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03/10/2018 09:10
The recent hot weather has caused ‘turbulence’ in food prices, according to the latest Foodservice Price Index from CGA and Prestige Purchasing.

Overall inflation in the foodservice sector dropped in August 2018 due to a fall in meat and poultry prices against the same month last year, but prices are likely to rise again soon.

Shaun Allen, Prestige Purchasing chief executive, said: “Whilst the overall drop in inflation this month...

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Industry
02/10/2018 14:10
The environment and biological resistance to losing weight can impact efforts to become healthy, according to experts.

The British Nutrition Foundation’s (BNF) conference titled  ‘the what, how and when of weight loss’ heard from experts spanning key areas of scientific research around the subject of weight management.

They focused on the idea of an ‘obesogenic environment’, an environment that encourages...

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Industry
02/10/2018 08:10
Schoolchildren in Northern Ireland are being encouraged to enter the third annual Big School Cook Off competition, co-run by foodservice provider Mount Charles, supermarket chain SuperValu and the Irish News.

Aimed to develop entrants’ passion for cooking, the contest hopes to provide insight into the hospitality industry and a career in catering, while opening the door for future training and skills development.

To enter, teams of two must submit a two-cover, main course recipe at no more...

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Industry
02/10/2018 08:10
Encouraging students to pursue a career in hospitality, Great British Menu chef Ellis Barrie is to host cooking classes at a local Welsh school.

Barrie – of the 2 AA Rosette restaurant Marram Grass (Anglesey) – will be helping 13 GCSE pupils studying catering and hospitality at Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern this year.

Kicking off this month (15 October), the first session will focus on knife skills, with all children to be given a set...

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Industry
02/10/2018 08:10
Principals by CH&CO – the hospitality company’s dedicated school catering arm – has added 16 new schools to its portfolio this academic year.

Said to be worth £7.5m in total revenue for the duration of the contracts, the wins have also seen the company expand it London and Surrey, while strengthening its foothold in Kent.

Sales director Peter McKenna said: “It’s been an incredible start to the new school year and we’re thrilled...

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Industry
Campaigners call for at least one vegan option on every menu
27/09/2018 09:09
The Vegan society is targeting the government with a petition to call on the public sector to provide at least one vegan option on the menu every day.

Campaigners say that there is the potential for England to become the first country in Europe to enshrine a right to good quality, affordable, plant-based food in law.

Louise Davies, head of campaigns, policy and research at The Vegan Society, said: “The government is responsible for...

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Industry
27/09/2018 09:09
Highlighting the urgency to reduce childhood obesity, the government announced a brand new Trailblazer programme yesterday (26 September), inviting local authorities to submit plans to tackle the issue in their area.

12 councils will then be supported in developing ‘practical’ plans, with just five chosen to embark on the three-year scheme, in spring 2019.

Co-un by government and the Local Government Association (LGA), the Trailblazer programme officially launches next month (October) and forms part...

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LACA
26/09/2018 14:09
Curry has been voted as the nation’s favourite school meal, with chocolate sponge and custard the top choice of dessert.

As part of National School Meal Week’s (NSMW) silver jubilee celebrations, the Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) decided to see which school meals had stood through the test of time.

The poll started with ten main courses and desserts, before being whittled down to the top...

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Industry
25/09/2018 09:09
A new initiative will see healthy vending machines stocked with ‘natural ingredients only' items launched across Shropshire Council, to help ‘transform’ eating habits.

The brainchild of Shropshire Council's Help2Change team, the Food4Health scheme will see vending machines stocked with a range of fruit, nut and seed items installed across the county.

Products have be created in partnership with Peterborough-based food and packaging firm, Delicious Ideas...

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Industry
21/09/2018 07:09
To coincide with the new academic year, food awareness organisation ProVeg UK has launched its brand new School Plates programme – providing primary schools across the UK with ‘healthier, more sustainable’ menus.

health in the short term - particularly by helping to reduce childhood obesity - and in the long term by helping to reduce the risk of all kinds of chronic health conditions,” the initiative has been rolled out in 110 primary schools across two local authorities in England.

Changes...

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