National

LACA administration services contract

LACA Ltd is inviting tenders from suitably experienced companies to take on its administration services contract. The service includes membership administration, support to LACA and members, plus secretarial support for the chair and board of directors.

The provider will represent the ‘front face of LACA’, giving it an administrative home and address, providing full-time cover and an office through personnel employed to the contract plus fully resourced telecommunications and emailing services.

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Industry

Premier releases nostalgic dessert guide

Premier Foodservice is hoping to take chefs and caterers down memory lane with new a new nostalgic recipe guide to showcase how traditional desserts can be used with innovative twists.

The Desserts through the Decades guide delivers eight costed recipes inspired by the nation’s favourite desserts, alongside a selection of vintage Premier Foods adverts.

The guide has been designed specifically to showcase Premier Foods’ traditional brands, which include McDougalls, Bird’s, Ambrosia and Angel Delight.

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Industry

Anchor baking kits promotion launches for schools

Anchor has launched its baking kits for schools promotion this week, which are designed to help teachers of practical cookery make the most of their classes.

Every promotional pack of Anchor Block Butter and Anchor Unsalted Block Butter purchased, from now until the end of May, will add a 10p contribution to the baking kits, which will then be distributed to all primary schools that have signed up to the programme.

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National

LACA and People 1st launch professional standards consultation process

With 60,000 people working in school food, catering to 3.1 million children every day across the country, the school food workforce is challenged daily to compete with the high street and tight budgets.

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Industry

Plymouth launches new co-operative education catering service

A new co-operative has been set up to serve almost 2.5 million meals to Plymouth school children each year.

The CATERed co-operative is 49% owned by schools and 51% by the council and brings together the pooled budgets of 61 Plymouth primary schools, five special schools and one alternative complementary education service.

It currently serves more than 12,000 meals every day to children in Plymouth with 86% of the menu (attached below) made fresh from scratch every day.

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Chef Paul Rankin claims students lead reckless dietary lifestyles

Children should be taught six staple dishes at school to prepare them for student life and help tackle the obesity crisis, according to celebrity chef Paul Rankin.

Rankin has been touring universities as part of a healthy eating initiative run by Sodexo Education, which aims to educate students about nutrition and healthy living.

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Quarter of children think 'haddock' is a footballer, according to new survey

A quarter of children think haddock is a footballer and nearly half (44%) draw a blank when asked what Sea Bass is, according to a new survey.

The survey of 2,000 children and adults found kids’ fish knowledge to be off the scales, with one in ten children thinking fish either grew in the supermarket or were caught in garden ponds.

When it comes to Fish Friday 38% of kids thought the traditional Good Friday Easter dish was either fish fingers or chocolate rather than the traditional fish supper.

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Industry

Let’s Get Cooking receives £5m expansion in new CFT and Tesco partnership

A new partnership between the Children’s Food Trust (CFT) and the Tesco Eat Happy Project has been confirmed today in a deal worth almost £5 million to expand the Let’s Get Cooking network.

New clubs in the network, which is being expanded by a third, will be concentrated in disadvantaged areas with a high proportion of low income families, where improving cooking skills can have the greatest impact for children.

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Pasta King partners with Hertfordshire Catering to bring fun lunch session to school

| East of England Region

Pupils at a Hertfordshire Primary school had a baa-rilliant time recently when national foodservice provider Pasta King partnered with Hertfordshire Catering Ltd to put on a fun filled lunchtime session to celebrate the launch of its Shaun the Sheep pasta meals into Hertfordshire’s 400 Primary schools.

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AiP on the search for young chefs in 2015 competition

Alliance in Partnership (AiP) is once again on the lookout for creative young chefs for this year’s competition, which will be judged by celebrity chef Brian Turner.

Open to children over 11 years of age, entrants are to plan, prepare and present a nutritionally balanced main meal dish costing no more than £1.50 per head. AiP will support the school and students with planning and costings and will then select the finalist to represent the school.

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