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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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- The objective of the project, that is supported by ACCIÓ, is to improve the nutritional habits and physical activity of children aged between 6 and 12 years, starting with the introduction of game dynamics in school canteens across Catalonia.
- In Catalonia there are 2,000 school canteens where around 400,000 pupils and teachers can eat every day.
- Interviews will be carried out to discover the needs and interests of families, pupils, cooks, supervisors, headteachers and administrators, in order to design and offer scientifically evaluated solutions.
- A points system and a competitive support system will award the best healthy practices and habits,which can be redeemed in different ways in an attractive manner for the participants.
SERHS Food, Campos Estela and Clúster Foodservice, along with the collaboration of Eurecat technological centre, have started the Edugam project, which will design an innovative program of education and promotion of healthy lifestyles based on gamification, directed at primary school canteens in Catalan schools.
Along these lines, the project, that is supported by the Cataluña Clusters program from the Agency for the Competitiveness of Business (ACCIÓ) of the Generalitat of Catalonia, will be structured in a system of points and competitive support that will reward goals that are achieved by the education centres regarding the best healthy habits and practices, and that can also be exchanged in different, attractive ways for the participants, using digital support such as a web page or an app.
The objective of the Edugam project is to improve the nutritional habits and physical activity of children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old using gamification, through game dynamics in an environment such as a school canteen.
In the Edugam framework, in the first phase that will begin soon, focus groups will be established with the objective of discovering the needs and interests of families, pupils, cooks, supervisors, headteachers and administrators, among others, in order to eventually design an effective program and offer scientifically evaluated solutions.
In Catalonia there are almost 480,000 primary school children and 2,000 canteens in public schools, grammar schools and private schools. It is estimated that the majority of students eat at school, although there is no official concrete data.
Regarding the catering in these schools, one-third is managed by the school itself, and the other two-thirds by external companies, both on site and on a cold line transported from a central kitchen (mainly through agreements or in competition with Ampas or Regional Councils).
This is a strategic segment and a stage in which the lifestyle will affect their own future and where, at the same time, the values learned will generally be passed on to their children and environment. For this reason, Edugam is of great importance and significance in the sector, which goes beyond a partial vision of the objective, shared by the entire group of companies and all the entities that want to join this initiative.
CLUSTER Foodservice is coordinating the Edugam project, and SERHS Food and Campos Estela are participating as service providers for school canteens, obtaining information about the objectives and the desire to create shared values that contribute to improving the participants’ lifestyles. Eurecat, the technological centre, will be in charge of designing the program.
You can find out more information or apply for interviews at Eurecat’s Press Cabinet using the email email@example.com or the telephone number 630 425 169; or you can contact Cluster Foodservice with the email firstname.lastname@example.org, or through telephone using the number 671 090 664.
About SERHS Food
SERHS Food offers an integral service in the field of diet based on the activity of production and sales of fifth range products as well as the activity of food catering management for third parties, both for communities and institutions, and catering services for events and macro events. Our structure is based on a group of companies with diverse management and food production activities, making us experts in integral catering, working in sectors such as: health, business, penitentiaries, schools, universities, hotels, restaurants, sports centres and theme parks, among others, managing the needs of the hotel, catering and community sectors. More information at https://serhsfood.com/
About Campos Estela
This company, founded in 1968, promotes healthy dietary habits through good cooking, fresh local produce, strict food safety guarantees and the development of unique education projects in schools. Today, Campos Estela includes a team with a wide range of experience in teaching, nutrition, food technology, food safety and educational leisure activities. More information at https://camposestela.com/
About Cluster Foodservice
The association Cluster Foodservice Catalonia is a non-profit legal entity whose main objective is to promote and reinforce the competitiveness of the foodservice sector. Cluster Foodservice promotes initiatives aimed at encouraging Catalonia’s food service sector and stimulating and taking advantage of the joint efforts between the members of the value chain in order to boost the development of transformative projects. More information at https://www.clusterfoodservice.org/
Eurecat, Technological Centre of Catalonia (member of Tecnio), combines the experience of over 650 professionals that generate 50 million euros in funds every year and provides a service to 1,600 businesses. Applied R&D, technological services, highly specialized training, technology consultancy and professional events are some of the services that Eurecat offers to large, small and medium-sized companies from all sectors. With facilities in Barcelona, Canet de Mar, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Girona, Lleida, Manresa, Mataró, Reus, Tarragona, Amposta and Vila-seca, it participates in 160 high strategic value large Applied R&D projects, both nationally and internationally, and has 88 patents and 7 spin-offs. The added value that Eurecat brings accelerates innovation, reduces spending on scientific and technological facilities, and provides specialised knowledge for each business. More information at www.eurecat.org/