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Holiday hunger ‘getting worse’, says MP

Holiday hunger ‘getting worse’, says MP
03/09/2019 05:09
This summer has been the ‘worst’ for holiday hunger, Independent MP for Birkenhead, Frank Field, who founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty, has said.

The Metro reported that Field said the problem was widespread across the UK, where millions of children who are reliant on free school meals are going hungry during the school summer holidays.

Field said: "This is getting worse, the government has to now set up a national scheme. We seem...

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School children short of food in no-deal Brexit says children’s health charities

School children short of food in no-deal Brexit says children’s health charities
27/08/2019 08:08
Millions of school children could be at risk if food supplies are not protected from a no-deal Brexit, according to over 40 food campaigners and health charities.

Mark Carney, Bank of England Governor, believes a no-deal Brexit could result in interruptions to the supply of fresh fruit and vegetables with food prices set to rise by anything up to 10%.

Campaigners including the Royal Society of Public Health, public sector unions UNISON and NASUWT,...

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Government opens call for evidence for food system review

UK Government opens call for evidence to investigate England’s food system
19/08/2019 08:08
The Government has opened a public call for evidence to help its investigation into the 'farm to fork' review, led by Henry Dimbleby.

Dimbleby will investigate the entire food system to explore what changes are necessary. His recommendations will result in a ‘groundbreaking’ new National Food Strategy, set to be published in 2020...

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Foodservice Price Index reaches record high for non-alcoholic beverages, but inflation eases

Foodservice Price Index reaches record high for non-alcoholic beverages, but inflation eases
13/08/2019 08:08
There has been a 21.6% year-on-year increase in the non-alcoholic beverage category in June 2019, a foodservice price index has said, but also points out that food price inflation is levelling off in the months leading up to Brexit.

Inflation in the mineral water, soft drink and juices category has risen steadily since September 2018. One in five adults are choosing not to drink alcohol and because of ‘innovative packaging’ and ‘refined flavour profiles’ the non-alcoholic beverage sector is ‘showing no sign of slowing’ down...

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Lakeland Dairies saves 6.5 tonnes of plastic with paper straw ‘innovation’

Lakeland Dairies saves 6.5 tonnes of plastic with paper straw ‘innovation’
08/08/2019 05:08
Lakeland Dairies has announced VIVA, the flavoured milk range, will move from plastic to paper straws saving 6.5 tonnes of plastic every year.

VIVA uses semi-skimmed milk from the Irish co-operative’s own dairy farms. The flavoured milk is low in fat and suitable for vegetarians.

VIVA supports school caterers and calcium deficiency is a real health concern amongst 11 to 18-year-olds as 11% of boys and 22% of girls have a low...

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CESA highlights refrigeration techniques to reduce food waste

CESA highlights refrigeration techniques to reduce food waste
02/08/2019 05:08
According to the Care Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) refrigeration techniques play a ‘critical role’ in reducing food waste.

CESA is the ‘voice’ of the foodservice equipment industry, representing 200 companies who supply, serve and maintain all types of commercial catering equipment.

John Whitehouse, chair of CESA, believes one of the key elements when choosing a refrigerator is its climate class because if...

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Food wholesaler Brakes announces new website

Food wholesalers Brakes announces new website
29/07/2019 09:07
Brakes has re-launched its website to deliver the ‘best online shopping experience in foodservice’ by adding some new features including notifications and a ‘favourites’ list.

Adam Collett, Brakes marketing director, said: “The new website will deliver the most complete online shopping experience available in foodservice.

“Using a combination of our own market leading knowledge, and many hours spent talking to our customers about the features and functions that...

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Food waste and surplus is costing the UK more than £1bn

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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Catering provider Chartwells supports children over summer holidays

Catering provider Chartwells supports children over summer holidays
25/07/2019 05:07
Chartwells will help 500 children and parents stay healthy during the summer holidays through its Holiday Provision Programme across nearly 30 workshops in five UK cities.

As part of the programme, Chartwells will offer nutrition and cooking education that aims to teach families about the importance of how to cook healthy food. Chartwells will also donate fruit and vegetables, frozen food, bakery items and packaged meat to areas in need of help.  

The...

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Brakes celebrates 15 year relationship with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

Foodservice provider Brakes celebrates 15 year relationship with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
25/07/2019 05:07
It has been 15 years since Brakes became the first foodservice wholesaler to introduce MSC products into the UK Foodservice market.

Brakes continues to promote the benefits of the non-profit organisation and has more than 150 MSC lines with a value in excess of £30 million (increasing 3% in 2018).

Sarah Wilkinson, head of food and brand at Brakes said: “We were also the first national wholesaler to introduce the newly...

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