An important pilot scheme that shows the procurement approach adopted by East Ayrshire Council does encourage local suppliers and has been achieved within EU procurement rules (i.e. cannot discriminate on distance food will travel). By splitting the contracts into smaller parcels, economies of scale and distance are removed.
The overall cost of ingredients rose from 59p to 71.9p, due in part to organic sourcing. However parents in East Ayrshire feel that the local foods in primary schools scheme is a good use of their Council’s money; a clear majority think that this is the case. The cost per meal in the pilot is comparable with that in other local authorities.
Question is: has this pilot been rolled out?