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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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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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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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Industry
12/01/2018 09:01
Waste reduction charity group WRAP has revealed plans for a new UK initiative to combat problems surrounding plastic and its impact on the environment.

The group says its “ambitious” project will involve collaborative action and commitment by businesses, governments, local authorities, NGOs, media and society at large, to “re-define what is possible and create a plastic system that works- a circular economy where plastic is valued and never...

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Industry
12/01/2018 09:01
Hobart Cooking’s government and key accounts manager, David Grundy, is celebrating his 40th anniversary at the catering equipment company this month (January.)

Praised for his “unparalleled” experience and “unrivalled” reputation, Grundy has held 10 different positions since starting out as a catering specialist in 1977. From warewash to service, Hobart said “his dedication to the government sector of the business has been constant throughout,” and...

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Industry
PHE severe obesity children Reception England
12/01/2018 07:01
New childhood obesity figures from Public Health England suggest that more than 100,000 primary age children are classified as ‘severely obese’.

John Newton, head of PHE’s Health Improvement Directorate, said: “Severely obese children are at risk of developing a number of serious acute and chronic health problems. These children therefore pose a significant concern in terms of their health and well-being, and may require the provision of...

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Industry
11/01/2018 08:01
Leicestershire-based school caterer Wilson Vale has extended its contracts with two schools in the West Midlands.

Prestfelde School, an independent preparatory boarding school in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, and Highclare School in Birmingham, have both furthered their contracts with the firm by five years.

Prestfelde School has retained Wilson Vale since 2009. A team of six provide 290 lunches every day...

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Industry
10/01/2018 11:01
ParentPay Limited, a digital service provider of cashless payments for schools and parents, has acquired school catering solutions software/app, Cypad.

The deal, which was agreed on 29 December, will see the two businesses' products and services remain as distinct, stand-alone offerings.

Cypad, a school meals solution provider for caterers, local authorities and schools, will remain at its Bristol base following the change in ownership...

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Industry
09/01/2018 09:01
Latest figures from the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index reveals that foodservice price inflation reached its lowest point since January 2017 in November - falling for the third month in a row to 3.4%.

It also marks the first time that prices have dipped below the level of inflation recorded by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) – currently running at 4% - since the Index data was introduced.

That said, while it brings some “welcome respite” for the industry, operators should be wry as “the...

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