Industry
08 Jul 2020

The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) are a not-for-profit organisation with the vision to make sustainability part of the DNA of every foodservice business. During the COVID-19 pandemic they have been committed to providing effective support to foodservice businesses in a number of different ways from providing the latest update and information, advice for food businesses and employees and holding free webinars as part of their ‘Reopen Right’ series.

The below advice is taken from the SRA’s ‘How to Re-open Right’ guide. Visit https://foodmadegood.org/reopen-right/ to access the full guide and lots of other useful pieces of advice and tools.

 

PUT SAFETY FIRST

Hygiene, from a customer and staff perspective, will become a bigger focus for caterers long-term. There will be many areas of your operation that will need to be reviewed in line with the evolving guidelines.

CUSTOMERS

STAFF

YOUR PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

Check all your equipment is working efficiently.

FOOD & PACKAGING

Make sure you are following Food Standard Agency’s (FSA) guidance on good hygiene practices. Also useful for reference is this European Commission report on COVID-19 and food safety available at https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/safety/docs/biosafety_crisis_covid19_qandas_en.pdf

 

SOURCE FOR A NEW MENU

COMMUNICATION IS KEY

Even if you are not planning to open just yet it would be good to maintain communication with your customers and potential customers in your local area to ensure you’re front of mind. Utilise websites or social media to provide an update about any plans you do have to open in the future, including cleaning and safety protocols, new menus or to provide a general personal update from yourself or staff members.

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