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Food waste and surplus is costing the UK more than £1 Bn
25/07/2019 09:07
Around 3.6 million tonnes of food waste and surplus occur in primary production every year, costing the UK £1.2 billion according to research by the sustainability body Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

WRAP has generated the ‘most reliable’ estimate to date for total farm surplus and food waste, which assessed the core categories of vegetables, fruit, cereal crops, dairy and livestock. The 3.6 million tonnes of food waste and surplus per annum is equivalent to 7.2% of production. 

WRAP...

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LACA Awards for Excellence 2019 winners
12/07/2019 09:07
The winners of this year's LACA Awards for Excellence were announced last night, honouring the best individuals and teams working in the UK school meals sector.

Chair Michael Hales found himself unable to decide between two deserving candidates for the Chair's Award and made the decision to make two separate awards, one to long-time LACA supporter and School Chef of the Year judge Carol Harwood, and one to Gavin Squires of Bidfood, who was praised for...

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Independents by Sodexo wins £4.25m five-year contract for Worcester school
12/07/2019 05:07
Independents by Sodexo, has been awarded a five-year contract to manage the catering and cleaning services at The King’s School in Worcester.

The new £4.25 million contract will see Independents by Sodexo introduce dishes with a focus on fresh, nutritious and seasonal food from the 1 September. The 29-strong cleaning services team will use environmentally friendly and ‘innovative’ cleaning solutions.

Jeremy Alderton, managing...

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Wholesaler, Bidfood teams up with Middlesex Cricket for ‘CrickEAT’ event
12/07/2019 05:07
Bidfood has teamed up with Middlesex Cricket to show school children how to cook a range of healthy and nutritious meals as part of their CrickEAT event held at the President’s box at Lords.

The CrickEAT campaign aims to keep young people active and healthy during the summer holidays and to educate them about the importance of exercise and a balanced diet. Former England captain Mike Gatting gave a speech about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.  

Tim Adams, director of...

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LACA
11/07/2019 12:07
Yesterday (Wednesday 10 July) LACA’s annual main event kicked off with what is expected to be ‘the best one yet’.

The education catering exhibition welcomed exhibitors over three rooms, treating delegates and visitors to the newest innovations in school food and the catering sector, including new food, payment systems and equipment. 

Also on day one was a selection of workshops to...

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LACA
11/07/2019 06:07
LACA’s School Chef of the Year competition has been launched yesterday (Wednesday 10 July) at its annual Main Event.

McDougalls from Premier Foods returning as sponsor for 2020 and have provided a  list of products for competitors to include in their menus, which should reflect the school food standards.

Entrants have 90 minutes to prepare, cook and serve an imaginative, school compliant two course menu...

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St Mary's Primary School, Battersea, selling chutney in a Whole Foods Market
11/07/2019 05:07
London school children sold homemade chutney in the capital yesterday (10 July), thanks to the children’s food charity School Food Matters.

School Food Matters is on a mission to ensure that every child enjoys fresh, sustainable food at school and understands where their food comes from. Since 2007 their food education programmes have reached thousands of children.

The charity took their 2,500th pupil on a farm...

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Hampshire County Council’s Catering Service (HC3S) celebrates 30th anniversary
11/07/2019 05:07
HC3S is celebrating three decades of preparing ‘nutritious’ and award-winning meals to thousands of school children in Hampshire.

The catering service has 1,800 staff that supplies meals to schools, country parks, libraries and visitor attractions including Calshot Activities Centre. HC3S serves 75,000 meals across more than 500 sites every day.

Stephen Reid, the county council’s executive member for economic...

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Foodservice Price Index reaches record high, but inflation eases
10/07/2019 11:07
A key foodservice price index shows price rises in nine out of ten categories in May, but also points out that year-on-year inflation has actually eased.

The GCA Prestige Foodservice Price Index recorded month-on month rises categories in May, triggering a rise in the overall measure to its highest point to date (119.8), but inflation dropped below 6% for the first time this year.

Prestige Purchasing chief executive, Shaun Allen, said: “...

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LACA
10/07/2019 07:07
This morning (Wednesday 10 July) LACA opened it’s doors at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole to over 1300 attendees who will be attending the event over the next two days.

In addition to valuable networking opportunities, the event will be full of things for delegates to get stuck into, including the Education Catering Exhibition, LACALive, workshops and the association’s 30th Anniversary celebrations.

Speakers confirmed include Great British...

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