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Big School Bake Off winner crowned

Sarah Levenson, catering manager from Lordsgate Township CofE Primary School, has won the Big School Bake Off final.

The final, which took place yesterday at Unilever House, challenged six finalists to prepare their own take on afternoon tea, creating 12 bitesize portions of a scone filled with homemade jam, a madeleine, and a pastry inspired by their region using Stork.

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Eden gets pupils ready to grow with Back to your Roots initiative

Eden Foodservice, part of Interserve, has launched an initiative to support schools in the process of educating pupils about food, growing, nutrition and cooking.

Paul Salisbury, managing director at Eden, said: “We embrace the importance of children understanding where their food comes from, how to grow their own produce, how to make healthy choices and how to cook. Back to your Roots addresses each of these areas embedding them into the school culture, whilst linking it back to the curriculum.”

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Food not an optional extra – Children’s Food Trust responds to DfE consultation

The Children’s Food Trust has said that with the right funding, free childcare offers an unprecedented opportunity to give more children and their families the chance to develop better eating habits.

The comments come in response to the Department for Education’s proposals for an early years national funding formula and other changes to the way the three and four-year old entitlements are funded.

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Unilever calls on schools to help eradicate hunger

Unilever Food Solutions (UFS) is calling on UK schools to help support the World Food Programme (WFP) and its school meals programmes around the world.

Since 2012 UFS, with help from the school meals industry, has been supporting and raising money for WFP’s school meals programme in Indonesia.

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Sally Shadrack takes over as LACA chair

Sally Shadrack has taken over as chair of the Lead Association for CAtering in Education (LACA) from Peter McGrath.

The new LACA chair said: “Over the coming year LACA’s main focus is to gather robust data to provide evidence that UIFSM is a worthwhile policy and must be kept. We have to take the lead here as it’s our staff jobs and industry colleagues who could suffer if the policy is dropped.”

Sally is a development manager for Newham Partnership Working and took over as LACA chair on Monday at the organisation’s AGM.

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Hertfordshire County Council partners with primary schools on Daily Mile project

Hertfordshire County Council and local primary schools are working together to deliver the Daily Mile project, which aims to improve physical activity levels in pupils.

The free project is one of many designed by the council to get children moving for 15 minutes every day.

The council has also welcomed the government’s commitment to reducing obesity levels in its Childhood Obesity Strategy, in particular the recognition of the importance of PE and for primary school children.

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Change4Life launches Our Healthy Year toolkits

Change4Life has launched its Our Healthy Year toolkits designed to build healthy eating habits in primary school children.

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Foodservice supplier Brakes goes back to publishing prices

Brakes Group, one of the leading foodservice distributors in the UK, has announced it is returning to publishing product prices in a move to improve transparency for catering customers.

Charlie Burton, the company’s pricing director, said Brakes had stopped publishing prices in 2011 – partly because they worried prices were perceived in the market as too high and partly because its own pricing structure had become ‘confused’.

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Children’s lunchboxes not meeting school food nutritional standards - research reveals

Research commissioned by spread brand Flora and conducted by the University of Leeds has revealed that only 1.6% of children’s lunchboxes are meeting school food nutritional standards.

The report follows on from Flora’s 2006 report, which found that 1.1% of children’s lunchboxes met the standards, highlighting an improvement of just 0.5% in 10 years.

Flora also revealed that only one in five lunchboxes (17%) contain any vegetables or salad. However, progress has been made with the majority of lunchboxes meeting protein and vitamin C standards.

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Watch the Kerrymaid webinar filmed at LACA Main Event 2016

Kerrymaid has shared the video of its Catering for Future Generations webinar, which was filmed at the LACA Main Event 2016. 

Kerrymaid's channel ambassador, Jeannette Orrey is joined by supply chain development coordinator from the Soil Association, Clare Hadway; Carrieanne Bishop, former chair of LACA; and Beverly Baker, head of commercial services at LACA.

The group discuss how to overcome the information overload on how to best implement a great tasting school menu and the range of the most important issues facing school kitchens across the country.

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