Industry NEWS

Viva Weekly Win returns to boost school menus
15/05/2017 09:05
The Viva Weekly Win competition for the education sector has returned to reward pupils who drink Viva Flavoured Milk with the chance to win a Beats portable speaker.

Every school week until December 15th will see one pupil win a speaker in a weekly draw by entering Viva carton codes online.

Simon Muschamp, head of marketing at Pritchitts, said: “The biggest challenge facing schools is the pressure to provide healthier menu options that pupils will...

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Five finalists announced for McCain Simply One Pot Meal competition
11/05/2017 07:05
The five McCain Simply One Pot Meal competition finalists that will take part in a cook-off at Eckington Manor on May 25th have been announced.

Finalists will cook their recipes in front of a panel of industry expert judges for the chance to be crowned the winner of the McCain Simply One Pot Meal Competition 2017.

Jo Simmons, senior product and communications manager at McCain, said: “The One Pot Meal Competition is a great way...

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10/05/2017 09:05
ESPO, the public sector buying organisation, has launched its largest framework to help public sector organisations, including primary schools and NHS trusts, to buy consultancy services.

The framework, launched as funding cuts have resulted in a reduction of in-house procurement teams, includes the services of audit consultancy, general finance, health and social care and transport and logistics.

Sheena Kocherhans, category manager for professional services at ESPO, said...

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Prue Leith becomes patron of Children’s Food Trust
09/05/2017 08:05
Celebrity chef and new Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith has been announced as a patron of the Children’s Food Trust’s Let’s Get Cooking Programme.

The Let’s Get Cooking programme is a network of school cooking clubs in the UK that aims to get more children eating better.

Prue Leith, said: “Cooking is an essential skill and should be taught in schools year in year out. Let’s Get Cooking is doing a great job but we’re filling a gap we...

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Brakes issues call to action over holiday hunger
08/05/2017 12:05
Brakes is urging industry leaders to build the movement to tackle holiday hunger by increasing engagement within schools and communities.

The catering distribution company is calling for letters to be written to local MPs, urging them to raise awareness and support the issue of child poverty and holiday hunger within their political party and constituency.

A selection of electronic signatures and social media assets have...

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Coeliac UK launches ‘Gluten Freevolution’ campaign
08/05/2017 07:05
Coeliac UK has launched a new campaign to highlight the growing demand for improved safety, choice and availability of gluten free when eating out.

The ‘Gluten Freevolution’ campaign will be focused on improving the levels of understanding amongst caterers as well as increasing the skills and knowledge of both front and back of house staff in preparing and serving gluten free food.

New guidance for caterers has also been launched for...

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Doncaster Schools Catering secures silver Food for Life award
05/05/2017 12:05
The Doncaster Schools Catering team has achieved the Food for Life Served Here silver award for the second year running.

The Food for Life schools award helps schools demonstrate they are providing healthy school meals and food education that has a positive impact on both pupils and the wider community.

Peter Dale, director of regeneration and environment at Doncaster Council, said: “Congratulations to our...

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HCL launches online allergen tool for parents
04/05/2017 12:05
Education caterer HCL has developed a new online tool for parents of children with allergens, giving them access to 29 specially adapted menus that are available in Hertfordshire schools.

The system has been designed to ensure that parents can apply for medical meals in Primary Schools using mobile technology. Parents can upload a passport style photograph, alongside medical evidence and personal details. Pupils will wear a coloured band at lunchtime so the catering team can...

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04/05/2017 09:05
A campaign from British Curry Club to encourage primary school children to grow curry ingredients has been launched with support from chefs Cyrus Todiwala, Anjum Anand and Hari Ghotra.

To take part in the campaign, schools will be expected to organise a gardening club and post to the schools social media pages with the hashtag #GROWYOUROWNCURRY.

Anjum Anand, food writer and television chef, said: “The campaign is a fantastic initiative to encourage children and their...

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TUCO announces first awards
02/05/2017 09:05
The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) has announced that it is launching the very first TUCO Awards at the TUCO Conference in July.

The TUCO Awards will recognise and celebrate effort, improvement, innovation and achievement from all levels of staff within its member institutions.

The five categories are Rising Star Award, Innovation Award, Sustainability Award, TUCO Team of the Year, and TUCO Member of the Year....

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