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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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15/08/2018 08:08
Doncaster Schools Catering held their 8th annual “Oscars” evening on 28 June 2018 at The Hub, Doncaster College.

The event was attended by nearly 200 kitchen staff and was entirely sponsored by our suppliers – many of whom attended the evening.

The Awards included:
Students of the Year , Award for Inspiration , Unsung Hero, Team...

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08/08/2018 07:08
As part of our 25th National School Meals Week (NSMW, 12-16 November), LACA is on the hunt for the nation’s favourite school meal from the past quarter century.

Calling on anyone and everyone to get involved, we are conducting a short, two question survey to finally unveil the ultimate school meal and school dessert.

To have your say, visit...

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25/07/2018 07:07
LACA Chair Tim Blowers and the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) have said yesterday’s childhood obesity announcement from Public Health England (PHE) is ‘disappointing’ and ‘worrying.’

Speaking to Cost Sector Catering, Blowers said: “The figures from PHE are disappointing - obesity in childhood leads to stigma, bullying and low-self esteem. It is also likely to lead to obesity in adulthood.

“LACA believes that healthy eating should be encouraged at school, not only...

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Amanda Spielman Ofsted childhood obesity
19/07/2018 09:07
LACA has issued a statement welcoming the recognition of the economic benefits to schools of high take-up of school meals in a report just released by Ofsted on obesity, healthy eating and physical activity in primary schools.

It reads: “We are pleased that Ofsted confirms what previous academic research has found – namely that the best school leaders are going above and beyond to implement the school food standards.

“As this report outlines, UIFSM (universal infant free school meals) in particular saves...

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LACA Main Event 2018 Michael Hales
18/07/2018 09:07
LACA Chair-Elect Michael Hales told the Main Event that the association was celebrating its 30th anniversary during his term of office and he was working with members on a new vision for it that he planned to launch at the Autumn Seminar.

"We’ve already achieved a lot and I'll be seeking to build on this legacy.

"We need to continue to change. We have a range of different members with a range of different needs.

"But we know already from surveys that 98.5% of you feel we continue to represent you in a positive way...

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16/07/2018 18:07
LACA Chair Tim Blowers will address an international conference on sustainable procurement in Vaxjo, Sweden on September 6th, 2018.

On one of his last trips as the chair of LACA, Tim will join colleagues from Sweden, Germany, Finland, Denmark and the UK to discuss reserach and practice in regards to sustainable food procurement in the public sector.  Tims presentation will cover the practical work done in UK public sector...

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16/07/2018 15:07
The nomination deadline for the Educatering awards is this Friday, 20th of July so act quick if you want to be amongst the nominees or have someone or a team in your organisation that you think deserves recognition.

The awards will be held on Tuesday 9th October 2018 at the Royal Garden Hotel and will feature awards in the following categories:

  • Contract Caterer of the Year
  • Independent School Caterer of the Year
  • Innovation Award
  • Local Authority of the Year
  • ...
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16/07/2018 07:07
McDougalls’ Young Baking Team of the Year competition came to exciting end at LACA: The Main Event this week (12 July), with St Martin and St Mary C of E Primary School outshining the four other finalist teams for the winning title.

Cooking in front of a live audience, St Martin and St Mary C of E Primary School pupils: Finely Park (aged 8), Harry Vinall (9) and Alice Evans (10), supported their school caterer Nicola Hastie.

‘Wowing’ judges with their raspberry and white chocolate scones, the four-man team showed ‘...

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13/07/2018 08:07
The winners of the school meals industry Awards for Excellence were announced last night when the Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) held its Gala Awards Dinner during it's major conference and exhibition known as The Main Event.

The big winner on the night at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole was Havering Education Service (HES), which won the Education Catering Marketing Award and the Primary School Catering Team of the Year, as well as being a top three nominee in the Catering Business of the Year category, which was...

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