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Enfield Council catering Goat Gourmet sustainable
11/09/2018 07:09
Enfield Council, the first in the country to become a member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), has been awarded a top sustainability rating.

Its Civic Centre restaurant, which feeds 600 council employees plus staff from NHS Royal Free Foundation Trust based in the building, has gained the SRA’s three-star rating.

The effort to earn the top-level accreditation was achieved thanks to help and guidance from award-winning street...

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11/09/2018 07:09
Food reassurance scheme Red Tractor held an intimate event in London yesterday (9 September) to outline its agenda in becoming ‘the flagship for British food and farming'.

With its first ever TV campaign launching tomorrow (12 September), the organisation, which was founded in 2000 following numerous food scares, is on a mission to ‘substantially increase the breadth of its regime.’

Accounting 46,000 UK farms as members, Red Tractor sets standards for every...

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10/09/2018 07:09
Food for Life (the Soil Association) has partnered with the Carbon Trust to ‘tackle sustainability in commercial kitchens’ – marking the launch of their Green Kitchen Standard award with a free webinar next Wednesday (19 September).

Together, the organisations are on a mission to help caterers achieve sustainable catering operations, as 75% claim they do not have the right tools or knowledge to deliver lasting change.

As such, the brand new Green Kitchen Standard award encourages caterers to review their management...

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Food Foundation PHE Eatwell Guide affordability
07/09/2018 07:09
Nearly 4m children in the UK live in households for whom a healthy diet is increasingly unaffordable, according to new analysis from independent think tank The Food Foundation.

Its report, titled ‘Affordability of the Eatwell Guide’ finds 3.7m children live in families which earn less than £15,860 a year and would have to spend 42% of their after-housing income on food to meet the costs of the Government’s nutrition guidelines, making a healthy diet most likely...

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06/09/2018 09:09
More than a fifth of meat samples tested in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in 2017 contained DNA from other animals not on the labelling, it was revealed yesterday (5 September).

Carried out by councils across the nation, the samples came from 487 businesses.

Of the 665 results, 145 were found to have meat from other animals – 73 of which came from retailers, 50 from restaurants and 22 from manufacturing or food processing plants, the BBC claimed.

The meat...

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06/09/2018 07:09
Following reports that the Department of Health is considering making calorie labelling on menus mandatory, UKHospitality has warned that it ‘could present a serious burden’ for industry businesses.

Chief executive Kate Nicholls commented: “Mandatory calorie labelling could have a significant impact on the hospitality sector, particularly smaller businesses that would struggle to cope with the huge burden of a one-size-fits-all approach.

“The knock-on effect would almost certainly...

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05/09/2018 07:09
Mars Foodservice is marking the new school year with the launch of its Dolmio and Uncle Ben’s Best School Meal competition.

Open to primary and secondary schools across the country, it encourages caterers to create a ‘delicious and unique school meal recipe’ which is ‘fun, unique and a firm favourite with the kids.’

It also needs to:

  • Incorporate a Dolmio or Uncle Ben’s sauce or rice
  • Be
  • ...
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05/09/2018 07:09
Red Tractor is getting ready for its annual Red Tractor Week (10-16 September) to raise the profile of ‘traceable, safe food that is farmed with care.’

Taking place across the country, the national initiative calls on consumers and producers alike, encouraging them to get involved by buying Red Tractor certified products; cooking them at home; and engaging on social media.

With the focus on a key ingredient each day, consumers can get...

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Peter Melchett Soil Association
04/09/2018 07:09
Peter Melchett, policy director at the Soil Association and a committed champion of the organic movement, has died of undisclosed causes on August 29th.

He was a prime mover in its Food for Life campaign, and also worked with TV chef Jamie Oliver to improve school meals.

He had been policy director for 18 years following earlier work as a Labour government minister from 1974-79, at the Departments of Environment, Industry, and Northern...

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29/08/2018 15:08
Entry deadline for the All Party Parliamentary Group’s (APPG) first ever Excellence in School Food Award closes next Friday (7 September).

Calling on anyone and everyone working in school food to submit, the award recognises “excellence in innovation, individual commitment and provides an opportunity their hard work to be recognised.”

To be in with the chance of winning, schools must follow the guidelines listed online via...

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