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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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Theo’s creates new vegan options fried spicy kale burger
03/07/2019 05:07
LACA partner, Theo’s, is continuing the vegan plant-based trend with its new frozen quinoa falafel and fried spinach and kale burger.

According to a survey by there are 3.5 million vegans in the UK. There are also an estimated 22 million ‘flexitarians’ who enjoy meat and dairy but they want to reduce their consumption.

Lee Sharpe, Theo’s head of sales and marketing, said: “The unstoppable rise in...

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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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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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28/06/2019 06:06
System management company, SchoolGrid, has been announced as a LACA Partner.

As part of the partnership, the company offers a free menu planning, costing, allergy analysis and recipe management software called ‘MenuGrid’ to all Local Authorities who are LACA members.  The package includes over 1000 tried and tested, recipes, which can ‘easily’ be added to.


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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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27/06/2019 10:06
LACA has reacted to the news that there will be the first major review of the UK food system in nearly 75 years.

National chair, Michal Hales, said: “LACA welcomes the announcement of the new National Food Strategy which will review the food system in England to ensure that it is fit for the 21st century.


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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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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...

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School Chef of the Year’ develops fish dishes using Young’s Alaska pollock and pink salmon pieces
27/06/2019 05:06
LACA's South West School Chef of the Year winner 2019, Dave Leeper, has worked with Young’s Foodservice to develop a range of cost effective and simple to produce recipes utilising Alaska pollock and pink salmon pieces.

Leeper is employed and based at The Trafalgar School at Downtown and has been a 'great advocate' for broadening children’s tastes and ensuring they receive a balanced diet at school.

Leeper is 'full of tips' for creating nutritious and affordable meals like his gluten free cornflake crumb...

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