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19/03/2019 06:03
A consultation has been launched about restrictions on adverts for food high in fat, sugar and salt by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

They are asking for the public’s views on ways to reduce the number of junk food adverts as a way to tackle childhood obesity.

Steve Brine, public health minister, said: “It is not right that our children are so widely and easily exposed to adverts promoting foods high in fat, sugar and...

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Industry
11/03/2019 06:03
New research has revealed the amount of pupil premium funding allocated to secondary schools across England and the proportions of pupils within those schools eligible to receive the grant.

The Pupil Premium is a grant given to schools in England, allocated to schools for each pupil who is eligible for free school meals.

Introduced in 2011, it is designed to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income households and their peers, helping to overcome...

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Industry
01/03/2019 10:03
Independent caterer, CH&CO, has announced that it will merge with Inspire Catering, an education caterer based in Stirling with operations across Scotland.

Founded in 2008 by David Pease and Lorna McFarlane, Inspire Catering will help with CH&CO’s ambitions to become a ‘leading player’ in Scotland.

Pease and McFarlan, said: “We are both really delighted to announce this exciting news. It further strengthens our market position and means...

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Industry
01/03/2019 06:03
Kent-based school caterer, Independent Catering, is celebrating after retaining its Soil Association’s Food for Life Served Here silver award.

Catering for circa 50 schools each day, Food for Life praised the company for its “fresh, local and honest meals,” which “go beyond meeting the School Food Standards.”

Independent Catering managing director, Andrew Saunders, commented: “We are delighted to have been re-awarded the Food...

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Industry
28/02/2019 06:02
Mellors Catering Services has raised £2,675 for its chosen charity, Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.

With Hospices in Liverpool, Middlesbrough and Coventry, Zoë’s Place provide palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and infants suffering from life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

Tony Trainor, chief operating officer at Mellors, said: “Five years ago, we decided to...

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Industry
Sharon Hodgson Westminster Hall debate public sector catering Brexit
27/02/2019 12:02
Labour MP and Shadow Public Health Minister Sharon Hodgson has secured a one-hour Westminster Hall debate about the effect on public sector catering of leaving the EU without a deal.

It will start at 4.30pm in Westminster Hall at the House of Commons. Such debates give MPs a chance to raise local or national issues and receive a response from a government minister.

Hodgson has already tweeted to say: “I have secured an important 1 hr Westminster Hall debate on the...

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Industry
27/02/2019 09:02
Scottish Baker of the Year is preparing to launch its eighth annual event next month (6 March), enlisting the help of two local primary schools to open this year’s contest.

Open to bakers across the country, the annual competition aims to support and promote their interests, with ambassador Mich Turner urging “everyone who pops into their local bakery to vote for their favourite baked goodies.”

“Your votes could help them win Scottish Baker of the Year 2019...

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Industry
25/02/2019 09:02
A ban on junk food advertising across London's entire public transport network has started today.

As previously reported, posters for food and drink high in fat, salt and sugar will begin to be removed from the Underground, Overground, buses and bus shelters.

After plans were first announced in May, 82% of 1,500...

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Industry
22/02/2019 06:02
Supplier Premier Foods hosted a careers workshop for local GCSE pupils studying food technology in St Albans yesterday (14 February), to provide insight into the catering, hospitality and food manufacturing industries.

Working with 11, year 11 pupils from Loreto College, the event took place at the company’s head office (St Albans) and formed part of IGD’s ‘Feeding Britain’ programme. This links food businesses with local secondary schools to help build on-going relationships.

Kicking off with a welcome...

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Industry
ParentPay school lunches
20/02/2019 10:02
LACA Partner ParentPay, which provides cashless payment systems for more than 8,500 schools in the UK, has rejected claims made in national online media that children went hungry after its system suffered a ‘meltdown’.

A spokesperson, describing stories in the Sun Online and metro.co.uk as ‘sensationalised’, said the reality was that a minor glitch on February 11th affected ‘a handful’ of parents who were trying to make payments using the system.

“Unfortunately we did experience a technical issue, which...

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