18/09/2018 09:09
Further details have been announced about the Yorkshire and Humberside Expo 2018.

The free to attend event is aimed at school and hospital caterers, catering managers, operational managers, bursars, business managers, heads of catering services and any key decision makers.

It will include skills presentations, the latest innovations and trials by many of the catering...

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18/09/2018 08:09
A school catering company in Warwickshire celebrated its first year as a stand-alone business following its move away from a local authority run service.

Pupils and staff from Heathcote Primary School in Warwick joined Educaterers managing director, Terry Tredget, to mark the event with a celebratory cake made by Judy Murray, assistant development manager and winner of ‘best in class’ at the LACA awards.

Tredget said: “We’re absolutely...

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Steve Brine public health minister calorie labelling consultation
18/09/2018 07:09
Government proposals that would force caterers in schools, hospitals and the workplace to list calories on their menus have begun a three-month public consultation process.

Steve Brine, the public health minister, said: “This is not about forcing anyone to eat certain things or companies to behave in a certain way but I firmly believe we have a right to know the nutritional content of the food we give to our children.

“Type 2 diabetes is on the rise, and is...

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17/09/2018 11:09
The LACA East business meeting’s agenda has been announced and will include a talk on the rise of plant-based food by Mark Banahan from the Vegan Society and Paul Evans Operations Director of School Health UK and Vice-Chair of The British Obesity Society discussing the child obesity strategy.

Held at the Brakes Innovation Centre on November 8, highlights will also include a food innovations showcase from Brakes and the SCOTY 2018 winner, Michael Goulston, HCL.

Running from 10am – 4pm, there will also be a chance to network and a raffle, followed by an evening network even from...

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Michael Hales Chair LACA Juniper Ventures
04/09/2018 12:09
Michael Hales officially took over from Tim Blowers as Chair of LACA at Monday’s (September 3) LACA Board meeting held at Solihull Town Hall.

He is managing director of Juniper Ventures, the ‘externalised business’ set up by the London Borough of Newham to deliver catering and cleaning services for the council’s schools and civic venues.

Outgoing Chair Tim Blowers said: “I have enjoyed a truly memorable year and now we move on...

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PS100 YPO foodservice public sector catering
04/09/2018 10:09
Organisers have unveiled the line-up for the panel at the PS100 Group and YPO foodservice seminar and exhibition that is taking place in Reading on September 19th.

Chaired by Andy Jones of the PS100 Group, the panel will include Michael Hales, chair of LACA and managing director at Juniper Ventures, the ‘externalised business’ organisation rolled out by the London Borough of Newham to supply school catering and cleaning.

He will be joined by Craig...

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LACA responds to government proposal to ban sale of energy drinks to children
30/08/2018 15:08
LACA has responded to the government proposal to ban the sale of energy drinks to children, after fears of how they are affecting health.

A consultation has opened to seek views on the ban, asking for view on what age the ban should apply to, giving under 16 and under 18 as options.

LACA Chair-Elect, Michael Hales, said: “LACA welcomes the announcement by the Department for Health and Social Care today that it is leading a...

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30/08/2018 07:08
Riverside Catering, Rotherham council’s in-house catering provider, has been supporting Rotherham Hospice with its new ‘Biscuit Campaign’.

With the aid of Rosie the Bear, a new team member at the Hospice, Riverside hope to help raise awareness about the vital services the Hospice provides to enhance the quality of life of patients and their families through the provision of palliative care.

For the campaign, students are...

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22/08/2018 09:08
Fife Council’s Facility Management Service have launched new ‘Smash It’ food vans to sell healthy food and drink to pupils out of the dining room.

With the aim of catching pupils who feel more comfortable outside or who are walking to the nearest unhealthy food outlet, it will offer hot and cold finger food, soup, sandwiches and drinks which all meet Scottish nutritional guidance.

Education and Children’s Service Convener, Cllr Fay...

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LACA Menu Checking Service
15/08/2018 08:08
School catering organisations now have an easy way to check that their menus fully comply with School Food Standards with LACA’s own Menu Checking Service.

It allows organisations, academies, schools and caterers to demonstrate that their menus meet national best practice nutritional guidelines and demonstrates independently authenticated compliance.

The service provides a check of lunch menus against the School Food Standards, of January...

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