National

National seminar celebrates achievements of school caterers

Siobhan O’Neill reports from the LACA National Seminar at Chesford Grange, Kenilworth on Friday 24th October.

On the last day of one of the most challenging half terms LACA has ever had to face, Neil Porter opened the National Seminar saying, “This half term has been dynamic for lots of reasons and everyone in the room should be very proud of what they’ve achieved because it’s no mean feat.”

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National

Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum to debate obesity challenges and sugar consumption.

Specialists from food and public health industries will meet at the Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum on February 3rd 2015 to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding national obesity and key sugar consumption issues.

The event promises to debate key issues raised by the planned report on carbohydrates by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) as well as policy plans and outcomes that were detailed in the recent NHS Five Year Forward View.

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National

Great British Bake Off Quarter Finalist stirs up recipes with Cucina Restaurants for Children In Need.

Bake Off favourite, Martha Collison, has designed five of her own cakes and treats, which will be baked and served to more than 50,000 school students at Cucina school restaurants across the UK.

Cucina, the contract catering specialists for education, will be baking a different Martha recipe each day at 47 schools from November 10th to November 14th, with 10p from every sale going to Children In Need. Recipes can also be bought for 20p, with all the money going to charity.

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Regional

Newport school meals teams helped feed NATO summit police

| Wales Region

Over a 12-day period covering the NATO Summit from September 4-5 held at The Celtic Manor in Newport, the Newport school meals team provided a staggering 28,500 packed lunches to police officers drafted in to provide security for the high-profile event.

Some schools in the Welsh town remained closed during the week, allowing their Compass Group catering teams, supplemented by Chartwells colleagues from other parts of the UK, to deliver the meals needed to feed the more than 9,000 police officers on duty before, during and after the summit.

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National

Sarah Medlicott crowned first ever Big School Bake Off winner

Torbay School cook Sarah Medlicott from Paignton in Devon has been crowned the winner of the first ever Big School Bake Off competition after the competition final was held yesterday.

TV Bake Off winner Jo Wheatley led the team of judges, which included LACA national chair Carrieanne Bishop, LACA board member and director Anne Bull and Unilever Food Solutions education chef Andy Lagor.

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National

Kitchen pods meet rise in infant school meal demand in Berkshire

With school meals numbers soaring following the introduction of universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) this term, three West Berkshire schools have used special kitchen pods to meet demand.

Caroline Corcoran, service manager for West Berkshire Council, said lack of space, difficult access and a troublesome curb had all stood in the way of new kitchens and extensions being built in time to meet the deadline.

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Industry

Frozen food lobby group launches education packs into secondary schools

The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has launched frozen food education packs to secondary schools across the UK with the aim of helping food technology teachers and educating pupils about the benefits of frozen food.

The packs were launched for the current school term and are available to food technology teachers as teaching aids.

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Industry

Expert urges water and milk only to tackle tooth decay in children

Children under three should only be given water and milk to drink, warns a nutrition expert, following a report out today detailing tooth-decay statistics in the UK.

The survey, by Public Health England, has revealed that one in 10 three-year-olds have tooth decay. The findings showed that youngsters had an average of three teeth that were decayed, missing or filled.

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Industry

Tilda rice recipe booklet helps caterers adhere to School Food Plan

A new recipe booklet showcasing how Tilda’s Brown ‘n’ White rice can nutritionally benefit school children has been launched to inspire healthier recipes demanded by the School Food Plan.

Last year Tilda’s Brown ‘n’ White easy cook rice was introduced and adopted by an increasing number of LEAs (Local Education Authorities) and school caterers.

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Industry

Innovate Services launches into primary school catering market

School catering company Innovate Services has launched into the primary school catering market this September term, having secured new contracts to transform the school meals experience at several primary schools across the UK.

Innovate’s brand new ‘Innovate 4 Little People’ service has been designed to provide a complete catering service to primary schools, which require support in delivering Universal Infant Free School Meals.

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