Industry NEWS

15/03/2017 09:03
Hospitality Action is calling on foodservice and hospitality organisations throughout the UK to join their apprentices and personnel in development programmes, to organise a fundraising event or activity between March and September.

The activity should showcase initiative, imagination, organisational ability and skills, whilst also raising funds to help thousands of people in the industry who need support.

Penny Moore, CEO of Hospitality Action, says: “We are looking forward to hearing about some really creative,...

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Simon Frost: Newly appointed director of sales and chain accounts
14/03/2017 09:03
Hoshizaki UK, the manufacturer of commercial kitchen and foodservice equipment, has announced the appointment of Simon Frost CFSP as UK director of sales and chain accounts.

Frost will work closely with Steve Loughton who was recently appointed as director of Hoshizaki UK and Ireland.

Frost said: “I have knowledge of and a long standing affiliation with the Hoshizaki brands and the team, and am genuinely thrilled to be taking that relationship to the next...

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Premier Foods extends registration deadline for McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year
13/03/2017 11:03
Premier Foods is giving school caterers more time to recruit a team of enthusiastic young bakers and enter its third annual McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year competition due to popular demand.

The deadline for registration has now been extended by an extra two weeks, until March 31st.

Sarah Robb, channel marketing manager at Premier Foods, said: “We are thrilled this competition has excited caterers for the third year running and it is great to see so many schools keen to get...

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Search for City Catering Junior Chef of the Year 2017 gets underway
13/03/2017 08:03
Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s City Catering Service has 31 children from 21 primary schools taking part in the Junior Chef of the Year 2017 competition.

The competition is in its second year and will test pupils, aged seven to 11, on their skills in preparing and cooking their chosen dish. Schools have run mini competitions to select representatives for the challenge.

Three days of cooking will take place this month and an awards ceremony...

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Applications for Healthy Eating Week 2017 up 10%
10/03/2017 07:03
Applications for this year’s British National Foundation’s (BNF) Healthy Eating Week are up 10% from last year’s total with three months to go, with 7,500 organisations having registered.

The BNF’s Healthy Eating Week, taking place from June 12th to 16th, will see schools, universities and workplaces focus on building knowledge on healthy eating and wellbeing, being active and cooking.

Roy Ballam, managing director and head of education at the BNF, said: “Positive...

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Big School Bake Off competition returns with final to be held at LACA Main Event
09/03/2017 07:03
Unilever Food Solutions’ Big School Bake Off competition has opened for entries, with the announcement that this year’s final will take place at the LACA Main Event in July.

A total of 12 finalists, one from each LACA region, will compete at the LACA Main Event on July 6th, following a round of paper judging.

Sarah Levenson, 2016 Big School Bake Off champion and catering manager at Lordsgate Township CofE Primary School in Lancashire, said: “Winning Big...

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Chippies give sustainability lessons to school children
08/03/2017 10:03
Two fish and chip shops, Godfrey’s in St Albans and Miller’s in Haxby, have given talks at their local schools to teach children about sustainable fishing.

The two chippies worked with the Marine Stewardship Council team to deliver their assemblies with St Alban City School and Clifton with Rawcliffe Primary School in York. The chippies used the MSC's Fish & Kids educational resources to deliver talks about sustainability, including their trips...

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Cordia installs diner at Holyrood Secondary
07/03/2017 07:03
School caterer Cordia Services has installed an American-style diner for pupils at Holyrood Secondary in Glasgow.

The diner has traditional features such as red faux leather seating and black and white tiled flooring. An American themed menu of BBQ chicken buns, quesadillas, and chilli dogs has been put together and conforms to Scottish Government nutritional legislation.

Julia McCreadie, Cordia’s...

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Parents give in to pester power 21 times a week
06/03/2017 14:03
British parents give in to pester power for unhealthy snacks 21 times a week, which equates to 1,092 times each year, according to new research.

The survey commissioned by Yazoo No Added Sugar milk drinks, found the average parent hears the words ‘I’m hungry’ from their children nine times a day, with chocolate emerging as the snack children pester for the most, followed by sweets, crisps, biscuits and sugary drinks.

The research...

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Review of school food standards in Scotland confirmed
06/03/2017 11:03
Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP has confirmed that a review of school food and drink nutritional standards is underway.

Experts from Food Standards Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and Education Scotland are considering whether school food provision can be further improved.

Swinney, said: “School food matters, in terms of what children eat and what they learn about. With almost 366,000 school meals served up...

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