Charlton House Increases Salt Cuts Two Years Ahead Of Target

On the first anniversary of our commitment to the Government’s 2017 Public Health Responsibility Deal on salt reduction – two years ahead of schedule we have reached the set targets on 60% of the food covered in the pledge. Over 1,500 products served by Charlton House have hit the new lower salt levels, and roughly 1,000 more remain firmly in our sights.

Charlton House was the first caterer to commit to the deal and puts its success down to three initiatives. Firstly by reducing salt added in meal preparation through its Chef Nutrition Training course; secondly by working with suppliers to reduce the salt in products purchased; and lastly by regulating salt availability at the diner’s plate.

Particularly successful categories where salt has been meaningfully reduced include cereals where 76% products now meet reduced target levels, pasta (75%), bread (60%) and cheese (58%).

Through our Chef Nutrition Training course, we have helped our chefs identify ways to reduce salt from their menus, without losing any of the taste. Initially hosted by Raymond Blanc for 40 head chefs, the salt training has seen the 125 chefs who have since taken part reduce added salt by 15%.

Diner-facing initiatives have also been effective – with clients adopting lower salt alternatives, such as unsalted butter. Salt tolerance testing sessions with clients are constantly being rolled out across Charlton House’s 80 client network too.

Independent nutritionist Amanda Ursell, who advises Charlton House, says:  “One of the quickest, and easiest, ways to lower your blood pressure is to reduce your salt intake and Charlton House is committed to doing just that.

“It’s great to see Charlton House continuing to look at ways to reduce salt in people’s diets”, says Kawther Hashem, Nutritionist of CASH. “For every 1 gram reduction in the nation’s salt intake we can prevent 6,000 people dying prematurely from strokes, heart attacks and heart failure.” 

We’re extremely pleased to have done much towards this salt reduction target so early on in this process but we won’t be resting on our laurels. Caterers can play a vital role in helping people enjoy healthy, nutritious food without compromising on taste.

Whilst Charlton House has led the programme, the extent of the salt reduction success can be seen across CH&Co sites too. Click here for full pledge details.