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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 10:33

TUCO Sheffield Hallam Case Study

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On the face of it, the Collegiate Campus at Sheffield Hallam University is ideally located to capitalise on a captive market and ensure its students eat and drink at the institution’s outlets. This sprawling collection of university buildings is in a leafy suburb more than a mile from the city centre.


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Monday, 20 February 2017 16:00

Passion 4 Food

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On 13 March 2017 TUCO will be the main sponsor for Institute of hospitality flagship student event: "Passion4Hospitality". This event will be taking place at Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, Hammersmith, London, W6 8DR.

Expect to experience an exciting day of heated debating, innovative HOTS Business Games plus a Student and Graduate Careers Forum.Passion 4 Hospitality is completely FREE – including lunch and refreshments.
Find more details here on the Institute Of Hospitality website. 

Monday, 20 February 2017 15:05

David Nuttall Reappointed To Government Advisory Position

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Mr David Nuttall is currently Catering Manager at Harper Adams University. He has 30 years of practical experience in the catering industry internationally as a qualified chef at executive level and over 20 years' experience in the commercial world of Universities. His term has been extended until 31 March 2020.

Further information on the Committee including biographies of the reappointees can be obtained from the ACMSF Secretariat, 1c, Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London WC2B 6NH (Tel: 0207-276-8946/8947) or from the FSA’s website http://acmsf.food.gov.uk/.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:48

MBS Case study

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In 2015, Alliance Manchester Business School awarded its contract to the University of Manchester’s in-house catering department after more than 20 years of using private sector caterers. Despite taking over at an extremely challenging time – in the midst of a major redevelopment – the university’s team has demonstrated how in-house teams can deliver unrivalled value, innovation and flexibility.

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 16:28

Pricing Bulletin from 27/01/17 to current

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Pricing Bulletin from 27/01/17 to current

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements:



Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals



Palmer & Harvey

Fruit & Veg

Accent Fresh 

Ralph Livesey

Meat & Poultry



Milk & Bread

Capital Dairy Company

West Horsley Dairy



Other documents

Oliver Kay - Buyers Update & Nurtured in Norfolk

Birthwistles - Market Report

Adelie - Avian Flu update & Weather impact

Swithenbanks - Quality Alert

Arthur David - Produce Update

Pasta King - Product brochures


We have a new survey ahead of the Kitchen Equipment Maintenance Services contract review meetings.

Could you kindly spare 10 minutes to give us your feedback on the suppliers you currently use for this framework, the closing date is 31st March. 

Supplier Assessment - Kitchen Equipment Maintenance Services 2017


Don't forget the Frozen suppliers survey is still open 

Supplier Assessment - frozen Framework Agreement 2017






Thursday, 02 February 2017 14:22

Benchmarking Against the High Street

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We’re delighted to announce that we are updating the 2016 research which benchmarked our members’ selling prices against the high street. The survey will look at universities and colleges where the catering and retails services are in-house and outsourced across a range of outlets and will take into consideration the size and type of university and college. 
Our research provider, The Litmus Partnership, will compare this information to members, high street chains and independent outlets in different parts of the UK. A relational database will be created to store the information which will allow members to interrogate the data using live tables with the ability to update and maintain the information and create bespoke reports.
Last year we had over 50 members complete the survey which provided a very robust sample and it would be great to meet or exceed this. As an incentive, members who complete the survey will automatically be entered into a competition to win an iPad mini. The winner will be selected at random when the survey closes. 
The survey is now open and will close on 24th February 2017 at 1700 hours.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 14:19

Fighting food waste, one step at a time

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 Matt article

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 09:30

Pricing Bulletin from 16/1/17 to 31/01/17.

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Pricing Bulletin from 16/01/17 to 31/01/17.

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements:

Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals



Palmer & Harvey

Fish & Seafood

M&J Seafood

Fruit & Veg

Ron Chalker

Meat & Poultry


Milk & Bread



Tasties of Chester (Street Eats)


New documents

Arthur David - Passion Newsletter

Oliver Kay - Crop Report, Buyers UpdateOliver Kay - Crop Report, Buyers Update

Tasties of Chester - Merchandising & Cranks

Ron Chalker - Weather comments



Shaw & Lisle - Have gone into administration

Meat & Poultry - Updated Harlech delivery

Coe of Ilford is now Enotria  & Coe

Molson Coors - Training details


There is still time to produce feedback Fresh Fish & Seafood framework. The survey closes today Tuesday 31st January and your feedback will help influence the spec!

Pre-Tender Survey - Fresh Fish & Seafood 2017


If you are interested in joining the Tender Working Party group for the new Fish framework, please can you reply by email? We also have contract review meetings due for the Frozen framework,
This has a deadline of 3rd March, please follow the below link
Supplier Assessment - Frozen Framework Agreement 2017











TUCO have constructed a Recruitment Services Framework in aid to support the challenge of finding good staff within the catering industry. With a skills shortage in the hospitality industry, the new Recruitment Services framework can help TUCO members find the right staff.
The framework started in September and members are already reaping the benefits. “The TUCO framework stands for excellence– something Angel is proud to be associated with,” says Carol Borhani, director at Angel Human Resources.
There are 12 approved suppliers to the framework, including regional and national recruiters.
“Being a smaller regional agency, we feel like we have the advantage in the regions we operate in,” says Afthab Mueeth, head of sales at Verve People. “This is mainly because of our knowledge of the area which allows us to source the highest calibre candidates and also market ourselves to these candidates due to our strong presence in these regions and the business relationnships that we have with local businesses.”.
Current Framework suppliers are:
Find out more about the Framework here.
PG tips has released a new range of speciality teas and fruit & herbal infusions so foodservice operators can offer the UK’s top selling flavours[1] from the nation’s favourite tea brand[2]. 
The new range includes English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Green Tea, Camomile, Peppermint and Raspberry in foil fresh envelopes. PG tips has also launched a mixed case, which includes 25 envelopes of each flavour. 
Rhodri Morgan, marketing manager for Tea in Unilever Food Solutions, said: “Growing health awareness continues to drive consumers towards teas which are perceived to be healthier. For example, fruit and herbal infusions have seen 6% growth in year on year sales, while green tea sales have surged by 12%[3]. So we’ve released a new range to help operators appeal to younger consumers and grow frequency of sale.”
PG tips Monkey said: “Hello Chums – it’s your favourite famous Monkey ‘ere, and have I got some news for you. With the new PG tips range, you can sell the most popular flavours[4] from the nation’s favourite tea brand[5] – PG tips. So what are you waiting for? Get brewing!” 
The teas and infusions in the range (English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Green Tea, Camomile, Peppermint and Raspberry) are available in a 6 x 25 foil fresh envelope case format. 



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