Industry

Derbyshire recommends county schools freeze meal prices

Derbyshire County Council is recommending schools keep meal prices at the 2012/13 academic year levels, when pupils return for the new year in September. It means a primary school meal would stay at £1.95, with secondary school meals remaining at £2.30.

Currently the authority provides school meals to around 98% of Derbyshire primary schools and 48% of secondary schools, which equates to 38,000 meals a day in 385 schools.

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Study concludes 5 a day fruit and veg message is right

Eating more portions of fruit and vegetables than the recommended ‘5 a day’ does nothing to add years to our lives, according to researchers.

The latest study, published in the British Medical Journal, examined the association between fruit and vegetable intake and risk of premature death. Its findings contradict recent research which found that eating ‘7 a day’ holds the lowest risk of death.

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National

Tower Hamlets catering team celebrates LACA business award

Tower Hamlets Council’s Contract Services team, which provides 24,000 local schoolchildren with lunches every day, was named Catering Business of the Year at the annual Lead Association for Education Catering (LACA) Awards, which were announced recently.

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman said: “I am hugely proud of this award and cannot thank the Contract Services team enough for all their hard work.

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Industry

School cooks rise to the occasion at the Big School Bake Off

Following three baking heats at this year’s LACA conference, eight school cooks have risen to the challenge and won a place in the finals of the first ever Big School Bake Off competition organised by Unilever Food Solutions in partnership with LACA.

TV Bake Off winner Jo Wheatley led the team of judges including Sylvie Babout representing LACA and Andy Lagor, Unilever Food Solutions education chef, had the task of sampling the 16 semi-finalists’ finished bakes, all of which needed to be their own recipe and suitable for serving in a school environment.

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Industry

Cabinet reshuffle sees Morgan replace Gove as education secretary

Education Secretary Michael Gove, who has overseen the introduction of the School Food Plan, has been moved to the position of Chief Whip and replaced by Nicky Morgan, the former Treasury Minister.

The moves are part of a wide-ranging Cabinet re-shuffle being undertaken by Prime Minister David Cameron.

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National

5k LACA charity challenge exceeds expectations

The LACA 5k challenge exceeded all expectations raising more than £2,750 to date against an original target of £2,000.

More than 80 people from 24 companies across all sectors of the education catering industry took part in the challenge to run, walk, cycle, row and swim the 5k between July 9 and 11.

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National

LACA Awards for Excellence 2014

The 2014 Awards for Excellence have been announced by LACA at its gala dinner at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham last night (July 10) as part of the three-day Main Event conference and exhibition.

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Industry

Children’s Food Trust launches menu-checking service for schools

The Children’s Food Trust (CFT) has launched a service to help schools guarantee that their menus meet the new school food standards announced last month.

The menu checking service gives schools and caterers an easy way to make sure their menus are compliant with the new legal requirements that come into force next year.

From January 2015, all local authority maintained schools and academies and free schools set up before 2010 and created from June 2014 onwards must meet the new food-based standards.

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Industry

Hobart sales director Steve Martin stepping down after 33 years

Hobart Cooking Solutions is making some changes to its business approach to ensure resources are targeted at key growth areas to delivery maximum benefits. As a result sales director Steve Martin is stepping down and retiring at the end of September after 33 years with the company.

He will spend his final three months liaising with and handing over responsibility to regional sales managers.

The move is part of the company’s new structure, under which distribution of the Wolf range of cooking equipment will become the responsibility of each regional sales team.

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Westminster Kingsway College’s Geoff Booth wins industry award

Westminster Kingsway College’s head of Hospitality and assistant principal, Geoff Booth, has been awarded a top hospitality and catering industry award for his longstanding contribution to education and training in the sector.

Booth, who has worked at Westminster Kingsway for 10 years during which time he has overseen a steady strengthening its hospitality and culinary arts provision, received this year’s Catey for Education and Training.

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