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27/03/2018 11:03
Tim Blowers attended the annual British Food Fortnight winners presentation and the announcement of new ambassadors for Love British Food last week.

Love British Food held the event at the Elystan Restaurant in London to present the winners of British Food Fortnight and welcome the new ambassadors Raymond Blanc, Liz Earle, Candice Brown and Michelin star chef Phil Howard.

The event was also attended by Michael Gove Secretary of State...

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salad, vegetable, tips
26/03/2018 09:03
National Vegetarian Week is running from May 14 to May 20 this year. Ahead of the event, Sam Platt, manager of the Vegetarian Society Cookery School, has come up with some tips to make it easier for you to create saleable and on-trend veggie and vegan options:

1. Get creative. Write the veggie dishes first. So many chefs leave the veggie options till last when writing a menu, which can make it feel like a chore! If you're a meat-eater it might take a bit more thought and ingenuity to design veggie and vegan dishes, don't leave it...

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Obesity, cancer, health
26/03/2018 08:03
Obesity is a huge threat in the UK currently, warns a leading cancer prevention expert, following research showing it is the second biggest preventable cause of the disease, after smoking.

The comments from Cancer Research UK’s Professor Linda Bauld relate to new figures from the charity, calculated from 2015 cancer data, showing that more than 135,500 cases of cancer a year in the UK could be prevented through lifestyle changes. This equates to 37.7% of all diagnosed UK cancers...

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LACA
22/03/2018 07:03
Providing its meals to 58 schools across Islington, Caterlink was this week awarded an “above average” score for its Green Kitchen Standard – the first school caterer in Islington to do so.

With over 300 employees serving circa 11,500 meals a day, the company, which already has the Food for Life Served Here Award, worked to “show off its green credentials, and set itself apart from the competition.”

Despite the fact it doesn’t own any of the kitchens or equipment within its...

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acrylamide, regulation, food, operators
21/03/2018 07:03
New regulations mean that all food service operators will be required to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems.

From 11 April, Regulation (EU) 2017/2158 will insist that operators keep acrylamide levels as low as possible in foodstuffs.

The regulations will establish best practice, mitigation measures and benchmark levels for the reduction of the presence of acrylamide in food.

Acrylamide is...

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LACA
21/03/2018 07:03
A campaign launched yesterday by Food for Life and Pukka Herbs – ‘Know Your Roots’ – is encouraging children to get outdoors and promote “intergenerational links, food education and environmental knowledge.”

Over four months, the companies will work together to “connect the next generation with food provenance and overall health” through a number of organised events.

As well as teaching pupils the “values of organic growing” and food growing skills, the campaign will see nursery and primary...

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LACA
20/03/2018 09:03
UK schools are set to receive £26 million funding this spring to help boost breakfast clubs in disadvantaged areas and “give more children a healthy start to the day.”

Announced by the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, yesterday (19 March), the funding will be paid for by the soft drinks levy and is believed to benefit over 1,770 schools, including the Department for Education’s 12 Opportunity Areas.

Tasked with running the breakfast clubs are UK...

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LACA
19/03/2018 11:03
A new survey looking at hospitality professionals’s attitudes towards social media and the effect it has employability today (19 March) revealed that 70% of recruiters are “influenced” by what they find on candidates’s social media accounts.

Carried out by job site CV-Library, the study was undertaken on 1,100 hospitality workers and 200+ recruitment professionals across the UK, and found that:

  • 31% of recruiters ‘stalk’ potential candidates on social media
  • Despite this, 21% of hospitality staff don’t set their
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LACA
19/03/2018 09:03
Latest figures from Public Health England’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey last week (16 March) revealed that children have cut back on sugary drinks by over a third in the past 10 years, as well as overall sugar and saturated fat.

Looking at 2,300 households across Great Britain, the rolling survey compared data from 2008-2010 to 2014-16, showing:

  • Children aged 4-10 have reduced their overall sugar consumption by 6%, equivalent to 3.5 teaspoons
  • The same group also reduced fizzy drink consumption by 36
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LACA
16/03/2018 07:03
“Raising awareness of healthy eating and good nutrition for all children,” International School Meals Day (ISMD) has published its first ever Children’s Cookbook, “made up entirely of recipes submitted by children and young people from around the world.”

Having run a competition earlier this year, the organisation, which encourages children to “connect and talk to each other about the food they eat and the role that it plays in their lives,” called on young people to share drawings, photographs or poems of their favourite meal (cooked either at...

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