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Organic ingredient challenge for chefs in September

27 June 2018

Catering suppliers and chefs are being encouraged to engage with the Soil Association's Organic September Menu Challenge.

As the title implies, the challenge is to include more organic ingredients throughout the month of September.

Those wishing to engage with the initiative are invited to consider introducing an entirely organic menu, but the association stated that switching a single ingredient for an organic alternative would suffice.

Announcing the challenge, the Soil Association said that although the use of organic ingredients in foodservice has grown by 10% in the last 12 months, 48% of people believe there is a lack of ethically and sustainability sourced dishes.

A further 66% stated that it is not easy to determine whether organic food and drink is available and a third said they would be more likely to eat at a restaurant described as organic.

The Soil Association's Sara Jupp said its research shows people would like to see more organic options when they eat out.

"Consumers see organic as a signpost to health and it's fully traceable due to the rigor of the certification process," she said.

Those taking part in the challenge are encouraged to use the #organicseptember hashtag on social media and make use of the campaign logo.

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