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The value of food

Choosing and preparing foods for so many communities – including those based on both care (schools, hospitals, care homes) and work (company and inter-company canteens) – requires an awareness of the value of food, not only with regard to nutrition but also in terms of social, environmental factors and future implications.

School catering

Feeding children means nourishing their ideas, their ambitions and their future. So we must reach beyond the most obvious aspects of food to promote a better-informed approach, of use to young people throughout their lives. Based on these assumptions, Camst’s school catering service also runs nutrition education projects for all stakeholders, starting with children and involving schools, teachers and families. Camst group organises informative and educational events for users, led by food experts – food technologists, dieticians, and nutritionists. In addition, it runs guided tours of its centralised kitchens where visitors can find out about the production chain, including raw material selection, vendors, the processing of foods to prepare dishes, service organisation, logistics and distribution, and finally get to know the professionals (chefs, dieticians, refectory managers, quality technicians). Camst also adopts tools to effectively teach children the benefits of a good, healthy, sustainable diet. To provide access to full information on school menus and services, an app linked to the new school catering portal completed in 2022 has been designed and developed to enable young consumers’ families to consult the daily and weekly menu. The ristorazionescolastica.it website offers contents and services about the world of schools, educational nuggets on nutrition, informative contents and other materials produced in association with respected specialist partners, also made available to teachers as educational aids. In addition, through the catering portal parents can receive news and updates on documents and useful communications, directly access tuition fee payment services and take part in online customer satisfaction questionnaires.

Health and social care catering

Camst values food as a prerequisite for health and an integral part of healing processes. The Group’s approach to health and social care catering therefore focuses on patients and their specific nutritional needs, by formulating protocols that actively contribute to mental and physical well-being. From solutions for feeding disorders to individual dietary plans for the various medical conditions, Camst has established partnerships and collaborations with a large number of Italian healthcare organisations and facilities, serving hospitals, private clinics, nursing homes, rehabilitation centres and retirement homes. Our proposals for health and social care catering, developed with doctors and dieticians, respect nutritional parameters and provide a varied, tasty diet. Research, the real driving force in the healthcare field, is also an integral part of Camst’s approach, based on the development of advanced solutions capable of anticipating the needs of care facilities: from direct management of kitchens to meals delivered from outside, through to the operation of self-service restaurants and bars for healthcare personnel and visitors. In order to always offer solutions tailored to the needs of the facility and its users, functional information for service management is integrated and optimised with digital tools and touchpoints, enabling not only digital consultation of menus and booking of meals but also the formulation of meal plans and food days with a special management tool to increase effectiveness and efficiency.

Corporate, intercompany and commercial catering

In the delivery of its services, Camst aims to promote the wellbeing of both people and the environment: from the design of low-impact spaces to modes of consumption that limit waste and encourage responsible use of raw materials. Thanks to digital tools and touchpoints that enable direct interaction and dialogue, users have the required information on menus, dishes and ingredients (calories and allergens) at their fingertips; they can also access innovative, customisable functions to make their lunch break both flavourful and enjoyable. With regard to nutrition education, it is also worth remembering the educational and informative activities for all ages intended to combat food waste, including those run in partnership with Too Good to Go and Last Minute Market for the recovery of surpluses.

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