At its meeting on Thursday February 23, members of Wokingham Borough Council’s decision-making executive voted to award a three year contract for the delivery of hot and cold school meals from August 1, 2012 to Caterlink, following the 10 day standstill period. Some 54 of the borough’s schools are currently opted into the contract.
Caterlink were chosen following a European tender process and will maintain the 2012/13 meal price at £1.90 for primary schools and £2.10 for secondary schools and will provide an ongoing service to the one already being provided.
Cllr. Rob Stanton, executive member for education services, said: "Caterlink were chosen based on value for money, quality, service, technical ability and financial stability. They have proposed to deliver a flexible contract ensuring that the needs of each school are supported.
"Their service proposal is to provide locally sourced ingredients and freshly prepared food with the commitment to use locally employed staff. We believe this is a positive move and one that will continue to deliver high standards and reduce costs, which links into the council’s vision and priorities. We very much look forward to working with Caterlink."