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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National

Autumn season of UIFSM roadshows is ready to roll

Following the success of their UIFSM regional roadshows earlier in the year, LACA and the Children’s Food Trust (CFT) have announced a second workshop tour of England to support schools and caterers cope with the challenges of providing infant free school meals.

Each workshop will also address the new allergy regulations coming into force in December and January start of the revised school food standards.

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Industry

Dental and nutrition experts urge cutting sugar in diet by more than half

The recommended target for sugar in our diet should be cut massively from the current guideline maximum of 50g to fewer than 25g, according to a joint research project by University College London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The study authors warn of the rising cost of treating tooth decay, obesity and diabetes if the issue is not addressed and propose targeting school and hospital meals and the introduction of a sugar tax as part of a planned response.

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Industry

Michelin star chef Howard putting British classics on school menus

Two Michelin Star chef and Great British Menu judge Philip Howard has teamed up with school catering firm Cucina Restaurants to produce a special 'British Classics' school food range for British Food Fortnight.

The owner and proprietor of The Square restaurant in Mayfair is behind a new menu that will be offered at all 47 of Cucina's school restaurants during the event, which runs from September 20th to October 5th.

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