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24/10/2017 09:10
Following news that “UK consumers are buying two thirds less veg than the recommended amount,” industry-wide companies are pledging “to get hundreds of thousands of us eating more veg” at a UK-wide Summit today (24 October.)

Promising “to put more veg into ready meals and soups, into on-pack recipes and in promotional deals,” food-to-go retailers and manufacturers, and major UK supermarkets, as well as contract caterers who “will see more vegetables included in millions of meals going into schools, work canteens,...

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20/10/2017 10:10
The AKO Foundation, in partnership with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, has revealed the results of what it says is the first comprehensive review of food education in English schools.

Among its findings was "a huge disparity between schools doing a great job at delivering strong food education and others struggling with a lack of time, resource and support."

The two foundations worked with partners including the British Nutrition Foundation, Food Teachers Centre and...

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17/10/2017 07:10
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the number of female chefs in the UK has grown by 34% over the past 12 months, despite the fact that less than one in four is still female.

In its analysis of the last five years of employment data, the Office of National Statistics found that the total number of chefs in the UK has risen by 11.3% in the last year, of which male chefs rose by 5.9% and women by 34% - making it the biggest single rise in the past five years.


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LACA NSMW EDUcatering Excellence Award
16/10/2017 09:10
National School Meals Week (NSMW) sponsored by Kraft Heinz, the annual, week-long promotion of school food organized by LACA, has been recognised with the EDUcatering Excellence Award.

National Chair Tim Blowers said: “Well done to all LACA members who support NSMW to make it the iconic week it is – celebrating our amazing industry, the commitment of staff, the nutritional food we serve to thousands of children each day and the benefit this has on youngsters.

“NSMW was...

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13/10/2017 07:10
Delegates at the British Nutrition Foundation’s (BNF) 50th Anniversary Conference heard yesterday how science and technology could ensure the next generation of consumers make healthier food choices.

Speakers at the ‘Who is shaping the food choices of the future?’ event described how they thought innovations in agriculture, food processing and retailing could ensure a sustainable nutritious food supply and influence positive consumer behaviour.

Mark Driscoll, head of food at Forum for...

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BSBO Unilever Dawn Twemlow Intake School Doncaster
12/10/2017 11:10
The winner of the 2017 Big School Bake Off, Dawn Twemlow, recently welcomed the Let’s Get Cooking team to her school, Intake Primary in Doncaster, as part of her prize.

Two groups of 12 children from the school were treated to sessions that helped them prepare and cook pasta dishes and fruit crumbles.

The sessions were led by Liz Short and Jill Tiryaki from the Children’s Food Trust in what was the last Let’s Get Cooking organised by the trust before the...

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12/10/2017 07:10
National wholesaler, JJ Food Service, has renewed its multi-million pound contract to supply school meals in the London Borough of Newham.

The wholesaler has supplied schools in the east London borough with frozen foods and grocery products for the last four years.

Newham provides free school meals to junior pupils as well as infants and holds a Soil Association Food for Life bronze medal catering award.

Michael Hales...

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12/10/2017 07:10
Mars Foodservice has announced the return of its Dolmio & Uncle Ben’s foodservice challenge for catering and hospitality students.

The competition invites students to design two dishes suitable for a street food menu using Uncle Ben and Dolmio sauces and rice products.

Entrants can choose to either create a street food sharing platter, healthy lunch or dessert.

Judges will paper-judge the dishes and select...

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09/10/2017 09:10
Ahead of LACA member, Karen Robinson’s, five-day marathon run to celebrate National School Meals Week (NSMW), the association has launched a Just Giving Page to raise funds for the initiative.

Proceeds raised will go directly to the British Heart Foundation, with over £200 raised so far.

‘Powered only by School Meals’ Robinson will run the equivalent of five marathons in five days between 13-17 November, visiting every LACA region on her way.

During her journey, she will...

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04/10/2017 07:10
Billingsgate Fish Market and Seafood School, together with Seafish, are to run a series of educational events this month in a bid to raise awareness of Seafood Week and encourage more people to eat more fish.

Starting on Friday (6 October) Billingsgate, the UK’s largest inland fish market, will be running market visits, fish cooking and filleting classes, as well as educational outreach events in schools.

Billingsgate Seafood School chief executive, CJ Jackson, said: “We will be educating...

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