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02/10/2018 08:10
Principals by CH&CO – the hospitality company’s dedicated school catering arm – has added 16 new schools to its portfolio this academic year.

Said to be worth £7.5m in total revenue for the duration of the contracts, the wins have also seen the company expand it London and Surrey, while strengthening its foothold in Kent.

Sales director Peter McKenna said: “It’s been an incredible start to the new school year and we’re thrilled...

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LACA
01/10/2018 08:10
The great roast dinner celebration has been launched today (1 October) to encourage more children to eat a healthy school dinner.

The celebration, led by the Soil Association’s Food for Life programme and Knorr Gravy, will put great school food in the spotlight through a series of roast dinner themed events taking place throughout the academic year.

James Cashmore, director of Food for Life, said: “It has never been...

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28/09/2018 08:09
Facilities management (FM) company ISS has won a brand new, £350,000 catering contract at Hawkley Hall High School (Wigan).

Set to run for five years, it kicked off this month (3 September) to coincide with the new academic year.

Providing all catering services for the school’s 1,000+ students and staff, ISS will also introduce both its Tiller & Hobs dining experience - ‘freshly prepared, balanced and...

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Industry
Campaigners call for at least one vegan option on every menu
27/09/2018 09:09
The Vegan society is targeting the government with a petition to call on the public sector to provide at least one vegan option on the menu every day.

Campaigners say that there is the potential for England to become the first country in Europe to enshrine a right to good quality, affordable, plant-based food in law.

Louise Davies, head of campaigns, policy and research at The Vegan Society, said: “The government is responsible for...

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Industry
27/09/2018 09:09
Highlighting the urgency to reduce childhood obesity, the government announced a brand new Trailblazer programme yesterday (26 September), inviting local authorities to submit plans to tackle the issue in their area.

12 councils will then be supported in developing ‘practical’ plans, with just five chosen to embark on the three-year scheme, in spring 2019.

Co-un by government and the Local Government Association (LGA), the Trailblazer programme officially launches next month (October) and forms part...

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Industry
LACA
26/09/2018 14:09
Curry has been voted as the nation’s favourite school meal, with chocolate sponge and custard the top choice of dessert.

As part of National School Meal Week’s (NSMW) silver jubilee celebrations, the Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) decided to see which school meals had stood through the test of time.

The poll started with ten main courses and desserts, before being whittled down to the top...

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LACA
Update on National School Meal Week celebrations
26/09/2018 12:09
It is full steam ahead for the National School Meal Week (NSMW) silver jubilee celebrations with opportunities for everyone to get involved, including a road trip, a visit to Westminster and a cake fit for a (future) king.

LACA chair of events, Neil Porter, said: “Clearly this is a very special year for everyone involved with LACA as we celebrate a significant landmark for what has become one of our flagship events.

“The industry has evolved and changed so much in the past 25 years and LACA has been at the...

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LACA
LACA Autumn Business Seminar programme announced
25/09/2018 12:09
The programme has been announced for the LACA Autumn Business Seminar on 16 November at the Stratford Manor Hotel.

It will include an update on the Childhood Obesity policy, LACA, and action from National School Meal’s week, in addition to a presentation on the research of potential impact of Brexit on school meals.

The full programme can be viewed below. 

9:00 Arrival, registration and coffee...

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LACA
25/09/2018 11:09
It is the last chance to register interest in the LACA 2019 School Chef of the Year (SCOTY) competition.

The contest, sponsored by McDougalls, is open to all school chefs across the UK, who hold a kitchen-based post, and are involved in the daily preparation of pupil’s meals at time of entry.

Interest must be registered by 29 September, and formal entries by 17 October.

Competition...

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Industry
25/09/2018 09:09
A new initiative will see healthy vending machines stocked with ‘natural ingredients only' items launched across Shropshire Council, to help ‘transform’ eating habits.

The brainchild of Shropshire Council's Help2Change team, the Food4Health scheme will see vending machines stocked with a range of fruit, nut and seed items installed across the county.

Products have be created in partnership with Peterborough-based food and packaging firm, Delicious Ideas...

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