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HCL awards winners announced

catering, awards, winners
21/05/2018 07:05
Hertfordshire Catering Ltd (HCL) hosted an awards evening on May 17 at the Shendish Manor in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Over 140 shortlisted nominees, and those who nominated them, attended the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, hosted by comedian, television personality and star performer Ian Irving.

The 14 category awards were presented for outstanding contributions by the award sponsors, along with HCL’s...


Caterer Sodexo appoints divisional managing director and head of food

Sodexo, corporate, services
21/05/2018 07:05
Nicola Morris has joined Sodexo as divisional managing director and head of food, responsible for it’s contract portfolio in London as well as several large corporate accounts.

Starting this month, she forms part of the executive team for corporate services UK and Ireland.

Morris is set to take charge of the delivery of the UK corporate services food strategy.

David Bailey, chief executive, Corporate Services, Sodexo UK and Ireland, commented: “We are...

Scottish primary schools failing to meet nutritional standards in record numbers

primary, school, meals
18/05/2018 14:05
The number of Scottish primary schools not meeting required nutritional standards is at its highest in six years.

Data from a Freedom of Information (FOI) request shows that in the 2012-13 period, 13 primary schools did not meet the required standard, climbing to 19 in 2016-17 and 21 over the last year.  

Furthermore, from 2017 to April 17 2018, 12 out of 14 of the Scottish secondary schools...


Roadchef appoints Mark Fox as chief executive

Motorway, service, operator
18/05/2018 12:05
UK Motorway Service Area (MSA) operator Roadchef today announced that Mark Fox has been appointed chief executive, succeeding Simon Turl, who is moving into a new role as chairman.

Fox joins the business with experience in senior roles in the UK and international hospitality industries, working at big names including KFC, Pizza Hut UK and Ireland, Starbucks and most recently chief executive of casual dining brand Bill’s.

Fox commented: “I’ve been thoroughly...

Fun Friday Food Facts 2018 Vol.20

18/05/2018 09:05
This week's Fun Friday Food Facts are in celebration of National Vegetarian Week (14-20 May).
  • Ants don’t like cucumber peel, which contains a chemical called an unsaturated aldehyde that they will avoid at all costs. If you have an ant problem in your house, simply place strips of cucumber peel along their entry point
  • Every year, just one person who sticks to a vegetarian
  • ...

Entry deadline for ACE Robyns Award looming!

18/05/2018 09:05
Don’t forget to nominate colleagues for this year’s ACE Robyns Award before next week’s entry deadline, Friday 25 May!

The annual award is open to people under the age of 35 who are making a “significant impact” in their role within the contract catering and foodservice industry.

With just five short questions (no more than 250 words for each) – the entry form and more information can be downloaded here...

2018 FreeFrom Eating Awards open for entry

18/05/2018 07:05
The 2018 FreeFrom Eating Awards are now open for entry – calling on all UK eateries that are allergy aware and offer free-from menus to enter.

Open until 27 July, businesses must submit their entry to, with more information available via...

EFSA updates risk assessment of opium alkaloids in poppy seeds

opium, poppy, seeds
18/05/2018 07:05
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has updated its risk assessment of opium alkaloids in poppy seeds, confirming many of its previous findings, including the amount of these substances that can be consumed safely.

The latest opinion also broadens the evidence that should be considered when calculating the possible risk to consumers.

EFSA’s previous assessment, published in 2011, set a safe level based on the morphine content of poppy seeds.

The European Commission asked EFSA to update the...


Payne & Gunter retains catering accreditation at Royal Museums Greenwich

18/05/2018 07:05
London-based caterer, Payne & Gunter, has this week retained its catering accreditation at the Royal Museums Greenwich for another two years.

As part of its on-going partnership, Payne & Gunter is eligible to cater for all events at each of the venues, including the Queen’s House, National Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark, as well as deliver fitting catering concepts and menus.

It will also continue to create signature...

Aramark Defence Services partners with Armed Forces charity

caterer, armed, forces
18/05/2018 07:05
Aramark Defence Services (ADS), the military arm of one of the UK’s biggest contract caterers, has announced a new five-year partnership with armed forces charity SSAFA, as part of an ongoing commitment to support the Armed Forces community.

ADS, who operate under the Side by Side brand, will bring together a workforce of more than 4,000.

Starting with a wave of company-wide Big Brew Up events during Armed Forces Week, ADS is set to commit to an annual calendar of activities, driven by its team members and the company’s...



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