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school, meals, Scotland
25/05/2018 12:05
An initiative providing free meals and activities at weekends and holidays will launch across North Lanarkshire this financial year, beginning with an expansion into Bellshill and Wishaw.

North Lanarkshire Council's (NLC) innovative ‘Club 365’ programme is for primary pupils who are entitled to free school meals and aims to reduce weekend and holiday hunger.

The decision follows a successful trial over the spring break at four venues in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. The...

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LACA
24/05/2018 10:05
Premier Foods has today (24 May) announced the five schools going through to its McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year final (12 July).

Open to primary schoolchildren aged 7-11, the competition required teams to bake either a sweet or savoury dish around the theme of ‘local produce,’ with a look to develop their interest in cooking and teach pupils about food sourcing and provenance.

Going head-to-head in the live final,...

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LACA
24/05/2018 09:05
Challenging Flora Stevenson Primary School (Edinburgh) pupils to create the ‘perfect illustration’ for a new children’s lunchbox it is launching, catering company Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events has crowned its winner.

The new lunchbox has been designed by primary five pupil, Eliza Grierson (aged 9), and will be available exclusively in The Royal Botanic Garden (Edinburgh).

Along with the two runners-up and their parents, Grierson won an afternoon tea at the Botanics to see the first batches of her...

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LACA
county, council, catering
24/05/2018 07:05
Hampshire County Council’s catering service, HC3S, was presented with a Food For Life Served Here (Bronze) Award on May 22 from the Soil Association.

The Food for Life Served Here Award is an independent award scheme for those serving “local, fresh and honest food cooked by chefs who really care about quality and ingredients".

Hampshire County Council’s executive member for economic development, Councillor Mel Kendal, said: “HC3S has a...

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LACA
23/05/2018 08:05
Wholesaler Fresh Direct distributed over 4,000 peaches to Oxfordshire primary schools this week, after its client no longer required the fruit.

The idea came about after Fresh Direct took delivery of the already paid for consignment, only to find out the restaurant group they were intended for no longer required the fruit.

Rather than see the peaches go to waste, the company decided to put them to good use and divided them...

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LACA
22/05/2018 15:05
Public Health England (PHE) said retailers and manufacturers have achieved a 2% reduction in sugar, in its first assessment of progress achieved on the government’s sugar reduction programme.

Steve Brine, the public health minister, said: “We lead the world in having the most stringent sugar reformulation targets and it is encouraging

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LACA
22/05/2018 09:05
Caterer Sodexo has this week backed the newly launched ‘Veg Power Fund,’ which hopes to “transform children’s current attitude to vegetables” and “drive up veg consumption” across the UK.

With a legion of supporters, from celebrity chefs and food producers to medical experts, teachers and retailers, the £375,000 annual marketing fund will be used to employ the ‘top people’ in advertising to create “impactful, innovative digital campaigns aimed at children.”

“Using...

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LACA
21/05/2018 10:05
Latest figures from The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reveal that a greater proportion of 11-year-olds are obese in the UK than the US.

For 2016, the number of obese 11 year-olds in the UK reached a “record high” at 20%, and 18.5% in the US.

Shockingly, the figure was even higher for 11-15 year olds – accounting for 23% of British kids and 20.6% of American.

Professor in public health and policy at Liverpool...

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LACA
catering, awards, winners
21/05/2018 07:05
Hertfordshire Catering Ltd (HCL) hosted an awards evening on May 17 at the Shendish Manor in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Over 140 shortlisted nominees, and those who nominated them, attended the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, hosted by comedian, television personality and star performer Ian Irving.

The 14 category awards were presented for outstanding contributions by the award sponsors, along with HCL’s...

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Industry
primary, school, meals
18/05/2018 14:05
The number of Scottish primary schools not meeting required nutritional standards is at its highest in six years.

Data from a Freedom of Information (FOI) request shows that in the 2012-13 period, 13 primary schools did not meet the required standard, climbing to 19 in 2016-17 and 21 over the last year.  

Furthermore, from 2017 to April 17 2018, 12 out of 14 of the Scottish secondary schools...

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