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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
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
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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LACA
22/11/2018 12:11
More details for the School Chef of the Year (SCOTY) regional finals have been announced.

Sponsored by McDougalls, the regional finals will take place between November and January with the national final in March.

In addition to the dates and locations of the finals, the contestants’ organisation, name, school and menu for each region has been revealed.

To view the...

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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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LACA
21/11/2018 09:11
LACA has responded to the government's energy drinks consultation, which has been asking for views on banning energy drink sales to children.

As part of the government's plan to reduce childhood obesity and other health problems in children, it has been asking organisations and businesses its opinions on the subject.

In its response, LACA has said that the age limit for energy drinks should be 18 and that the prohibition should...

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LACA
20/11/2018 10:11
Today (20 November) LACA will visit the House of Commons at part of National School Meals Week (NSMW).

It will engage with MPs and Peers as they sample the very best of school meals from a specially designed 25th anniversary menu in the aptly named Jubilee Room.

The lunch will enforce the message of the importance of a hot, nourishing meal in the middle of the day to ‘power’...

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LACA
LACA Michael Hales autumn business seminar
20/11/2018 09:11
School meals organisation LACA will be focusing on two issues over the coming year – universal infact free school meals and fast food restaurants near schools, reports David Foad.

Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) chair Michael Hales told members that the organisation will be concentrating its fire power on campaigning to expand the scope of universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) and on tackling the growing number of fast food restaurants springing up...

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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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LACA
20/11/2018 06:11
To mark the 25th anniversary of National School Meals Week (NSMW) last week (12-16 November), Havering Council gave 13 of its longest serving dinner supervisors a chance to relax and let someone serve them instead.

With nearly 400 years of cooking experience and 23.3million meals between them, they were treated to afternoon tea on behalf of the borough to say thank-you.

Andrew Blake-Herbert, chief executive of Havering Council, said: “We have some amazing dinner supervisors who have shown pure...

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