19/10/2018 11:10
Buying organisation, ESPO, has launched its catering services framework, available to use by any public body in the UK.

It is specifically designed for education customers and includes service providers who ‘are experts in their field and will tailor their catering service to meet specific requirements’. 

Service providers on the framework offer ‘all types’ of catering provisions, from dining room and...

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17/10/2018 06:10
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is requesting people's views on the food hygiene rating scheme's (FHRS) safeguards as part of its review.

The food hygiene rating scheme is a local authority and food standards agency partnership, which provides consumers with information about hygiene standards in in food premises, of which they are then given a rating of one to five, with five listed as ‘very good’.

In order to ensure that...

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15/10/2018 09:10
Hertfordshire Catering Ltd. (HCL) has added seven schools to its client list.

The new business has an overall value of £2.6million for HCL and brings the total number of schools catered for to 458 across eight authorities.

David Marney, head of sales at HCL, said: “Our state-of-the-art dining environment renovations, upscale food offer and expanding menu range is...

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15/10/2018 06:10
The Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) has reacted to the findings that revealed that childhood obesity in England has reached a ‘record high’.

It was revealed last week (11 October) that 4.2% of 10-11 year-olds ‘severely obese’, up more than a third since 2006/7.

It said: “LACA are disappointed to see that severe obesity among year 6 children has increased by more than a third since 2006 to 2007.

“The meals provided at...

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01/10/2018 08:10
The great roast dinner celebration has been launched today (1 October) to encourage more children to eat a healthy school dinner.

The celebration, led by the Soil Association’s Food for Life programme and Knorr Gravy, will put great school food in the spotlight through a series of roast dinner themed events taking place throughout the academic year.

James Cashmore, director of Food for Life, said: “It has never been...

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26/09/2018 14:09
Curry has been voted as the nation’s favourite school meal, with chocolate sponge and custard the top choice of dessert.

As part of National School Meal Week’s (NSMW) silver jubilee celebrations, the Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) decided to see which school meals had stood through the test of time.

The poll started with ten main courses and desserts, before being whittled down to the top...

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Update on National School Meal Week celebrations
26/09/2018 12:09
It is full steam ahead for the National School Meal Week (NSMW) silver jubilee celebrations with opportunities for everyone to get involved, including a road trip, a visit to Westminster and a cake fit for a (future) king.

LACA chair of events, Neil Porter, said: “Clearly this is a very special year for everyone involved with LACA as we celebrate a significant landmark for what has become one of our flagship events.

“The industry has evolved and changed so much in the past 25 years and LACA has been at the...

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LACA Autumn Business Seminar programme announced
25/09/2018 12:09
The programme has been announced for the LACA Autumn Business Seminar on 16 November at the Stratford Manor Hotel.

It will include an update on the Childhood Obesity policy, LACA, and action from National School Meal’s week, in addition to a presentation on the research of potential impact of Brexit on school meals.

The full programme can be viewed below. 

9:00 Arrival, registration and coffee...

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25/09/2018 11:09
It is the last chance to register interest in the LACA 2019 School Chef of the Year (SCOTY) competition.

The contest, sponsored by McDougalls, is open to all school chefs across the UK, who hold a kitchen-based post, and are involved in the daily preparation of pupil’s meals at time of entry.

Interest must be registered by 29 September, and formal entries by 17 October.


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21/09/2018 07:09
It is the last chance to vote for the nation’s favourite school meal before the poll closes on Monday 24 September.

As part of National School Meal Week’s Silver Jubilee, LACA is conducting a survey to find the Nation’s Favourite School Meal from the past 25 years.

Entries have been whittled down to the last five

School Meal:

  • Roast dinner
  • Curry and rice
  • Shepherd’s
  • ...
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