Industry NEWS

23/05/2017 07:05
Principals, the education arm of caterer Harbour and Jones, hosted the Big Dig in Warren Road Primary School, Orpington to launch a fruit and vegetable planting scheme to help children understand where food comes from.

Pupils, teachers and catering staff welcomed the deputy mayor of Bromley, Councillor Kevin Brooks, at the event where he carried out a ceremonial planting after lunch.

Patrick Harbour, director and co-founder of Harbour and Jones, which owns Principals, said: “The team has worked hard to...

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Scrapping school meals policy ‘doesn’t add up’ – Jamie Oliver says
19/05/2017 09:05
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has said the Conservative Party’s pledge to scrap universal infant free school meals and replace it with a breakfast scheme ‘doesn’t add up’.

Oliver said: “The logic behind this decision is extremely worrying. Why scrap a policy that gives every child access to a free school lunch and replace it with a policy that only gives breakfast to some? It doesn’t add up.

“Obesity hasn’t just happened overnight. We’ve all heard the...

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Conservative Party pledges to end universal infant free school meals
18/05/2017 09:05
The Conservative Party manifesto is expected to announce its intention to scrap universal infant free school meals and replace the scheme with free school breakfasts. Its manifesto document will be formally launched later this morning.

The Times has reported that the change would save £650 million a year, which is currently spent on hot lunches for all five, six and seven year olds. Free school meals is expected to go untouched by the planned changes, which are due to be announced later this morning.

Both the Labour and...

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17/05/2017 08:05
Over 7,900 schools and nurseries representing 3.7 million children have registered to participate in the British Nutrition Foundation’s (BNF) Healthy Eating Week, from June 12th to June 16th.

The fifth annual Healthy Eating Week, which aims to increase the nation’s understanding of healthy eating, has the theme ‘applied learning’ to encourage school children to take ownership of their healthy by becoming school ‘ambassadors’ and motivating classmates.

Roy Ballam, managing...

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Viva Weekly Win returns to boost school menus
15/05/2017 09:05
The Viva Weekly Win competition for the education sector has returned to reward pupils who drink Viva Flavoured Milk with the chance to win a Beats portable speaker.

Every school week until December 15th will see one pupil win a speaker in a weekly draw by entering Viva carton codes online.

Simon Muschamp, head of marketing at Pritchitts, said: “The biggest challenge facing schools is the pressure to provide healthier menu options that pupils will...

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Five finalists announced for McCain Simply One Pot Meal competition
11/05/2017 07:05
The five McCain Simply One Pot Meal competition finalists that will take part in a cook-off at Eckington Manor on May 25th have been announced.

Finalists will cook their recipes in front of a panel of industry expert judges for the chance to be crowned the winner of the McCain Simply One Pot Meal Competition 2017.

Jo Simmons, senior product and communications manager at McCain, said: “The One Pot Meal Competition is a great way...

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10/05/2017 09:05
ESPO, the public sector buying organisation, has launched its largest framework to help public sector organisations, including primary schools and NHS trusts, to buy consultancy services.

The framework, launched as funding cuts have resulted in a reduction of in-house procurement teams, includes the services of audit consultancy, general finance, health and social care and transport and logistics.

Sheena Kocherhans, category manager for professional services at ESPO, said...

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Prue Leith becomes patron of Children’s Food Trust
09/05/2017 08:05
Celebrity chef and new Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith has been announced as a patron of the Children’s Food Trust’s Let’s Get Cooking Programme.

The Let’s Get Cooking programme is a network of school cooking clubs in the UK that aims to get more children eating better.

Prue Leith, said: “Cooking is an essential skill and should be taught in schools year in year out. Let’s Get Cooking is doing a great job but we’re filling a gap we...

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Brakes issues call to action over holiday hunger
08/05/2017 12:05
Brakes is urging industry leaders to build the movement to tackle holiday hunger by increasing engagement within schools and communities.

The catering distribution company is calling for letters to be written to local MPs, urging them to raise awareness and support the issue of child poverty and holiday hunger within their political party and constituency.

A selection of electronic signatures and social media assets have...

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Coeliac UK launches ‘Gluten Freevolution’ campaign
08/05/2017 07:05
Coeliac UK has launched a new campaign to highlight the growing demand for improved safety, choice and availability of gluten free when eating out.

The ‘Gluten Freevolution’ campaign will be focused on improving the levels of understanding amongst caterers as well as increasing the skills and knowledge of both front and back of house staff in preparing and serving gluten free food.

New guidance for caterers has also been launched for...

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