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26/01/2018 07:01
A selection of year 6 pupils from Nene Valley Primary School were treated to a cookery lesson by Premier Foods chefs on 19 January, nearly three years on from when the school was crowned the first winners of the McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year (McYBT).

The Peterborough primary was awarded the class thanks to their landmark victory at the LACA Main Event in 2015, where they won the annual cooking competiion which sees schools compete in a bake off using their own recipes based around local produce.

Locally-sourced indredients were again...

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26/01/2018 07:01
With an “incredible” £375,000 donation from the People’s Postcode Lottery in 2017, charity Magic Breakfast has provided over 849,000 healthy breakfasts to pupils in 65 disadvantaged schools across the UK.

Held at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh this week (23 January), the 2018 People’s Postcode Lottery annual Charity Gala announced that together, players and a 32% donation of each ticket sale, last year raised a total £93.4 million for charities.

Tom Halliley, senior corporate...

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LACA
26/01/2018 07:01
A new study has found that Brits would be more open to buying beef, lamb and dairy products if “a brighter spotlight was shone on their health benefits.”

Carried out by AHDB, the research looked at consumer buying behaviour and how aware they are of the health messaging around red meat and dairy - revealing that “health has different meaning for different people.” For older people, it is “generally associated with a balanced diet” whereas younger...

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24/01/2018 09:01
A Department for Education spokesperson has responded to the launch of the Evaluation of Universal Infant Free School Meals report by saying: “Good nutrition is closely linked to attainment and this report illustrates how our free school meals programme – backed by £600m funding – is already benefiting 1.4m children across the country, whilst saving their families hundreds of pounds each year.

“We have supported schools by providing £184.5m capital funding to upgrade kitchen and dining facilities, as well as giving extra money to help smaller schools provide these meals.

“This is part of the government’s wider efforts to encourage children of all ages to eat good food that...

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LACA
24/01/2018 00:01
An assessment into the introduction of Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) has uncovered a number of impacts the programme has had on key stage 1 pupils in the UK, with LACA chair Tim Blowers describing the findings as “positive” and “incredibly encouraging”.

Over a third of teachers have seen the funding of free school dinners for reception, year 1 and year 2 children, first introduced by government in 2014, have a direct impact on improved conencentration and attainment levels.

Similarly, the Education Policy Institute’s report revealed that...

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17/01/2018 11:01
The enforced liquidation of UK multinational facilities management and construction services company Carillion has cast a shadow over catering services in schools and hospitals.

Its catering services unit Food & More serves 32,000 meals a day to students across more than 200 schools as part of FM in Leeds, Barnsley, Redcar, Oxfordshire, Gateshead and Tameside.

In addition, Carillion was contracted to provide hard (eg. building maintenance) and soft (eg....

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17/01/2018 11:01
School chefs from the South West and Wales regions have booked their places in the LACA SCOTY 2018 final after winning their regional heats.

Tracey Ford from Caterlink at Gillingham Comprehensive School in Dorset and Leanne Rees-Sheppard of Catering Services Bridgend County Council at Tremains Primary School are the ninth and tenth chefs confirmed March's final.

Ford beat off the competition from nine other school chefs in the...

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17/01/2018 07:01
The McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year competition, which sees pupils compete against each other in a bake off to win new kitchen equipment for their schools, will return to LACA- The Main Event in July.

The fourth year of the event sponsored by Premier Foods, maker of McDougalls baking products, will see extra prizes handed out to the five schools which make up the final.

The winning team will take home the jackpot of £1,000 worth of equipment for their school kitchen, while, for the...

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LACA
16/01/2018 07:01
Specialist school caterer Alliance in Partnership (AiP) has signed a new contract with a cluster of 11 schools in Staffordshire.

The contract is worth more than £2.5million over three years.

AiP will be rolling out its ‘Food Smart’ primary school branding at each of the schools, along with new Gold Food for Life menus.

One of the largest education catering specialists in the UK, AiP has expanded from its...

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12/01/2018 12:01
Seven of the ten finalists for the LACA School Chef of the Year 2018 competition are now confirmed after the South East and London regions crowned their winners.

In the capital, Michelle Creed (left) from Broadford Primary School in Harold Hill won over the judges with her main course of a healthy Mac and cheese Bolognaise bake.

Representing the east London school’s meal provider, Havering Catering Services, Creed’s dessert of lime and coconut...

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