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Starbucks enters $7.15bn agreement with Nestlé to expand globally

09/05/2018 07:05
Global coffeehouse chain Starbucks has entered into a $7.15bn global licence agreement with Nestlé to expand the presence of its brand globally in foodservice and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries.

As part of the deal, Nestlé will acquire rights to market, sell, and distribute Starbucks packaged coffee and tea brands including Starbucks, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Starbucks Reserve, Teavana, Starbucks VIA and Torrefazione Italia in the US and across the world.

Under the terms of the...

National Trust praises catering staff at inaugural Food and Beverage Festival

09/05/2018 07:05
Conservation charity, the National Trust, is hosting its first ever Food and Beverage Festival this month (15-16 May) to celebrate its chefs and catering staff, hard work and innovation, and share best industry practice.

In addition to workshops, cookery demonstrations and talks from chefs including Levi Roots, the charity is launching its Food and Beverage Superstars (FABS) recognition scheme.


UCC Coffee celebrates ‘major’ milestones and £1.3m HQ refurb

09/05/2018 07:05
Total coffee solution provider, UCC Coffee UK & Ireland, has today (9 May) announced that it has exceeded £100 million sales turnover while unveiling its new £1.3 million refurbished headquarters.

Topping off the celebrations with another “major milestone”, the company, owned by Japanese brand UCC Holdings, now employs over 500 people across the UK and Ireland.

Setting the company back £1.3m, its Milton Keynes headquarters has undergone a “full” refurbishment, including a brand new...

Doctors should receive more nutritional training, says review

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09/05/2018 07:05
Medical students in Britain do not feel their knowledge of nutrition and public health is enough to meet the demands on doctors today, according to a study.

Writing in Public Health Nutrition, the journal of The Nutrition Society, Jonathan Broad and Megan Wallace tested the idea by running a six-week course on public health nutrition that students could choose to take.

“The students were not confident in nutrition competencies before and were...

JJ Foodservice expands to care home sector

08/05/2018 09:05
In response to the “significant increase” in demand for care home services, wholesaler JJ Foodservice has expanded its sales team and product range to support the sector.

Terry Larkin, group general manager, explained: “The care homes sector is worth around £15.9 billion a year in the UK, with around 410,000 residents.

“As the population continues to age, demand for care will increase” - with the Office for National Statistics predicting a 36% growth in...

Trouble ahead for ice cream makers, as cost of vanilla ‘soars’

08/05/2018 09:05
New reports claim the price of vanilla has “soared” over the past two years, forcing many ice cream makers to take the popular flavour of menus or absorb costs.

With over 75% of vanilla grown in Madagascar, “the main reason for the high price is that there was a cyclone (on the island) last March which damaged a lot of the plantations," Julian Gale, a commodities analyst for IEG Vu, told the BBC...

Half a million Brits ‘live undiagnosed with coeliac disease’ research finds

08/05/2018 08:05
New figures reveal that half a million Brits are currently living undiagnosed with coeliac disease - creating “a growing health problem across the UK,” said independent charity Coeliac UK.

As part of its Awareness Week this month (14-20 May), the charity is urging health professionals and the general public to “take the disease seriously” claiming that “there is still a perception that it’s not that serious because it requires a gluten free diet as its medical treatment.”


Report on what UK can learn from other countries about tackling obesity

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04/05/2018 10:05
Social enterprise think tank 2020health says in its latest report on obesity that ‘strong and mandated central policy, supporting bold, holistic local action, is still needed to impact what is arguably the greatest health challenge of the 21st century’.

The report, titled ‘Tackling obesity - What the UK can learn from other countries’ looks at topical obesity intervention strategies from around the world and asks: Can the UK learn from policy abroad? It is the third the organisation has produced since 2014.

Director of 2020health Julia...


NACC announces 2018 Forum details

04/05/2018 10:05
The National Association of Care Catering’s (NACC) 2018 Training and Development Forum (TDF) is taking place 3-5 October at the East Midlands Conference Centre (Nottingham).

The annual two-day event invites delegates to learn more about the care sector workplace, with a line-up of expert speakers, culinary demonstrations and workshops and a wealth of supplier exhibitors.

This year’s TDF will see companies including Bidfood, Hobart UK, Kerrymaid, Premier Foods...

Bartlett Mitchell celebrates ‘tremendous’ sustainability results

04/05/2018 09:05
Independent caterer Bartlett Mitchell last year reduced the number of its coffee cups going to landfill by 500,000, and its food waste by 7.5% - building on its reputation as the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s (SRA) three-time Most Sustainable Contract Caterer Award winner.

The latest figures were announced in the company’s annual Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility (CSER) report this week (2 May), which also revealed that it saved 370 metric tonnes of CO2 by banning disposable cups.

Its waste management strategy, which ensures all waste is...


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