food for the brain

Championing optimum nutrition for the mind

Accredited institutions

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Edinburgh University:                Uni Edin

The University of Edinburgh was the first ever "Food For The Brain" University in the UK, achieving this award in 2007, and has been successful with an annual re-assessment every year since. The aim of the award is to promote awareness of the link between learning, behaviour, mental health and nutrition and to promote mental health through optimum nutrition.

Loughborough University (part of Imago Group):           imago

Imago was one of the first dedicated conference centres in the UK to achieve the prestigious Food for the Brain accreditation. The scheme evaluates how well catering operations deliver food to their customers. It takes into consideration every part of the food process from where ingredients are sourced, to how they are cooked and presented to the customer.

For an organisation to pass the accreditation, it must show a commitment to healthy eating and raising food standards. Imago passed the Food for the Brain accreditation with flying colours, offering a wide selection of foods that were locally sourced, rich in omega 3 and omega 6, a good selection of whole grains and low in saturated fat.

The Food for the Brain Accreditation also looks at the provision of healthy and vegetarian alternatives available to delegates; Imago prides itself on offering a variety of foods and menus devised for customers, reflecting a great nutritional variety and balance.

Leeds University:                Uni Leeds

The University of Leeds is proud to have been awarded the ‘Food for the Brain’ Nutritional Accreditation for the 6th year in a row.

The Great Food at Leeds team was praised for its impressive focus on sustainability, seasonality and provenance of products with 45% of suppliers being within 20 miles of the University. They were also complimented for their expanding range of gluten-free products and continued enthusiasm and commitment to Food for the Brain and healthy eating.

Hotels     Accreditation in catering logo


Intercontinental Hotel Group:          IHG

The Intercontinental Hotel Group includes: 

• InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
• Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts
• Hotel Indigo
• Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts
• Holiday Inn Express Hotels
• Staybridge Suites
• Candlewood Suites

The Food for the Brain accreditation recognises caterers’ achievements in offering nutritionally balanced menus to support performance and wellbeing at work whilst retaining diner choice. Accreditation is achieved by way of a nutritional audit of six pillars, which keeps delegates mentally alert, with a balanced blood sugar level throughout the day and covers menu analysis, ingredient quality and provenance, provision for special diets, production methods, staff training in nutrition and healthy eating marketing.

Dolce Hotels & Resorts:          Dolce

Dolce La Hulpe Brussels has been accredited 'Food for the Brain' by undertaking a nutritional audit conducted by The Russell Partnership, UK's largest catering and food service consultancy group.