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02/02/2018 07:02
The deadline to cast nominations for the 2018 Cost Sector Catering Awards has been extended to 16 February.

This year’s celebrations at the Hilton Metropole have the added significance of marking the 25th anniversary of Cost Sector Catering Magazine.

Twenty awards will given out on the evening across a variety of sectors, including education, healthcare and military.

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01/02/2018 09:02
Entries are now open for rice company Tilda’s 2018 Tilda Together competition – encourage primary and secondary schools to highlight “the role nutrition can play on healthy bodies and healthy minds.”

Focusing this year on “fresh, seasonal produce and the importance of where food comes from,” schools must submit entries by 29 March, explaining in less than 80 words why they would like to win the prize,...

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LACA
31/01/2018 07:01
The line-up for this year’s LACA School Chef of the Year (SCOTY) competition is now complete after the North West crowned Justyna Rutkowska from Birchwood CofE Primary School its regional champ.

Rutkowska (above left), who works for Warrington Borough Council School Meals, impressed judges with her 'cluck cluck chicken stew' main and 'chocolate munch crunch' dessert.

The cluck cluck stew incorporated chicken in a rich tomato and tarragon sauce, along with tatties...

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Industry
31/01/2018 07:01
Caterer-turned-TV personality Prue Leith has urged school meals providers to play a greater role in helping to get kids to love good food from an early age.

Leith made the call at an event organised by CH&Co-owned school caterer, Principals, called ‘Beyond the Classroom’.

The event brought together parents, nutritionists, head teachers and pupils to discuss developing an early awareness and understanding of food among children.

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Industry
30/01/2018 09:01
Leicestershire-based catering company Wilson Vale has added to its education portfolio with the signing of a three-year contract with Kent College Pembury.

The deal with the independent, day, boarding, nursery and preparatory school for girls, is worth £750,000.

Wilson Vale replaces Brookwood as caterer for the Kent school, which houses 600 pupils and 200 staff. 

Services include breakfast, lunch and tea, as well as catering for...

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LACA
26/01/2018 07:01
A new study has found that Brits would be more open to buying beef, lamb and dairy products if “a brighter spotlight was shone on their health benefits.”

Carried out by AHDB, the research looked at consumer buying behaviour and how aware they are of the health messaging around red meat and dairy - revealing that “health has different meaning for different people.” For older people, it is “generally associated with a balanced diet” whereas younger...

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LACA
26/01/2018 07:01
With an “incredible” £375,000 donation from the People’s Postcode Lottery in 2017, charity Magic Breakfast has provided over 849,000 healthy breakfasts to pupils in 65 disadvantaged schools across the UK.

Held at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh this week (23 January), the 2018 People’s Postcode Lottery annual Charity Gala announced that together, players and a 32% donation of each ticket sale, last year raised a total £93.4 million for charities.

Tom Halliley, senior corporate...

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LACA
26/01/2018 07:01
A selection of year 6 pupils from Nene Valley Primary School were treated to a cookery lesson by Premier Foods chefs on 19 January, nearly three years on from when the school was crowned the first winners of the McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year (McYBT).

The Peterborough primary was awarded the class thanks to their landmark victory at the LACA Main Event in 2015, where they won the annual cooking competiion which sees schools compete in a bake off using their own recipes based around local produce.

Locally-sourced indredients were again...

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Industry
25/01/2018 09:01
Key policy priorities for tackling obesity in Scotland will be discussed at a keynote seminar in Edinburgh next month.

Politicians and representatives from several government bodies and trade associations will talk over the Scottish Government’s newly published diet and obesity strategy draft.

The agenda includes keynote contributions from Aileen Campbell MSP, minister for Public Health and Sport, the...

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LACA
Evaluation Universal Infant Free School Meals
24/01/2018 09:01
A Department for Education spokesperson has responded to the launch of the Evaluation of Universal Infant Free School Meals report by saying: “Good nutrition is closely linked to attainment and this report illustrates how our free school meals programme – backed by £600m funding – is already benefiting 1.4m children across the country, whilst saving their families hundreds of pounds each year.

“We have supported schools by providing £184.5m capital funding to upgrade kitchen and dining facilities, as well as giving extra money to help smaller schools provide these meals.

“This is part of the government’s wider efforts to encourage children of all ages to eat good food that...

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