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Holiday hunger inquiry launched
22/02/2017 07:02
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger has launched an inquiry into the extent of hunger among children during the school holidays, as well as the impact it has on their life chances.

The group’s chair, Frank Field MP, said: “Holidays for most children are a time to look forward to family outings and adventures with their mates. Clearly for some children, though, the overriding priority during the school holidays is to find out where their next meal is coming from, or how...

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Tilda Together competition gets out of the blocks
22/02/2017 07:02
Tilda Together, the competition from the rice supplier Tilda Foodservice, has returned to offer schools the opportunity to win £500 plus a sports day with athlete Jess Coulson.

This year’s competition focuses on the importance that sports and nutrition play in maintaining good health.

As well as the cash prize and sports day, dietician Dr Sarah Schenker will hold a talk on nutrition alongside a cooking session at the winning school.

Craig Dillon, head of...

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Last call for McCain One Pot Meal entries
21/02/2017 07:02
McCain has made its final call for school caterers to enter and be in with a chance to be crowned the Chef Solutions One Pot Meal 2017 champion.

The challenge is to create a balanced, delicious and nutritious one pot dish using at least one product from the McCain Chef Solutions Simply range. Dishes must be compliant with all applicable school meal requirements, including School Food Plan in England, Healthy Eating in Wales and Better...

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The City of Liverpool College joins Adopt a School scheme
16/02/2017 09:02
The City of Liverpool College has joined the Adopt a School scheme, allowing access to the college’s kitchens so children can learn about nutrition and how to cook.

The Adopt a School scheme is a charity within the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) that encourages children to eat better and help schools reduce obesity rates among pupils.

Chef and RACA member James Holden mentors school children at the college on behalf of the charity, which...

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International School Meals Day appeals for Thunderclap campaign supporters
14/02/2017 11:02
International School Meals Day, which takes place on March 9th, has called on caterers to show their support by signing up to participate in a Thunderclap campaign.

Thunderclap is a platform that allows campaigns such as International School Meals Day to utilise supporters’ social media reach to spread their message.

This year's day supports food, culture and heritage in schools across the world and you can sign up to support the Thunderclap campaign...

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Child obesity strongly associated with ethic groups, deprivation and sex – new NCMP data reveals
10/02/2017 09:02
New data released by the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) has revealed that obesity prevalence in children continues to have strong associations with ethnic groups, deprivation and sex.

The report finds that children in Black African communities are at higher risk of being overweight or obese. In Reception, 31.2% are obese, which is higher than the England average of 22.1%. By Year 6, 45.9% are obese, which is higher than the England average of 34.2%.

Several ethnic...

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McCain Foods encourages customers to Meet the Farmers
06/02/2017 16:02
McCain Foods has launched a new section of its website designed to introduce caterers to the story of the company's farmers.

The Meet the Farmers section of the website features interviews, video content and showcases the agricultural journey through the potato growing season.

Jo Simmons, McCain Foods senior communications and product manager, said: “McCain, in partnership with our farmers, have a passion for...

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Manitowoc announces rebrand
06/02/2017 15:02
Foodservice equipment supplier Manitowoc has announced that it is rebranding the company, its logo and identity to Welbilt, Inc.

The change is part of the company's strategic repositioning after it spun off from its former parent company, The Manitowoc Company, in March 2016.

Hubertus M. Muehlhaeuser, president and CEO of Manitowoc Foodservice, said: “We are excited to announce the changing of our name to Welbilt,...

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CATERed begins search for children’s school food panel
06/02/2017 08:02
CATERed, Plymouth’s cooperative school food company, have launched a competition to recruit Year 4 and 5 school council members to form Ed’s Citywide Children’s Food Panel.

Brad Pearce, managing director at CATERed, said: “We’ve asked pupils across our 67 primary schools to send us 50 words to tell Ed why they are interested in school food and healthy eating and why they would like to represent their school and their locality on the citywide children’s food panel...

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Bake Off winner visits primary school
03/02/2017 09:02
Jo Wheatley, winner of the BBC’s Great British Bake Off, visited Lordsgate Township Primary School yesterday for an interactive baking day.

Wheatley put on baking demonstration with pupils and held several sessions throughout the day with the school’s catering manager Sarah Levenson as part of her prize for winning Unilever’s Big School Bake Off 2016 in September.

Mellors Catering Services marketing manager, Helen Roughley,...

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