From Factory to Plate

Factory to Plate’ educational programme

Around 120 pupils have now benefited from the successful ‘Factory to Plate’ educational programme thanks to two Birmingham based businesses.

Now in its second year, school children from Rosary Catholic Primary School, Saltley were given the opportunity to visit Caribbean food manufacturer, Cleone Foods and food wholesaler, Blakemore Wholesale over an eight week period.

The idea behind the programme is to educate school children about how their food reaches the supermarket or wholesaler’s shelves from the supplier and the benefits of using locally sourced produce.

Over the eight week programme pupils took a tour around the Cleone Foods factory where they were shown how their Caribbean patties are made and what ingredients go into them.

Pupils then visited Blakemore Wholesale, Birmingham of which the school already has had a three year partnership to see where the products would finally be sold to customers.

Pupils were tasked with creating promotional posters advertising the patties and offering customers the chance to sample a locally produced product.

Wade Lyn, Managing Director, Cleone Foods added:

“Once again this project has been a resounding success. We really appreciate the chance to enlighten the children as to where their food actually comes from and what goes into it; so many children today just see a packet or a box in the shops.

Watching them being so enthused and exited about good food makes it all worthwhile.”

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