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Christopher Clare CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index
08/03/2018 07:03
Foodservice price inflation in the UK dipped to 2.5% in January, according to figures from the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index, primarily due to an easing of seasonal and supply trends. The figure is a fall from year-on-year inflation of 5.1% recorded in December 2017.

The 2.5% figure marks the lowest point reached by the index since early last year, and this may be an indication that some of the inflationary pressures that have beset the industry in the last couple of years might be easing, according to Christopher Clare, head of consulting and insight at...

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PHE calorie reduction UKHospitality Kate Nicholls
06/03/2018 11:03
The UK’s leading hospitality trade body, UKHospitality, has warned Public Health England (PHE) not to overburden hospitality businesses as it unveiled its Calorie Reduction report.

The report unveiled new evidence surrounding childhood and adult obesity as well as further measures to combat the problem, including a challenge to the food industry to reduce calories in products consumed by families by 20% by 2024, along with the launch of the latest One You campaign,...

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LACA
Public Health England calorie reduction Duncan Selbie PHE
06/03/2018 10:03
Major steps to cut people’s excessive calorie intake have been unveiled by Public Health England (PHE), as part of the government’s strategy to cut childhood and adult obesity.

The package of measures includes:

* New evidence highlighting overweight or obese boys and girls consume up to 500 and 290 calories too many each day respectively

* A challenge to the food industry to reduce calories in products consumed by families by 20% by 2024

* The...

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LACA
06/03/2018 09:03
Judges have completed their assessment of this year’s nominations for the Cost Sector Catering Awards and the shortlisted names in each category have been revealed.

All those shortlisted will be invited to the awards night on April 5th at the Hilton Metropole in Edgware Road, London for a gala evening when the winners in each category will be announced.

David Foad, editor of Cost Sector Catering magazine, said: “The judges have had their usual tough...

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02/03/2018 11:03
LACA's North West Region plans to hold its Annual General Meeting on March 22nd in Salford.

All regional members are invited to attend at The Court House, Barton Road, Salford, M28 2PB starting at 2.30pm.

Organisers plan to follow the formal meeting with supper and a quiz.

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LACA
26/02/2018 07:02
School meals specialist, Hertfordshire Catering Limited (HCL), exhibited a selection of culinary offerings from its development chef at the Eastern Education & Academies show in Newmarket last week.

HCL chef David Gower gave out a canapé breakfast selection of a spiced apple toddy, a natural yogurt, super food granola and a breakfast brioche with date and cinnamon butter.

The lunchtime offering was creamy, spiced butternut squash soup or chunky vegetable chilli served with pressed...

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Industry
22/02/2018 07:02
London investment firm Bridges Fund Management has paid £8.5 million for a majority stake in the school catering business, Innovate Services Ltd.

The company said it has targeted the school catering sector driven by the belief that it offers an “outstanding opportunity to drive better health and education outcomes for children alongside strong commercial performance”.

It added that one of the reasons it picked Innovate was the...

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LACA
21/02/2018 09:02
The school catering team from North Yorkshire County Council has been awarded the Soil Association's Food for Life silver award.

The accreditation is the second highest mark available on the awards scheme which scores schools on their use of organic produce, ethical and environmentally friendly food, locally sourced ingredients and healthier menus.

The North Yorkshire County Council catering team includes cooks...

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LACA
19/02/2018 11:02
A council in Scotland has announced plans to give out free school dinners to poorer children in the region for 365 days a year.

North Lanarkshire Council (NLC) would become the first local body in the UK to provide meals to vulnerable children every day of the year if it follows through with the idea.

Any child within the NLC area who qualifies for free school meals will have provision extended to the 175 days...

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