Red Tractor produce to be food of choice at 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games, say organisers

British growers will play a major role at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as the majority of food will be Red Tractor Assured.

The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) made the announcement during the launch of the ‘Food Vision' for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

LOCOG has committed itself to providing the most sustainable Games in history and as part of that will be procuring UK Red Tractor Assured food wherever seasonally possible.

In practice this means that where seasonally or realistically available fruit, vegetable and salads products will be UK-grown, be fully traceable and been produced to strict standards from farm to venue.

LOCOG will also ask suppliers to consider how a proportion of food can meet their aspirational standards - including organic or LEAF Mark certified.

Throughout the duration of the 2012 Games 14 million meals will be served at 31 competition venues to 23,900 athletes and team officials, 20,600 broadcasters and press and a workforce of 160,000.

Food quantities in the Olympic village alone will involve 232 tonnes of potatoes and around 330 tonnes of fruit and vegetables.

NFU president Peter Kendall said: "It's extremely good news that the work of UK farmers and growers has been recognised and will play a significant role in providing 14 million high-quality meals during Games. Committing to procure UK Red Tractor assured food wherever seasonally possible delivers on LOCOG's promise to provide fresh, quality food for all at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

"It is often described as ‘the largest peace-time catering operation in the world'. Never before has such a large-scale catering contract had such sustainable procurement standards and I hope that this can act as a blueprint for minimum sustainable catering standards in the future."

The NFU has represented the farming industry in discussions with LOCOG since the start of the year including being a member of the London 2012 Food Advisory Group, as well as chairing two London 2012 Food Sub-Groups.

 

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