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Industry
24/04/2019 08:04
Finishing its second phase of reformulations, foodservice provider, Bidfood, has so far achieved an average of 25% sugar reduction across some of its cakes and 20% across pie fillings.

In 2018 Bidfood revealed a 23% sugar reduction within its ice cream range and has continued to exceed the targets set by Public Health England’s (PHE), of 20% sugar reduction by 2020.

Laura Manning, bakery and desserts category manager, said:  “Within the bakery and desserts category,...

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LACA
23/04/2019 09:04
Nominations for the LACA Awards for Excellence close this Friday (26 April) at 12 Noon.

The awards acknowledge individuals and teams who continue to make a real difference to education catering.

LACA believes that good management, strong performances and high achievements deserve to be recognised and acknowledgement of effort is important to both reward and sustain...

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Industry
23/04/2019 09:04
Fussy kids will refuse to eat two meals a week, while two more are thrown away practically untouched, a survey has found.

A survey of 2,000 parents of kids aged four to 16 found three in five consider their child a 'fussy eater'.

The research by the UK meal kit company, HelloFresh UK, revealed that nearly one in two parents feel obliged to cook more than one different meal each night to make sure everyone...

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Industry
17/04/2019 08:04
A programme to help tackle holiday hunger, physical inactivity and social isolation for some of the disadvantaged children in Hertfordshire returned to the county for the Easter Holiday.

The initiative which first ran in the summer of 2018 is a collaborative programme run by Herts Sports Partnership, HCL (Hertfordshire Catering Limited), Hertfordshire Fire Department and Hertfordshire Library Service.

The Fit, Fed and Read programme for children aged 8 to 11, focuses on...

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Industry
12/04/2019 09:04
Since announcing their partnership in July, Tilda Foodservice has donated 60,523 meals to the school-feeding charity, Mary’s Meals which provides daily meals to impoverished schoolchildren.

The six-month milestone was celebrated at Tilda’s headquarters in Rainham, where they were joined by Gerrard McMahon, fundraising co-ordinator at Mary’s Meals to mark the donation.

The dedicated day saw the Tilda Foodservice team serve up a Mary’s Meals inspired dish to its 200 employees...

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LACA
Michael Hales LACA universal infant free school meals Islington
10/04/2019 11:04
Commenting on Islington London Borough Council’s recent report on Universal Free School Meals (UFSM), chair of LACA Michael Hales has voiced his support.

He said: “LACA has long called for UIFSM (Universal Infant Free School Meals) to be expanded to all primary school children and the Islington Council report highlights why.

“As demonstrated in their report (Universal Free School Meals) UFSM has increased take-up of school meals,...

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Industry
10/04/2019 06:04
Hungry children are searching lunchboxes for food and are more preoccupied with lunchtime than learning if they haven't had breakfast, it has been revealed in a study.

The study: Hunger in the primary school setting: evidence, impacts and solutions according to school staff in the North East of England, interviewed 12 school staff in 2016 about the impact of holiday hunger on education.

“The first thing they want to do is eat or know when the next meal...

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Industry
Shaun Allen foodservice price index inflation CGA Prestige Purchasing
09/04/2019 10:04
Fish and fruit prices have helped drive the Foodservice Price Index from CGA and Prestige Purchasing to 9.8% - its highest point of year on year inflation since it began in January 2015.

Shaun Allen, chief executive at Prestige Purchasing said the fish category of the Foodservice Price Index had seen another jump in inflation month on month, with much of the increase down to difficulties in the North Sea, where poor weather had kept ships off key fishing grounds for long periods...

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LACA
09/04/2019 08:04
Chef Rick Stein has worked with Local Food Links (LFL) school chef, Dan Staple, who took a day off from cooking school food in LFL’s Bridport kitchen for Stein’s Sandbanks restaurant.

The opportunity came as part of LACA’s (Lead Association for Catering in Education) ‘Host a School Chef’ initiative.

The initiative is sponsored by Alaska Seafood UK, an organisation which encourages children to eat more healthy, nutritious fish. 

The promotion offers school chefs...

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08/04/2019 08:04
A 'revolutionary' new reusable label for the industry, which can 'eliminate' the need for at least 500 single-use labels, has been unveiled by Pro Foodservice Reps Ltd (PFR).

It claims that PuraCycle labels help food service operators save money, eliminate waste, meet health standards in addition to going green.

PFR managing director, Andy Piggin said: “Peeling, picking, scratching or scrubbing ordinary labels can leave a nasty residue that builds up over time...

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