Industry

Holroyd Howe to roll out sugar reduction programme following pilot success

Independent school caterer, Holroyd Howe, will launch a nationwide sugar reduction programme across its client schools from April 2015 following the successful pilot of its Half Measures Campaign.

The campaign was set up following research from Public Health England, which found that around one in five children in reception are overweight or obese. In light of this, Holroyd Howe developed an approach that aims to reduce the high levels of sugar consumption and trialled it at More House School in Surrey.

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National

SCOTY 2015: South West regional final winner announced

| South West Region

Another place in the national final of LACA’s School Chef of the Year 2015, sponsored by Maggi from Nestlé Professional, has been settled following the South West final at City College, Plymouth.

The winner will now go forward to the national final at the Food Services Wing of Worthy Down Defence Logistics School near Winchester, Hampshire on May 20th. Presentations will be made to winners that evening at the Norton Park Hotel in Winchester.

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Industry

Dagenham school gets celebrity TV doctor visit thanks to Cool Milk

Manor Longbridge School in Dagenham welcomed celebrity TV doctor, Hilary Jones after Cool Milk, the school milk supplier, arranged a visit as part of the company’s campaign to promote the School Food Plan.

Dr Hilary Jones met head teacher Mrs McGorrighan before visiting classrooms and talking to children about why drinking milk at mid-morning break helps to give them a great energy boost.

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National

McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year competition deadline extended

Premier Foods is giving school caterers more time to recruit a team of enthusiastic young bakers and enter its McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year competition, due to popular demand.

The deadline for registration has been extended to March 14th 2015 and gives teams more time to prepare with their toolkits ahead of the live final at the LACA Main Event on July 9th.

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Regional

Surrey Primary Schools achieve ‘Gold’ Food for Life accreditation

| South East Region

Surrey County Council Commercial Services has achieved a Gold ‘Food for Life’ (FFL) catering mark across 292 of its primary schools. The benchmark recognises caterers who serve healthy, nutritious and responsibly sourced food and is a guarantee from the Soil Association that food on the menu is freshly prepared, free from undesirable additives and better for animal welfare.

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Industry

Anchor offers baking kits as practical tool for primary schools

Anchor, the dairy company, is hoping to put practical baking back on the curriculum in primary schools by offering schools the chance to sign up for their Anchor Baking Kits for Schools scheme.

Launching at the end of March, every promotional pack of Anchor Block Butter and Unsalted Block Butter purchased will add up to a 10p contribution to the baking kits fund, which will then be distributed to all primary schools signed up to the programme.

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Industry

Early intervention is fundamental as global obesity epidemic fails to improve

In the first of a series of papers produced, The Lancet medical journal finds that despite isolated pockets of improvement, no country to date has reversed its obesity epidemic. 

The Lancet obesity series addresses the global epidemic of obesity and how it is framed as an issue. It notes problems in the naturally occurring differences between obesity being framed as a personal responsibility issue or as society’s problem.

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National

Big School Bake Off Competition returns for second year

After its launch in 2014, The Big School Bake Off has returned and organisers Unilever Food Solutions, and LACA are calling for entries from school cooks and chefs across the UK & Ireland for the 2015 competition.

The competition is designed to recognise and reward talent and passion in school kitchens. It attracted over 100 entries in its first year from school caterers across the country. Expert judges selected 18 entrants to take part in semi-finals at the LACA conference.

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Industry

Harrison Catering Services makes sustainable fish pledge

Harrison Catering Services has signed the Sustainable Fish Cities pledge to fully adopt the policy that will see schools throughout the UK served with sustainable fish.

The commitment furthers the caterer’s promotion of sustainable fish following the removal of species considered ‘fish to avoid’ by the Marine Conservation Society. It also offers training to its chefs using M&J Seafood. The pledge means Harrison is working towards achieving Marine Stewardship Council certification.

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Children’s Food Trust gets ready for Big Cookathon 2015

The Children’s Food Trust (CFT) is looking for participants to join its Big Cookathon 2015 as it aims to get children and families regularly cooking and eating healthy meals at home.

The event will take place from March 6th- 9th as thousands of people in schools, clubs, workplace and families cook the CFT’s Speedy Biriyani from scratch – a festival dish traditionally served at Indian weddings.

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