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KNORR launches gluten-free catering guide

NORR has created a guide to gluten-free catering with top chef, Phil Vickery.

The guide, which holds tip and gluten-free recipes, was launched at the LACA Conference and Exhibition on July 8th.

Leon Mills, KNORR marketing manager, said: “Our research shows that while 91% of chefs know how to prepare a gluten-free dish, 28% of operators still don’t offer any gluten-free menu items.

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LACA

School Food Standards prompt 18% increase in schools serving sustainable fish

One in six UK primary schools are now serving MSC certified sustainable fish to students according to a report published today by the Marine Stewardship Council.

Over 500 schools have become MSC certified in the past year, an 18% increase in schools offering their pupils demonstrably sustainable fish. The MSC attributes the change to the new School Food Standards.

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Cucina Restaurants secures £10m worth of business

School catering company Cucina Restaurants has won two new secondary school catering contracts and retained three existing contracts, with a combined estimated turnover of around £10m.

Chief executive of Cucina Restaurants Steve Quinn said: "I'm delighted that we have won these two new contracts and retained three existing contracts.

“Every single thing we do as a company is centred around the food we provide for our customers, which is why we keep such a close eye on the rate at which we grow.

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Plymouth’s CATERed wins local training award

Plymouth’s education catering service CATERed has won an award at City College Plymouth’s Annual Business Dinner and Celebration Evening.

The event recognises the investment employers have made in their workforce through training, and the continued partnership between the College and local business.

The CATERed training programme supported over 80 individuals, 52 kitchen managers (78% of the kitchen managers) and 29 catering assistants (14% of the staff group).

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Calypso reaches one million children with selfie campaign

Calypso Soft Drinks has reached over 1 million school children through its campaign aimed at driving demand of its school compliant range.

The ‘My Calypso Story’ competition targeted 11-18 year olds in the school environment and on social media channels with a real life photo competition, which invited them  to submit their own ‘Calypso selfie’ for the chance to win a range of prizes – from iPods through to adventure days out.

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LACA

Devon school presented with LACA in-house school caterer award

| South West Region

A Devon school has won the prestigious LACA Award for In-House School Caterer Of The Year, sponsored by ParentPay.

Samantha Warner the Headteacher at the winning school - Sticklepath Primary School, Barnstaple, Devon was delighted to have won.

LACA partner and ParentPay Chief Executive Clint Wilson added his congratualtions:'I was really impressed by the school's whole school approach and by their obvious commitment to ensuring the best possible food for their pupils.

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National programme set to fill holiday gap

A family learning food and play programme is helping to fill the gap and reduce families’ financial and emotional strain during the school holidays by running 32 ‘holiday kitchen’ programmes across the country throughout August.

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LACA

School meals scale heights of Snowdon to promote NSMW 2015

National School Meals Week 2015 (Nov 2-6) kicked off early this year when organisers arranged for school food to be served on Mount Snowdon in Wales on July 1st to raise awareness of the high profile school food event taking place later in the year.

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LACA

JS-P appeals for ban on packed lunches at school

Keynote speaker at LACA’s Main Event on July 9th, Janet Street-Porter, has taken up the issue of school meals in her regular weekly column in the Independent newspaper.

The day after she spoke to delegates in Birmingham, telling them she’d ban children form bringing packed lunches to school, she reiterated her argument in the national, daily paper.

Under the heading ‘Some food for thought for the Chancellor’, she wrote:

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Children's Food Trust responds to sugar report

The Children’s Food Trust has responded to last week’s SACN report, which called for daily sugar intake to be halved to 5% of daily energy intake.

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