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Brakes pledges additional £500,000 to help end holiday hunger
27/04/2017 09:04
The new Brakes UK CEO Ton Christiaanse has pledged to support its holiday hunger initiative, Meals & More, with an additional £500,000 over the next five years.

Christiaanse made the announcement at the Brakes UK Child Food Insecurity Forum at the House of Commons on Tuesday.

The Brakes CEO, said: “In today’s society we simply cannot allow child hunger to continue. At Brakes we launched the Meals & More initiative to start a movement, a...

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Election offers opportunity to put childhood obesity on manifestos – Jamie Oliver
21/04/2017 12:04
Jamie Oliver has said the triggering of a snap election on June 8th offers an opportunity to put childhood obesity policies at the centre of manifesto pledges.

He said: “This election is a real opportunity to bring us back together. And cement a plan to give our kids a fair start and a future they can benefit from.

“That’s why in the lead up to the election we’re asking every party to put childhood obesity policies at the centre of their...

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School meals offer opportunity to drive dietary change
20/04/2017 08:04
Obesity Action Scotland (OAS) has called on local government election candidates to take advantage of the opportunity school meals offers to drive dietary change in Scotland.

A call has been made by the OAS to transform school meals in Scotland from a feeding culture to an eating culture. Currently, two thirds of primary school children in Scotland eat school meals.

Lorraine Tulloch, programme lead of Obesity Action Scotland, said: “Change is possible and we...

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Weetabix acquired by Post Holdings
18/04/2017 11:04
The Weetabix Food Company is to be acquired by packaged goods holding company Post Holdings, Inc., in a deal that values the cereal brand at £1.4 billion.

Giles Turrell, CEO of Weetabix Food Company, said: “Today’s deal is great news for the team at Weetabix and all those who love our brands. The past five years have seen us increase our branded sales at home and overseas.

“Post is a leader within its markets and shares our commitment to...

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Rise in holiday hunger revealed by NUT survey
18/04/2017 09:04
The amount of pupils affected by holiday hunger has increased over the last two years and pupils are returning to school with signs of malnourishment, a National Union of Teachers (NUT) survey has revealed.

The survey revealed that 51% of respondents said that pupils at their schools were affected by holiday hunger. 39% of these said it was affecting more than a quarter of pupils in their school, with 12% saying half or more of their pupils experienced holiday hunger.

73% said that their...

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YPO helps Thomas Ridley secure £50 million school food contract with seven London boroughs
13/04/2017 09:04
A group of seven London boroughs, supported by public sector buying organisation YPO, have awarded a £50 million contract to Thomas Ridley Food Service to provide food for school meals.

YPO worked with the London Borough of Havering to develop a framework that would meet their requirements and offer value for money.

Darren Byford, YPO’s food business manager, said: “We’re very proud to have worked with the London Boroughs Procurement Collaborative on this important...

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11/04/2017 08:04
The Hairy Bikers, TV chefs and presenters Si King and Dave Myers, have announced their support for this year’s National Vegetarian Week and are to publish a vegetarian cookbook during the week, which commences May 15th.

Lynne Elliot, chief executive of the Vegetarian Society, said: “This year we’re delighted to have The Hairy Bikers on board for National Vegetarian Week! We think the endearing duo are the ideal guys to help us encourage more people to give veggie food a go for week.”

The Hairy Dieters Go...

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PHE’s sugar reduction programme ‘a step in the right direction’ – GlobalData says
10/04/2017 10:04
Public Health England’s (PHE) sugar reduction plan is ‘a step in the right direction’ to tackle childhood obesity, but taxation cannot be solely relied on, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Ryan Whittaker, associate consumer analyst at GlobalData, said: “Emulating the UK’s salt reduction program is a strong strategy. Without being overly prescriptive, this strategy brought manufacturers, action groups and other interested parties together and achieved an 11% reduction in salt...

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07/04/2017 15:04
New research from food packaging company Tetra Pak found that 55% of primary aged children in the UK are currently drinking milk at school, with levels decreased further in children aged nine and older.

In the report, ‘Making More of Milk’, it suggests that 28% of parents say the main reason their kids are not drinking milk in school is because they are unaware their children their children are eligible for free or subsidised milk.

Stefan Fageräng, managing director north west Europe at...

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06/04/2017 16:04
Sharon Hodgson MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for School Food, has welcomed the Labour Party's announcement of its commitment to provide free school meals for all primary school children.

The comment from Hodgson comes after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced the policy today (April 6), which would be funded through charging VAT on private schools, during a visit to Lancashire for a Labour local election campaign.

Hodgson said: “Lunchtime can often be an overlooked part...

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