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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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Industry
12/04/2019 09:04
Since announcing their partnership in July, Tilda Foodservice has donated 60,523 meals to the school-feeding charity, Mary’s Meals which provides daily meals to impoverished schoolchildren.

The six-month milestone was celebrated at Tilda’s headquarters in Rainham, where they were joined by Gerrard McMahon, fundraising co-ordinator at Mary’s Meals to mark the donation.

The dedicated day saw the Tilda Foodservice team serve up a Mary’s Meals inspired dish to its 200 employees...

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Industry
10/04/2019 06:04
Hungry children are searching lunchboxes for food and are more preoccupied with lunchtime than learning if they haven't had breakfast, it has been revealed in a study.

The study: Hunger in the primary school setting: evidence, impacts and solutions according to school staff in the North East of England, interviewed 12 school staff in 2016 about the impact of holiday hunger on education.

“The first thing they want to do is eat or know when the next meal...

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Shaun Allen foodservice price index inflation CGA Prestige Purchasing
09/04/2019 10:04
Fish and fruit prices have helped drive the Foodservice Price Index from CGA and Prestige Purchasing to 9.8% - its highest point of year on year inflation since it began in January 2015.

Shaun Allen, chief executive at Prestige Purchasing said the fish category of the Foodservice Price Index had seen another jump in inflation month on month, with much of the increase down to difficulties in the North Sea, where poor weather had kept ships off key fishing grounds for long periods...

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