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HCL announces Sugarwise accreditation on school menu

27/06/2019 06:06
HCL (Hertfordshire Catering Limited) has announced that from next term its primary school menus will have the Sugarwise mark accredited to them.

The Sugarwise catering mark on school menus means that the menu provides options that are low in “free sugars”.

It gives ‘assurance’ to parents and teachers that products on...


Councils selected as childhood obesity ‘trailblazer’ authorities

26/06/2019 09:06
Five councils across England have been selected to become trailblazer authorities in tackling childhood obesity.

Funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and administered by the Local Government Association (LGA), the three-year programme asks councils to lead ‘innovate’ action in their local community as part of the government’s childhood obesity plan.

Its goals are to:

  • Test
  • ...

Hospitality careers in need of a re-brand, according to new research

Hospitality careers in need of a re-brand, according to new research
26/06/2019 05:06
Over half of 16-20-year-olds wouldn’t consider a career in hospitality, research from HIT Training and Get My First Job has found.

It found that 53% of 16-20-year-olds wouldn’t consider a career in the hospitality industry because it’s seen as ‘a stepping stone to another career’, as having ‘limited career prospects’ and viewed as ‘a part-time job while studying’.

The research found as many as three in five know what...


New law to enforce stricter labelling rules for pre-packaged food

25/06/2019 08:06
A new law requiring food businesses to include full ingredients labelling on pre-packaged foods has been announced by the government.

The environment secretary, Michael Gove, has announced plans to introduce ‘Natasha’s Law’ by summer 2021 in an effort to protect food allergy sufferers.

Named after Natasha Ednan-Laperouse who died after suffering an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger baguette, the new law will ‘...


UKHospitality welcomes Scottish food education programme

UK Hospitality welcomes Scotland food education programme
25/06/2019 05:06
UKHospitality, the trade body that represents the UK’s hospitality sector, has welcomed the launch of the Good Food Futures programme that is designed to teach children and young people about Scotland’s food industry.

The Good Food Futures programme, backed by £1 million of investment, aims to give children a greater understanding of where food comes from and the many career opportunities available in the industry.

The programme will also include more farm visits, healthy cooking lessons and put more...


ISS crowns School Chef of the Year 2019

ISS crowns their School Chef of the Year 2019
24/06/2019 05:06
Cameron Dunbar, chef at The Hayesbrook School in Tonbridge, Kent, was awarded the top prize at the annual ISS Education Chef of the Year (COTY) competition.

The competition takes school chefs out of their comfort zone and challenges them to create fine dining calibre dishes.

In the final the contestants had to use their ingenuity to create an improvised dish from a mystery box of ingredients. He prepared a pan-fried duck breast on a bed of...


Mellors Catering Services Big Red Bus goes on the road

Skelmersdale based Mellors Catering Services have announced the launch of the Big Red Bus that will go on a month-long tour.
19/06/2019 08:06
Skelmersdale based Mellors Catering Services have announced the launch of the Big Red Bus that will go on a month-long tour.

The traditional double decker bus is kitted out with a kitchen facility and has an upstairs dining area for 32 people.

It will tour schools and businesses across the North of England, the Midlands and Wales to provide an 'extra special' dining experience to Mellors customers.



EAT. builds partnership with charity to reduce holiday hunger

EAT. food poverty holiday hunger Fit and fed
19/06/2019 05:06
EAT. is partnering with Fit and Fed, an innovative holiday programme led by StreetGames, to launch a summer campaign highlighting the risk of holiday hunger and inactivity.

The campaign will run from 19 June until 31 August and is aiming to raise £25,000 for charity. Four Fit and Fed products will be on sale at all EAT. stores across the UK, with 25p of each sale going to charity.

Holiday hunger is where low-income families are unable to properly feed their...


Sodexo supports cyclone relief effort with Oasis Academies

18/06/2019 06:06
Global services company, Sodexo, has raised £1,000 in partnership with its client Oasis Academies in support of the relief efforts for cyclone-hit Mozambique.

In the run up to World Health Day in April, Sodexo worked with the Oasis schools where it provides catering services and pledged to donate 20p for every hot meal sold. Across 31 secondary and 13 primary schools, over 3,000 meals were sold. 

Mozambique has suffered devastating damages from...


Blakemore Foodservice joins The Country Range Group

Blakemore Foodservice Country Range group Coral Rose distribution
14/06/2019 05:06
Blakemore Foodservice, a division of the A.F. Blakemore & Son group has joined The Country Range Group network of 13 independent wholesalers.

Blakemore Foodservice, which was founded in 1917, is a family run food distribution company that supplies schools, restaurant chains and local authorities. The division’s head office is based at a 69,000 sq ft distribution depot in Walsall, West Midlands.

Coral Rose, managing director of...



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