Eggcellent Award for Aberystwyth University
Tony Burgess, owner of Birchgrove Eggs with Jeremy Mabbutt, Head of Hospitality Services, Aberystwyth University.
16 February 2012
The Good Egg Award is given to caterers who carefully source their eggs and egg products from cage-free birds.
Jeremy Mabbutt, Head of Hospitality Services explains: “The University is committed to ensuring that, whenever possible, local food suppliers are sought. We have a comprehensive sustainability and ethical purchasing food policy which puts environmental, health and sustainability considerations at the core of any purchasing decisions made.
“We’re very pleased to have won this award as it recognises our commitment to ensuring that our eggs not only meet the needs of our consumers in terms of quality and taste but also our commitment to ensuring that the eggs purchased are produced to high welfare and sustainability standards.”
Aberystwyth University purchases approximately 96,000 eggs every year, all from an award winning egg producer based some 9 miles from the University, Birchgrove Eggs.
Tony Burgess, owner of Birchgrove Eggs said: “Birchgrove eggs are all free range and assured under the RSPCA Freedom Food scheme which ensures that the highest standards of welfare, hygiene and environmental practices are in place and monitored. We’re delighted that the University has won this award as it demonstrates their commitment to purchasing high quality egg products in addition to their support for a local business.”
This award is the latest addition to Aberystwyth University’s Residential and Hospitality Services list of accolades which includes 2008 Gold (Winner) True Taste of Wales Meat Product – Lamb; 2009 Gold (Winner) True Taste of Wales – Sustainable Development Award; 2009 Silver True Taste of Wales - Red Meat (small producer) Category; 2009 Silver True Taste of Wales - Local Sourcing Initiative Category; 2010 Shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development and 2011 Silver Award All Wales Healthy Options Awards. Additionally, the University gained Fair Trade status in 2009.