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07/11/2017 07:11
Midlands-based caterer Cityserve hosted its annual autumn event last month (24 October), celebrating its achievements over the past year with a record 200 staff attendance.

Bringing together catering and cleaning supervisors from across the business, ‘The Big Event’ took place at Birmingham City Football Club and provided an opportunity to update employees on plans for the future and offer development opportunities, including talks and workshops.


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02/11/2017 07:11
Catering company Smart Group has announced that its annual post-Christmas party for the hospitality and events industry, ‘Hospitality Rocks’ will be returning to Battersea Evolution on 12 January, to raise funds for The Springboard Charity and Hospitality Action.

Providing hospitality and events staff working over the festive period an opportunity “to celebrate their own Christmas party in style,” the Après-Ski themed event comprises a Champagne reception, three-course dinner and evening entertainment.

As well as dancers, acrobats, and a live DJ,...

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01/11/2017 12:11
Food For Life’s annual Roast Dinner Day is this year taking place 15 November, aimed to recognise the “dedicated, hard-working and talented school cooks and caterers serving children nutritious, freshly prepared and locally sourced school dinners.”

Inviting parents and “special guests” to join schools for a roast dinner with pupils and staff, the Soil Association (who founded the Food for Life initiative in 2003) hope to raise awareness of the “unsung heroes in schools” - cooks and catering staff.

With “nearly a quarter of children...

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30/10/2017 10:10
Pupils from a secondary school in Kirkintilloch, Glasgow, have been crowned the winners of the Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2017 schools challenge thanks to their effective use of local and seasonal produce.

S2 students at St Ninians High School in the north of the city won the award as part of a two-week long initiative which encourages primary and secondary schools to champion Scottish produce.

During the Fortnight, which ran from 2-17 September, the pupils adapted a standard Home Economics...

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27/10/2017 07:10
The Soil Association and its Green Kitchen Standard team are running a free online seminar for caterers next month to help improve their levels of sustainability.

The Green Kitchen Standard award was launched in May this year by the Soil Association in partnership with the Carbon Trust in the aim of helping caterers review their management of energy, water and waste.

Liz Harding-Wyatt, Green Kitchen Standard development manager at the Soil...

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26/10/2017 09:10
Multinational food packaging and processing company, Tetra Pak, has put together a report for parents on how to provide healthier lunchboxes.

The five-page ‘Fuelling the Next Generation’ report discusses the challenges parent and carers face when creating healthy packed lunches for their primary school children.

Last week, Tetra Pak held an...

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25/10/2017 09:10
Developed by the charity Monkey Business Foundation, Working Options in Education is a national careers programme designed to encourage 16-19 year olds into the food, drink and grocery retail industry.

Through free “motivation and information sessions” hosted in state sixth form colleges around the country, the volunteer-led scheme hopes to “engage, inspire and motivate students to realise their full potential and to consider employment opportunities” across the sector.

Spanning “all...

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25/10/2017 07:10
The Scottish foodservice industry has been told that Scotland could lead the way in vegetable production if it helps the nation embrace national guidelines on vegetable consumption.

The call came from campaign group Nourish Scotland speaking at the National Vegetable Summit in Edinburgh yesterday (24 October).

The summit was held as part of ‘Peas Please', a...

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24/10/2017 11:10
The Department for Education has announced that funding of PE and sports provision in schools is being increased from £160m to £320m, as part of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan.

Public Health Minister Steve Brine said: “Investing in school facilities such as sports halls, playgrounds, kitchens and dining facilities will undoubtedly make a significant difference to children’s health across the country.

“The school environment is critical in shaping a healthy...

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24/10/2017 11:10
The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) has produced what is says are clear, concise and scientifically reliable fact sheets focused on sugars and hand hygiene.

The publications are part of the organisation’s mission to educate the public about food science and technology.

They are the first in a series of  ‘Food Science Fact Sheets’ to be steadily released by the IFST.

The sugars fact sheets questions; what are sugars, what is its...

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