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South West LACA Awards recognise excellence
28/03/2017 14:03
The second annual South West LACA gala dinner and awards took place at the Woodbury Golf and Country Club near Exeter earlier this month.

A catering exhibition and regional AGM took place earlier in the day on the 17th before the awards. Regional chair Brad Pearce presented the awards on the night with various sponsors.

The winners were:

Primary School Catering Team of the Year Award

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Poor lunchbox standards ‘all too common’ – LACA chair
28/03/2017 10:03
Lunchboxes filled with chocolate, crisps and cold fast food are damaging to children’s health and education, according to the chair of the Lead Association for CAtering in Education (LACA), Sally Shadrack.

The LACA chair made the comments following a report on the Daily Mail that exposed some of the lunches children are sent to school with by a headteacher in Kent.

Jon Carthy, headtacher at Byron Primary School in Gillingham, Kent, revealed on the Daily Mail that the school has produced...

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Foodservice price inflation rose to 3.7% in February
28/03/2017 08:03
The latest edition of the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index has revealed that foodservice price inflation rose to 3.7% in February and further increases are expected.

CGA Prestige found that rising foodservice inflation has been the result of factors such as the lower than usual supply of key items and the weak pound.

Christopher Clare, head of consulting & insight at Prestige Purchasing, said: “Inflationary pressure looks set to continue, with our...

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Vegan trademark
28/03/2017 07:03
The Vegetarian Society, the organisation offering support to vegetarians and vegans, has launched a new vegan trademark for both on-pack and in eating establishments.

The trademark is for products free from animal-derived ingredients, cross-contaminations during production, GMOs, animal testing either directly or via commissioned processes.

Vanessa Brown, head of business and catering services at the Vegetarian Society, said: “The number of vegan...

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City Catering’s Junior Chef of the Year 2017 crowned
28/03/2017 07:03
Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s in-house caterer, City Catering has crowned Riley Gregory its Junior Chef of the Year 2017.

The 10–year-old, who goes to Longton’s St Gregory’s Catholic Academy, won the title after beating off competition from 29 children from 20 primary schools across Stoke-on-Trent.

Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for education and economy at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “This...

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School children worried about being teased for eating fruit and vegetables
27/03/2017 12:03
Research by psychologists at Staffordshire University has found that school children are worried about being teased for eating fruit and vegetables.

The study, published in the British Food Journal, is based on interviews with a small sample of nine to 11 year olds attending an after school club in the West Midlands area.

Although the study showed that children have a good awareness of the health benefits of eating fruit and...

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Opportunities to tackle childhood obesity being missed by government – Health Committee report reveals
27/03/2017 11:03
The Health Committee has expressed its disappointment at the government’s lack of action to tackle childhood obesity through the use of recommended measures in a follow up report.

Chair of the Health Committee, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, said: "We are extremely disappointed that the government has rejected a number of our recommendations. These omissions mean that the current plan misses important opportunities to tackle childhood obesity.

“Vague statements about...

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Welsh Government seeks ideas to tackle childhood obesity
27/03/2017 10:03
The Welsh Government is inviting companies and research organisations to apply for a share of up to £1m funding to develop innovative solutions to make the food and drink available to children healthier, while reducing the cost.

Solutions are being sought by the Welsh Government that reduce the levels of salt, sugar and saturated fats, as well as improve the nutritional value of food and drink for children.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, said: “This programme is a call...

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27/03/2017 09:03
Leading trade bodies, the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) have issued a joint statement to government departments highlighting core objectives and priorities for UK trade policy post-Brexit.

The joint statement was issued to secretary of states and ministers at the Department for Exiting the European Union, the Department for International Trade, and the Department for Business and Industrial Strategy.

The statement said: “Much of the food supply chain is domestically based,...

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One Show investigation reveals 260 UK schools have unsatisfactory food hygiene standards
24/03/2017 09:03
The BBC's One Show revealed last night that 260 schools across the UK have 'unsatisfactory' food hygiene ratings.

The investigation was carried out by The One Show through the use of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. 

It revealed that although there are 25,000 schools across the UK with the top food hygiene rating, there are 260 that failed to meet satisfactory standards. 


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