School Food Plan

ESPO offers caterers advice ahead of free school meals deadline

ESPO, one of the UK's largest public sector professional buying organisations, fears Government plans to introduce free school meals for under 8s are causing logistical headaches for primary schools and has stepped in with ‘practical advice’ ahead of the September deadline.

Karen Grewcock , head of category food and catering at ESPO said: “The health and educational benefits of providing free school meals is in no doubt and this initiative fits in well to tackling childhood obesity and enhancing concentration levels in school children.

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Small Schools Task Force launches information pack for caterers

The Small Schools Taskforce has launched its pilot in the south west of the country and made available the Small Schools Pilot Information Pack which provides information on the pilot scheme, including sample menus, indicative costing models (based on government allocation of £2.30 / meal revenue funding for infant school meals), plus media coverage of the pilot launch in March.

The Small Schools Taskforce was set up to help develop solutions for the particular challenges faced by small schools in establishing a viable meals service, as part of the School Food Plan.

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Stork launches baking competition in partnership with LACA

Unilever Food Solutions’ brand Stork and LACA have joined forces for the first ever Big School Bake Off competition following the success of the Stork Big School Bake Off activity in schools.

The search is now on to find the best school baker and entries are now open to school cooks and caterers – all those engaged in the school kitchen – to submit their best sweet bake recipe and take part in this exciting competition.

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Contract caterer Taylor Shaw triples its schools business in Stockport

Education catering specialist Taylor Shaw has more than tripled its portfolio of schools in the Stockport area in the last 18 months. Starting with three Stockport primary schools in September 2012, it has since used ‘extremely positive feedback and word of mouth recommendations between school teams’ to sign up a further 11 schools.

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School Food Plan

Free meals focus for food & nutrition forum

Sharon Hodgson MP, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on School Food, will lead a seminar ‘Implementing the School Food Plan - Education, Standards and Free School Meals’ that is planned in London on June 2nd.

Among those committed to the speaker programme are Myles Bremner, director of the School Food Plan, Linda Cregan, chief executive of the School Food Trust, and a representative of LACA (Lead Association for Catering in Education).

Universal free school meals for all pupils aged seven and under starts in September.

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Industry

Healthy eating study suggests fruit and veg target should rise

Eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death at any point in time by 42% compared to eating less than one portion, reports a new University College London (UCL) study.

Researchers used the Health Survey for England to study the eating habits of 65,226 people representative of the English population between 2001 and 2013, and found that the more fruit and vegetables they ate, the less likely they were to die at any age.

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95% of chefs use and stock frozen food, according to BFFF

A new survey has revealed that 95% of chefs and caterers are now stocking and using frozen food.

The Perception and Usage of Frozen Food survey conducted on behalf of the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) also revealed that 85% of chefs use frozen food at least weekly in their establishment.

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Innovate Services wins at the Toast of Surrey Business Awards 2014

Innovate Services is celebrating after winning at the Toast of Surrey Business Awards 2014. Innovate was recognised by the judges as leading real change in its industry, and for its role in transforming school meals for thousands of students at secondary schools, academies and colleges in Surrey and across the country.

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Regional

Birmingham students win national ‘Design a Menu’ contest

Two 12-year-old Birmingham students, Siobhan Hussain and Innesse Benmoulai, have won a national competition to design a creative school menu.

Their menu – called The French / English Twist – took the top prize of £1,000 for their school, Hodge Hill Sports and Enterprise College, in the Grand Designers challenge organised by education catering company Aspens Services.

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Craft Guild of Chefs joins forces with LACA for National School Meals Week

Craft Guild of Chefs members have been invited to get in on the action for National School Meals Week (NSMW) organised by LACA, the Lead Association for CAtering in education, and provide a work placement for a school caterer.

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