Industry NEWS

Christopher Clare CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index
08/03/2018 07:03
Foodservice price inflation in the UK dipped to 2.5% in January, according to figures from the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index, primarily due to an easing of seasonal and supply trends. The figure is a fall from year-on-year inflation of 5.1% recorded in December 2017.

The 2.5% figure marks the lowest point reached by the index since early last year, and this may be an indication that some of the inflationary pressures that have beset the industry in the last couple of years might be easing, according to Christopher Clare, head of consulting and insight at...

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22/02/2018 07:02
London investment firm Bridges Fund Management has paid £8.5 million for a majority stake in the school catering business, Innovate Services Ltd.

The company said it has targeted the school catering sector driven by the belief that it offers an “outstanding opportunity to drive better health and education outcomes for children alongside strong commercial performance”.

It added that one of the reasons it picked Innovate was the...

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BMJ childhood obesity
08/02/2018 09:02
School-based programmes aimed at preventing obesity in children are unlikely to have much impact on the childhood obesity epidemic, suggests a randomised controlled trial published by The BMJ today.

While school is an important setting for supporting healthy lifestyles, the researchers say wider influences - for example from families, local communities, and the food industry - may have a greater effect than any school run intervention.

In the UK, around a quarter of children are...

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02/02/2018 07:02
The deadline to cast nominations for the 2018 Cost Sector Catering Awards has been extended to 16 February.

This year’s celebrations at the Hilton Metropole have the added significance of marking the 25th anniversary of Cost Sector Catering Magazine.

Twenty awards will given out on the evening across a variety of sectors, including education, healthcare and military.

For more information...

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31/01/2018 07:01
Caterer-turned-TV personality Prue Leith has urged school meals providers to play a greater role in helping to get kids to love good food from an early age.

Leith made the call at an event organised by CH&Co-owned school caterer, Principals, called ‘Beyond the Classroom’.

The event brought together parents, nutritionists, head teachers and pupils to discuss developing an early awareness and understanding of food among children.


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30/01/2018 09:01
Leicestershire-based catering company Wilson Vale has added to its education portfolio with the signing of a three-year contract with Kent College Pembury.

The deal with the independent, day, boarding, nursery and preparatory school for girls, is worth £750,000.

Wilson Vale replaces Brookwood as caterer for the Kent school, which houses 600 pupils and 200 staff. 

Services include breakfast, lunch and tea, as well as catering for...

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25/01/2018 09:01
Key policy priorities for tackling obesity in Scotland will be discussed at a keynote seminar in Edinburgh next month.

Politicians and representatives from several government bodies and trade associations will talk over the Scottish Government’s newly published diet and obesity strategy draft.

The agenda includes keynote contributions from Aileen Campbell MSP, minister for Public Health and Sport, the...

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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 went live last week.

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 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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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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