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Manchester Central plant-based dishes gain accreditation

Manchester Central's plant-based dishes gain accreditation

Exhibition and conference centre, Manchester Central, has had its vegetarian and vegan dishes accredited by the Vegetarian Society’s approved trademarks. 

As part of the process, all of Manchester Central’s vegetarian and vegan dishes have been audited by the society, giving full traceability of ingredients to confirm that they are suitable for vegetarian and vegans.

This accreditation adds to the sustainable initiatives and investments across Manchester Central. For example, the venue sources food ingredients from the North Wests to minimise fuel emissions and reduce carbon footprint. It also monitors, measures and diverts waste from landfill; donates surplus food to local charities; and purifies and bottles water on-site.

It is also the host site for the Civic Quarter Heat Network (CQHN) in Manchester city centre, helping to generate low-carbon heat and power for the city. With the introduction of this facility, Manchester Central has decommissioned 19 legacy boilers across its campus.

Sustainable research

Manchester Central has also recently teamed up with Mash Media to undertake research on behalf of the events sector, to help pave the way for a more sustainable future for the events sector as a whole. 

Shaun Hinds, CEO of Manchester Central, said: “At Manchester Central, our approach to sustainability has been core to the way we operate and we are keen to work with partners who share and implement this same ethos.

“We are committed to helping Manchester achieve its target to become carbon neutral by 2038. Our strategy is about protecting the natural environment while also considering social, economic and cultural impacts too.”

Vanessa Brown, head of business and catering Services at the Vegetarian Society, added: “There’s a growing demand for vegetarian and vegan dishes everywhere and it’s great to see Manchester Central's catering meeting the needs of their customers.”