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Menus must comply with the School Food Standards, featuring dishes packed with fibre, rich sources of protein and carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Foods high in fat, sugar and salt must be kept to a minimum.

Dishes must be adaptable to cater for all allergies and dietary requirements, and clearly labelled. Therefore, cooks and caterers must have confidence in the supplied ingredients they are using.

The price also needs to be right. Schools want to encourage parents to choose school meals over packed lunches, and keep secondary school pupils in the on-site canteen at lunchtime. Likewise, college and university students want quality food that provides value for money.

Our solutions:

Whirl products are the perfect partner for schools. 65% lower in saturated fat than butter, our range of butter alternatives include reduced salt options and is suitable for vegans. Cost-effective and convenient, Whirl butter alternatives can really help to get the job done without compromising on flavour.

Our versatile Whirl products can be used for baking, grilling, shallow frying, roasting, glazing or as an ingredient. Unlike butter, Whirl doesn’t spit or scorch at high temperatures, but gives dishes a subtle flavour that is commonly associated with food cooked with butter. Whirl doesn’t have to be refrigerated either – ideal for school kitchens where fridge space is limited.

For those catering for vegan students, Whirl cream alternatives can be used in exactly the same way as dairy-based creams – either hot, cold or frozen, and whipped, aerated or poured.

Menu ideas:

If you’re offering a breakfast menu, Whirl butter alternative can be used as a tasty substitute for butter or margarine. Use it in scrambled eggs or for sautéing mushrooms, or bring a buttery flavour to breakfast paninis and pancakes.

For lunch menus, brush Whirl butter alternatives onto vegetables or meat, during or after cooking, and stir it into mash for a delicious, buttery taste.

For a burst of authentic flavour, use Garlic & Herb Whirl on dough balls to create a tasty starter or side dish. Add it to a frying pan when cooking chicken or prawns. Stir it into a basic white sauce to add a herby, garlic kick to pasta dishes and meats. Glaze skewers of chicken and vegetables, steak or fish before grilling to add flavour.

For sweet items, Whirl butter alternatives can be used instead of butter. Try it in tray bakes, such as flapjack, or add it to pastries and cakes.

For creamy pasta sauces, curries, pie and pasty fillings, our Whirl Cooking Cream Alternative caters for all. It is suitable for vegan students and those who avoid dairy. It's also easy to use – just use as you would dairy-based cream.

Check out our recipes and inspiration pages!

The proportion of children aged 10 and 11 who are an unhealthy weight when they leave primary school is predicted to rise by 11% within five years
Source: Public Health England’s Health Profile for England 2019
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