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Hospitality businesses struggle to beat single-use plastic waste, research finds

09/07/2019 06:07
Just 29% of hospitality and leisure businesses have replaced some or all of the single-use plastics their customers use with more environmentally friendly alternatives, such as reusable coffee cups, research has found.

A YouGov survey commissioned by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and Brita UK found that only 8% of SME businesses in the hospitality sector say they have used incentives such as purchase discounts to encourage customers to change their behaviour around single-use plastics.

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Chef delivers food education sessions to young people at London hospital

Chef delivers food education sessions to young people at London hospital
08/07/2019 05:07
Royal Academy of Culinary Arts chef Ashley Marsh has ‘adopted’ Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s adolescent mental health unit to teach students about practical cookery, kitchen safety and healthy eating.

The young people’s first session, which took place in early May, encouraged the students to explore food using their five senses and five tastes. So far students have created dishes including black quinoa salad, asparagus, mushroom and thyme risotto and a cauliflower asparagus salmon tart....

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New report outlines UK progress in eradicating food waste from landfill

New report outlines UK progress in eradicating food waste from landfill
05/07/2019 05:07
ReFood, ‘leading’ food waste recycler, has unveiled a new report highlighting the UK’s progress in eliminating food waste from landfill.

The New Food Waste Horizons Report is part of the Horizon 2020, the biggest EU research and innovation programme with €80 billion funding available over seven years.

The report brings together insight, best practice an innovation from UK businesses in order to eradicate food waste from...

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More catering jobs but pay drops by 9.3%, according to new research

More catering jobs but pay drops by 9.3%, according to new research
05/07/2019 05:07
According to CV-Library, an online job site with a database of over 14 million CVs, discovered there were 10.3% more catering jobs on offer last month but the average pay for these positions dropped by 9.3% year-on-year.

CV-Library was founded in 2000 by Lee Biggins and attracts over 4.3 million unique visitors every month.

The average pay for catering roles sits at £23,467 (June 2019) a drop compared to £25,860 the year before (June 2018).  Application rates increased 7.4% suggesting that candidates were...

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Obesity causes more cases of some cancers than smoking, warns charity

03/07/2019 09:07
Obesity now causes more cases of four common cancers in the UK than smoking, according to Cancer Research UK.

It says millions are at risk of cancer because of their weight and that obese people outnumber smokers two to one.

Michelle Mitchell, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said: "As smoking rates fall and obesity rates rise, we can clearly see the impact on a national health crisis when...

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Leicestershire crowns Junior Chef of the Year

Neve crowned Junior Chef of the Year
01/07/2019 10:07
A north-west Leicestershire youngster, Neve Roberts, was crowned Junior Chef of the Year 2019 after her two-course meal impressed judges at the final, held at Booksby Melton College on 24 June.

Aged 11 and from New Swannington Primary School, she said: “I really enjoyed my afternoon cooking and I can’t believe I won as everyone else had great recipes and worked really hard.”

Roberts served smoked mackerel carbonara using wholewheat spaghetti and served it with courgette and...

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LTS celebrates Gold Food Served Here accreditation

Leicestershire Traded Services (LTS) Catering won the Soil Association’s Gold ‘Food Served Here’ catering mark junior chef competition
01/07/2019 09:07
Leicestershire Traded Services (LTS) Catering has won the Soil Association’s Gold Food Served Here catering mark, which is the highest accolade the Soil Association presents.

LTS Catering, part of Leicestershire County Council’s trading arm, serves more than 33,000 healthy school meals to more than 230 schools across the Midlands.

Byron Rhodes, deputy county council leader, said: “LTS Catering have had some fantastic achievements in the past year which include...

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CESA raises safety concerns over CE Mark

CESA raises safety concerns over CE Mark
28/06/2019 05:06
The Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) has highlighted a 'worrying trend' in the foodservice equipment industry where importing equipment from the Far East doesn’t have the CE Mark.

The CE mark ensures that all commercial catering equipment sold in the EU complies with all the relevant safety Directives, including the Low Voltage Directive and the Machinery Safety Directive.

Nick Oryino, CESA technical consultant, said: “Safety has to be at the top of every...

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Industry reacts to UK 'farm to fork' review

27/06/2019 11:06
The hospitality industry has been reacting to the announcement that the UK's food system will get its first major review in nearly 75 years.

It has been welcomed by many, with Public Sector Catering 100's chair, Andy Jones, saying on twitter: "So pleased about this #foodstrategy. The Public Sector Caterers are in full support and we are...

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Gove appoints Dimbleby to pioneer ‘farm to fork’ revolution

Gove appoints Dimbleby to pioneer ‘farm to fork’ revolution
27/06/2019 09:06
Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of the restaurant chain Leon and of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, has been appointed by Environment Secretary Michael Gove to lead the first major review of the UK food system in nearly 75 years.

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

Some of the key policies that need to be implemented include delivering safe and...

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