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Olleco raises £100,000 for catering charity Hospitality Action
21/08/2018 11:08
Olleco, the renewables division of ABP, has raised £100,000 to support Hospitality Action, the catering industry’s first and foremost charity.

The funds raised by the company, which collects used cooking oil and food waste and transforms it into biofuels, energy and fertiliser, will be used by Hospitality Action to transform the lives of people from the industry who experience challenges and find themselves in need. Situations can...

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treats sugar rise ireland chocolate
20/08/2018 12:08
Research shows how parents and carers are providing children with sweets and chocolate out of habit rather than a one-off treat.

Consuming high-energy foods such as ice-cream and chocolate out of pleasure rather than hunger is a key area to address in tackling childhood obesity.   

Research published in US journal, ‘Appetite’ conducted a study to identify the reasons behind adults giving children regular treats....

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17/08/2018 08:08
With the new school year fast approaching, the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has listed its top five tips for providing children a ‘nutritious’ lunchbox every day.

While cooked school meals are one option, BNF acknowledges that many parents and children prefer a packed lunch.

To help ensure kids have the right nutrients and energy to see them through the day, BNF suggests:

  • Build the base with starchy foods


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LACA Menu Checking Service
15/08/2018 08:08
School catering organisations now have an easy way to check that their menus fully comply with School Food Standards with LACA’s own Menu Checking Service.

It allows organisations, academies, schools and caterers to demonstrate that their menus meet national best practice nutritional guidelines and demonstrates independently authenticated compliance.

The service provides a check of lunch menus against the School Food Standards, of January...

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15/08/2018 08:08
Doncaster Schools Catering held their 8th annual “Oscars” evening on 28 June 2018 at The Hub, Doncaster College.

The event was attended by nearly 200 kitchen staff and was entirely sponsored by our suppliers – many of whom attended the evening.

The Awards included:
Students of the Year , Award for Inspiration , Unsung Hero, Team...

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15/08/2018 07:08
Hospitality company Sodexo has won a three-year contract with Swindon’s brand new secondary school, Great Western Academy (GWA), when it opens this September.

In addition to cleaning, washroom and pest control services, Sodexo will manage all catering, including breakfast, morning break and lunch.

With its modern school food and dining environment offer ’Food & Co by Sodexo,’ pupils will be served a choice of meals all in-line with the...

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14/08/2018 07:08
Glasgow City Council is to serve free school meals to primary 4 (P4) children (age 7-8) across the capital as of this new school year (September).

Provided by the city’s school caterer, Cordia Services LLP, all dishes are school complaint and have been created with input from pupils, parents and teachers. It will also offer halal and vegetarian options, and cater for those with dietary requirements.

As well as a main meal, pupils...

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10/08/2018 07:08
Wholesaler BB Foodservice has unveiled its 10 most frequently ordered foods by UK schools last year, and it features both Mexican and Indian favourites.

Counting over 3,000 schools as clients, the company said tortilla wraps and sour cream were among the most frequently ordered items.

The top 10 is as below:

  • Frozen chips
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Tinned Tuna
  • Rice
  • Tortilla wraps
  • Tikka Masala
  • ...
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08/08/2018 07:08
As part of our 25th National School Meals Week (NSMW, 12-16 November), LACA is on the hunt for the nation’s favourite school meal from the past quarter century.

Calling on anyone and everyone to get involved, we are conducting a short, two question survey to finally unveil the ultimate school meal and school dessert.

To have your say, visit...

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07/08/2018 07:08
A new study has found that 97% of cakes and 74% of biscuits sold in the UK have a ‘red’ label for sugar, with many manufacturers failing to meet the government’s 5% sugar reduction target.

Undertaken by Action on Sugar at Queen Mary University of London, the study looked at the ‘wide’ variation of sugar and calories in cakes and biscuits sold across the country in 2016.

Highlight ‘shock’ failings include:

  • The average sugar content in cakes was 36.6g per 100g
  • ...
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