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AHDB launches revamped QSM scheme
13/03/2017 09:03
AHDB Beef and Lamb, the organisation for beef and lamb levy payers in England, launched a revamped Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme in conjunction with a new team of ambassadors at Stoke Park Hotel, Buckinghamshire.

Chris Wheeler, current Cateys Hotel Chef of the Year and newly appointed AHDB ambassador, and butcher Jim McPhie, led a cooking and butchery class at the launch.

Chris Wheeler says: “At a time where consumers demand for quality, traceability and provenance is at a high, I’m thrilled to...

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Search for City Catering Junior Chef of the Year 2017 gets underway
13/03/2017 08:03
Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s City Catering Service has 31 children from 21 primary schools taking part in the Junior Chef of the Year 2017 competition.

The competition is in its second year and will test pupils, aged seven to 11, on their skills in preparing and cooking their chosen dish. Schools have run mini competitions to select representatives for the challenge.

Three days of cooking will take place this month and an awards ceremony...

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BFFF launches booklet on frozen food benefits
10/03/2017 09:03
The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has launched an information booklet for caterers and chefs to emphasise the benefits of frozen food in a foodservice environment and dispel myths.

The booklet comes in light of market growth of 3.5% over the last five years as 73% of adults dine out at least once a week and independent research in the booklet cites 85% of chefs use frozen ingredients daily.

John Hyman, chief executive of the BFFF, said: “Frozen food can support...

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Applications for Healthy Eating Week 2017 up 10%
10/03/2017 07:03
Applications for this year’s British National Foundation’s (BNF) Healthy Eating Week are up 10% from last year’s total with three months to go, with 7,500 organisations having registered.

The BNF’s Healthy Eating Week, taking place from June 12th to 16th, will see schools, universities and workplaces focus on building knowledge on healthy eating and wellbeing, being active and cooking.

Roy Ballam, managing director and head of education at the BNF, said: “Positive...

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Cost Sector Catering Awards
10/03/2017 07:03
The names have been announced of the short-listed candidates in the frame to win one of the Cost Sector Catering magazine awards for 2017.

The awards night at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel in Edgware Road will take place on April 20th when the winners in each of 19 categories will be named.

A judging panel of 24 industry experts has just completed the task of sifting through more than 150 nominations.

David Foad,...

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Toby Wand steps down as Fresh Montgomery managing director
09/03/2017 10:03
Toby Wand has decided to step down as managing director of Fresh Montgomery after 12 years with the company.

He joined the business in 2005 as event director for Hotelympia and has since headed up the hospitality portfolio of shows including The Great Hospitality Show, IFEX, and ScotHot.

Damion Angus, group managing director at Montgomery, said: “We are extremely sad to see Toby leave the...

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Chippies give sustainability lessons to school children
08/03/2017 10:03
Two fish and chip shops, Godfrey’s in St Albans and Miller’s in Haxby, have given talks at their local schools to teach children about sustainable fishing.

The two chippies worked with the Marine Stewardship Council team to deliver their assemblies with St Alban City School and Clifton with Rawcliffe Primary School in York. The chippies used the MSC's Fish & Kids educational resources to deliver talks about sustainability, including their trips...

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Cordia installs diner at Holyrood Secondary
07/03/2017 07:03
School caterer Cordia Services has installed an American-style diner for pupils at Holyrood Secondary in Glasgow.

The diner has traditional features such as red faux leather seating and black and white tiled flooring. An American themed menu of BBQ chicken buns, quesadillas, and chilli dogs has been put together and conforms to Scottish Government nutritional legislation.

Julia McCreadie, Cordia’s...

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Parents give in to pester power 21 times a week
06/03/2017 14:03
British parents give in to pester power for unhealthy snacks 21 times a week, which equates to 1,092 times each year, according to new research.

The survey commissioned by Yazoo No Added Sugar milk drinks, found the average parent hears the words ‘I’m hungry’ from their children nine times a day, with chocolate emerging as the snack children pester for the most, followed by sweets, crisps, biscuits and sugary drinks.

The research...

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Review of school food standards in Scotland confirmed
06/03/2017 11:03
Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP has confirmed that a review of school food and drink nutritional standards is underway.

Experts from Food Standards Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and Education Scotland are considering whether school food provision can be further improved.

Swinney, said: “School food matters, in terms of what children eat and what they learn about. With almost 366,000 school meals served up...

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