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Conservatives about to abandon school meals manifesto pledge
15/06/2017 09:06
The Conservative Party is about to abandon its manifesto pledge to scrap universal infant free school meals and replace it with a breakfast scheme, according to The Sun.

The Sun reports that government sources have said that the Prime Minister will drop the pledge because of a ‘major reality check’ after failing to win a majority in the General Election. 

A statement is expected in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday, which will outline the new government's...

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AiP secures contracts with Essex and London schools
15/06/2017 08:06
School caterer Alliance in Partnership (AiP) has secured contracts with Wanstead High School in Essex, Ilford County High and Henry Fawcett Primary School in London.

The offering at Wanstead High School has been developed to include high street concepts and trends. The catering team has been trained by the AiP executive chef team to meet the School Food Plan and Silver Food for Life standards. This has resulted in a 20% increase in sales.


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Premier Foods reveals McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year 2017 finalists
13/06/2017 10:06
Premier Foods has announced the five schools that will contest for the title of McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year 2017 at the LACA Main Event on July 6th.

The theme for this year is local produce and teams are required to include an ingredient that has been sourced within a 30-mile radius of their school.

The competition helps school caterers to encourage a passionate team of up to three children, between the ages of 7 and 11, to develop an...

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LACA main event, big school bake off, stork, school caterers
13/06/2017 09:06
Nine school caterers have been announced as finalists for the national Big School Bake Off competition, which will take place at the LACA Main Event on Thursday, July 6th.

The finalists were picked after Judges from Unilever Food Solutions and The Children’s Food Trust reviewed paper entries. Recipes had to contain at least 50% fruit in line with School Food Standards in England.

Alex Hall, chief executive of Unilever Food Solutions, said: “Our aim for this...

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Research finds summer 'learning lag' link with holiday hunger
12/06/2017 16:06
Researchers at Northumbria University have found that attainment levels dropped to four and a half weeks behind where they were before the summer holidays among pupils aged six to eight years old because of a lack of access to holiday hunger schemes.

TES reports that Northumbria University surveyed 428 organisations that provide food during school holidays and carried out a separate pilot study to analyse the educational impact of three of these programmes.

The research found that the summer schemes, which also offer access to books...

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12/06/2017 09:06
Scotland Policy Conferences is to host a keynote seminar to discuss key issues for tackling obesity in Scotland.

The ‘policy priorities for tackling obesity in Scotland’ seminar on Wednesday, February 21st follows the publication of the Scottish Government’s new diet and obesity strategy and physical activity delivery plan.

Chaired by Kenneth Gibson MSP, co-convener of the Cross Party Group of...

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12/06/2017 08:06
A survey from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has found that one in ten 14 to 16-year-olds think tomatoes grow underground and 6% believe dairy cow produce eggs.

The survey of over 5,000 school children aged between five and 16 also found that 54% of 11 to 14-year-olds use the internet as a reliable source of information on healthy eating, with schools as the second biggest source of information as 59% rely on schools to provide them with correct...

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08/06/2017 08:06
The Dairy Council is to host a series of study days throughout June with open lectures from health professionals and writers on dairy, nutrition and health.

The events, which will be free to attend, are being held in Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Cardiff and London.

Topics to be discussed include dairy and cardiometabolic health, dairy and obesity, and dairy and healthy ageing.

Among those speaking are Professor Ian Givens, in...

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Aimia Foods joins Food for Life supplier scheme
07/06/2017 07:06
Food and beverage manufacturer Aimia Foods has announced that it has joined the Soil Association’s Food for Life Supplier Scheme.

By joining the scheme, Aimia offers caterers the assurance that specific products purchased from Aimia meet the Food for Life Catering Mark entry level criteria.

Karen Green, marketing manager at Aimia Foods, said: “There is now far more awareness within the foodservice sector of the...

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05/06/2017 12:06
The University of Hertfordshire has urged schools to work harder to provide nutritious, affordable lunches as new research from the university shows four in ten (41%) teenagers consume sugary drinks during school lunch break despite them being banned.

Professor Wendy Wills, a researcher from the University of Hertfordshire, said: “It is imperative that schools provide healthier options alongside a more desirable social environment and that they include young people in these decisions.

“School meals may be more nutritious than food or...

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