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18/01/2018 07:01
A campaign to increase children’s consumption of fruit and vegetables by increasing the amount of marketing it receives has gone live.

The #VegPower campaign is targeting the Government, retailers and producers for financial contributions in order to get its 'Veg Fund' off the ground and help fruit and veg compete with branded chocolate, fast food outlets and soft drinks in the advertising stakes.

The appeal is...

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17/01/2018 11:01
The enforced liquidation of UK multinational facilities management and construction services company Carillion has cast a shadow over catering services in schools and hospitals.

Its catering services unit Food & More serves 32,000 meals a day to students across more than 200 schools as part of FM in Leeds, Barnsley, Redcar, Oxfordshire, Gateshead and Tameside.

In addition, Carillion was contracted to provide hard (eg. building maintenance) and soft (eg....

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LACA
17/01/2018 11:01
School chefs from the South West and Wales regions have booked their places in the LACA SCOTY 2018 final after winning their regional heats.

Tracey Ford from Caterlink at Gillingham Comprehensive School in Dorset and Leanne Rees-Sheppard of Catering Services Bridgend County Council at Tremains Primary School are the ninth and tenth chefs confirmed March's final.

Ford beat off the competition from nine other school chefs in the...

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Industry
17/01/2018 07:01
A new report from the trade union, Unison, has revealed a number of different worries currently effecting catering staff at schools across the UK.

Concerns listed among the 1,200 workers surveyed included stress, debt, unpaid overtime and a lack of training.

Findings included that four in ten (41%) school kitchen staff members are worried about their pay, with a similar number (43%) saying they are weighed down with debt (other than...

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LACA
17/01/2018 07:01
The McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year competition, which sees pupils compete against each other in a bake off to win new kitchen equipment for their schools, will return to LACA- The Main Event in July.

The fourth year of the event sponsored by Premier Foods, maker of McDougalls baking products, will see extra prizes handed out to the five schools which make up the final.

The winning team will take home the jackpot of £1,000 worth of equipment for their school kitchen, while, for the...

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LACA
16/01/2018 07:01
Specialist school caterer Alliance in Partnership (AiP) has signed a new contract with a cluster of 11 schools in Staffordshire.

The contract is worth more than £2.5million over three years.

AiP will be rolling out its ‘Food Smart’ primary school branding at each of the schools, along with new Gold Food for Life menus.

One of the largest education catering specialists in the UK, AiP has expanded from its...

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15/01/2018 09:01
New research has revealed that 35% of hospitality professionals are suffering from mental health issues, with nearly half of these workers admitting that their job was a 'key contributor' to this.

When questioned on how these issues effected work performance, 73.7% of sufferers said their depression or anxiety can sometimes have a negative impact on work, while 15.8% said it always did.

The findings come from a survey of 1,200 hospitality staff members carried out by job site CV-...

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Industry
15/01/2018 09:01
Chef Angela Hartnett yesterday (14 January) told BBC Radio’s Dessert Island Discs that Britain does not have a “food culture,” claiming that only “people who have money can afford good food.”

Speaking to presenter Kirsty Young, Hartnett recognised that “people don't have the time to shop and the time to cook,” and that despite “everyone saying we’re a more unhealthy nation than ever,” we’re not doing “anything about it.”

She continued: “I don’t think we’re like the Italians or...

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Industry
15/01/2018 07:01
New guidance on the health benefits of eating beef, lamb and pork has been compiled to help the food industry better and more accurately market red meat.

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has compiled what it says is legally compliment, factual information which can be used by retailers and producers to aid promotion, as well as by nutritionists and dieticians for medical purposes.

The organisation worked with...

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LACA
12/01/2018 12:01
Seven of the ten finalists for the LACA School Chef of the Year 2018 competition are now confirmed after the South East and London regions crowned their winners.

In the capital, Michelle Creed (left) from Broadford Primary School in Harold Hill won over the judges with her main course of a healthy Mac and cheese Bolognaise bake.

Representing the east London school’s meal provider, Havering Catering Services, Creed’s dessert of lime and coconut...

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