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Amanda Spielman Ofsted childhood obesity
19/07/2018 09:07
LACA has issued a statement welcoming the recognition of the economic benefits to schools of high take-up of school meals in a report just released by Ofsted on obesity, healthy eating and physical activity in primary schools.

It reads: “We are pleased that Ofsted confirms what previous academic research has found – namely that the best school leaders are going above and beyond to implement the school food standards.

“As this report outlines, UIFSM (universal infant free school meals) in particular saves...

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Industry
19/07/2018 07:07
Following confirmation earlier this year that eggs are “safe to be eaten runny by vulnerable groups,” a new report now claims that the dairy product does indeed ‘boost protein’ intake in childhood.

Published in healthcare periodical ‘Network Health Digest,’ the report reviewed international intervention studies and found that eggs “support growth, prevent stunting and improve protein levels in children.”

According to the study, adding one egg a day to a child’s usual diet found that...

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LACA
LACA Main Event 2018 Michael Hales
18/07/2018 09:07
LACA Chair-Elect Michael Hales told the Main Event that the association was celebrating its 30th anniversary during his term of office and he was working with members on a new vision for it that he planned to launch at the Autumn Seminar.

"We’ve already achieved a lot and I'll be seeking to build on this legacy.

"We need to continue to change. We have a range of different members with a range of different needs.

"But we know already from surveys that 98.5% of you feel we continue to represent you in a positive way...

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Industry
17/07/2018 09:07
Healthy eating programme ‘Schools to Market’ – the joint initiative between food charity, School Food Matters and Whole Kids Foundation – invited ‘hundreds’ of London-based pupils to sell their homemade chutneys at local Whole Foods stores last week (11 July).

With 16 establishments across the capital having taken part, the programme – now in its sixth year – aims to develop a ‘good food culture,’ teaching them about fresh, healthy food to improve nutrition and wellbeing.

As well as a whole school assembly to launch the programme and outline...

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LACA
16/07/2018 18:07
LACA Chair Tim Blowers will address an international conference on sustainable procurement in Vaxjo, Sweden on September 6th, 2018.

On one of his last trips as the chair of LACA, Tim will join colleagues from Sweden, Germany, Finland, Denmark and the UK to discuss reserach and practice in regards to sustainable food procurement in the public sector.  Tims presentation will cover the practical work done in UK public sector...

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LACA
16/07/2018 15:07
The nomination deadline for the Educatering awards is this Friday, 20th of July so act quick if you want to be amongst the nominees or have someone or a team in your organisation that you think deserves recognition.

The awards will be held on Tuesday 9th October 2018 at the Royal Garden Hotel and will feature awards in the following categories:

  • Contract Caterer of the Year
  • Independent School Caterer of the Year
  • Innovation Award
  • Local Authority of the Year
  • ...
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Industry
16/07/2018 07:07
The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) has made three senior appointments to ‘replace (two) retiring directors’ and bring a ‘fresh perspective’ to the organisation.

Current board members Helen Anzani and Shona Miller will be succeeded by Kelly Hart, campus food and drink manager at Queens University Belfast; Ian White, domestic bursar and executive director at the University of Chester; and Calum Maclachlan, who is head of commercial services at the...

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LACA
16/07/2018 07:07
McDougalls’ Young Baking Team of the Year competition came to exciting end at LACA: The Main Event this week (12 July), with St Martin and St Mary C of E Primary School outshining the four other finalist teams for the winning title.

Cooking in front of a live audience, St Martin and St Mary C of E Primary School pupils: Finely Park (aged 8), Harry Vinall (9) and Alice Evans (10), supported their school caterer Nicola Hastie.

‘Wowing’ judges with their raspberry and white chocolate scones, the four-man team showed ‘...

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LACA
13/07/2018 08:07
The winners of the school meals industry Awards for Excellence were announced last night when the Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) held its Gala Awards Dinner during it's major conference and exhibition known as The Main Event.

The big winner on the night at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole was Havering Education Service (HES), which won the Education Catering Marketing Award and the Primary School Catering Team of the Year, as well as being a top three nominee in the Catering Business of the Year category, which was...

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LACA
12/07/2018 09:07
Entry is now open for the Lead Association for Catering in Education’s (LACA) annual School Chef of the Year competition (SCOTY) - be sure to register your interest before 29 September.

Launched at LACA Main Event this week (11-13 July), the competition has a brand new sponsor for 2019, McDougalls, which has allowed organisers to review the entry and judging criteria to further align it with current food standards and general consumer eating trends. 

As such, a brand new...

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