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Mixed reception for new DEFRA secretary Michael Gove

Michael Gove has been appointed as secretary of state at DEFRA, prompting major concerns amongst environmental campaigners and opposition MPs. In a surprise return to the front bench, Gove will take the lead on pressing issues such as air pollution, the reform of agricultural subsidies post-Brexit and food waste. Not to mention longer term challenges…
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Spider-Man’s power and sticking up for foodservice.

IGD has forecast that the food-to-go market is set to rocket in the next five years. Sales will hit £21.7 billion by 2021, compared with a meagre £16.1 billion this year. There will be more options at supermarkets and garage forecourts, the analysts predicted, as well as an expansion in “specialist” outlets and of course…
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Cameron reshuffles Conservative cabinet

DAVID CAMERON has announced his biggest reshuffle in the conservative office which sees Elizabeth Truss take over as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from Owen Patterson.                     The prime minister has made way for a more female and state-educated top team as…
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New set of standards for food served in schools announced

EDUCATION SECRETARY Michael Gove has announced new regulations for school food will be introduced from January 2015.                     The new set of standards include at least one portion of vegetables a day, no more than two portions of fried food a week and only two portions…
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A head for fajitas

HEADTEACHERS AND their relationship with catering staff are central to the success of the new school food plan. But will it help increase 'stubbornly low' levels of take-up?                           When Simon Barber took over Carshalton Boys Sports College 10 years ago, only 4%…
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LACA serve up school meal for MP’s

MP'S GOT THE opportunity to see how much school dinners had improved since their time at school when the Local Authorities Caterers Association (LACA) served up lunch in the Houses on Parliament.   Sixty MP's and several peers were served a ‘real’ school food menu by dinner ladies, using a genuine school meal servery trolley.…
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Stealth successes

NEVER WORK with animals or children. Those involved in school catering would certainly agree with the latter after a rollercoaster month which has placed school dinners firmly back on the political and media agendas.   Jamie Oliver got the ball rolling with an attack on Michael Gove, the education secretary. In an interview with the…
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Steve Quinn, MD – Cucina Restaurants

I HAVE to say that Jamie Oliver's recent attack on Michael Gove over non-mandatory nutritional standards in academies made me a bit cross.                             You may think that’s a strange reaction from the head of a school catering company.   Well, let…
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Healthy school meals increase

THE NUMBER of children having healthy school meals in England has risen for a fourth year running – with an estimated 167,000 more children using their school dining rooms last year.   New figures, reported by local authorities and published by the Children’s Food Trust, show that an average of 46.3% of children in England’s…
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Subway targets schools

SUBWAY IS REPORTEDLY in talks with a head teacher to open a branch at a school in Manchester.   According to the Manchester Evening News the food chain is in talks with Parrs Wood High School in Didsbury over the possibility of opening a concession at its sixth form college.   Headteacher Andy Shakos told the…
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