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17/05/2019 08:05
All state schools in England should offer pupils a compulsory plant-based menu one day a week, the social association has recommended.

Reported in The Guardian, the association is urging the Department for Education (DfE) to replace a non-mandatory recommendation for a weekly meat-free day with a statutory menu once a week offering only plant-based proteins and foods in an aim to make school meals more environmentally friendly...

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Industry
14/05/2019 08:05
School catering service, Independents by Sodexo, has appointed a ‘dedicated’ Health and Wellbeing Manager to help improve pupil performance.

Paul Quinn, who has a Masters in Applied Human Nutrition, brings a wealth of knowledge on the science behind food to Sodexo’s culinary team, which provides fresh food from scratch to more than 80 of the UK and Ireland's top independent schools.

The newly created role will see Paul Quinn,...

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Industry
13/05/2019 10:05
The Guardians of Grub campaign has been launched today (13 May) to tackle nearly £3 billion worth of food that is wasted every year across the hospitality and foodservice sector, of which 75% could have been eaten.

The campaign, developed by WRAP as part of its work to cut food waste from farm to fork, was unveiled at a symposium organised by the Government’s Food Surplus and Waste Champion Ben Elliot, and attended by senior business figures, the Secretary of State for the Environment Michael Gove.

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Industry
09/05/2019 06:05
Secondary school pupils from the most disadvantaged families who are entitled to free school meals are losing out on tens of millions of pounds every year in unspent lunch funds, according to an investigation by charity Citizens UK.

It said that free school meals money not spent by a pupil, perhaps because they are off sick or have missed lunch due to other school commitments, or have not spent the full amount , is kept by the school meal provider rather than held in the pupil’s account for another day.

The charity...

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Industry
07/05/2019 12:05
Inflation in the foodservice sector dropped in March from the record high of 9.8% in February, but prices are continuing to rise.

It reported that fish continued to be the most volatile category in terms of price movements. Prices are ‘well above’ the levels seen this time last year, and rose by 10% month on month. Salmon prices peaked in the run up to Easter, but with good weather and reduced demand, along with likely...

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Industry
03/05/2019 08:05
National Slush Month, sponsored by Vimto Out of Home, kicks off this week (May 2019). To mark the occasion, it has launched the first in a series of social media competitions, part of an above-the-line campaign to get the nation celebrating slush.

Vimto Out of Home is on a’ mission’ to get more people than ever choosing frozen drinks. It has teamed up with some ‘top social media stars’ to encourage people to share their best #slushface for a chance to win an iPad.

Peter Robinson, Brand Manager, Vimto Out of Home, said: “We’re...

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Industry
30/04/2019 08:04
Warewashing brand, Winterhalter, has launched its sixth annual contest to find the best kitchen porter in the UK.

With a prize fund worth £12,000, including a special gift for every nominee, the sixth year of the competition will ‘be the biggest ever’.

“Every year we’ve seen the standard of entries rise,” said Stephen Kinkead, managing director of Winterhalter UK.

“More companies want to...

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Industry
24/04/2019 08:04
Finishing its second phase of reformulations, foodservice provider, Bidfood, has so far achieved an average of 25% sugar reduction across some of its cakes and 20% across pie fillings.

In 2018 Bidfood revealed a 23% sugar reduction within its ice cream range and has continued to exceed the targets set by Public Health England’s (PHE), of 20% sugar reduction by 2020.

Laura Manning, bakery and desserts category manager, said:  “Within the bakery and desserts category,...

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Industry
23/04/2019 09:04
Fussy kids will refuse to eat two meals a week, while two more are thrown away practically untouched, a survey has found.

A survey of 2,000 parents of kids aged four to 16 found three in five consider their child a 'fussy eater'.

The research by the UK meal kit company, HelloFresh UK, revealed that nearly one in two parents feel obliged to cook more than one different meal each night to make sure everyone...

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Industry
17/04/2019 08:04
A programme to help tackle holiday hunger, physical inactivity and social isolation for some of the disadvantaged children in Hertfordshire returned to the county for the Easter Holiday.

The initiative which first ran in the summer of 2018 is a collaborative programme run by Herts Sports Partnership, HCL (Hertfordshire Catering Limited), Hertfordshire Fire Department and Hertfordshire Library Service.

The Fit, Fed and Read programme for children aged 8 to 11, focuses on...

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