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Government figures show 1.3 million children eating a healthier lunch thanks to UIFSM

The Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) programme has reached 85% of all infants in England according to official Government figures released today.

1.3 million more children are now eating a healthy lunch since the UIFSM policy launched in September. In its first three months, 1,640,530 children in total now benefit from a free school meal at lunchtime. The news comes as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visits Hallfield Primary School in London to see how the new policy is benefiting children.

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National

What happened during NSMW14?

This year being the 21st anniversary of NSMW, it was LACA’s ambition to pull out all the stops to ensure the week would be one to remember. NSMW13 had been very successful in terms of PR, press coverage and school caterer participation, therefore it was important to capitalise on the good work that had been done to make NSMW 2014 an even more memorable and high profile event.

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School Chef of the Year 2015 regional heats begin in January

The search is now well underway for the LACA School Chef of the Year 2015.  School food providers across Britain are setting their sights on one of their employees becoming the country’s next best education catering chef.  Last year’s title was won by Bedfordshire school chef, Tanya Watkin.  Over 60 registrations were received for this year’s event and the initial 2015 judging stage has now been completed.  The contestants who have successfully qualified from this first stage now go through to the live regional heats to be held around Britain between Ja

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Industry

Department for Education signs up to FSA Thunderclap campaign

A campaign started by the Food Standards Agency with the Anaphylaxis Campaign and Allergy UK to raise awareness of the new EU allergen regulations is due to come to a thunderous conclusion on December 12th.

The FSA has now been joined by the Department for Education to raise awareness of the new regulations, which come into effect on December 13th. Supporters can sign up to the Thunderclap campaign online, which posts a message via users’ personal social media websites at the same time to get its mass message across. The message will be posted at 9am on December 12th.

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Industry

EEF research reports that hospitality SMEs overspend by £92m on energy bills

Inefficient and old technology is causing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to overspend by almost £92m per annum on energy bills in the hospitality sector according to research conducted by the Energy Efficiency Financing (EEF) scheme.

The research carried out by the EEF scheme studied the sector’s use of lighting, heating, hot water and other key areas of energy consumption. It reports that energy saving of over £414m could be achieved per year by the UK’s service sector SMEs.

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Eating Better survey finds that one in five people are cutting back on meat

A YouGov survey commissioned by the Eating Better alliance and Friends of the Earth has found that 20%of Brits have cut back on the amount of meat they eat year the last year.

The survey results, found in Eating Better’s new report, Let’s Talk About Meat: changing dietary behaviour for the 21st Century, reveals that one in three people say they are willing to consider eating less meat and just 5% say they eat more meat than last year.

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Industry

President of BFFF praises resilience of frozen food market

Peter Allen, president of the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), has praised the level of economic recovery in the UK and the growth of frozen food, but suggested there is still a long way to go until consumer confidence returns.

In a speech at BFFF’s annual luncheon, Peter Allan highlighted the struggle experienced by the UK’s retail industry as a whole, but noted the frozen food market’s continued growth as well as growth in the foodservice industry.

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Industry

Three caterers make pledge to help Cardiff become world’s first sustainable fish city

To celebrate World Fisheries Day, three of Cardiff’s education caterers have pledged to offer sustainable fish on their menus as part of the city’s campaign to become the world’s first sustainable fish city.

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NHS could save £760m a year claims global obesity report

New research from global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, has revealed that implementing the right measures could save the NHS £760m a year and bring 20% of overweight and obese people back into a healthy weight category within five to ten years.

MGI’s research details that the UK invests less than $1bn (around £640m) a year in prevention activities such as weight-management programmes and public-health campaigns.

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Industry

Cambridgeshire school students to cook Michelin star menu with Cucina

Arthur Mellows Village College will be working with school catering company Cucina Restaurants to cook and serve a Michelin Star menu at a public ‘Bistro Evening’ on November 20th.

Students will prepare and serve three dishes with Cucina head chef Simon Pellendine of Cucina, from a choice of ten ‘British Classics’. The event was set up to provide an opportunity for students to work in a professional restaurant.

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