Regional

Barnsley Council school catering service awarded bronze Food for Life Catering Mark

| Yorkshire and Humberside region

Barnsley Council’s school catering service has become the first catering provider in the area to achieve the bronze level Food for Life Catering Mark awarded by the Soil Association.

Part of the Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) directorate, the council’s catering service provides healthy, nutritious meals to 55 of Barnsley’s primary schools, children’s centres and nurseries.

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National

Parents in Wales hounded by their kids to buy junk food they see on TV, according to research

Over seven in ten (72%) parents with children aged four to 16 in Wales have been pestered by their children to buy junk food they have seen advertised on TV, according to a new survey by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The BHF polled over 2,100 UK parents with children aged 16 and under and found more than two fifths (44%) of parents in Wales say they are badgered by their children at least once a week.

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National

SCOTY 2015: North West regional final winner announced

| North West Region

Another place in the national final of LACA’s School Chef of the Year 2015, sponsored by Maggi from Nestlé Professional, has been settled following the North West final at Manchester College.

The winner will now go forward to the national final at the Food Services Wing of Worthy Down Defence Logistics School near Winchester, Hampshire on May 20th. Presentations will be made to winners that evening at the Norton Park Hotel in Winchester.

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National

SCOTY 2015: North East & Scotland regional final winner announced

| North East Region

Another place in the national final of LACA’s School Chef of the Year 2015, sponsored by Maggi from Nestlé Professional, has been settled following the North East & Scotland final at Doncaster College.

The winner will now go forward to the national final at the Food Services Wing of Worthy Down Defence Logistics School near Winchester, Hampshire on May 20th. Presentations will be made to winners that evening at the Norton Park Hotel in Winchester.

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National

SCOTY 2015: Yorkshire & Humber regional final winner announced

| Yorkshire and Humberside region

The first place in the national final of LACA’s School Chef of the Year 2015, sponsored by Maggi from Nestlé Professional, has been settled following the Yorkshire and Humber final at Doncaster College.

The winner will now go forward to the national final at the Food Services Wing of Worthy Down Defence Logistics School near Winchester, Hampshire on May 20th. Presentations will be made to winners that evening at the Norton Park Hotel in Winchester.

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Industry

Eden Foodservice achieves Gold Food for Life Catering Mark

Eden Foodservice, part of Interserve, has been awarded the Gold Food for Life Catering Mark for its school meal provision at 116 primary schools across Cornwall and Bristol.

The award is the Soil Association’s highest accolade in its accreditation scheme. To achieve the award, Eden underwent a rigorous audit to ensure its menus met the highest standards of traceability, provenance and freshness.

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National

Labour pledges to impose maximum levels of fat, salt and sugar in kid's foods

Labour has today announced its public healthy strategy as part of its election campaign, which will include a pledge to tackle health and nutrition issues.

Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, will pledge to take tougher action to protect children from commercial pressures and the harm caused by sugar, alcohol and smoking. The new public health strategy forms part of a wider plan to improve health and ensure the NHS remains affordable and sustainable in our ageing society.

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Industry

McCain Foods challenges school cooks in one pot cooking competition

Local authority school cooks have been challenged by McCain Foods in a competition designed to show how one pot cooking can help provide schools with a solution to the challenges posed by catering to large numbers of pupils.

The McCain Simply One Pot Meal Competition challenges cooks to create the dishes using the McCain Simply range of potato products with any other ingredients they like.

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National

Premier Foods launch Young Baking competition to mark 150th anniversary of McDougalls

To mark the 150th anniversary of McDougalls, Premier Foods is unveiling a brand new competition designed specifically for the education channel, which will launch the first ‘McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year’.

Kicking off later this month, McDougalls will be on the lookout across the nation for a team of young bakers to crown as champions in the grand finale taking place at LACA - The Main Event on Thursday, July 9th.

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National

UK schools compete for great fish & chip school lunch award

School caterers offering healthy dishes to pupils have been recognised as they compete for The Great ‘Fish & Chip’ School Lunch Award as part of the 2015 National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.

Sponsored by Middleton Food Products, supplier of catering and bakery mixes to the food industry, this is a new category introduced to the 2015 awards. Open to all schools or school caterers who service the education sector, it celebrates the importance of offering children fresh and nutritious options as part of their school lunches.

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