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A Game to Train creators offer free food hygiene certificate.
31/03/2017 12:03
Creators of the A Game to Train app, which trains staff to a Level 2 standard in food safety, are offering catering businesses a free food hygiene certificate worth £25.

Creators of the app Melissa Thompson and Audrey Dean, both food safety consultants, will award a Chartered Institute of Environmental Health upon successful completion of the app.

Dean said: “Hygiene in the kitchen is such a vital consideration, yet without the proper provision and...

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Midcounties Co-Operative Food announces Happerley partnership
31/03/2017 09:03
The Midcounties Co-Operative Food has announced a new partnership with Happerley, the food technology business, to pilot a system to enable customers to track the origins of its Best of our Counties range.

Announced at Midcounties Co-operative Food’s annual supplier conference in Longhope, Gloucestershire, the technology will aim to encourage more transparency in the food chain.

Happerley founder, farmer Matthew Rymer, said: “In days of near total transparency in every aspect of our lives,...

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Hospitality sector faces recruitment shortfall of 60,000 – BHA report reveals
31/03/2017 09:03
The UK hospitality sector currently requires 62,000 EU migrants per annum to be able to maintain current activities and growth, according to a new report commissioned by the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

The BHA estimates that in a scenario in which there is no new migration into the UK hospitality sector from 2019, the hospitality sector faces a recruitment shortfall of upwards of 60,000 per annum.

Based on this scenario, by 2029, the hospitality sector could face a total recruitment gap...

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Chartwells awarded contract with Chislehurst school
31/03/2017 08:03
Chartwells, the specialist education catering arm of Compass, has been awarded a three year contract with Coopers School in Chislehurst.

The education catering company will run services across the school, providing students with a range of nutritional and healthy choices, including a grab & go selection and the ‘global adventures’ high street offering.

Richard Taylor, chief operating officer from Chartwells, said: “We...

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New sugar guidelines present welcome challenge – industry bodies react
30/03/2017 10:03
Industry bodies have welcomed Public Health England’s new guidelines on sugar reduction, but described them as ‘challenging’ and ‘stretching’.

The guidance sets out the recommended sugar limits for nine food groups as well as three approaches the food industry can take to reduce sugar. Read more here.

Ian Wright,...

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Public Health England targets removal of 200,000 tonnes of sugar per year by 2020
30/03/2017 08:03
Public Health England (PHE) has today published new guidelines for the industry to reduce the net amount of sugar children consume everyday.

The agency believes that as a result of these measures, around 200,000 tonnes of sugar could be removed from UK diets per year by 2020.

The guidance sets out the recommended sugar limits for nine food groups as well as three approaches the food industry can take to reduce sugar. These are...

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LACA national chair Sue Kilbey
29/03/2017 15:03
Sue Kilbey, who was national chair of LACA from 2002-2003, died on March 24th following a long illness. Neil Porter, the South West LACA regional board member, where Sue was a regional chair for a number of years, said: “We would like to acknowledge her support for LACA from both a national and regional point of view. She will be sorely missed.”

Sue’s work for LACA came in addition to her day job as head of service for Somerset Catering Services, the county school meals provider.

When she took over as national chair she said: “Networking is why many people join LACA, to share problems and exchange advice.

“I want to...

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29/03/2017 10:03
Foodservice company Santa Maria has devised an online quiz, ‘Are you good enough, chef?' to test chef’s knowledge on spice and herbs.

Eimear Owens, country sales manager for Santa Maria Foodservice, UK and Ireland, said: “Chefs put huge effort into careful sourcing of quality meat, fish and vegetables that have provenance. But so often, spices and herbs are an afterthought, with chefs taking the default standard product from...

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29/03/2017 09:03
The average Brit eats 18,304 and spends £48,339 on sandwiches in their lifetime, according to research by Heinz [Seriously] Good Mayo.

A Spokesperson for Heinz [Seriously] Good Mayo said: “These finding show Brits are very particular when it comes to their sandwiches - without a doubt it’s still our go-to option for lunch.

“The fact that it’s so quick to make, cheap and you can pretty much have any filling you fancy...

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Hospitality Action’s birthday quiz to be hosted by Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett
29/03/2017 08:03
Hospitality Action’s Big Fat Birthday Quiz will be hosted by Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett from ITV’s The Chase.

The evening will see a host of fundraising take place, including a live auction. Guests will also enjoy a three-course meal.

Penny Moore, Hospitality Action CEO, said: “The Big Fat Birthday Quiz is set to be a night of light hearted fun, but there’s a serious reason behind it. Over the...

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