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Pasta King partners with Hertfordshire Catering to bring fun lunch session to school

| East of England Region

Pupils at a Hertfordshire Primary school had a baa-rilliant time recently when national foodservice provider Pasta King partnered with Hertfordshire Catering Ltd to put on a fun filled lunchtime session to celebrate the launch of its Shaun the Sheep pasta meals into Hertfordshire’s 400 Primary schools.

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Industry

AiP on the search for young chefs in 2015 competition

Alliance in Partnership (AiP) is once again on the lookout for creative young chefs for this year’s competition, which will be judged by celebrity chef Brian Turner.

Open to children over 11 years of age, entrants are to plan, prepare and present a nutritionally balanced main meal dish costing no more than £1.50 per head. AiP will support the school and students with planning and costings and will then select the finalist to represent the school.

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Industry

Bidvest 3663 signs £3.5m contract with education caterer AIP Group

Foodservice provider Bidvest 3663 has signed a contract with education caterer The AIP Group of Companies to supply food, snacks and drinks to over 260 schools in a deal worth £3.5 million annually.

Following a competitive tendering process, Bidvest 3663 was chosen for its wide range of quality, competitively priced products that meet the requirements of the education sector and its commitment to supporting the needs of each school involved in the scheme.

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National

FSA appoints new head of food crime unit

The FSA has appointed Andy Morling as the Head of the Food Crime Unit, and he starts in the role this week.

Morling has experience in intelligence and investigations, having spent the majority of his career working in these areas for HM Revenue & Customs, the Serious Fraud Office, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, and latterly the National Crime Agency, where he was a Senior Intelligence Lead.

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National

School food experts encourage schools to take up training and support

Following the Ofsted news last week that will see healthy eating included in inspections from September, three school food agencies have today called for more schools to make the most of the support and training on offer.

Over one million pounds worth of training, support and materials is available and chief executives from the Children’s Food Trust, Food for Life Partnership and the Design and Technology Association have urged head teachers and bursars to use this support in preparation for investigations as Ofsted looks for a culture of healthy eating.

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Industry

Children not getting enough fruit and veg, finds Newsround survey

A poll conducted by Newsround has found that many children are not getting enough fruit and veg, and that half of families do not get the chance to eat together.

The poll, of children in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, asked 7-12 year-olds questions about their daily diet. 52 in every 100 kids don't have any veg, and 44 in 100 have no fruit on a daily basis.

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Cucina Restaurants wins Vegetarian Society accreditation

School catering firm Cucina Restaurants has won Vegetarian Society accreditation, earning the right to display the trademark on all of its vegetarian food products in respect of vegetarian ethics.

Cucina's founder and managing director Steve Quinn said: "This Vegetarian Society approval gives extra assurance to our customers, who can choose our vegetarian options safe in the knowledge that our recipes and working practices fully comply with the Vegetarian Society's strict criteria.

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National

Ofsted to include healthy eating in Common Inspection Framework from September

Ofsted has committed to including school food in its Common Inspection Framework in a letter from Sean Hartford, national director for schools, to Sharon Hodgson MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for School Food.

When the new school year starts in September areas such as wellbeing, health and healthy eating will be given a more prominent place in Ofsted’s inspection. The Common Inspection Framework, which was introduced on February 3rd 2015, will include, for the first time, a judgement on personal development, behaviour and welfare.

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National

Caterers encouraged to 'switch to save' on energy

Changing energy suppliers can often be seen as a hassle but many businesses are missing out on the benefits that can be reaped by switching-savvy enterprises, according to new research.

Businesses in the catering sector are in the dark on energy purchasing as new research shows that over half (52%) have never switched suppliers or tariffs, with one in five (22%) not knowing that switching is an option for them.

Three-quarters of SMEs (73%) in the catering sector believe they pay too much for utilities and the same number (73%) understand there are savings to be made.

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British Lion Eggs launches competition and new website for schools

A new schools section has been added to the British Lion eggs website, which has been designed to provide teachers with fun and engaging teaching resources, and interesting facts and information about eggs for 5-11 year olds.

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