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Ottolenghi says plan to end UIFSM is ‘a real shame’
26/05/2017 12:05
Chef and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi has described the Conservative Party’s manifesto pledge to end universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) as ‘a real shame’ on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

Speaking to broadcaster Nick Robinson this morning (May 26th), Ottolenghi said it would be a shame to lose UIFSM because at lunch times all students come together to eat.

Ottolenghi said: “Unfortunately today, many families struggle both financially and in terms of time commitment to...

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26/05/2017 10:05
The Certified Food Service Professional Scheme’s (CFSP) Enhance Seminar, which will examine issues facing the foodservice supply chain, will take place on June 29th at the First Choice Group conference facility in Cannock.

Led by foodservice consultant Doug Fryett, issues facing equipment suppliers and kitchen operators, including health and safety, legal requirements on gas and electricity and food safety certification, will be discussed at the seminar.

At the seminar, Fryett will give a presentation on...

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Essential Cuisine donates £8,000 to Adopt a School Trust
26/05/2017 09:05
Nigel Crane, managing director of Essential Cuisine, has presented a cheque for £8,000 to Sara Jayne Stanes, chief executive of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, for the academy’s charity the Adopt a School Trust.

The proceeds were collected during a promotion in December where the purchase of an exclusive pack of Essential Cuisine’s class leading Premier Veal Jus resulted in an instant donation of 25p per unit.

Nigel Crane, managing director for Essential Cuisine, said: “Basic kitchen skills and...

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Bidfood launches ‘build a better breakfast club’ campaign
25/05/2017 10:05
Bidfood has launched its ‘build a better breakfast club’ campaign to promote a healthier start to the school day.

The campaign will see Bidfood working with schools to provide pilot workshops, breakfast packs and a new breakfast club guide. The guide features information and advice for schools on portion control to recommendations on how to serve cereals, porridge, yoghurt, spreads and toppings.


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Conservatives admit cost of providing breakfast could cost more than expected
25/05/2017 09:05
The cost of providing breakfasts “will vary depending on how many pupils at any given school take up this offer”, the Conservative Party had admitted.

The admission follows Schools Week analysis that found the party has set aside 7p per pupil for the proposed breakfast scheme. This is based on the Conservative’s statement that the cost of breakfast clubs would cost £60 million a year.

The proposed scrapping of universal infant free...

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School Food Plan Alliance
24/05/2017 09:05
The School Food Plan Alliance, a collaboration of over 20 organisations supporting schools to improve their school meals, is urging the Conservative Party not to abolish Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) if it wins the General Election on June 8th.

Instead, they want the party to recommit to supporting the School Food Plan and the recent Childhood Obesity Plan.

Linda Cregan and Jeanette Orrey, co-chairs of the Alliance, say they see no sense in the policy U-turn.

Cregan said: “We all understand Government budgets come under...

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UIFSM Sally Shadrack survey scrap impact LACA
24/05/2017 09:05
Conservative Party manifesto plans to scrap free school meals for all primary school children up to the age of seven have prompted the Lead Association for CAtering in Education (LACA) to contact members for a survey on the likely impact.

The survey has been sent out, with responses due back today (Wednesday, May 24th) and a preliminary assessment of the potential impact of scrapping universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) available by the end of the week.

Local authorities, schools and contract caterers are being asked...

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23/05/2017 07:05
Principals, the education arm of caterer Harbour and Jones, hosted the Big Dig in Warren Road Primary School, Orpington to launch a fruit and vegetable planting scheme to help children understand where food comes from.

Pupils, teachers and catering staff welcomed the deputy mayor of Bromley, Councillor Kevin Brooks, at the event where he carried out a ceremonial planting after lunch.

Patrick Harbour, director and co-founder of Harbour and Jones, which owns Principals, said: “The team has worked hard to...

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Doncaster Schools Catering hosts eighth annual awards
19/05/2017 15:05
Doncaster Schools Catering hosted its eighth annual awards at Doncaster College on May 17th.

The awards were attended by 200 staff and were presented by mayor Ros Jones, director Peter Dale and the catering company’s suppliers.

The winners on the night were: 
Students of the Year
Work based student - Nicola Kececi from Askern Moss Road

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Scrapping school meals policy ‘doesn’t add up’ – Jamie Oliver says
19/05/2017 09:05
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has said the Conservative Party’s pledge to scrap universal infant free school meals and replace it with a breakfast scheme ‘doesn’t add up’.

Oliver said: “The logic behind this decision is extremely worrying. Why scrap a policy that gives every child access to a free school lunch and replace it with a policy that only gives breakfast to some? It doesn’t add up.

“Obesity hasn’t just happened overnight. We’ve all heard the...

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