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LACA Awards for Excelence 2017
26/04/2017 11:04
Organisers have extended the entry deadline LACA's prestigious ‘Awards for Excellence’, with nominations now set to close at 5pm on Friday 5th May. The entry categories cover the whole spectrum of the industry recognising schools, individuals and catering teams.

LACA chair Sally Shadrack said: "Don't forget, that new for 2017 we are introducing the LACA Unsung Hero Award.

"This new award is looking to celebrate those unsung heroes within the school catering industry and we would encourage anyone who has seen amazing dedication, or who has...

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26/04/2017 08:04

Sally Shadrack, Chair of LACA said:

LACA welcomes today’s report by the APPG on Hunger setting out clearly and with depressing detail the extent of the problem facing thousands of children and families during school holidays. We know that children are returning to school malnourished...

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Hilary Witt Cost Sector Catering Awards public sector lifetime achievement
25/04/2017 16:04
LACA honorary treasurer, and the organisation's very first chair, has received the Public Sector Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Cost Sector Catering Awards. It was made in recognition of her work in helping set up the association and build its importance and influence since then.

After receiving the award at the Hilton London Metropole on Thursday, April 20th, she said: "I'm totally shocked. This is such a lovely surprise. I really thought my days of picking up awards were long gone."

Cost Sector Catering editor David Foad spoke about Hilary's role in the early...

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Election offers opportunity to put childhood obesity on manifestos – Jamie Oliver
21/04/2017 12:04
Jamie Oliver has said the triggering of a snap election on June 8th offers an opportunity to put childhood obesity policies at the centre of manifesto pledges.

He said: “This election is a real opportunity to bring us back together. And cement a plan to give our kids a fair start and a future they can benefit from.

“That’s why in the lead up to the election we’re asking every party to put childhood obesity policies at the centre of their...

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School meals offer opportunity to drive dietary change
20/04/2017 08:04
Obesity Action Scotland (OAS) has called on local government election candidates to take advantage of the opportunity school meals offers to drive dietary change in Scotland.

A call has been made by the OAS to transform school meals in Scotland from a feeding culture to an eating culture. Currently, two thirds of primary school children in Scotland eat school meals.

Lorraine Tulloch, programme lead of Obesity Action Scotland, said: “Change is possible and we...

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Weetabix acquired by Post Holdings
18/04/2017 11:04
The Weetabix Food Company is to be acquired by packaged goods holding company Post Holdings, Inc., in a deal that values the cereal brand at £1.4 billion.

Giles Turrell, CEO of Weetabix Food Company, said: “Today’s deal is great news for the team at Weetabix and all those who love our brands. The past five years have seen us increase our branded sales at home and overseas.

“Post is a leader within its markets and shares our commitment to...

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Rise in holiday hunger revealed by NUT survey
18/04/2017 09:04
The amount of pupils affected by holiday hunger has increased over the last two years and pupils are returning to school with signs of malnourishment, a National Union of Teachers (NUT) survey has revealed.

The survey revealed that 51% of respondents said that pupils at their schools were affected by holiday hunger. 39% of these said it was affecting more than a quarter of pupils in their school, with 12% saying half or more of their pupils experienced holiday hunger.

73% said that their...

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First speakers announced for Commercial Kitchen 2017
18/04/2017 08:04
Nando’s, MEATliquor and Young’s Pubs all feature on the first list of speakers set for Commercial Kitchen 2017.

Commercial Kitchen will host ten expert panels and a series of exclusive interviews and keynotes at the NEC Birmingham on June 6th and 7th.

The catering equipment trade show speaker line up features Chris Knights, group executive chef at Young's Pubs and Geronimo Inns, and Kumour Uddin,...

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YPO helps Thomas Ridley secure £50 million school food contract with seven London boroughs
13/04/2017 09:04
A group of seven London boroughs, supported by public sector buying organisation YPO, have awarded a £50 million contract to Thomas Ridley Food Service to provide food for school meals.

YPO worked with the London Borough of Havering to develop a framework that would meet their requirements and offer value for money.

Darren Byford, YPO’s food business manager, said: “We’re very proud to have worked with the London Boroughs Procurement Collaborative on this important...

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All aboard the Y&H Spring Event & AGM
12/04/2017 07:04
The Y&H Spring Event & AGM on March 15th was held on the river Humber aboard the P&O Pride of Rotterdam.

Skipper and Y&H Regional Chair, Jo Webster welcomed 70 delegates from local authorities, contract caterers and suppliers to the nautical themed day. Tracy Healey was congratulated on her recent SCOTY 2017 win with flowers from SCOTY 2016 and fellow Yorkshire lass, Kath Breckon.


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