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Save school lunches petition breaks 50,000 mark
05/06/2017 09:06
A petition set up by a group of headteachers has gathered 54,748 signatures in support of its call to save universal infant free school meals since its launch last week.

Lead petitioner Tim Baker, headteacher at Charlton Manor Primary School in Greenwich, launched the petition in response to the Conservative Party’s manifesto pledge to end universal infant free school meals and replace it with a breakfast scheme.

The petition states that a policy change...

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Children’s Food Trust welcomes Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute as new partner
02/06/2017 08:06
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has been announced as the latest partner of the Children’s Food Trust in a bid to encourage knowledge, skills and confidence in fish cookery, and the importance of fish as part of a healthy balanced diet.

Linda Cregan, chief executive of the Children’s Food Trust, said: “It’s a pleasure to be working with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and I feel that we have only just scratched the surface with what we can achieve. There are great benefits to eating oily fish and we’re thrilled to be...

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Headteachers’ save school lunches petition gathers momentum
31/05/2017 09:05
A petition launched by a group of headteachers calling for support to keep universal infant free school meals has gathered over 1,000 signatures.

Tim Baker, headteacher at Charlton Manor Primary School, Greenwich in London, and lead petitioner, said: “As a headteacher I know first-hand how important free school lunches are and the damage taking them away will do, for example unlike school lunches, breakfasts have no minimum fruit and...

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26/05/2017 16:05
McCain has named Rose Khan, from London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Services, as winner of its annual McCain Simply One Pot Meal Competition.

Khan beat four other finalists to win the competition with her chicken and potato cakes recipe at the cook off at Eckington Manor, Worcestershire.

Anne Bull, judge and former LACA Chair, said: “It’s been another great year for the McCain Simply One Pot Meal Competition and as always, it...

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26/05/2017 14:05
People 1st, the consultancy firm for the hospitality industry, has launched a guide to help employers understand the new apprenticeship system following the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy on April 6th, this year.

The free 20 page guide, titles Apprenticeships 101, contains advice, useful links and tips for employers who aren’t ready following the system change.

Annette Allmark, director of strategic policy at People 1st, said: “The new employer-driven apprenticeship levy present businesses with an...

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Ottolenghi says plan to end UIFSM is ‘a real shame’
26/05/2017 12:05
Chef and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi has described the Conservative Party’s manifesto pledge to end universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) as ‘a real shame’ on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

Speaking to broadcaster Nick Robinson this morning (May 26th), Ottolenghi said it would be a shame to lose UIFSM because at lunch times all students come together to eat.

Ottolenghi said: “Unfortunately today, many families struggle both financially and in terms of time commitment to...

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26/05/2017 10:05
The Certified Food Service Professional Scheme’s (CFSP) Enhance Seminar, which will examine issues facing the foodservice supply chain, will take place on June 29th at the First Choice Group conference facility in Cannock.

Led by foodservice consultant Doug Fryett, issues facing equipment suppliers and kitchen operators, including health and safety, legal requirements on gas and electricity and food safety certification, will be discussed at the seminar.

At the seminar, Fryett will give a presentation on...

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Essential Cuisine donates £8,000 to Adopt a School Trust
26/05/2017 09:05
Nigel Crane, managing director of Essential Cuisine, has presented a cheque for £8,000 to Sara Jayne Stanes, chief executive of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, for the academy’s charity the Adopt a School Trust.

The proceeds were collected during a promotion in December where the purchase of an exclusive pack of Essential Cuisine’s class leading Premier Veal Jus resulted in an instant donation of 25p per unit.

Nigel Crane, managing director for Essential Cuisine, said: “Basic kitchen skills and...

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Bidfood launches ‘build a better breakfast club’ campaign
25/05/2017 10:05
Bidfood has launched its ‘build a better breakfast club’ campaign to promote a healthier start to the school day.

The campaign will see Bidfood working with schools to provide pilot workshops, breakfast packs and a new breakfast club guide. The guide features information and advice for schools on portion control to recommendations on how to serve cereals, porridge, yoghurt, spreads and toppings.


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Conservatives admit cost of providing breakfast could cost more than expected
25/05/2017 09:05
The cost of providing breakfasts “will vary depending on how many pupils at any given school take up this offer”, the Conservative Party had admitted.

The admission follows Schools Week analysis that found the party has set aside 7p per pupil for the proposed breakfast scheme. This is based on the Conservative’s statement that the cost of breakfast clubs would cost £60 million a year.

The proposed scrapping of universal infant free...

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