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12/01/2018 09:01
Waste reduction charity group WRAP has revealed plans for a new UK initiative to combat problems surrounding plastic and its impact on the environment.

The group says its “ambitious” project will involve collaborative action and commitment by businesses, governments, local authorities, NGOs, media and society at large, to “re-define what is possible and create a plastic system that works- a circular economy where plastic is valued and never...

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Industry
12/01/2018 09:01
Hobart Cooking’s government and key accounts manager, David Grundy, is celebrating his 40th anniversary at the catering equipment company this month (January.)

Praised for his “unparalleled” experience and “unrivalled” reputation, Grundy has held 10 different positions since starting out as a catering specialist in 1977. From warewash to service, Hobart said “his dedication to the government sector of the business has been constant throughout,” and...

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12/01/2018 07:01
New childhood obesity figures from Public Health England suggest that more than 100,000 primary age children are classified as ‘severely obese’.

John Newton, head of PHE’s Health Improvement Directorate, said: “Severely obese children are at risk of developing a number of serious acute and chronic health problems. These children therefore pose a significant concern in terms of their health and well-being, and may require the provision of...

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Industry
11/01/2018 08:01
Leicestershire-based school caterer Wilson Vale has extended its contracts with two schools in the West Midlands.

Prestfelde School, an independent preparatory boarding school in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, and Highclare School in Birmingham, have both furthered their contracts with the firm by five years.

Prestfelde School has retained Wilson Vale since 2009. A team of six provide 290 lunches every day...

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Industry
10/01/2018 11:01
ParentPay Limited, a digital service provider of cashless payments for schools and parents, has acquired school catering solutions software/app, Cypad.

The deal, which was agreed on 29 December, will see the two businesses' products and services remain as distinct, stand-alone offerings.

Cypad, a school meals solution provider for caterers, local authorities and schools, will remain at its Bristol base following the change in ownership...

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Industry
09/01/2018 09:01
Latest figures from the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index reveals that foodservice price inflation reached its lowest point since January 2017 in November - falling for the third month in a row to 3.4%.

It also marks the first time that prices have dipped below the level of inflation recorded by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) – currently running at 4% - since the Index data was introduced.

That said, while it brings some “welcome respite” for the industry, operators should be wry as “the...

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Industry
08/01/2018 07:01
With childhood obesity forever on the rise and new research revealing that 69% of UK adolescents are drinking energy drinks – despite labels warning they are “not recommended for children” – chef Jamie Oliver is calling on the government to restrict sales to under 16 year olds.

As part of his on-going campaign to combat diet-related disease, Oliver is joining the National Education Union, parents, academics and teachers in the fight to put age restrictions on the sale of energy drinks to under 16s.

He said: “If the energy drink industry is literally telling us...

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Industry
02/01/2018 08:01
Public Health England (PHE) has called on parents give their children snacks containing no more than 100 calories with a limit of two a day.

The Government health body will promote the move to healthier snacks through the launch of its Change4Life campaign.

Half of children’s seven sugar cubes a day comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks with kids currently consuming three snacks and sugary drinks a day while around a...

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Industry
22/12/2017 07:12
The Fairtrade Foundation has called on the UK’s food and drink industry to get involved with its annual Fairtrade Fortnight campaign to raise awareness of Fairtrade products and its producers.

The two-week event will take place between 26 February and 11 March and will carry the slogan, ‘Come on in to Fairtrade’ encouraging businesses and the general public to ‘enter the world of farmers and producers’ in developing countries.

Brands are being encouraged to work with the...

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21/12/2017 10:12
The Government is proposing to change the rules around who is eligible for free school meals in the future, but campaign groups such as The Children’s Society and School Food Matters fear it could mean more than a million children in poverty miss out.

Currently families receiving Universal Credit (UC) are eligible, but this will change once UC is rolled out.

Stephanie Wood, founder of School Food Matters, says: “Free school meals are worth around £400 per child per year and we know that many low income families struggle to find the...

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