Secondary schools across Glasgow have increased their uptake of catering services thanks to our hard working Cordia Facilities Management Team. Due to the rise in competition at lunch time in the High Street, the challenges of meeting the Scottish Government's guidelines on nutrition, the need to attract and keep pupils in school is an important objective for us.
Major changes have been implemented across fourteen of Glasgow's 29 secondary schools. Each school has had different concepts introduced to meet the needs of the local school community. Four main concepts have been introduced and these are; mobile counters; coffee vending; a snack and drink vend bank and fixed coffee bars.
A wide range of chilled sandwiches and other foods are on offer due to the new mobile unit. This has the effect of reducing queues as well as providing a really quick way for pupils to grab a snack as they enter or leave the school building. Coffee vending machines provide a more mature drinks option not previously included in school vending. The vendbank concept sees a bank of healthy snack and drink machines provide a more mature drinks option not previously included in school vending. The vendbank concept sees a bank of healthy snack and drink machines offering a wider choice to pupils. Finally, fixed coffee bars bring a new level of sophistication to the Fuel Zone offering, with pupils now enjoying hot chocolate, lattes and other espresso-based drinks, served to them by a member of the Fuel Zone team.
Operations Manager, Julia McCreadie says "These new concepts have really been taken up by pupils in a really positive way. I am delighted at their success and hope to extend to all Glasgow secondary schools over the next 12 months."
The statistics are impressive that help support the new ways of doing things. Cash sales for the participating schools is up by over 32% against those schools yet to be upgraded. This is a great sign and shows that pupils are now choosing to stay in school at lunch time on a more regular basis.
Over the coming months the introduction of the "wheeliebox " in three schools will see external kiosks being located in school grounds offering pupils a full range of hot and cold foods.
School meals in both primary and secondary schools have been a constant challenge over the last few years with the requirement of providers to comply with strict guidelines on the use of salt, fat and sugar in foods and with the restriction on the sale of carbonated drinks.