February 2017

Goverment launches campaign for National Minimum and Living Wage workers
27/02/2017 14:02
A government advertising campaign has been launched to increase low-paid worker’s knowledge on their National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rights.

The campaign will see advertisement on public transport, in shopping centres and public spaces rolled out ahead of the rise of National Living and National Minimum wage on April 1st.

Jennie Granger, director general for customer compliance at HMRC, said: “Paying the National Minimum Wage...

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Professor calls for different approach to food at City Food Lecture 2017
23/02/2017 09:02
The City Food Lecture 2017 returned to London’s Guildhall to discuss issues on food production and the need for people to reconnect with their food

Chris Elliot, professor of food safety at Queen’s University Belfast and founder of the Institute for Global Food Security prepared a speech to highlight issues. It was delivered by Michael Bell, executive director of the Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association, in his absence.

In the...

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Foodservice Price Index reveals increase in prices
22/02/2017 09:02
The latest edition of the Foodservice Price Index from Prestige Purchasing and CGA Strategy has found a 2.9% increase in foodservice prices in January compared to the start of 2016.

The index showed the upward trend is due to low supply and rising costs of key items such as sugar, oil, vegetables and hot drinks with rising oil costs. A weak pound and rising oil costs put additional pressure on prices.

Phil Tate, chief executive of CGA strategy, said: “The latest...

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Tilda Together competition gets out of the blocks
22/02/2017 07:02
Tilda Together, the competition from the rice supplier Tilda Foodservice, has returned to offer schools the opportunity to win £500 plus a sports day with athlete Jess Coulson.

This year’s competition focuses on the importance that sports and nutrition play in maintaining good health.

As well as the cash prize and sports day, dietician Dr Sarah Schenker will hold a talk on nutrition alongside a cooking session at the winning school.

Craig Dillon, head of...

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Holiday hunger inquiry launched
22/02/2017 07:02
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger has launched an inquiry into the extent of hunger among children during the school holidays, as well as the impact it has on their life chances.

The group’s chair, Frank Field MP, said: “Holidays for most children are a time to look forward to family outings and adventures with their mates. Clearly for some children, though, the overriding priority during the school holidays is to find out where their next meal is coming from, or how...

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