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Fun Friday Food Facts 2018 Vol.18

04/05/2018 08:05
We're sure you're all aware that it's International Hummus Day next week (if you're half the fan that we are!) so here's our top hummus-related Friday Food Facts!
  • Hummus has conquered America. The hummus industry has grown from a mere $5m in 2002 to $725m annually in 2016 according to numbers cited by the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council. It's estimated that 25% of American homes now stock hummus in the fridge
  • While hummus is commonly used
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St John’s College wins gold award for ‘innovative and sustainable food practices’

04/05/2018 07:05
The catering department at St John’s College (Cambridge) took home a gold award for its “innovative practices and commitment to sustainable food” at the annual Cambridge Sustainable Food Business Awards last week (27 April).

Celebrating local (Cambridge) food companies and institutions that work to improve their sustainable credentials by signing up to a pledge and award scheme, the annual ceremony this year took place at Anglia Ruskin University.

Having met a strict set of criteria, St John’s College was...

Chef Sat Bains creates menu for world's highest dinner party at Mt. Everest

04/05/2018 07:05
A team of British adventurers this week (30 April) broke a world record for holding the world’s highest black tie dinner at Mount Everest’s North Col, created by chef Sat Bains and London cocktail bar, Mr Fogg’s.

The expedition – led by experience adventurer Neil Laughton – saw the team climb the 7020m to the North Col on the Tibetan side of Mount Everest, to raise money for Community Action Nepal following the 2015 earthquake there.

The three-course dinner was specially created...

Caterer Cityserve treats pupils to Royal Wedding-themed school meals this month

03/05/2018 10:05
Allowing young pupils to join in the Royal Wedding celebrations this month (19 May), caterer Cityserve has planned a series of food-themed celebrations across 133 of its schools.

To mark the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the company is organising themed days to “give hundreds of children the chance to join in Britain’s excitement,” from picnics and afternoon tea to fish and chip lunches, burger days, and Union Jack boxes.

Parents are also invited to...

Jamie Oliver urges MPs to tax chocolate and cakes

03/05/2018 10:05
Chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall have urged MPs to introduce taxes on chocolate and cakes, while giving evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee at Westminster this week.

Addressing the UK’s growing obesity problem - which accounts for one in five early deaths - Oliver claimed that obesity should to be seen as a national security threat, explaining: “When you look at mortality (obesity-related cancers and heart disease deaths outnumbering those caused by crime or...

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Wilson Vale gains extra catering contract at College Court

03/05/2018 08:05
Building on its existing catering contract with College Court at the University of Leicester, Wilson Vale will now provide its services for the venue’s Conference Centre.

The new five-year deal is said to be worth £750,00 in annual turnover, and will see the independent caterer serve conference guests and visitors, weddings and events.

Andrew Wilson, co-founder of Wilson Vale said: “Gaining a five-year contract with College Court means the world to us, and...

EAT Stockholm Food Forum 2018 open for registration

03/05/2018 07:05
Focusing on how to achieve healthy and sustainable diets for a growing global population, the 2018 EAT Stockholm Food Forum (SFF) is taking place this summer (11-12 June) in Sweden.

Co-hosted by EAT and the Swedish government, the line-up of speakers includes: Isabella Lövin, Sweden’s deputy prime minister and minister for international development cooperation and climate; Norway’s minister of international development, Nikolai Astrup; Kristalina Georgieva, World Bank chief...

Industry praises EU citizens' contribution to UK hospitality businesses

03/05/2018 07:05
Following the government’s examination of the EU Withdrawal Bill (1 May) - during which it was confirmed that non-UK nationals account for 7% of nation’s total employment - trade body UKHospitality said it “welcomes” the government’s acknowledgement of the contribution that EU nationals make to UK small businesses.

Chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “It is encouraging to see the government acknowledging the contribution being made by EU nationals and the support that they provide to small businesses in the UK.”

Hoping to secure a future immigration policy that enables hospitality businesses to...

Amadeus launches online menu selector exclusively for the ICC

03/05/2018 07:05
Caterer Amadeus has launched an online menu selector to help organisers “build the perfect menu to enhance their event.”

Available exclusively at the International Convention Centre (ICC, Birmingham), the new programme allows organisers to “quickly and easily” construct a bespoke menu suitable for their customers, theme and budget.

The menu – created by ICC’s executive chef Simon Hellier - features over 500...

New study reveals kids’ favourite breakfast concepts

03/05/2018 07:05
Latest research into young consumers’s eating habits found that 8-18 year olds prefer all-day breakfast meal concepts, such as smoothies and overnight oats.

Part of Y-Pulse’s School Meal Innovation Lab, the annual initiative was undertaken on 900 American ‘Gen Z’ students (8-18 years) to provide insight into their tastes and culinary preferences; add value to kids’ menus; and predict and understand future menu trends.

For the purpose of this...

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