Buyers’ Guide

The Healthy Kids School Canteen Buyers’ Guide is a valuable tool to help school canteen managers build healthier canteen menus in line with their state/territory’s healthy school canteen strategy and nutrition requirements. The Buyers’ Guide is a tool for school canteens with products listed that are not always available in supermarkets. Many have been developed specifically for the healthy school canteen strategies and are available only through distributors in food service.

The Buyers’ Guide contains:

  • Listing of products that have been assessed by the Healthy Kids nutritionists and meet the appropriate criteria for each state/territory
  • Contact information for each company to make ordering easy
  • ‘Canteen Bites’ – a section featuring handy information and recipes for canteen menus
  • Advertising opportunities available for registered food and drinks and non-food products and services

NSW Buyers Guide – 2018

The 2018 NSW Buyers’ Guide provides information on products meeting the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy which was released in 2017.  The NSW Buyers’ Guide categorises products as Everyday or Occasional and all registered products must have a Health Star Rating of 3.5 stars or more.

View the online PDF version of the NSW Buyers Guide below. A printed copy will be sent to all NSW schools in Term 1, 2018. If you do not receive yours, please check with your school office and your principal. Otherwise feel free to contact us and we’ll see if we can help.

Please note that in the NSW Buyers Guide, “Good Food Hero – Mini Beef Rissole & Potato Bake 220g, 320g” should be classified under Occasional hot foods, not Everyday hot foods. If you have any questions, please call Healthy Kids on (02) 9876 1300 or 1300 724 850 (outside metro area).

For updates and reclassification of products in the Buyers’ Guide, please click here.

Other States Buyers Guide – 2018

The Buyers’ Guide for ACT, NT, QLD, SA, TAS and VIC lists products as GREEN or AMBER. Products are assessed against the Healthy Kids Nutrient Criteria and colour-coded according to each state/territory’s healthy school canteen guidelines. Please note: for any queries on the clarification of ratings of products available in Tasmania, please contact the Tasmanian School Canteen Association on 03 6223 8023 or email

View the online PDF version of the Other States / National Buyers Guide below. For updates and reclassification of products in the Buyers’ Guide, please click here.

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