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Catering in
education

From schools to universities, this sector means catering for a multi-cultural range of consumers with a wide range of dietary requirements, who are keen to immerse themselves in international cuisine and adventurous ways of eating.

We understand the importance of offering nutritionally balanced options to this customer base. Our development chefs are constantly working to bring new flavours and inspirational recipe ideas to you – all full of colour, texture and of course flavour with the help of the finest stock and sauce bases on the market.

We’re so proud of our gluten free range, many of our stocks, gravies and sauce bases are suited for vegans, vegetarians and meet 2017 DOH Salt Guidelines. We also have a selection of products that contain no declarable allergens^.

^Do not contain declarable allergens under the EU regulation 1169/2011
(Annex 11)

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Education
  • 100% gluten free range with many products containing NDA^
  • No MSG or palm oil added
  • Made in the UK in our BRC AA factory
  • 100% recyclable packaging
  • Part of the Food For Life – Soil Association

^Does not contain declarable allergens under the EU regulation 1169/2011 (Annex 11)

  • Product demonstrations at your fingertips
  • Recipe inspiration and menu planning
  • Allergen information and support
  • Cost efficient with superior yields
  • 9-18 month shelf life

How we can help
you achieve your
bronze Food For Life

  • Many of our products comply with the Department of Health Salt Guidelines 2017
  • None of our products contain genetically modified (GM) ingredients
  • Our stocks are free from additives and trans fats and also count towards your freshly prepared percentage
  • Our Crème Anglaise can be made with fresh milk, also counting towards your freshly made percentage
  • Our factory has been BRC AA rated for six consecutive years
  • Our team of chefs can recommend seasonal usages for our product range, helping you develop your menu throughout the year

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Education

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Education

“We have such good support from Essential Cuisine.

We’ve been using Essential Cuisine since 2012. If we are ever worried about any of their products, we just make a phone call and they talk us through exactly what is in the product.”


Sue Brady, Sue Brady Catering - School Caterer Provider, Wiltshire

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