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ParentPay school lunches
20/02/2019 10:02
LACA Partner ParentPay, which provides cashless payment systems for more than 8,500 schools in the UK, has rejected claims made in national online media that children went hungry after its system suffered a ‘meltdown’.

A spokesperson, describing stories in the Sun Online and as ‘sensationalised’, said the reality was that a minor glitch on February 11th affected ‘a handful’ of parents who were trying to make payments using the system.

“Unfortunately we did experience a technical issue, which...

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20/02/2019 06:02
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has launched the ‘Guide to Introducing Vegan Options’ to help restaurants, pubs, caterers, and other food-industry insiders to expand their vegan repertoires.

PETA director of vegan corporate projects, Dawn Carr, said:  "Huge numbers of Brits are seeking plant-based foods, and offering tasty, innovative vegan dishes is the easiest way for restaurants to cash in.

“There are plant-based versions of nearly every animal-derived food, so it's time...

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19/02/2019 10:02
Caterers are being encouraged to celebrate International School Meals Day (ISMD) on 14 March 2019.

The theme for 2019 is ‘Who makes my meal’ and hopes to encourage young people to think about their favourite foods, where it comes from and who provides it. 

Launched in 2013, the day aims to raise awareness of the importance of the nutritional quality of school meal programs worldwide,...

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19/02/2019 09:02
‘Talking Food’, a ‘bitesize’ podcast, is being launched by foodservice provider, Bidfood, to look at 2019’s top food and drink trends.

The ten-part series will look at a range of topics pertinent to the foodservice and hospitality industry, including  Modern Europe, Macro Trends and Afro Caribbean. 

Hosted by Bidfood’s head of insight and customer sxperience, Sarah Whiddett, the first series of Talking Food will see the...

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19/02/2019 08:02
Young’s Foodservice has appointed two new business development managers to ‘further drive the growth of the company’s Foodservice Division within education’.

Martin Mosley and Chris Baker will bring a ‘wealth’ of experience to the company.

Foodservice director, Adrian Greaves, said: “I am delighted to have Martin Mosely and Chris Baker on board.

“I am confident that they will both play an important role in driving the company’s...

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18/02/2019 09:02
Competition Tilda Together is back with charity Mary’s Meals and holds the chance for one school to win £500 and a Tilda Together Day.

Now in its fourth year, Tilda Together focuses on the role nutrition can play in healthy bodies and healthy minds and will see Tilda Foodservice partner with school-feeding charity, Mary’s Meals.

The competition is open for entry to both primary and secondary schools.

Along with...

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Independents by Sodexo health wellbeing nutrition resilience
18/02/2019 06:02
International services provider Sodexo’s private school arm has hosted events that gathered experts to discuss the health and wellbeing of young people.

The two symposia – one in Scotland, one in England – aimed to share best practice and initiatives.

Jeremy Alderton, managing director for Independents by Sodexo, said: “With a lack of exercise and excessive portion sizes driving high levels of obesity among young people, it is more...

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Arnold Fewell AVF Marketing
14/02/2019 16:02
Arnold Fewell, who came up with the original idea for National School Meals Week in 1993, has died. He was 67 and had been ill with cancer.

Karen Fewell, Arnold’s eldest daughter said: “As a family we are incredibly proud of all dad has achieved during his career and his passion and determination to improve services for disabled people has inspired so many. Throughout his illness, dad continued to work and has been so determined to...

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14/02/2019 06:02
The nominations for the LACA Awards for Excellence are now open.

With entries open until 12 Noon on Friday 26 April, the awards acknowledge individuals and teams who continue to make a real difference to education catering. 

LACA believes that good management, strong performances and high achievements deserve to be recognised and acknowledgement of...

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Foodservice water report
13/02/2019 09:02
Foodservice managers and their staff are being encouraged to treat water as a more valuable resource and to increase efforts to use it more sustainably.

The call comes with the launch of a report called Why Care About Water?, which describes itself as ‘a best practice guide for foodservice operators who wish to improve their water management’.

Sponsored by Meiko UK and published by Footprint Intelligence, the guide makes the business and...

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