Ethical Credentials

We believe in the importance of promoting fresh, local food. Zebedees work closely with local suppliers from Kent & Sussex, thus ensuring we keep our food miles to a minimum. This guarantees that we receive excellent quality fresh ingredients and services at a price that is fair to both parties.

Our Meat

We buy our meat from sustainable suppliers as locally as possible. Our sausages are produced by a local Kent based supplier, who make them to our own low-salt specification.

Our Fish

Our fish comes from a UK approved supplier that is totally committed to sustainable sourcing from well managed fisheries.

Our Dairy

We use a range of dairy farms, including one that produces us our own full fat yoghurts with no added sugar, and another that produces our custom-sized tubs of ice cream and frozen yoghurt.

From Farm to Fork

Our food can be traced from farm to fork. We know where the ingredients are sourced, packed, transported and cooked, so that we can be confident that our children are enjoying fresh, safe and wholesome food.

Recycling

Our committment to the environment. We are committed to reducing energy, water and waste at our premises near Lewes. Amongst other initiatives, we have installed a heat transfer unit, updated our lighting to more efficient models and purchased a baler to bale and sell waste cardboard.

Green Waste

We divert over 50 tonnes of waste annually from landfill to an In-Vessel Composting Facility, where it is converted into high quality compost.

Cardboard Waste

We divert over 20 tonnes of waste cardboard packaging annually from landfill to a cardboard pulping company that then recycle the pulp.

Metal Waste

We divert over 16 tonnes of waste metal annually from landfill to metal recycling companies.

Paper Waste

Our office paper is reused and then recycled through various paper recycling schemes.

Water Waste

We have a water treatment plant that processes our waste water and returns it clean into the water course, reducing the load on regional water treatment plants.

Electrical Waste

We also recycle old computers, mobile phones, printer cartridges, fluorescent tubes, wooden pallets, and unwanted equipment.

It is our commitment to continue carrying out these procedures for the future of our planet and generations to come.

We are currently working towards our Silver Certificate under the Steps to Environmental Management Scheme (STEM), demonstrating our ongoing commitment to reducing our carbon footprint.

Energy Saving

We are committed to reducing energy, water and waste at our premises near Lewes. Amongst other initiatives, we have installed a heat transfer unit, updated our lighting to more efficient models and purchased a baler to bale and sell waste cardboard.

Within all our WCs we have installed low energy hand-driers.

There is a car sharing policy in place to reduce the number vehicles used to transport our staff to work.

We are in the process of installing vehicle charge points within our carpark and changing to hybrid and electric vehicles.

We have future plans to install solar panel stations in our carpark, which can be used to charge electric fleets.

We are currently working towards our Silver Certificate under the Steps to Environmental Management Scheme (STEM), demonstrating our ongoing commitment to reducing our carbon footprint.

We have replaced all of our toilets with Propelair toilets, which use only 1.5 litres of water, saving around 84% compared to standard toilets.

We have purchased a Hobart Warewasher, which saves 500,000 litres of water per year at our usage, compared to conventional industrial dishwashers

We have a water treatment plant that processes our waste water and returns it clean into the water course, reducing the load on regional water treatment plants

Food Hygiene & Safety

We are a privately owned contract catering company based in Laughton, East Sussex. We are a UK approved food business registered with Wealden District Council, whom we have a Primary Authority Partnership with.

We operate in compliance with The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 and Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs. We have also been approved under EC Regulations 853/2004. Our approval number is EC WE069 UK and we are listed on the Food Standards Agency website. As we are an approved company we only use approved companies for our high-risk products: meat, fish and dairy.

We meet current Food Standards Agency Information Regulation regarding allergens. All our allergen information can be found listed next to each menu in our Nursery Menu Information Packs. Our food is mircobiologically tested by an accredited laboratory every 3 months, as is our water. We also have a minimum £10 million public liability insurance cover.

Monitoring

Each day we monitor the temperatures of our food during delivery, using sample boxes that contain data logging probes. These download the temperature of the food every five minutes, so we can accurately monitor it up until service. Therefore, in the unlikely event that the food is outside of the legal standard at service, we are able to demonstrate that this period of time will be minimal and has not exceeded a 2-4 hour period. These exceptions have been agreed as part of our Primary Authority Agreement.

Procedures

We ensure the hot food reaches at least 90°c before it is loaded into our Thermoport boxes. This initial temperature and the type of containers/delivery times have been tested to ensure that when the food is delivered to you, it is as hot as possible. The chilled food is delivered below 8°c.

Hot Food

We ask that you probe your main courses following our serving guidelines just before service and record the temperature on the sheets provided. We do not require you to probe the hot side dishes (rice, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, custard, sponge and crumble) as we have undertaken a scientific assessment which shows they are safe to eat if these dishes fall below 63°c for more than 2 hours. All our dishes are made to be eaten at lunchtime on day of delivery and not to be cooled down for reheating or freezing for consumption at a later time or date.

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