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Virgin Trains' breakfast scoops top RSPCA catering award

Press Release   •   Oct 13, 2010 23:00 BST

The RSPCA Good Business Awards, that recognises the most animal friendly businesses in the UK’s fashion and foodretail industries, has awarded Virgin Trains the top catering award. Fighting off stiff competition, Virgin Trains took home the award for their animal welfare-friendly breakfast. 

The breakfast menu includes free range eggs and poultry and meat reared to RSPCA welfare standards under theFreedom Food scheme or free range standards; Virgin Trains are the only UK train operator to show a commitment to animal welfare in its on-board catering facilities. A rigorous judging panel, including Andrew Opie, Director of food and consumer policy at the British Retail Consortium, and Richard Johnson, an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, hand picked Virgin Trains as ‘best in show’ in the catering category. 

Nic Cuthbertson, Product Development Manager at Virgin Trains, says: “Animal welfare is incredibly important to everyone here at Virgin Trains and we are absolutely delighted with our award win. 
“With tens of millions of livestock and hundreds of millions of poultry used in UK food production every year, animal welfare is a big issue and it is essential that market leaders, such as Virgin Trains, set an example to the rest of the catering industry.”

Notes to Ed:
The RSPCA Good Business Awards recognise the food industry’s best restaurants, pubs, supermarkets and catering. Food is big business and having the best food even bigger. These food awards judge UK businesses – big and small – that go the extra mile for animal welfare and help tackle issues including: standards of animal care on farms; live transport and slaughter; import of meat and eggs and clearer labelling of produce – including information about the production method.

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