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Child obesity strongly associated with ethic groups, deprivation and sex – new NCMP data reveals
10/02/2017 09:02
New data released by the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) has revealed that obesity prevalence in children continues to have strong associations with ethnic groups, deprivation and sex.

The report finds that children in Black African communities are at higher risk of being overweight or obese. In Reception, 31.2% are obese, which is higher than the England average of 22.1%. By Year 6, 45.9% are obese, which is higher than the England average of 34.2%.

Several ethnic...

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National Rice Week returns for second year
09/02/2017 07:02
Following its successful launch last year, National Rice Week is set to return in September to promote rice’s nutritional benefits and different ways to cook it.

Alex Waugh, Secretary of The Rice Association, said: “We were so pleased with the launch of National Rice Week last year, raising awareness of the versatility of rice and its health benefits and producing hundreds and thousands of pounds worth of media coverage.

“We are extremely...

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Springboard announces saints & sinners theme for fundraising dinner
08/02/2017 07:02
Springboard’s annual fundraising dinner Saints & Sinners: The Alternative Big Event will take place on March 1st at the QEII Centre, London.

Entertainment on the evening will be provided by David Meade and a three course meal will feature a saintly starter, a devilish main and a sinful dessert.

Anne Pierce, Springboard’s CEO, said: “When our fabulously innovative, anything’s possible events partner, drp group suggested the...

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McCain Foods encourages customers to Meet the Farmers
06/02/2017 16:02
McCain Foods has launched a new section of its website designed to introduce caterers to the story of the company's farmers.

The Meet the Farmers section of the website features interviews, video content and showcases the agricultural journey through the potato growing season.

Jo Simmons, McCain Foods senior communications and product manager, said: “McCain, in partnership with our farmers, have a passion for...

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Manitowoc announces rebrand
06/02/2017 15:02
Foodservice equipment supplier Manitowoc has announced that it is rebranding the company, its logo and identity to Welbilt, Inc.

The change is part of the company's strategic repositioning after it spun off from its former parent company, The Manitowoc Company, in March 2016.

Hubertus M. Muehlhaeuser, president and CEO of Manitowoc Foodservice, said: “We are excited to announce the changing of our name to Welbilt,...

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CATERed begins search for children’s school food panel
06/02/2017 08:02
CATERed, Plymouth’s cooperative school food company, have launched a competition to recruit Year 4 and 5 school council members to form Ed’s Citywide Children’s Food Panel.

Brad Pearce, managing director at CATERed, said: “We’ve asked pupils across our 67 primary schools to send us 50 words to tell Ed why they are interested in school food and healthy eating and why they would like to represent their school and their locality on the citywide children’s food panel...

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Bake Off winner visits primary school
03/02/2017 09:02
Jo Wheatley, winner of the BBC’s Great British Bake Off, visited Lordsgate Township Primary School yesterday for an interactive baking day.

Wheatley put on baking demonstration with pupils and held several sessions throughout the day with the school’s catering manager Sarah Levenson as part of her prize for winning Unilever’s Big School Bake Off 2016 in September.

Mellors Catering Services marketing manager, Helen Roughley,...

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Commercial Kitchen 2017 opens visitor registration
03/02/2017 08:02
Visitor registration has opened for Commercial Kitchen 2017, which will host 2,000 catering equipment buyers, distributors and consultants from across the foodservice industry.

Taking place in June at the NEC in Birmingham, 100 exhibitors will showcase cooking equipment, refrigeration, ventilation and storage.

The show also features a two day seminar programme, the Innovation Challenge Awards and the CEDA Design Gallery.

Commercial Kitchen takes place on...

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Green Gourmet launches new website
02/02/2017 15:02
Foodservice supplier Green Gourmet has launched a new website that makes it easier for users to find specific products or topics.

The new look site organises products by brand and provides the user with detailed information for each, including certifications.

Green Gourmet’s website, which is mobile-friendly for users on the go, also offers recipe ideas, ‘how to makes’ and industry news. 

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McCain Foods wants you to share your best chef hack
31/01/2017 10:01
McCain Foods is asking chefs to share their best chef hack as part of a campaign to highlight the operational benefits of using the McCain Chef Solutions Range.

Katrina Ellis, McCain Foods product manager, said: “All chefs have their own little hacks, their unique way of doing something in the kitchen, that they rely on to save time, money, reduce waste or add consistency.

“The McCain Chef Solutions Range is a great hack for lots of chefs and we’...

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