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LACA
16/03/2018 07:03
Last week (8 March) saw Cityserve and five local West Midlands schools partake in homeless charity, St Basils, Soup Week - raising over £100 to help “break the ‘cycle of homelessness.’”

Having spent the morning in CityKitchen preparing a “variety of fresh breads and a vegetable and tomato and basil soup,” the students then served their creations to Cityserve head office staff and St Basils’ fundraising officer, Anne Morton.

Participating schools inclided: five students...

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LACA
15/03/2018 12:03
LACA’s annual celebration of school food reaches a milestone this year, with National School Meals Week (NSMW) 2018 marking the 25th anniversary of the event.

Running from November 12-16, organisers are promising ‘there will be plenty to celebrate during this Silver Jubilee year’.

New this year will be some special features, including an online poll to find out the public’s favourite school meal over the past 25 years.

From the emails,...

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LACA
15/03/2018 11:03
The catering and hospitality industry’s response to the shortage of workers – dubbed The Big Campaign – will be the focus of discussion when the PS100 group meets on April 5.

The ‘Big Campaign’ is being lead by UKHospitality and Springboard UK, and is a response to a government request from the industry to outline concerns about the significant recruitment issues it is going to face after the UK leaves the EU.

PS100 group chairman Andy Jones said: “It is vital...

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LACA
15/03/2018 09:03
New research has found that the “health and environmental impact of food” is important to the majority of British children, despite the growing obesity crisis.

Commissioned by meat alternative brand, Quorn, the study found that 68% of children are “motivated by Quorn products being healthier” and a further 65% by the “benefits it has on the future of our planet.”

Claiming it “sheds some positive light on the growing global health crisis,” Quorn...

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LACA
14/03/2018 14:03
Having crowned LACA’s 2018 School Chef of the Year last week (8 March), we are excited to announce that Channel 5 featured the event during its 5pm news bulletin on Friday (9 March).

The full coverage can be viewed in the clip below:

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LACA
13/03/2018 07:03
New research has found that 41% of Brits think we’ll be eating lab-grown meat and fish in the next ten years – citing shortages as their main reason followed by environmental and sustainability concerns.

In a survey of 2,000 people, rising food costs were highlighted as a concern, with 90% of people that do a weekly shop saying they would “start cutting back on spending if they were to rise again” - admitting that fresh meat and fish would go before fruit and vegetables.

Undertaken by...

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LACA
12/03/2018 13:03
Following the recent release of research it commissioned into the benefits of Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM), LACA’s Spring Seminar looked closely at how it should work to defend the scheme.

Delegates at the Stratford Manor Hotel heard Natalie Perera, head of research at the Education Policy Institute, present the key findings, followed by Lee Pedar of Oakhill Communications, LACA’s political lobbying partner, who looked at the political dimension to the study.

Then an...

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LACA
09/03/2018 10:03
Last night (8 March) saw LACA crown its 2018 School Chef of the Year – Michael Goulston from Peartree Spring Primary School (Hertfordshire) – after outshining the other nine finalists with his two-course meal created with an 11 year old school pupil in mind.

Representing the east of England, Goulston served a main course of oven-baked Southern crumbed chicken with herb mousseline, gnocchi and vegetables, and coconut cheesecake with pineapple and strawberry compote and tuille biscuit for dessert.

He said: “I am so proud to have won the...

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LACA
09/03/2018 07:03
Recycling and waste management provider Biffa has launched its ‘Food for Fuel’ campaign, to encourage businesses to segregate and dispose of all quantities of food waste responsibly.

Compared to Scotland and Northern Ireland - where recycling food waste is, by law, mandatory for businesses – there is currently no legislation in place in England or Wales.

As such, company-lead research found that “inedible food waste makes up 40% of the UK’s total food wastage,” and...

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LACA
08/03/2018 09:03
To mark the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’s ‘Chefs Adopt a School Week,’ Essential Cuisine chefs are visiting schools across the country to host a number of “inspirational and fun” cookery workshops.

Designed to “help children develop healthy eating habits and encourage an enthusiasm and interest in food, cooking, food provenance and sustainability,” this is the second time Chefs Adopt a School and Hospitality in Schools are running ‘Chefs Adopt a School Week.’

Claiming the charities...

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