March 2017

Industry
HCL reveals shortlist for annual awards
31/03/2017 12:03
HCL has revealed the names of the school cooks, catering teams and contract managers that have been shortlisted in this year’s HCL Awards.

The judging panel, which was made up of six representatives from HCL’s key suppliers and members of HCL’s board of directors, reviewed statements, meal uptake data, students’ feedback and client testimonials.

Lin O’Brien, chief executive of HCL and a member of this year’s judging panel,...

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A Game to Train creators offer free food hygiene certificate.
31/03/2017 12:03
Creators of the A Game to Train app, which trains staff to a Level 2 standard in food safety, are offering catering businesses a free food hygiene certificate worth £25.

Creators of the app Melissa Thompson and Audrey Dean, both food safety consultants, will award a Chartered Institute of Environmental Health upon successful completion of the app.

Dean said: “Hygiene in the kitchen is such a vital consideration, yet without the proper provision and...

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Midcounties Co-Operative Food announces Happerley partnership
31/03/2017 09:03
The Midcounties Co-Operative Food has announced a new partnership with Happerley, the food technology business, to pilot a system to enable customers to track the origins of its Best of our Counties range.

Announced at Midcounties Co-operative Food’s annual supplier conference in Longhope, Gloucestershire, the technology will aim to encourage more transparency in the food chain.

Happerley founder, farmer Matthew Rymer, said: “In days of near total transparency in every aspect of our lives,...

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Hospitality sector faces recruitment shortfall of 60,000 – BHA report reveals
31/03/2017 09:03
The UK hospitality sector currently requires 62,000 EU migrants per annum to be able to maintain current activities and growth, according to a new report commissioned by the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

The BHA estimates that in a scenario in which there is no new migration into the UK hospitality sector from 2019, the hospitality sector faces a recruitment shortfall of upwards of 60,000 per annum.

Based on this scenario, by 2029, the hospitality sector could face a total recruitment gap...

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Chartwells awarded contract with Chislehurst school
31/03/2017 08:03
Chartwells, the specialist education catering arm of Compass, has been awarded a three year contract with Coopers School in Chislehurst.

The education catering company will run services across the school, providing students with a range of nutritional and healthy choices, including a grab & go selection and the ‘global adventures’ high street offering.

Richard Taylor, chief operating officer from Chartwells, said: “We...

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