Healthy Choice information for businesses

Our Healthy Choice scheme supports businesses committed to preparing, cooking and serving meals in a healthier way. Businesses make Healthy Choice Commitments, and businesses that make a range of commitments receive a Healthy Choice Award.

How to apply

  1. Register your interest by contacting the Food Safety Team. We will contact you to arrange a visit to review your menus and catering practices.
  2. Download the Healthy Choice Application form (PDF 1.36MB) and the Essential Guide to Healthier Catering (PDF 4.57MB). The application form can be completed before or during the visit.
  3. We will make recommendations where changes are necessary to achieve a Healthy Choice Commitment or Award and once these changes have been made we will issue your certificate and promotional materials.

Be part of it - the benefits

Local research found that residents are interested in what's in their food and drink, and concerned about how food affects their health. By becoming a Healthy Choice caterer, you could:

  • Expand your market and increase your profit by appealing to the growing number of people choosing to live a healthier lifestyle
  • Receive council recognition and free promotional materials
  • Obtain free advice, training and support

You will get a certificate and promotional materials and can use the Healthy Choice logo in your publicity. We can give you digital marketing materials and content for your website, social media, blog or newsletter to help customers identify your business as one in the city providing healthier food.

See a list of businesses who already have Healthy Choice recognition.

Training and support

Help is on hand throughout the process. We offer free nutrition workshops for you and your staff, guidance relevant to your business and information about local suppliers making it easier for you to choose healthier ingredients. We will publish the details about upcoming events here, and you can contact the food safety team to arrange a bespoke workshop for your staff delivered at your premises.

Sugar Smart City - get involved and make a sugar commitment!

On average people eat too much sugar and this is increasing levels of tooth decay, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Sugar Smart City is a joint initiative from the council, Brighton & Hove Food Partnership and Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and aims to tackle this. To help, we're asking cafes and restaurants to make a Sugar Smart commitment.

You could make one of these pledges or come up with your own:

  • offer and promote free tap water to all customers
  • support the Children's Health Fund by adding a 10p levy to the price of sugary drinks
  • offer a choice of lower-sugar or no added-sugar drinks and snacks
  • offer smaller portions of sugary food and drinks
  • develop a healthy and low sugar children's menu

Tell us how you're supporting your customers to make healthier food and drink choices using the hashtag #sugarsmartcity. For more information visit the Sugar Smart City page.