June 2017

Industry
More children eating healthy lunches – new DfE data reveals
30/06/2017 10:06
New data from the Department for Education has revealed that the number of infants eating a healthy meal at lunchtime because of free school meals and universal infant free school meals has increased since last year.

Benefits-based free school meals figures have risen from 86.9% in 2016 to 87.5% in 2017. Universal infant free school meals figures were 84.8% in 2016 and are now at 85.9% for 2017.

The number of children eligible for free school meals has continued to drop and is now at its lowest since...

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Sugarwise certification label launches in Europe with backing from MEPS, WHO and EC representatives
29/06/2017 11:06
Sugarwise, a new mark to certify foods that are low in added sugars, has been launched in Europe with support from Members of the European Parliament (MEP), World Health Organization (WHO) and European Commission representatives.

Luke Fernandes, Sugarwise representative to the EU, said: “Whenever people see the label they will know that the product it appears on is guaranteed to be low in any of the sugars or sweeteners they need to worry about. The label is called Sugarwise.”

The label, which will be available...

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BidFood crowned McDougalls Wholesaler Baking Team of the Year 2017
29/06/2017 08:06
Premier Foods has announced that Pamela Maclean, Alison Carmody and Vicky Mogford from foodservice distributor Bidfood, have been crowned the winners of the McDougalls Wholesaler Baking Team of the Year competition.

At the final, which took place on June 27th at the Premier Foods head office in St. Albans, teams took part in a live cook-off before team Bidfood emerged as the winners with their recipe for Persian flapjacks with rose petals, pistachios and pomegranate, using McDougalls Flapjack Mix.

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23/06/2017 11:06
Pidy UK, the pastry manufacturer, has signed up 50 riders to cycle from Northampton to Ypres next month to raise money for the homelessness charity, the Hope Centre.

The fourth year Pidy has been involved, it raised £24,000 for the charity last year and is targeting £40,000 this time.

Based like Pidy in Northampton, the Hope Centre has been working for 45 years to relieve poverty and tackle the causes of homelessness in the town. 

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Beacon Purchasing Hans Ziebeck
23/06/2017 11:06
Beacon, the purchasing group, has received a 267% increase in price rise notifications compared to last year, with some companies pushing for 25% hikes.

The group describes the situation as “the tip of the iceberg” and warns that more price rise pressure is certain to come as existing hedged purchasing deals expire.

Hans Ziebeck, Director of Purchasing at Beacon, said: “Currency concerns, a pausing of investment, the uncertain future of...

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