Held at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Thursday 23rd January, the awards celebrate and honour the achievements of elite foodservice companies working behind-the-scenes to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing.
The 2014 Health & Vitality Honours – hosted by corporate sustainability champions Footprint – saw some of the biggest names in the foodservice and hospitality industries receive awards for their exceptional contribution to the promotion and practise of health-conscious business.
Lexington was praised for their approach to providing innovative and delicious healthy food in the workplace through their bespoke Let’s Energise range. The multi-award winning ‘Let’s Energise’ range focuses on providing sustained energy levels throughout the day with balanced nutrition across a varied and delicious ‘grab and go’ menu range which changes weekly. Due to the success and popularity of the range it has been extended into Lexington salad bars and hospitality menus.
Rob Kirby, Chef Director at Lexington says ‘Providing healthy, innovative, energising and of course delicious food to our clients and our customers is a key objective for Lexington. Let’s Energise has gone from strength to strength, developing from a small grab and go range to a brand that includes over 100 products and is now incorporated into our clients hospitality menus.
Lexington has shown people that eating a balanced and healthy diet doesn’t need to be boring and tasteless – you just need talented chefs, great ingredients and some creativity!’
Nick Fenwick-Clennell, CEO of Footprint congratulated the winners saying this year’s honours were a ‘showcase’ of the excellent work so many companies, and individuals, are doing to drive forward nutrition and wellbeing across the industry, adding:
“The past year has demonstrated how important it is for foodservice companies to take an active role in the health and wellbeing of the general public, especially in line with the government’s Responsibility Deal.
“The rising obesity numbers in Britain and emphasis on healthy eating programmes, has meant the hospitality and catering sectors have an even greater responsibility to ensure that schools, restaurants, and people in the workplace receive a balanced and nutritional diet. These awards provided the opportunity to recognise the exemplary achievements foodservice organisations have already made to tackle the health issues facing today’s society.”
The Health & Vitality Honours is a platform for businesses to showcase best practice and help create a greater transparency on the social issues of health and nutrition throughout the foodservice supply chain. The scheme is designed to recognise achievement in this area by operators in both the cost and profit sectors of the industry and in the organisations that supply them. It also aims to promote the manufacture of healthier products, the implementation of healthy living programmes in foodservice and awareness amongst consumers of the industry’s work and achievements.
Having won the FSM Award for Marketing and Innovation in 2011, Let’s Energise also won the Grab & Go Concept Award at the 2013 Lunch Business Awards.