team of nutritionists and dietitians, following the Mediterranean diet and the indications of the Healthy Eating Guide in the school stage (2020) of the Public Health Agency of Catalonia. We prepare balanced, healthy menus designed for the little ones and always offering the maximum guarantee of food safety.

We are the first and only Spanish collective catering company that has the FSSC22000 food safety certification.

Possible options:

  • Lack of personnel to affect Covid-19 in the kitchen staff, but possibility of using the kitchen facilities.
  • Impossibility of using the kitchen facilities, but the delivery of the menus in the same centre.
  • Impossibility of using the kitchen facilities, and delivery outside the centre or at home.
Wednesday, 09 September 2020

In this new school year 2020-2021, we apply all preventive measures based on the regulations, protocol and health recommendations related to the sector.

At SERHS Food we have the FSSC22000 food safety certification, so we comply with the quality and rigor standards when carrying out the activity process and preparing all our meals.

We will carry out all our practices and processes in the school cafeteria and recess spaces; In this way, we can guarantee that the dishes prepared are safe and that all security measures are followed in the dining room to avoid possible infections of the COVID-19 virus to the maximum.

We seek to inform and train all workers with the different protocols and contingency plans that we have, about the good practices to be present in the workplace and the correct use of PPE, in addition to those prevention and processes to be carried out. In addition, informative posters have been created for workers and users on the rules to follow and how to be protected against possible infections. In this way, it seeks to generate trust among users and those responsible for schools.

Likewise, due to the COVID-19 virus, at SERHS Food we have activated a line of emergency menus for the different spaces with restoration needs such as field hospitals, home or social care services and school canteens. With our experience of more than 40 years, we have a wide range of 5th range dishes in multirations or monorations, so that we can carry out a food service that complies with the maximum food safety measures that are contemplated in the PLANS OF CONTINGENCY of educational centres. Both in the realization of the dining room service in your own kitchen, as well as in a transported way, offering the option of product only and, even, the full dining service.

With the children present, all our dishes are prepared following the precepts of the Mediterranean diet, the recommendations of the Guide to Healthy Eating in the school stage (2020) of the Public Health Agency of Catalonia. In addition, they are balanced, healthy menus designed for children, following the nutritional criteria of the SERHS Food team of dietitians.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, the Barcelona City Council has strengthened the set of meal programs by around 30%. The number of meals served in the different programs has increased from 3,700 to 4,800 daily. These programs include different services, meals at home, and meals in company and soup kitchens, which are then served in a tray and consumed at home. SERHS Food collaborates in the production and distribution of cooked dishes for different users. All these services seek to provide a balanced and healthy diet to people who, for different reasons, may have a food deficit.

The Barcelona City Council and SERHS Food maintain a close relationship at these times more than ever by making available the different food options that can be produced from the Mataró High Performance Kitchen. In the same way, it is also being carried out with other City Councils and social entities throughout Catalonia for both old people and children in the case of dining room scholarship menus or special needs.

 

Home catering has gone from serving 1,200 meals to around 1,550. This service is aimed at people who cannot prepare meals or need help to do so but who are autonomous at mealtime, people who do not have social and / or family support or insufficient to cover the care they need, who have problems with mobility that hinder the use of community resources, or that their homes do not have the necessary conditions for cooking.

Regarding meals in company, a service aimed for elderly people who seek to cover an adequate diet and provide a relational space, they are no longer made in company for the well-known sanitary reasons, but they continue to be served in a lunch box to be consumed in homes. In this case, the municipal Social Services have gone from serving around 1,000 meals to 1,300.

Lastly, the soup kitchens, aimed at people in need and the homeless, have also been reinforced, in some cases with lunch box services, and have gone from serving 1,500 people each day to doing so with around 1,950.

Providing this social service of care and attention to people is very relevant for SERHS Food, since beyond the business objectives, the vision is to continuously work to guarantee the food needs of citizens and their well-being.

 

See in press:

https://beteve.cat/societat/creixen-30-apats-collectius-vulnerables-coronavirus/