Catering Mark in Scotland

The Catering Mark is a certification scheme which takes caterers and food providers on a journey to serving fresh, health and environmentally friendly food.
It is a UK-wide scheme, supported by the Scottish Government, to deliver widespread sustainable change in Scottish catering.

The Catering Mark is open to public and private sector organisations – in fact, anywhere that serves food outside the home is eligible to work towards the certification!

The Catering Mark operates through a tiered system – bronze, silver and gold.

Within these tiers, it establishes various standards for caterers to work towards, across 4 main areas:

1. Freshly prepared

2. Healthy eating

3. Ethical and environmental sourcing

4. Championing local producers

Click here for UK wide information on the above standards, and for information on how to apply.

See below for a list of our current Scottish Catering Mark award holders.

We’d love to hear from you – so if you are a caterer interested in gaining the Catering Mark or you know of a caterer who you think should have the Catering Mark – please get in touch (see right hand panel for details). For further helpful fact sheets and case studies, see our Resources page.

Who has the Catering Mark in Scotland?

Gold Award Holders

  • East Ayrshire Council has the Gold Catering Mark for its primary school meals service which serves around 5,000 meals per day across 37 primary schools.
  • North Ayrshire Council has the Gold Catering Mark for its primary school meals service across 53 primary schools and their school meals service in 1 secondary school, collectively serving around 5,500 meals per day.
  • RSPB Loch Leven reserve has the Gold Catering Mark for its on site Café serving an average of 40 meals daily.

Silver Award Holders

  • Sodexo has the Silver Catering Mark for four Scottish Government dining outlets serving around 1050 Catering Mark meals each day to Scottish Government employees and visitors. 
  • Stirling Council has the Silver Catering Mark for their primary school meals service which serves around 2,000 meals per day across 37 primary schools and 6 nurseries.
  • Busy Bees Childcare has the Silver Catering Mark for their nurseries across Scotland serving 2,634 meals per day across 16 sites.
  • Highland Council has the Silver Catering Mark for 5 primary schools
  • Sodexo has the Silver Catering Mark for Beaconhurst Independent School serving 400 meals daily to nursery age through to senior school aged children(Ages 3-18).

Bronze Award Holders

  • Highland Council has the Bronze Catering Mark for its primary school meals service which serves around 7,500 meals per day across 166 primary schools
  • University of Edinburgh has the Bronze Catering Mark for the John McIntyre Conference Centre at the University of Edinburgh's Pollock Halls of Residence, for the meals it provides for 2,000 student residents on campus, and for all public caterered outlets throughout the University sites
  • South Lanarkshire Council has the Bronze Catering Mark for its community meals service which serves around 150 meals per day across 13 lunch clubs
  • South Lanarkshire Council also has the Bronze Catering Mark for its 124 Primary schools and 5 of its nursery schools, serving 12,441 meals each day across all sites
  • East Lothian Council has the Bronze Catering Mark for its primary school meal service which serves around 2,770 meals per day across 35 primary schools
  • Fife Council has the Bronze Catering Mark for its primary school meal service which serves around 11,000 meals per day across 144 primary schools
  • Edinburgh Catering Services has the Bronze Catering Mark for both Currie High School and Buckstone Primary School, serving around 170 meals per day across the 2 schools.
  • City of Edinburgh Council Health and Social Care has the Bronze Catering Mark for meals served in Clovenstone House Care Home, Ferrylee Care HomeMarionville Court Care Home and Firhill Day Care Centre 
  • Levy Restaurants at Edinburgh Zoo has the Bronze Catering Mark for the breakfast. lunch and snack menus at three of their dining outlets; Grasslands Cafe, Penguin and Jungle Coffe Shops their Staff Restaurant.
  • Argyll and Bute Council has the Bronze Catering Mark for its school meals service across 75 primary schools, serving 2858 meals per day.
  • HC One has the Bronze Catering Mark for 25 care homes in the North East region, including 15 care homes in Scotland.
  • East Renfrewshire Council has the Bronze Catering Mark for its school meals service across 21 primary schools as well as the catering they will be providing during the 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • Aberdeenshire Council has the Bronze Catering Mark for its school meals service in 151 primary schools and 4 ASN schools, serving 10,500 meals per day. 
  • Aberdeen City Council has the Bronze Catering Mark for its school meals services in 36 primaries and 12 serveries, serving 5,850 meals per day. 

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Contact us

Call Sarah Duley, FFLS Catering Mark Development Manager, on
0131 666 2474 or email SDuley@soilassociation.org