Education: Healthy and balanced meals that are accessible to all

Every day, Elior offers catering solutions adapted to the needs of its younger guests from day-care and pre-school to university. Nutritional balance, taste quality and respect for the environment are at the heart of the Group's requirements, to ensure that meal time is a real moment of well-being and conviviality for pupils, students and teachers.

Educating children to acquire taste


Savoring a meal is a pleasure that can be acquired at an early age. For this reason, the Group is committed to raising the awareness of children to taste. Elior introduces them to new foods and serves a variety of meals prepared with quality products so as to stimulate their appetite in a convivial and modern setting.

Primary school is the ideal time to introduce children to good eating habits, which is synonymous with well-being and sustainable development. Children’s menus are developed by dieticians, responsible for promoting a diversified and balanced diet.

Elior UK’s restaurant teams have launched “Eat them to defeat them”, another fun activity involving games that feature a different vegetable every week to encourage children to eat more vegetables. For two months, Elior’s teams have been cutting, disguising and decorating all kinds of vegetables to create funny characters, at times transforming the canteen into a veritable scene straight out of a cartoon; the aim being to use humor to encourage children to eat vegetables.

Hugh Baird College, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Every morning, the students at Hugh Baird College are offered a free slice of toast and a hot drink at Costa Coffee.

A healthy and balanced diet

In France, Elior is the first player in collective catering to adapt the Nutri-Score in its school canteens. Driven by its quest to inform children and their parents about the nutritional value of the dishes it serves, Elior has confirmed its pioneering positioning in educating consumers to eat healthy and tasty food.


  • A European leader in public and private education
  • No.1: Elior is a leader in France, Spain and Italy
  • 14,000 school canteens
  • 2.9 million children and students catered for each day in Europe and the USA

Protecting the environment

In the education market, Elior’s French teams have taken measures to make the school canteen more respectful of the environment notably with regard to fighting against food waste and reducing waste. With the help of a team of dieticians, nutritionists, CSR managers, and developers, etc., Elior has developed an eight-pronged action plan. Three pilot towns, Lognes, Sedan and Mandelieu, agreed to test the initiatives proposed by Elior over a period of two to three months. The results have indeed been positive showing a 27% reduction in the amount of food left on the children’s trays.

In the UK, Lexington has launched “TRASHED”, an anti-waste program that promotes recipes which recycle left-overs and products that have been abandoned or are doomed to end up in the trash can: fruit juice, vegetable stems and leaves, dry bread, overripe fruit, and cheese rinds, etc. From the outset, TRASHED recipes have been widely promoted by suppliers, customers, guests and Elior UK teams. The customer sites that have adopted TRASHED have seen a significant reduction in waste in recent months.

The fight against food waste is one of Elior’s priority actions since developing awareness to waste begins at an early age. In France, Elior has joined forces with the Expliceat start-up to offer anti-waste workshops and training programs in school canteens, as well as in B&I and medico-social establishment restaurants. Elior and the start-up are carrying out joint actions to raise consumer awareness to the fight against food waste by organizing cooking workshops using left-over bread and unconsumed fruit or vegetables.

Preserving biodiversity is another key issue for future generations. Our Spanish subsidiary participated in the Fish4Kids project which uses games to promote the sustainable consumption of fish. This initiative was carried out in 30 schools in Spain to widen children’s knowledge of marine biodiversity, as well as the protection of marine animals and marine reserves.

An offer adapted to every age

Elior can draw on the savoir-faire it has acquired and fine-tuned over the years to offer innovative catering solutions adapted to the needs of children, adolescents and young adults. From pre-school to higher education, Elior provides complete catering solutions, adapted to every child so as to help them develop their autonomy.

At the same time, everything is done to ensure that the lunch break is a real moment of pleasure and relaxation: acoustic comfort, attentive hostesses, fun activities proposed according to the seasons and current events, etc.

Serunión, a leader in extracurricular activities

In Spain, its double historical expertise in catering and extracurricular activity allowed Serunión to take the leadership in the education market: 6500 monitores oversee the after-school activities; the Group has even expanded its offering to school transportation.

A strong network of the central kitchens

In France as well as in Spain and Italy, Elior operates a large number of specialized central kitchens, which are literal culinary workshops. These kitchens prepare and deliver up to over 50,000 quality meals per day, in line with the increasingly strong financial constraints and economic conditions of the local authorities.