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08/04/2019 08:04
School caterer, Chartwells, has successfully ‘nudged’ secondary school pupils to choose healthier options whilst in lunch.

The pilot scheme saw an average increase of 8% in the take up of healthier choices, moving the caterer to introduce a customised menu nationwide to its portfolio of approximately 450 secondary schools, after the Easter break.

Richard Taylor, managing director at Chartwells, said: “...

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Industry
02/04/2019 10:04
Children who grow up in poverty ‘endure hunger and shame,’ research from the University College of London (UCL), has suggested.

30% of children are in poverty in the UK, which has risen by 500,000 from 3.6million in 2010-2012, to 4.1 million in 2016-17.

The research published by Child Poverty Action Group has shown that children in low-income families are going hungry and are being exposed to ‘feelings of shame...

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Industry
02/04/2019 08:04
School Food Matters has called for help with responses to Ofsted’s consultation on its new framework before it closes on Friday.

It said: “The words “healthy eating” have been removed from the framework and we can find no reference to ‘school food’, ‘food education’ or the government’s proposed Healthy Schools Rating Scheme.

“This matters, as with children in school for 190 days we have a unique opportunity to...

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Industry
28/03/2019 08:03
Havering Council’s Veggie Run campaign has been recognized as the ‘Veg Champion’ of London at the Urban Food Awards.

The award ‘highlights’ the borough's effort to encourage more children in the capital to eat increased amounts of vegetables.

Cllr Robert Benham, children's services, learning and education, said:  "The continued recognition for Veggie Run is a great achievement for Havering Council. To...

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Industry
21/03/2019 06:03
Rice brand Tilda Foodservice has launched a recipe book created with the help of popular school chefs and caterers, including LACA School Chef of the Year 2018 Michael Goulston, and in partnership with school-feeding charity Mary’s Meals.

It forms part of the company’s ‘Tilda Together’ campaign and will help Mary’s Meals feed impoverished school children in 17 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean.

Head of foodservice at Tilda UK, Annette Coggins, said: It’s never...

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Industry
20/03/2019 06:03
Registration is now open for British Nutrition Foundation’s (BNF) Healthy Eating Week (10–14 June), encouraging schools and workplaces across the country to take part.

The annual event seeks to increase knowledge about healthy eating, wellbeing, physical activity, food provenance and cooking, by providing participants with relevant resources to support that year’s challenge.

For 2019, BNF has set the following five health challenges:

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Industry
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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