A leading fresh produce supplier to the catering industry has been re-accredited as a Sustainable Restaurant Association’s (SRA) Approved Supplier after meeting the standard’s new criteria.
Lea-Valley based Reynolds said it is the first national fresh produce supplier to gain the new accreditation, which is also held by New Covent Garden Market-based First Choice Produce.
The SRA has recently revamped its supplier programme to provide better membership for suppliers, following interest from its restaurant members for better access to sustainable suppliers.
Under the new supplier standard, the criteria has become more comprehensive, with more focus on corporate ethics and traceability. It is assessed through a company-wide and individual product line survey.
“To retain the accreditation, Reynolds had to complete a comprehensive survey across three main categories - sourcing, environment and society,” said Reynolds environmental coordinator, Conor O’Brien.
“We are extremely proud that Reynolds has retained the SRA approved supplier accreditation and it is testament to the hard work of the team and the goals that we have set, that this has been achieved.”
Managing director of the SRA, Mark Linehan, said: “Reynolds supply a number of our rated restaurants. Achieving the SRA’s ‘approved supplier’ status means these businesses can work with Reynolds with increased confidence, knowing this helps them to meet their sustainability goals.”
Reynolds supplies top restaurant chains including Carluccios, Byron, Camino, Feng Sushi and Lusso.