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Holiday hunger inquiry launched
22/02/2017 07:02
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger has launched an inquiry into the extent of hunger among children during the school holidays, as well as the impact it has on their life chances.

The group’s chair, Frank Field MP, said: “Holidays for most children are a time to look forward to family outings and adventures with their mates. Clearly for some children, though, the overriding priority during the school holidays is to find out where their next meal is coming from, or how...

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Farnborough school selected for LACA and FCSI makeover
21/02/2017 14:02
Wavell School in Farnborough, Hampshire, will benefit from a full review and makeover of their catering facilities thanks to a partnership between LACA and the FCSI (Foodservice Consultants Society International).

Over the coming months LACA and the FCSI will make a number of visits to the school, identifying work that needs to be done and areas to improve on. LACA and the FCSI will then implement those changes and measure the results both statistically and anecdotally amongst the stakeholders (pupils,...

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Catering sector ‘leading the way’ in organic market – Soil Association report finds
21/02/2017 10:02
The Soil Association’s 2017 Organic Market Report has revealed that the UK organic market has experienced its fifth year of growth, driven by a 19.1% increase in organic in the foodservice sector, which is now worth £76.6 million.

Rich Watts, senior Catering Mark manager at Soil Association Certification, said: “The catering sector is leading the way in driving up the standards of food served outside of the home and responding to the demand for better food.

“Organic is part of this and the spend on organic through...

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Last call for McCain One Pot Meal entries
21/02/2017 07:02
McCain has made its final call for school caterers to enter and be in with a chance to be crowned the Chef Solutions One Pot Meal 2017 champion.

The challenge is to create a balanced, delicious and nutritious one pot dish using at least one product from the McCain Chef Solutions Simply range. Dishes must be compliant with all applicable school meal requirements, including School Food Plan in England, Healthy Eating in Wales and Better...

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The FoodTalk Show launches awards for food tech pioneers
17/02/2017 12:02
The FoodTalk Show, the weekly, online talk show, has launched a new awards programme to celebrate innovation in food technology.

Entries for The FoodTalk Awards open on March 7th for businesses based in the UK and that have been trading for at least a year. Categories include ‘what’s in store’, for smart gadgets and tech, and ‘gourmet guerrilla’, for healthier options in factory-produced food.

Sue Nelson, founder...

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Bidvest Foodservice rebrands as Bidfood
16/02/2017 12:02
Bidvest Foodservice has announced that it will be trading under the new name of Bidfood from April 3rd.

The change follows the separation of the global Bidvest Foodservice businesses from the Bidvest Group, when it listed independently on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in May last year.

Chief executive Andrew Selley, said: “It’s no secret that as our business has evolved over the years, so...

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The City of Liverpool College joins Adopt a School scheme
16/02/2017 09:02
The City of Liverpool College has joined the Adopt a School scheme, allowing access to the college’s kitchens so children can learn about nutrition and how to cook.

The Adopt a School scheme is a charity within the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) that encourages children to eat better and help schools reduce obesity rates among pupils.

Chef and RACA member James Holden mentors school children at the college on behalf of the charity, which...

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International School Meals Day appeals for Thunderclap campaign supporters
14/02/2017 11:02
International School Meals Day, which takes place on March 9th, has called on caterers to show their support by signing up to participate in a Thunderclap campaign.

Thunderclap is a platform that allows campaigns such as International School Meals Day to utilise supporters’ social media reach to spread their message.

This year's day supports food, culture and heritage in schools across the world and you can sign up to support the Thunderclap campaign...

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Countdown to LACA’s School Chef of the Year 2017 national final
13/02/2017 14:02
The ten school chefs who will compete on March 2nd for the LACA School Chef of the Year 2017 national title are now known.

The competition, which is sponsored by MAGGI from Nestle Professional, has been organised by the Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) for over two decades. It aims to showcase the professional skills of school chefs and is the flagship event for them to do so.

The final will...

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Y&H Spring Seminar – Are you on board?
10/02/2017 11:02
The Yorkshire & Humberside Spring Seminar will take place on March 15th on the Pride of Rotterdam Ferry.

Speakers will include: Catering Mark manager, Caron Longdon; director of marketing, communities & legacy, Phil Batty; and national chair Sally Shadrack.

Boarding is at 9.15am and attendees will return to shore at 3pm. For more info on how to book your attendance, visit the...

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