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23/06/2017 11:06
Pidy UK, the pastry manufacturer, has signed up 50 riders to cycle from Northampton to Ypres next month to raise money for the homelessness charity, the Hope Centre.

The fourth year Pidy has been involved, it raised £24,000 for the charity last year and is targeting £40,000 this time.

Based like Pidy in Northampton, the Hope Centre has been working for 45 years to relieve poverty and tackle the causes of homelessness in the town. 

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Beacon Purchasing Hans Ziebeck
23/06/2017 11:06
Beacon, the purchasing group, has received a 267% increase in price rise notifications compared to last year, with some companies pushing for 25% hikes.

The group describes the situation as “the tip of the iceberg” and warns that more price rise pressure is certain to come as existing hedged purchasing deals expire.

Hans Ziebeck, Director of Purchasing at Beacon, said: “Currency concerns, a pausing of investment, the uncertain future of...

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LACA Sally Shadrack UIFSM
23/06/2017 11:06
​Following the Government's Queens Speech, the Lead Association for CAtering in Education (LACA) welcomes the omission of the pledge to scrap universal infant free school meals (UIFSM), says national chair Sally Shadrack. She added: "This allows the Government to rethink a manifesto commitment which would be disastrous if carried out, for children, parents, schools and the school food industry alike.

"According to our own research, if this policy were to be enacted almost 17,000 school chefs would lose their jobs, and the huge taxpayer investment into school kitchens - £150million - would have gone to waste.
 
"More importantly, many of the most...

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LACA Main Event ezine
23/06/2017 09:06
The school meals industry’s major setpiece conference, awards and exhibition is set to take place from July 5-7 and a special ezine to publicise it has been published.

It details the conference programme, previews the awards and competitions and highlights some of the Education Catering Exhibition suppliers.

 You can access it and catch up wit the latest conference news by visiting:...

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Subway launches partnership with Sports for Schools
22/06/2017 08:06
Subway has announced its new two-year partnership with Sports for Schools to encourage children and families in the UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI) to get fit and active.

As the Official Sponsor of Sports for Schools, the Subway brand, which is the world’s largest submarine sandwich franchise, will help to enable primary schoolchildren to do more physical activity while assisting schools in raising money for PE equipment.

The Sports for Schools scheme has...

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Springboard Awards for Excellence 2017 call for entries
21/06/2017 07:06
The Springboard Charity has issued a call for entries for its Awards for Excellence 2017, which celebrates and rewards individuals, organisations and initiatives in the hospitality industry.

Categories include the best apprenticeship strategy award, best chef development strategy award and the education & industry partnership award. 

Entries are being sought for individuals and teams that deserve recognition for their excellent work, which need to be completed online for...

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School Food Matters celebrates tenth birthday at Westminster Abbey College Garden
19/06/2017 10:06
School Food Matters celebrated its tenth birthday last week with 500 children at Westminster Abbey’s College Garden.

The school food charity, which is based in south west London, invited 50 schools to join them along with celebrity chef Tom Aikens and gardener Chris Collins for a food themed celebration, which saw Aitkens judging the best picnic in Bake-Off style.

Founder and CEO of School Food Matters...

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One in five UK children living with food insecurity
15/06/2017 10:06
A new report from Unicef has revealed that one in five children in the UK is living with an adult who is food insecure, which puts UK levels among the highest of rich nations.

The Building the Future report defines food insecurity as a lack of secure access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that can ensure normal growth and development, as well as an active and healthy lifestyle.

Unicef finds that 19.5% of children below the age of 15 in the UK are living...

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Conservatives about to abandon school meals manifesto pledge
15/06/2017 09:06
The Conservative Party is about to abandon its manifesto pledge to scrap universal infant free school meals and replace it with a breakfast scheme, according to The Sun.

The Sun reports that government sources have said that the Prime Minister will drop the pledge because of a ‘major reality check’ after failing to win a majority in the General Election. 

A statement is expected in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday, which will outline the new government's...

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AiP secures contracts with Essex and London schools
15/06/2017 08:06
School caterer Alliance in Partnership (AiP) has secured contracts with Wanstead High School in Essex, Ilford County High and Henry Fawcett Primary School in London.

The offering at Wanstead High School has been developed to include high street concepts and trends. The catering team has been trained by the AiP executive chef team to meet the School Food Plan and Silver Food for Life standards. This has resulted in a 20% increase in sales.

Ilford...

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