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28/02/2019 06:02
Mellors Catering Services has raised £2,675 for its chosen charity, Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.

With Hospices in Liverpool, Middlesbrough and Coventry, Zoë’s Place provide palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and infants suffering from life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

Tony Trainor, chief operating officer at Mellors, said: “Five years ago, we decided to...

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Industry
Sharon Hodgson Westminster Hall debate public sector catering Brexit
27/02/2019 12:02
Labour MP and Shadow Public Health Minister Sharon Hodgson has secured a one-hour Westminster Hall debate about the effect on public sector catering of leaving the EU without a deal.

It will start at 4.30pm in Westminster Hall at the House of Commons. Such debates give MPs a chance to raise local or national issues and receive a response from a government minister.

Hodgson has already tweeted to say: “I have secured an important 1 hr Westminster Hall debate on the...

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Industry
27/02/2019 09:02
Scottish Baker of the Year is preparing to launch its eighth annual event next month (6 March), enlisting the help of two local primary schools to open this year’s contest.

Open to bakers across the country, the annual competition aims to support and promote their interests, with ambassador Mich Turner urging “everyone who pops into their local bakery to vote for their favourite baked goodies.”

“Your votes could help them win Scottish Baker of the Year 2019...

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27/02/2019 09:02
Scottish Baker of the Year is preparing to launch its eighth annual event next month (6 March), enlisting the help of two local primary schools to open this year’s contest.

Open to bakers across the country, the annual competition aims to support and promote their interests, with ambassador Mich Turner urging “everyone who pops into their local bakery to vote for their favourite baked goodies.”

“Your votes could help them win Scottish Baker of the Year 2019...

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LACA
26/02/2019 16:02
LACA has reacted to the Food Foundation's 'Broken Plate' report, which identifies ten signs that show the UK’s food system has led the country into a 'national health crisis', with children and households on low incomes suffering the severest health consequences.

Michael Hales, chair of LACA said: “LACA welcome the Food Foundation report, particularly the call for the expansion of Universal Infant free school meals to all primary aged pupils. 

"LACA have long campaigned for the expansion of this hugely successful scheme so that access to healthy...

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Industry
25/02/2019 09:02
A ban on junk food advertising across London's entire public transport network has started today.

As previously reported, posters for food and drink high in fat, salt and sugar will begin to be removed from the Underground, Overground, buses and bus shelters.

After plans were first announced in May, 82% of 1,500...

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Industry
22/02/2019 06:02
Supplier Premier Foods hosted a careers workshop for local GCSE pupils studying food technology in St Albans yesterday (14 February), to provide insight into the catering, hospitality and food manufacturing industries.

Working with 11, year 11 pupils from Loreto College, the event took place at the company’s head office (St Albans) and formed part of IGD’s ‘Feeding Britain’ programme. This links food businesses with local secondary schools to help build on-going relationships.

Kicking off with a welcome...

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Industry
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 metro.co.uk 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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Industry
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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LACA
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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