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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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Farnborough school selected for LACA and FCSI makeover
21/02/2017 14:02
Wavell School in Farnborough, Hampshire, will benefit from a full review and makeover of their catering facilities thanks to a partnership between LACA and the FCSI (Foodservice Consultants Society International).

Over the coming months LACA and the FCSI will make a number of visits to the school, identifying work that needs to be done and areas to improve on. LACA and the FCSI will then implement those changes and measure the results both statistically and anecdotally amongst the stakeholders (pupils,...

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Catering sector ‘leading the way’ in organic market – Soil Association report finds
21/02/2017 10:02
The Soil Association’s 2017 Organic Market Report has revealed that the UK organic market has experienced its fifth year of growth, driven by a 19.1% increase in organic in the foodservice sector, which is now worth £76.6 million.

Rich Watts, senior Catering Mark manager at Soil Association Certification, said: “The catering sector is leading the way in driving up the standards of food served outside of the home and responding to the demand for better food.

“Organic is part of this and the spend on organic through...

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Last call for McCain One Pot Meal entries
21/02/2017 07:02
McCain has made its final call for school caterers to enter and be in with a chance to be crowned the Chef Solutions One Pot Meal 2017 champion.

The challenge is to create a balanced, delicious and nutritious one pot dish using at least one product from the McCain Chef Solutions Simply range. Dishes must be compliant with all applicable school meal requirements, including School Food Plan in England, Healthy Eating in Wales and Better...

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The FoodTalk Show launches awards for food tech pioneers
17/02/2017 12:02
The FoodTalk Show, the weekly, online talk show, has launched a new awards programme to celebrate innovation in food technology.

Entries for The FoodTalk Awards open on March 7th for businesses based in the UK and that have been trading for at least a year. Categories include ‘what’s in store’, for smart gadgets and tech, and ‘gourmet guerrilla’, for healthier options in factory-produced food.

Sue Nelson, founder...

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Bidvest Foodservice rebrands as Bidfood
16/02/2017 12:02
Bidvest Foodservice has announced that it will be trading under the new name of Bidfood from April 3rd.

The change follows the separation of the global Bidvest Foodservice businesses from the Bidvest Group, when it listed independently on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in May last year.

Chief executive Andrew Selley, said: “It’s no secret that as our business has evolved over the years, so...

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