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Overweight four-year-olds face jump in risk of high blood pressure, warns study

13/06/2019 08:06
Overweight four-year-olds more than double their risk of high blood pressure if they have not lost the weight by age six, raising the odds of future heart attacks and strokes, according to a new study.

Published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the study found that compared to children who keep a healthy weight between ages four and six, those with new or persistent excess weight as measured by BMI (body mass...


Inflation begins to ease but price rises keep things static, price index reveals

11/06/2019 09:06
Year on year foodservice inflation fell back in April from March, but price rises on hot and soft drinks have kept the total basket of goods static month on month, the Foodservice Price Index from Prestige Purchasing and CGA has revealed.

It found that soft drinks saw high levels of inflation, following reduced demand for high-sugar drinks in the wake of the government’s sugar tax, and increased costs from investment in more environmentally friendly packaging after widespread scrutiny of single-use plastics.

The extra...


British Food Fortnight competition calls for local communities

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11/06/2019 05:06
The British Food Fortnight competition, run in association with the Co-op, is looking for the best community celebration of British food in schools, hospitals, care homes and restaurants to take part within the fortnight 21 September to 6 October.

The competition, in its seventh year, is still growing, as more people want to celebrate the food produced in their region.  Previous winners include 2018 winners Hampshire who delivered British meals to over 450 schools across the county, and organised interactive foodie activity with...


ISS issues Zero Waste Challenge for World Environment Day

05/06/2019 09:06
Services provider, ISS, has challenged its stakeholders to stop at least 80,000 items becoming waste this World Environment Day (5 June).

Its third annual global ‘Zero Waste Challenge’ (ZWC) is open to all individuals and organisations and is the brainchild of the Waste Services division at ISS UK.

The initiative asks all involved to reduce waste produced on the day, with activities as large or as small as each pledgee can...


Glendale Foods appoints new business development manager

03/06/2019 09:06
Frozen food manufacturer, Glendale Foods, has announced the appointment of Victoria Paget as business development manager.

With over twenty five years in the food industry Victoria has been involved in catering management, consultancy, sales and training, national key accounts, food safety and nutrition training.

She joins Glendale’s to focus on the education and health sector and own label manufacturing....


CESA launches guide to reducing food waste

29/05/2019 08:05
The Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) has released a guide aimed at foodservice operators, distributors and consultants about how to reduce food waste.

It contains a summary of the legislation and details the best ways for operators in all sectors to comply with requirements, and shows steps they can take to improve overall efficiency.

Many businesses are not aware of the true costs of food waste, from the cost of uneaten food to those...


Rational launches iKitchen cooking system solution

22/05/2019 06:05
Foodservice equipment manufacturer, Rational, has announced the launch of iKitchen in an evolution of its total thermal cooking solution concept and connected cooking technology.

Connected cooking networks the Rational appliances into a smart kitchen, with remote control, service maintenance, recipe sharing and automatic software downloads.

‘iKitchen’ is the system solution consisting of the SelfCookingCenter, VarioCookingCenter and ConnectedCooking, which adapts...


Schools should have one meat-free day a week, says Soil Association

17/05/2019 08:05
All state schools in England should offer pupils a compulsory plant-based menu one day a week, the social association has recommended.

Reported in The Guardian, the association is urging the Department for Education (DfE) to replace a non-mandatory recommendation for a weekly meat-free day with a statutory menu once a week offering only plant-based proteins and foods in an aim to make school meals more environmentally friendly...


Sodexo appoints health and wellbeing manager to help improve pupil performance

14/05/2019 08:05
School catering service, Independents by Sodexo, has appointed a ‘dedicated’ Health and Wellbeing Manager to help improve pupil performance.

Paul Quinn, who has a Masters in Applied Human Nutrition, brings a wealth of knowledge on the science behind food to Sodexo’s culinary team, which provides fresh food from scratch to more than 80 of the UK and Ireland's top independent schools.

The newly created role will see Paul Quinn,...


Campaign launched to tackle industry food waste

13/05/2019 10:05
The Guardians of Grub campaign has been launched today (13 May) to tackle nearly £3 billion worth of food that is wasted every year across the hospitality and foodservice sector, of which 75% could have been eaten.

The campaign, developed by WRAP as part of its work to cut food waste from farm to fork, was unveiled at a symposium organised by the Government’s Food Surplus and Waste Champion Ben Elliot, and attended by senior business figures, the Secretary of State for the Environment Michael Gove.




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