Industry NEWS

12/02/2019 06:02
The food industry has warned the environment secretary, Michael Gove, of a ‘potential crisis’ if it cannot concentrate on Brexit plans.

In a letter seen by BuzzFeed News, representatives from 32 industry bodies ‘urged’ the government to delay a range of policy consultations until a trade deal has been resolved.

“At this moment of potential crisis in our industry, it cannot be ‘business as usual’ within government,” the...

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07/02/2019 06:02
Celebrating the ‘unsung heroes’ in public sector catering, entry for the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2019 closes 18 February.

Entries must be submitted online via before midnight.

The annual awards recognise the “hardest working people” in the food industry – be it a school, prison, hospital or volunteer chef – and shine the light on those...

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06/02/2019 06:02
School caterer Alliance in Partnership (AiP) challenged GCSE pupils at The Cottesloe School (Leighton Buzzard), to design the new branding for its on-site catering cabin.

Teaching students about marketing and branding, the competition formed part of their GCSE Business Studies course and provided insight into how AiP brands its primary, secondary and sixth form school contracts.

The lesson also taught the 80 16-year-olds how consumers understand logos,...

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01/02/2019 09:02
Schools will be able to be “flexible” in what dinners they serve children in England if there are food shortages because of Brexit, the government has said.

A no-deal technical notice issued by the Department for Education (DFE) explained that the government would not be able to guarantee the supply chain of any food that comes in from the continent because of the prospect of checks in places such as Calais and Dunkirk.

However, it added: “...

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31/01/2019 08:01
Four ‘leading’ UK caterers - Compass Group UK & Ireland, Caterlink, Olive Catering and Vertas – have committed to increase vegetable consumption in the UK by signing up to The Food Foundation's ‘Peas Please’ initiative.

The news follows the launch of Veg Power and ITV’s ‘Eat Them To Defeat Them’ advertising campaign, with a total 14 of catering companies now signed up to the campaign since it launched it 2017.

As part of their pledge, Compass Group, school specialist Caterlink and the University of West...

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29/01/2019 06:01
Premier Foods has shown its commitment to boosting children’s confidence by appointing clinical psychologist, Professor Tanya Byron, as this year’s guest judge for McDougalls Young Baking Team.

Bringing her expertise in confidence to the competition, the company said the decision follows feedback showing that the competition is “great for building children’s confidence.”

Byron said: “I’m so thrilled to have been invited to guest judge this year’s competition.

“It’s so...

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28/01/2019 10:01
The influence of ‘big food’ - such as global companies and manufacturers - must be 'curbed' if obesity, malnutrition and climate change are to be tackled, a report has claimed.

Overconsumption of junk food and not having enough to eat are two sides of the malnutrition coin, said a commission of experts brought together by the Lancet medical journal.

A third major global problem is interlinked – climate change, that the report said is ‘worsened’ by food...

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28/01/2019 06:01
A consultation on the future of allergen labelling has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS).

Closing on 29 March, the consultation will seek information on four possible options:

  • Promote best practice (no change in law)
  • Add “ask the staff” stickers to packaging, staff would have to provide information orally and in writing if asked
  • Label food with the name
  • ...
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25/01/2019 09:01
Veg Power and ITV have partnered to launch a ‘ground-breaking’ initiative that encourages children to eat more vegetables, with a new national campaign - ‘Eat Them To Defeat Them’ - airing tonight (25 January).

On a mission to improve the nation’s health, the duo have created a brand new TV ad, which places children at the heart and positions them as heroes trying to save their parents from being overrun by angry vegetables. Hence the title - they have to ‘Eat Them To Defeat Them.’

With support...

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24/01/2019 10:01
Consumption of sugary drinks by children has fallen by a third over the last nine years, the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey has suggested.

The change has contributed to an overall reduction in sugar consumption, however all age groups still had above the recommended levels of sugar.

The report from the Food Standards Agency and Public Health England (PHE) said that in other places, diet had not improved.

People were...

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