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'Childhood obesity strategy is not a game-changer' - Sharon Hodgson says

Sharon Hodgson MP has pledged to hold the government’s ‘feet to the fire’ in the wake of the heavily criticised childhood obesity strategy.

The MP and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for School Food welcomed the measures outlined in the plan but claimed it ‘could have been a lot stronger and gone further to tackle the issue’.

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CATERed becomes accredited Living Wage employer

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Plymouth’s school meals provider CATERed has become an accredited Living Wage employer.

All employees will receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25 regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors.

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LACA

Childhood obesity strategy: LACA reacts to government announcement

The government has this morning revealed its childhood obesity strategy, which aims to significantly reduce England’s rate of childhood obesity within the next ten years.

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Industry

Government reveals childhood obesity strategy

The government has this morning revealed its childhood obesity strategy, which aims to significantly reduce England’s rate of childhood obesity within the next ten years.

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Industry

Welsh Local Government Association partners with health boards to offer holiday provision projects

The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has partnered with local councils and health boards to offer a programme of free school meals and activities over the summer months.

Councillor Ali Thomas, WLGA spokesperson for education, said: “This new partnership approach marks the beginning of local councils in Wales leading on the development of a sustainable and long term solution to this problem. We are very pleased that we are able to provide this scheme in the areas where it is needed the most.

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Industry

Calderdale Council to reward healthy eaters with certificates during NSMW

Calderdale Council have announced plans to encourage pupils to eat healthily during National School Meals Week by awarding healthy eating certificates to children who have had a healthy school meal.

During LACA’s National School Meals Week, which takes place from October 31st – November 4th, children who have had a healthy school meal or brought in a healthy lunch box will receive a certificate.

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Children’s Food Trust backs sugar tax as coalition forms against its introduction

The Children’s Food Trust has come out in support of the sugar tax as a campaign was launched today opposing the government’s plans to introduce the tax in April 2018.

The coalition, which is made up of industry bodies such as The Food & Drink Federation, The British Soft Drinks Association and The Federation of Wholesale Distributors among others, says the tax will have a minimal effect on the obesity crisis and will cost operators more.

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Mellors Catering Services reaches Top 100 Most Profitable SMEs in Lancashire list

Mellors Catering Services has for the first time broken into the Top 100 Most Profitable SMEs in Lancashire County in a list compiled by the Lancashire Business Review.

The 82nd most profitable SME in Lancashire has increased its number of sites by 70% in the last 24 months, making a total of 200 that it now operates.

The education and business & industry caterer is celebrating its 21st successful year of trading in 2016, and filed a pre-tax profit at £1,017,000 and a turnover of £20,842,000 with Companies House in April this year.  

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Coalition forms against introduction of soft drinks tax

A new campaign has been launched today by a coalition of foodservice industry bodies calling on the government to reconsider the soft drinks tax, which is due to come into force in April 2018.

‘Face the Facts, Can the Tax’ is supported by the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), the Automatic Vending Association, the British Beer & Pub Association, The British Soft Drinks Association, The Federation of Wholesale Distributors, and The Food & Drink Federation, among others.

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Sugary snacks taking up too much space in lunchboxes – Children’s Food Trust research reveals

Crisps, chocolate biscuits and sugary drinks are among the top foods many children are asking for in their packed lunches, according to new data from the Children’s Food Trust.

The data, from Kantar Worldpanel, looked at the top types of foods eaten by under-16’s in hundreds of millions of packed lunches in the last year and why different foods are in there.

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