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01/02/2019 09:02
Schools will be able to be “flexible” in what dinners they serve children in England if there are food shortages because of Brexit, the government has said.

A no-deal technical notice issued by the Department for Education (DFE) explained that the government would not be able to guarantee the supply chain of any food that comes in from the continent because of the prospect of checks in places such as Calais and Dunkirk.

However, it added: “...

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Industry
31/01/2019 08:01
Four ‘leading’ UK caterers - Compass Group UK & Ireland, Caterlink, Olive Catering and Vertas – have committed to increase vegetable consumption in the UK by signing up to The Food Foundation's ‘Peas Please’ initiative.

The news follows the launch of Veg Power and ITV’s ‘Eat Them To Defeat Them’ advertising campaign, with a total 14 of catering companies now signed up to the campaign since it launched it 2017.

As part of their pledge, Compass Group, school specialist Caterlink and the University of West...

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LACA
30/01/2019 11:01
This year’s LACA School Chef of the Year winner will be the 25th to join the line up of previous winners as LACA celebrates the silver jubilee of the competition.

LACA are looking to recognise previous winners at this year’s national final, taking place on Thursday 7 March at Stratford Manor Hotel and are looking for your help in tracing some of the early winners.  See the attached document below to view the full roll of honour over the last quarter...

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LACA
29/01/2019 11:01
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) has been announced as LACA’s Host A School Chef Sponsor for 2019.

Now in its sixth year, the programme offers school chefs opportunities to work in some of the most exclusive restaurants and venues in the country working alongside some of the most celebrated chefs in the catering industry, demonstrating the breadth and depth of talent of education caterers....

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Industry
29/01/2019 06:01
Premier Foods has shown its commitment to boosting children’s confidence by appointing clinical psychologist, Professor Tanya Byron, as this year’s guest judge for McDougalls Young Baking Team.

Bringing her expertise in confidence to the competition, the company said the decision follows feedback showing that the competition is “great for building children’s confidence.”

Byron said: “I’m so thrilled to have been invited to guest judge this year’s competition.

“It’s so...

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Industry
28/01/2019 10:01
The influence of ‘big food’ - such as global companies and manufacturers - must be 'curbed' if obesity, malnutrition and climate change are to be tackled, a report has claimed.

Overconsumption of junk food and not having enough to eat are two sides of the malnutrition coin, said a commission of experts brought together by the Lancet medical journal.

A third major global problem is interlinked – climate change, that the report said is ‘worsened’ by food...

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Industry
28/01/2019 06:01
A consultation on the future of allergen labelling has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS).

Closing on 29 March, the consultation will seek information on four possible options:

  • Promote best practice (no change in law)
  • Add “ask the staff” stickers to packaging, staff would have to provide information orally and in writing if asked
  • Label food with the name
  • ...
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Industry
25/01/2019 09:01
Veg Power and ITV have partnered to launch a ‘ground-breaking’ initiative that encourages children to eat more vegetables, with a new national campaign - ‘Eat Them To Defeat Them’ - airing tonight (25 January).

On a mission to improve the nation’s health, the duo have created a brand new TV ad, which places children at the heart and positions them as heroes trying to save their parents from being overrun by angry vegetables. Hence the title - they have to ‘Eat Them To Defeat Them.’

With support...

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LACA
24/01/2019 12:01
The full line-up for the School Chef of the Year sponsored by McDougalls national final has been revealed including the judges’ wild card picks.

It will be held on March 7 in Stratford Upon Avon and includes each regional winner plus the two wild cards as chosen by the judges.

Each contestant has had 90 minutes to prepare four portions of a main course and a dessert suitable for serving to 11 year olds in school.

They will...

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Industry
24/01/2019 10:01
Consumption of sugary drinks by children has fallen by a third over the last nine years, the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey has suggested.

The change has contributed to an overall reduction in sugar consumption, however all age groups still had above the recommended levels of sugar.

The report from the Food Standards Agency and Public Health England (PHE) said that in other places, diet had not improved.

People were...

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