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26/09/2017 10:09
Mars Foodservice has announced that 100% of its Uncle Ben’s Basmati Rice is now sourced from farmers working towards the Sustainable Rice Platform’s (SRP) standard.

The rice industry first is part of parent company Mars Food’s commitment to source all of its rice varieties from SRP standard farmers by 2020.

Matt Cutts, product director at Mars Food Europe, said: “With more and more consumers, when eating out, wanting to know where their food comes...

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26/09/2017 09:09
Local authorities are being urged not to forget the role their own frontline services such as school catering can play in strategic policy plans on devolution.

The call comes from the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE), which has just published a report into the subject.

‘The impact of devolution upon frontline services’ report, developed by APSE along with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), calls for a more positive...

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LACA
25/09/2017 08:09
Following the Brexit vote in 2016, there has been much speculation across the food and drink industry, with suppliers and operators alike questioning what it means for the market and the future of our trade.

So far, news has warned that prices could increase in imported goods, beer, and meat and poultry, and it seems that the cost of fruit and vegetables is now also in jeopardy. 

 

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Industry
22/09/2017 07:09
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has called for UK-wide separate food waste collections to be introduced by Government following data showed recycling rates in London are declining.

REA called on yesterday’s (21 September) ‘Waste: The Circular Economy’ report which revealed that recycling rates in the capital have fallen back to the levels seen in 2010, to be a turning point in tackling food waste.

The report published by the London Assembly Environment Committee...

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Industry
22/09/2017 07:09
Compass Group UK & Ireland has announced that Richard Cousins will step down from his role as chief executive officer in March 2018 and retire from the group in September.

After holding the post for 11 years, Cousins will be replaced by Dominic Blakemore, the group’s current chief operating office for Europe.

Compass said Blakemore, who will take over the role on 1 October 2018, would work closely with Cousins during the next six months to ensure a smooth...

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21/09/2017 12:09
Gateshead School Catering has won a three-year contract to provide meals at Sedgefield College in County Durham.

The Gateshead Council-run service beat off competition from local and national caterers to secure the deal which will see it serve approximately 1,000 pupils and teachers at the college.

Facilities and catering manager, Michael Lamb, said: “We think one of the reasons Sedgefield College...

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21/09/2017 11:09
Independent catering management consultancy Educo has announced that it is to donate a percentage of its charges to the Soil Association’s Food for Life programme.

Educo provides services to head teachers, governors and bursars to improve school meals provision in both the state and independent sectors.

Robert Weiner, director at Educo said: “We know that lunchtimes are a key part of the school day. Food should be freshly prepared, nutritious, well...

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LACA
20/09/2017 09:09
Educaterers Ltd, a new local authority traded company has been established in Warwickshire to deliver school catering services.

Set up by Warwickshire Country Council, which has been providing school meals in the region for over 25 years, Educaterers has taken up the role as part of a new council project.

The council hope that by setting up the stand-alone company, of which it is the sole shareholder, it will have...

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19/09/2017 09:09
Chartwells, Compass Group UK & Ireland’s education catering arm, has announced a partnership with YoungMinds, a young persons mental health and wellbeing charity.

The partnership will kick off with the charity’s #HelloYellow campaign for World Mental Health Day on 10 October for which Chartwells is calling on its school, academy, college and university teams to wear yellow to raise awareness and funds.

Richard Taylor, Chartwells chief operating...

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Industry
19/09/2017 08:09
Club Rational and My Frima have joined forces to create ‘ConnectedCooking’, an online portal for chefs which ties together the two companies products with professional cooking.

Featured services include an extensive database of recipes, how-to videos and tips as well as push message notifications of updates on what is happening with their appliances.

“Networked kitchens are Rational's and Frima’s big focus for the future," said Rational managing director, Simon...

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