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LACA
12/12/2018 11:12
It is incredible to think that LACA have been running National School Meals Week for 25 years but that being the case, it was important that 2018’s activities were worthy of this celebratory milestone, writes NSMW organiser Nigel Argyle.

Early in the year, a number of ideas were put to the LACA board for consideration and by March plans were progressing as to what the year would look like.

We were delighted that Kraft Heinz once again sponsored NSMW during this celebratory year and thank them for their support, energy and...

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Industry
12/12/2018 06:12
A resource pack has been created for allergen awareness month (January 2019) by Allergen Accreditation.

According to the accreditation, “public awareness of food safety and allergen failures has caused a huge swell of interest, that will ultimately result in some businesses losing business” and has therefore crated a resource pack.

The pack will act as a refresher, reminder or enable new...

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Industry
11/12/2018 08:12
Hospitality provider Sodexo has acquired school catering company, Alliance in Partnership (AiP), it was revealed this morning (11 December).

The move hopes to ‘strengthen’ Sodexo’s UK education business, using both companies’ resources and expertise to deliver “innovative food concepts to help improve health and learning outcomes for students across the UK.”

AiP will continue to operate independently with managing director...

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LACA
10/12/2018 14:12
Friday saw the return of the Friday Night Feast on Channel 4 when Jamie and Jimmy welcomed Jodie Whitaker to Southend Pier.

 This was the first of 12 episodes and this series there will be a focus on school meals.  I wanted to draw you attention and ask for your help especially with Episode 3 on 21st December when Jamie and Jimmy are going back to school. 

`They are looking at how the “Healthy...

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LACA
10/12/2018 14:12
On Friday 7 December, Cheryl Allen was revealed at the North West England winner of the School Chef of the Year competition sponsored by McDougalls.

Allen, who is from Manchester and employed Manchester Fayre, is based at St Mary’s CE Primary School in Moston.

Her main course was a Beef whirl with carrot and potato mash, broccoli and meaty gravy followed by a dessert of peach tartlet with kiwi, lime, mango and peachy fruit salsa and...

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Industry
07/12/2018 09:12
The Annual Report of the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index, published yesterday (6 December) showed that whilst food and drink inflation for foodservice operators has reduced during 2018, many food markets remain ‘highly unstable’ in the period leading up to Brexit.

The Fish & Seafood category has risen over 25% in the past year, driven by lower catch quotas and strong demand for cod and haddock.

Oils & fats have leapt over 30% as higher butter prices have filtered through.

Shaun Allen, chief executive of Prestige Purchasing said: “...

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Industry
05/12/2018 09:12
Wholesale foodservice prices increased again in October 2018, the Foodservice Price Index from CGA and Prestige Purchasing has revealed.

The highest inflation numbers in October were in the fish and oils & fats categories. Inflation has increased month on month since August, and the figure is now at its highest since September 2017.

The latest rise in inflation is a sign that the effects of the ‘harsh’ summer weather...

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LACA
LACA Energy Drinks report
05/12/2018 06:12
The House of Commons select committee on science and technology has recommended in a report published yesterday (December 4) a ban on the sale of energy drinks to children.

LACA, the school meals organisation, has immediately announced its support for the decision.

In a statement, it said: “LACA fully supports the Government’s proposal, as part of the second chapter of the Childhood Obesity plan, to end the sale of energy drinks to children, as shown in our...

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LACA
29/11/2018 16:11
Michelle Creed from Romford was announced as the London regional final winner today (November 29) in the School Chef of the Year competition sponsored by McDougalls.

Employed by Havering Education Services, she is based at Broadford Primary School, Romford.

Her two winning dishes were a zesty Mexican chicken flatbread with sweet potati and mexican slaw, followed by a caramelised pineapple sponge with vanilla cream. 

The six London contestants...

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LACA
29/11/2018 10:11
As part of National School Meals Week (NSMW), a cake fit for a (future) king was created.

To celebrate HRH Prince Charles’ 70th Birthday on November 14, former LACA chair and award-winning cake maker, Carrieanne Bishop, was commissioned to come up with ‘a masterpiece that would do justice to an occasion of such public awareness’.

Made with a number of different...

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