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07/12/2018 09:12
The Annual Report of the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index, published yesterday (6 December) showed that whilst food and drink inflation for foodservice operators has reduced during 2018, many food markets remain ‘highly unstable’ in the period leading up to Brexit.

The Fish & Seafood category has risen over 25% in the past year, driven by lower catch quotas and strong demand for cod and haddock.

Oils & fats have leapt over 30% as higher butter prices have filtered through.

Shaun Allen, chief executive of Prestige Purchasing said: “...

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Industry
05/12/2018 09:12
Wholesale foodservice prices increased again in October 2018, the Foodservice Price Index from CGA and Prestige Purchasing has revealed.

The highest inflation numbers in October were in the fish and oils & fats categories. Inflation has increased month on month since August, and the figure is now at its highest since September 2017.

The latest rise in inflation is a sign that the effects of the ‘harsh’ summer weather...

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Industry
28/11/2018 10:11
The Soil Association’s Food for Life scheme launched its ‘State of the Nation’ report yesterday (27 November), claiming that UK government “spends over £40 million (a year) teaching kids to dislike fruit and veg”.

Delving into how children have eaten this past year, it also looks at the political, environmental and social ‘forces’ impacting diets and lists five ‘key’ recommendations for improving kids’ food in England in 2019.

With specific focus on the School Fruit and Veg Scheme, which provides 4...

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Industry
23/11/2018 06:11
Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn has called for free school meal for primary school children “right the way though all our [primary] schools.”

He joined a rally of around a thousand people at the Emmanuel Centre conference hall in Westminster following a march from Westminster Cathedral, past the offices of the Department for Education.

Corbyn focused on how budget cuts were affecting schools and told them that the problems...

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Industry
23/11/2018 06:11
A coalition has been formed of over 40 trade bodies, campaign groups, businesses, and local authorities who have called on government to ‘fast-track’ the rollout of separate food waste collections across England.

Members of the coalition have signed a joint statement that has been presented to government calling for the move, which would allow inedible food waste to be separated from other waste streams and recycled through anerobic digestion (AD) and composting into renewable energy and natural...

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Industry
21/11/2018 09:11
Love British Food crowned Tracey Nash and Nancy Judge of Hampshire Fare the winners of this year’s British Food Fortnight competition.

In its sixth year, the competition looks for ‘events that strengthen the local community, support the economy and educate the public about British food and eating locally”.

Hampshire Fare was praised for its ‘outstanding’ efforts teaching young children about food provenance in a ‘fun and...

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Industry
20/11/2018 06:11
Over 90% of Brits want food companies to reduce the amount of sugar and calories in ‘everyday’ foods and drinks, Public Health England (PHE) has today (20 November) revealed.

The same amount (90%) said they support the government working with the food industry to make food healthier – listing the NHS as one of their biggest reasons, as 79% believe obesity has a ‘negative impact’ on the service.

This comes from a new survey commissioned by PHE and carried out...

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Industry
16/11/2018 06:11
School caterer Principals by CH&CO has made two ‘key’ appointments to support its growing business, having added 16 news schools to its portfolio this year.

Colin Wills has joined as operations director for secondary schools and existing employee, Verity Butcher (who has been with Principals by CH&CO for 12 years) has been promoted to operations manager for London primary schools.

Wills – a qualified chef – brings 30 years culinary and...

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Industry
16/11/2018 06:11
Havering Council’s HES Catering Service, creator of the healthy eating app Veggie Run, has partnered with West Ham United Foundation to teach more children about healthy eating across the capital.

Through the Veggie Run app, the premiership foundation will deliver its own ‘Healthy Hammers’ programme to over half of primary and junior schools – approximately 2,400 children - in the borough.

This will further encourage healthy eating and teach pupils of its benefits.

Joseph...

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Industry
13/11/2018 09:11
There have been calls for a ban on 'freakshakes', and all milkshakes with more than 300 calories by campaign group, Action on Sugar.

The milkshakes, which also contain chocolates, sweets, cake, cream and sauce, were found to have more than half of the daily recommended amount of calories for an adult.

Action for sugar, which is made up of specialists concerned with sugar and its effects on health, surveyed milkshakes...

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