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YPO helps Thomas Ridley secure £50 million school food contract with seven London boroughs
13/04/2017 09:04
A group of seven London boroughs, supported by public sector buying organisation YPO, have awarded a £50 million contract to Thomas Ridley Food Service to provide food for school meals.

YPO worked with the London Borough of Havering to develop a framework that would meet their requirements and offer value for money.

Darren Byford, YPO’s food business manager, said: “We’re very proud to have worked with the London Boroughs Procurement Collaborative on this important...

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All aboard the Y&H Spring Event & AGM
12/04/2017 07:04
The Y&H Spring Event & AGM on March 15th was held on the river Humber aboard the P&O Pride of Rotterdam.

Skipper and Y&H Regional Chair, Jo Webster welcomed 70 delegates from local authorities, contract caterers and suppliers to the nautical themed day. Tracy Healey was congratulated on her recent SCOTY 2017 win with flowers from SCOTY 2016 and fellow Yorkshire lass, Kath Breckon.


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11/04/2017 08:04
The Hairy Bikers, TV chefs and presenters Si King and Dave Myers, have announced their support for this year’s National Vegetarian Week and are to publish a vegetarian cookbook during the week, which commences May 15th.

Lynne Elliot, chief executive of the Vegetarian Society, said: “This year we’re delighted to have The Hairy Bikers on board for National Vegetarian Week! We think the endearing duo are the ideal guys to help us encourage more people to give veggie food a go for week.”

The Hairy Dieters Go...

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Date set for National School Meals Week 2017
10/04/2017 15:04
LACA has announced that National School Meals Week will take place from November 13th – 17th this year.

The event is historically held in the first week of November, but has been moved this year because of difficulty in pinpointing when schools and local authorities are holding half term. The move aims to provide the opportunity for as many of its members as possible to participate.


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PHE’s sugar reduction programme ‘a step in the right direction’ – GlobalData says
10/04/2017 10:04
Public Health England’s (PHE) sugar reduction plan is ‘a step in the right direction’ to tackle childhood obesity, but taxation cannot be solely relied on, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Ryan Whittaker, associate consumer analyst at GlobalData, said: “Emulating the UK’s salt reduction program is a strong strategy. Without being overly prescriptive, this strategy brought manufacturers, action groups and other interested parties together and achieved an 11% reduction in salt...

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07/04/2017 15:04
New research from food packaging company Tetra Pak found that 55% of primary aged children in the UK are currently drinking milk at school, with levels decreased further in children aged nine and older.

In the report, ‘Making More of Milk’, it suggests that 28% of parents say the main reason their kids are not drinking milk in school is because they are unaware their children their children are eligible for free or subsidised milk.

Stefan Fageräng, managing director north west Europe at...

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06/04/2017 16:04
Sharon Hodgson MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for School Food, has welcomed the Labour Party's announcement of its commitment to provide free school meals for all primary school children.

The comment from Hodgson comes after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced the policy today (April 6), which would be funded through charging VAT on private schools, during a visit to Lancashire for a Labour local election campaign.

Hodgson said: “Lunchtime can often be an overlooked part...

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06/04/2017 10:04
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, and Angela Rayner, the shadow secretary of state for education, has announced that the next Labour government will commit to providing free school meals for all primary school students.

At the launch event in Lancashire today (April 6), Corbyn will say: “No child in the UK should go hungry at school. By charging VAT on private school fees, Labour will make sure all primary school children, no matter what their background, get a healthy meal at school.”

Corbyn suggests...

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Childhood Obesity House of Commons
03/04/2017 14:04
The House of Commons Health Select Committee has published a follow up to its 2015 report on childhood obesity, in it claiming that Government action so far does not go far enough.

Chaired by Conservative MP Dr Sarah Wollaston, the MPs argue that the Childhood Obesity Plan published in August 2016, and the actions outlined in it, are not nearly enough to tackle the issue of childhood obesity.

They point out in their report, for example, that milk-based drinks should...

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HCL reveals shortlist for annual awards
31/03/2017 12:03
HCL has revealed the names of the school cooks, catering teams and contract managers that have been shortlisted in this year’s HCL Awards.

The judging panel, which was made up of six representatives from HCL’s key suppliers and members of HCL’s board of directors, reviewed statements, meal uptake data, students’ feedback and client testimonials.

Lin O’Brien, chief executive of HCL and a member of this year’s judging panel,...

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