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28/09/2017 08:09
Dorset-based school meals provider, Local Food Links, has produced a short film showcasing its work in rural schools.

The not-for-profit social enterprise says it has developed a model that enables small, rural schools without kitchens of their own to enjoy freshly prepared meals.

Gill Reynolds, catering manager at Local Food Links, said: “Just seeing children enjoying the food and knowing we’re feeding...

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27/09/2017 15:09
The winner of a LACA-FCSI prize of a school catering makeover, Wavell School in Farnborough, Hampshire, has opened its doors in the new academic year to its revamped facilities.

The opening of Wavell School’s café and Year 7 dining hall marked the completion of a project that began a year ago as part of a joint initiative between LACA (Lead Association for Catering Excellence) and FCSI (Foodservice Consultants Society International).

The aim was to show how...

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27/09/2017 10:09
A new initiative led by the Food Foundation is urging the foodservice industry and supply chain to pledge actions that will lead to increased vegetable consumption in the UK.

Partnered by WWF, Nourish Scotland and Food Cardiff, ‘Peas Please’ is hoping for over 20 pledges from organisations to be made at a summit event on 24 October.

These commitments, it says, will then be monitored over a three-year period up until October 2020.

Peas Please is...

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26/09/2017 13:09
School meals.......the battle continues!

LACA East Midlands Region is hosting its Autumn event on 10 October, this year at the historic Bosworth battlefield.


12.00pm - Arrival and lunch

1.00pm - Introduction from Regional Chair

1.05pm - LACA update with Michael Hales -...

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26/09/2017 10:09
Mars Foodservice has announced that 100% of its Uncle Ben’s Basmati Rice is now sourced from farmers working towards the Sustainable Rice Platform’s (SRP) standard.

The rice industry first is part of parent company Mars Food’s commitment to source all of its rice varieties from SRP standard farmers by 2020.

Matt Cutts, product director at Mars Food Europe, said: “With more and more consumers, when eating out, wanting to know where their food comes...

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26/09/2017 09:09
Local authorities are being urged not to forget the role their own frontline services such as school catering can play in strategic policy plans on devolution.

The call comes from the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE), which has just published a report into the subject.

‘The impact of devolution upon frontline services’ report, developed by APSE along with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), calls for a more positive...

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25/09/2017 08:09
Following the Brexit vote in 2016, there has been much speculation across the food and drink industry, with suppliers and operators alike questioning what it means for the market and the future of our trade.

So far, news has warned that prices could increase in imported goods, beer, and meat and poultry, and it seems that the cost of fruit and vegetables is now also in jeopardy. 



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22/09/2017 07:09
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has called for UK-wide separate food waste collections to be introduced by Government following data showed recycling rates in London are declining.

REA called on yesterday’s (21 September) ‘Waste: The Circular Economy’ report which revealed that recycling rates in the capital have fallen back to the levels seen in 2010, to be a turning point in tackling food waste.

The report published by the London Assembly Environment Committee...

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22/09/2017 07:09
Compass Group UK & Ireland has announced that Richard Cousins will step down from his role as chief executive officer in March 2018 and retire from the group in September.

After holding the post for 11 years, Cousins will be replaced by Dominic Blakemore, the group’s current chief operating office for Europe.

Compass said Blakemore, who will take over the role on 1 October 2018, would work closely with Cousins during the next six months to ensure a smooth...

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21/09/2017 12:09
Gateshead School Catering has won a three-year contract to provide meals at Sedgefield College in County Durham.

The Gateshead Council-run service beat off competition from local and national caterers to secure the deal which will see it serve approximately 1,000 pupils and teachers at the college.

Facilities and catering manager, Michael Lamb, said: “We think one of the reasons Sedgefield College...

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