Industry

President of BFFF praises resilience of frozen food market

Peter Allen, president of the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), has praised the level of economic recovery in the UK and the growth of frozen food, but suggested there is still a long way to go until consumer confidence returns.

In a speech at BFFF’s annual luncheon, Peter Allan highlighted the struggle experienced by the UK’s retail industry as a whole, but noted the frozen food market’s continued growth as well as growth in the foodservice industry.

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Three caterers make pledge to help Cardiff become world’s first sustainable fish city

To celebrate World Fisheries Day, three of Cardiff’s education caterers have pledged to offer sustainable fish on their menus as part of the city’s campaign to become the world’s first sustainable fish city.

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National

NHS could save £760m a year claims global obesity report

New research from global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, has revealed that implementing the right measures could save the NHS £760m a year and bring 20% of overweight and obese people back into a healthy weight category within five to ten years.

MGI’s research details that the UK invests less than $1bn (around £640m) a year in prevention activities such as weight-management programmes and public-health campaigns.

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Cambridgeshire school students to cook Michelin star menu with Cucina

Arthur Mellows Village College will be working with school catering company Cucina Restaurants to cook and serve a Michelin Star menu at a public ‘Bistro Evening’ on November 20th.

Students will prepare and serve three dishes with Cucina head chef Simon Pellendine of Cucina, from a choice of ten ‘British Classics’. The event was set up to provide an opportunity for students to work in a professional restaurant.

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PKL launches food cube to meet increasing catering demand on schools

The equipment suppliers PKL Group has launched its school food cube to assist schools with the increasing catering facility demands as the school leaving age increases to 18 by 2015.

The food cube is a modular catering kiosk which can be used to serve a selection of hot and cold food and drink and is ideal for mid-morning or afternoon breaks, as well as providing additional serving space during lunch times. It offers a coffee shop style outlet in a range of sizes for schools during busy periods, and is expected to be popular amongst 6th form students.

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Defra confirm a case of avian flu outbreak at duck breeding farm in Yorkshire

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed a case of avian flu outbreak in a duck-breeding farm in Yorkshire with very low risk to human health and no risk to the food chain.

Preventative measures are being taken to control the outbreak. A 10km restriction zone has been introduced and a complete cull of all 6,000 birds on the farm to prevent any potential spread of infection. The case confirmed on Sunday afternoon has been identified as a H5 avian flu strain and tests are being run to identify the exact strain.

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New Food Labeller app launched to help with EU allergen changes

Ahead of the new EU FIR changes due to take place on December 13th, a new app has been launched for the hospitality sector to help businesses stay in line with the new legislation.

The Food Labeller app is free to use and as well as offering allergen information, it also allows users to streamline communication between kitchen and front of house.

The app provides an information sheet and label for each product, detailing the allergens, nutrition and price of each portion sold and it contains over 1000 pre-listed ingredients.

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National

UIFSM update

The UIFSM scheme was developed to help schools prepare for the implementation of free infant school meals from September 2014. This support service will be in place until December 2015. Every pupil in reception, year 1 and 2 attending a state-funded school is now entitled to a free nutritious healthy school lunch as part of the UIFSM scheme.

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Industry

MSC research details consumer seafood buying behaviour

Recent research carried out on behalf of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) shows that 71% of British consumers believe it is important that retailers sell sustainably caught seafood.

The survey also reveals that Ecolabels are the most trusted source of information when making sustainable buying decisions. Consumers trust Ecolabels more than recommendations from family and friends (57%), and trust them more than supermarket (48%) and brand (37%) information. As a result, two-thirds of the UK consumers surveyed intend to buy more MSC labelled seafood.

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Action on Sugar study finds children’s fruit juices contain more sugars than Coca Cola

Over a quarter of the products surveyed by Action on Sugar contain the same amount or more sugars than Coca Cola, which contains five teaspoons of sugar per 200ml glass.

With one in five children aged 4-5 and one in three children aged 10-11 now overweight or clinically obese, Action on Sugar is urging parents to give children water or whole fruit instead of high sugar juice drinks.

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