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Edinburgh Zoo receives Soil Association Food for Life recognition

07 August 2017

A Bronze Food for Life Served Here has been awarded to RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and catering partner Levy Restaurants UK by the Soil Association.

This was presented following recognition of the zoo's Grasslands Restaurant for its commitment to achieving high standards of nutrition, fresh produce, sustainability and animal welfare.

For example, 100% of the fish served in the restaurant is sourced from sustainable sources, avoiding all species named on the Marine Conservation Society's 'fish to avoid' list.

Locally-sourced produce was another important element in receiving the bronze award, with the restaurant buying items such as tea and coffee, dairy products, meat, fruit and vegetables and bread from local suppliers.

Levy Restaurants general manager at Edinburgh Zoo Ben Cochrane described the award as a "brilliant recognition" of the "commitment to sustainable and ethical food".

"The team works hard with local suppliers and listens to feedback from visitors to create fun and exciting menus which are healthy, fresh, home-made and that taste great too," said Mr Cochrane.

Soil Association Scotland acting director Angela Mitchell said the organisation works "to transform food culture and put good food on the menu, in the workplace, and in all the places people live their daily lives".

"We're pleased to be working with Levy Restaurants UK at Edinburgh Zoo and have been impressed by their ongoing commitment to ensuring the meals they serve in the Grasslands Restaurant are fresh, seasonal and sustainable," said Ms Mitchell.

The Food for Life Served Here award is also supported by the Scottish Government.

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