Tilda – helping students balance their energy through the day

Tilda Brown and White basmati rice can play an important part in pupils’ and students’ balanced diet. Naturally gluten free, it has a 30% lower GI than standard white rice helping to maintain a flow of energy to help them concentrate throughout the day, as well as take part in all the activities they get to do at school, so they flourish.

As the blend recommended by the School Food Standards, we’re confident that we’re producing meal plans and tasty dishes that meet current targets for the right amount of nutrition. This blend of Tilda rice offers a range of vitamins and minerals important for pupils’ development which is why we continue to use it; we and Tilda believe that nutrition education starts at an early age so children can develop good habits that will last them a lifetime and they’ll become healthy adults.

Sustainability focus

Tilda has commitments to create a better future for society and the planet, focusing on sourcing, manufacturing and packaging. Producing rice involves thirsty processes as they depend on water as an ingredient to mill their rice. Tilda have invested in a closed-loop evaporative system for cooling processes. They return water condensate from steam generation to make the system as efficient as possible and reduce both water and energy losses.

Tilda is currently working to decarbonize their business in line with the journey to net zero. To achieve net zero, they aim to balance their greenhouse gas emissions and actively remove them from the atmosphere through carbon offsetting. Tilda uses 100% renewable electricity for manufacturing so already their carbon emissions from electricity consumption in the UK sites have been net zero since 2020.

Methane from rice is a contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. Methane is a by-product of the anaerobic process that takes place while rice plants sit in flooded fields. Reducing the amount of time that rice plants are flooded saves water and reduces emissions. Tilda adopts best practices in rice cultivation; they have implemented laser levelling of rice paddy terraces to maximise the efficiency of irrigation.

In terms of social responsibility, Tilda and Education Catering have aligned goals in that they believe every child should have access to a nutritious meal in a place of education. That’s why they have also worked in partnership with Education Catering to help children eat more vegetables with their ‘eat them to defeat them’ activities and through Mary’s Meals.

Find out more about how Education Catering supports Mary’s Meals


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