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14/07/2017 07:07
People 1st, the hospitality sector employment and training organisation, has created a new virtual network and released its latest research report to get businesses within the industry networking in a bid to drive productivity.

The network, which People 1st has called ‘The Wire’, is free to join and is intended to be a platform for companies to discuss the themes of the report.

“With a crippling labour turnover rate of 75%, the three key drivers of change - rising costs, recruitment difficulties and changing...

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14/07/2017 07:07
New data released this month indicates that the salaries of those working in kitchens went up substantially over the last year.

According to the latest report from specialist staffing company Blue Arrow, commis chefs have seen their wages rise by 16.8% from last year, from £16,554 per annum in 2016 to £17,773 in 2017.

Chefs de partie saw their wages go up 6.4% and sous chefs enjoyed a 4.4% pay rise.

Waiters...

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More children eating healthy lunches – new DfE data reveals
30/06/2017 10:06
New data from the Department for Education has revealed that the number of infants eating a healthy meal at lunchtime because of free school meals and universal infant free school meals has increased since last year.

Benefits-based free school meals figures have risen from 86.9% in 2016 to 87.5% in 2017. Universal infant free school meals figures were 84.8% in 2016 and are now at 85.9% for 2017.

The number of children eligible for free school meals has continued to drop and is now at its lowest since...

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Sugarwise certification label launches in Europe with backing from MEPS, WHO and EC representatives
29/06/2017 11:06
Sugarwise, a new mark to certify foods that are low in added sugars, has been launched in Europe with support from Members of the European Parliament (MEP), World Health Organization (WHO) and European Commission representatives.

Luke Fernandes, Sugarwise representative to the EU, said: “Whenever people see the label they will know that the product it appears on is guaranteed to be low in any of the sugars or sweeteners they need to worry about. The label is called Sugarwise.”

The label, which will be available...

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BidFood crowned McDougalls Wholesaler Baking Team of the Year 2017
29/06/2017 08:06
Premier Foods has announced that Pamela Maclean, Alison Carmody and Vicky Mogford from foodservice distributor Bidfood, have been crowned the winners of the McDougalls Wholesaler Baking Team of the Year competition.

At the final, which took place on June 27th at the Premier Foods head office in St. Albans, teams took part in a live cook-off before team Bidfood emerged as the winners with their recipe for Persian flapjacks with rose petals, pistachios and pomegranate, using McDougalls Flapjack Mix.

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Beacon Purchasing Hans Ziebeck
23/06/2017 11:06
Beacon, the purchasing group, has received a 267% increase in price rise notifications compared to last year, with some companies pushing for 25% hikes.

The group describes the situation as “the tip of the iceberg” and warns that more price rise pressure is certain to come as existing hedged purchasing deals expire.

Hans Ziebeck, Director of Purchasing at Beacon, said: “Currency concerns, a pausing of investment, the uncertain future of...

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Subway launches partnership with Sports for Schools
22/06/2017 08:06
Subway has announced its new two-year partnership with Sports for Schools to encourage children and families in the UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI) to get fit and active.

As the Official Sponsor of Sports for Schools, the Subway brand, which is the world’s largest submarine sandwich franchise, will help to enable primary schoolchildren to do more physical activity while assisting schools in raising money for PE equipment.

The Sports for Schools scheme has...

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Springboard Awards for Excellence 2017 call for entries
21/06/2017 07:06
The Springboard Charity has issued a call for entries for its Awards for Excellence 2017, which celebrates and rewards individuals, organisations and initiatives in the hospitality industry.

Categories include the best apprenticeship strategy award, best chef development strategy award and the education & industry partnership award. 

Entries are being sought for individuals and teams that deserve recognition for their excellent work, which need to be completed online for...

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School Food Matters celebrates tenth birthday at Westminster Abbey College Garden
19/06/2017 10:06
School Food Matters celebrated its tenth birthday last week with 500 children at Westminster Abbey’s College Garden.

The school food charity, which is based in south west London, invited 50 schools to join them along with celebrity chef Tom Aikens and gardener Chris Collins for a food themed celebration, which saw Aitkens judging the best picnic in Bake-Off style.

Founder and CEO of School Food Matters...

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One in five UK children living with food insecurity
15/06/2017 10:06
A new report from Unicef has revealed that one in five children in the UK is living with an adult who is food insecure, which puts UK levels among the highest of rich nations.

The Building the Future report defines food insecurity as a lack of secure access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that can ensure normal growth and development, as well as an active and healthy lifestyle.

Unicef finds that 19.5% of children below the age of 15 in the UK are living...

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