Industry

Tilda rice recipe booklet helps caterers adhere to School Food Plan

A new recipe booklet showcasing how Tilda’s Brown ‘n’ White rice can nutritionally benefit school children has been launched to inspire healthier recipes demanded by the School Food Plan.

Last year Tilda’s Brown ‘n’ White easy cook rice was introduced and adopted by an increasing number of LEAs (Local Education Authorities) and school caterers.

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Industry

Innovate Services launches into primary school catering market

School catering company Innovate Services has launched into the primary school catering market this September term, having secured new contracts to transform the school meals experience at several primary schools across the UK.

Innovate’s brand new ‘Innovate 4 Little People’ service has been designed to provide a complete catering service to primary schools, which require support in delivering Universal Infant Free School Meals.

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National

Autumn season of UIFSM roadshows is ready to roll

Following the success of their UIFSM regional roadshows earlier in the year, LACA and the Children’s Food Trust (CFT) have announced a second workshop tour of England to support schools and caterers cope with the challenges of providing infant free school meals.

Each workshop will also address the new allergy regulations coming into force in December and January start of the revised school food standards.

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Industry

Dental and nutrition experts urge cutting sugar in diet by more than half

The recommended target for sugar in our diet should be cut massively from the current guideline maximum of 50g to fewer than 25g, according to a joint research project by University College London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The study authors warn of the rising cost of treating tooth decay, obesity and diabetes if the issue is not addressed and propose targeting school and hospital meals and the introduction of a sugar tax as part of a planned response.

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Industry

Michelin star chef Howard putting British classics on school menus

Two Michelin Star chef and Great British Menu judge Philip Howard has teamed up with school catering firm Cucina Restaurants to produce a special 'British Classics' school food range for British Food Fortnight.

The owner and proprietor of The Square restaurant in Mayfair is behind a new menu that will be offered at all 47 of Cucina's school restaurants during the event, which runs from September 20th to October 5th.

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School Food Plan

Tower Hamlets launches free school meals for all primary pupils

Tower Hamlets Council has launched free school meals for all its primary school pupils, going beyond the Government’s Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme that started this term and offers free lunches for pupils aged 5-7 years old.

At an estimated annual cost of £2.675m, the London borough now offers free meals to all its 25,271 primary school children. In doing so it becomes one of only four local authorities to adopt such a policy, the others also all being in London – Southwark, Newham and Islington.

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Industry

Nick Clegg hails 'progressive advance' of infant free school meals

Deputy prime Minister Nick Clegg last night hailed the introduction of Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) as 'one of the most progressive advances in the way we treat children in a positive and supportive way that we have had for many, many years'.

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National

LACA chair’s ‘thanks and support’ over UIFSM

LACA chair Carrieanne Bishop has been busy tweeting messages of thanks and support to members throughout England for their efforts in launching Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM).

Some schools started back yesterday, but the majority of the 16,500 schools involved began the new school year today and more than 98% are estimated to be ready to cope with rising meal numbers.

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School Food Plan

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launches free school meals

The first day of term for many infant schoolchildren today marked the real start of the Government’s action to offer every single child in the first three years of school a free school lunch.

The launch follows an announcement made by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg last year to help every child from every background get the best possible start in life.

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Industry

Research shows edible fish are a mystery to many UK kids

New research from Seafish, the body that supports the British seafood industry, has revealed that children in the UK have a ‘worrying lack of awareness’ when it comes to naming different species of edible fish.

In a poll of Britain’s five to 11 year olds, just under a third (29%) of children named fish fingers as an edible seafood, ahead of popular species haddock (18%), prawns (16%).

More kids were able to come up with Finding Nemo favourite, Clownfish (12%), than mackerel (5%), and sustainable species pollock and coley failed to feature at all.

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