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The City of Liverpool College joins Adopt a School scheme
16/02/2017 09:02
The City of Liverpool College has joined the Adopt a School scheme, allowing access to the college’s kitchens so children can learn about nutrition and how to cook.

The Adopt a School scheme is a charity within the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) that encourages children to eat better and help schools reduce obesity rates among pupils.

Chef and RACA member James Holden mentors school children at the college on behalf of the charity, which...

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International School Meals Day appeals for Thunderclap campaign supporters
14/02/2017 11:02
International School Meals Day, which takes place on March 9th, has called on caterers to show their support by signing up to participate in a Thunderclap campaign.

Thunderclap is a platform that allows campaigns such as International School Meals Day to utilise supporters’ social media reach to spread their message.

This year's day supports food, culture and heritage in schools across the world and you can sign up to support the Thunderclap campaign...

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Countdown to LACA’s School Chef of the Year 2017 national final
13/02/2017 14:02
The ten school chefs who will compete on March 2nd for the LACA School Chef of the Year 2017 national title are now known.

The competition, which is sponsored by MAGGI from Nestle Professional, has been organised by the Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) for over two decades. It aims to showcase the professional skills of school chefs and is the flagship event for them to do so.

The final will...

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Y&H Spring Seminar – Are you on board?
10/02/2017 11:02
The Yorkshire & Humberside Spring Seminar will take place on March 15th on the Pride of Rotterdam Ferry.

Speakers will include: Catering Mark manager, Caron Longdon; director of marketing, communities & legacy, Phil Batty; and national chair Sally Shadrack.

Boarding is at 9.15am and attendees will return to shore at 3pm. For more info on how to book your attendance, visit the...

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Child obesity strongly associated with ethic groups, deprivation and sex – new NCMP data reveals
10/02/2017 09:02
New data released by the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) has revealed that obesity prevalence in children continues to have strong associations with ethnic groups, deprivation and sex.

The report finds that children in Black African communities are at higher risk of being overweight or obese. In Reception, 31.2% are obese, which is higher than the England average of 22.1%. By Year 6, 45.9% are obese, which is higher than the England average of 34.2%.

Several ethnic...

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National Rice Week returns for second year
09/02/2017 07:02
Following its successful launch last year, National Rice Week is set to return in September to promote rice’s nutritional benefits and different ways to cook it.

Alex Waugh, Secretary of The Rice Association, said: “We were so pleased with the launch of National Rice Week last year, raising awareness of the versatility of rice and its health benefits and producing hundreds and thousands of pounds worth of media coverage.

“We are extremely...

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Springboard announces saints & sinners theme for fundraising dinner
08/02/2017 07:02
Springboard’s annual fundraising dinner Saints & Sinners: The Alternative Big Event will take place on March 1st at the QEII Centre, London.

Entertainment on the evening will be provided by David Meade and a three course meal will feature a saintly starter, a devilish main and a sinful dessert.

Anne Pierce, Springboard’s CEO, said: “When our fabulously innovative, anything’s possible events partner, drp group suggested the...

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McCain Foods encourages customers to Meet the Farmers
06/02/2017 16:02
McCain Foods has launched a new section of its website designed to introduce caterers to the story of the company's farmers.

The Meet the Farmers section of the website features interviews, video content and showcases the agricultural journey through the potato growing season.

Jo Simmons, McCain Foods senior communications and product manager, said: “McCain, in partnership with our farmers, have a passion for...

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Manitowoc announces rebrand
06/02/2017 15:02
Foodservice equipment supplier Manitowoc has announced that it is rebranding the company, its logo and identity to Welbilt, Inc.

The change is part of the company's strategic repositioning after it spun off from its former parent company, The Manitowoc Company, in March 2016.

Hubertus M. Muehlhaeuser, president and CEO of Manitowoc Foodservice, said: “We are excited to announce the changing of our name to Welbilt,...

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CATERed begins search for children’s school food panel
06/02/2017 08:02
CATERed, Plymouth’s cooperative school food company, have launched a competition to recruit Year 4 and 5 school council members to form Ed’s Citywide Children’s Food Panel.

Brad Pearce, managing director at CATERed, said: “We’ve asked pupils across our 67 primary schools to send us 50 words to tell Ed why they are interested in school food and healthy eating and why they would like to represent their school and their locality on the citywide children’s food panel...

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