As the UK’s professional body for university and college catering, we work in a number of different ways to enable our members to develop and achieve sustainability in every sense of the word. Our framework agreements continue to play a vital role in enabling institutions to achieve value for money and over last financial year secured more than £8.6m in cost savings. This was shown in the personalised Value for Money Reports, which all our Full Members received this week.
TUCO members are benefitting from being part of a network with ever more opportunities to learn from peers and draw on insight at home and abroad. Our summer and winter conferences go from strength to strength and the TUCO Competitions have grown into a highly respected showcase for the talent found across in-house catering teams.
Over the last two years TUCO Academy has come to the fore, providing a growing range of courses both site based and online. The Academy is also now playing a leading role in shaping and delivering our popular programme of study tours. As with all aspects of TUCO’s work, our success stems from having a highly engaged membership, whether it’s through our regional groups or conferences. By working together, we can equip in-house catering departments with the skills, insight and tools to continue to thrive.
A number of the gluten, wheat and milk free We Love Cake lines have recently been registered with the Vegan Society. After popular demand, the naturally vegan lines have now been registered with The Vegan Society and packaging will soon to be carrying the Vegan logo.
In addition to the rise in demand for gluten, wheat and milk free products, there has also been a large increase in the number of consumers looking for Vegan products – with a reported half a million Vegans currently living in the UK (Ipsos MORI). The rise of people choosing to follow the Vegan lifestyle is especially high amongst the 15-34 year, with this younger age bracket representing 42% of all Vegans.
Emily Sudell, Marketing Manager said; “with this rapid growth, it has never been more important to ensure university canteen/cafe menus are providing options for Vegans – with students representing a large portion of this market.
“We are excited by the new Vegan claim on our products and have already received a great reception to this move across our fans on social media channels”
The We Love Cake lines which have been registered with the Vegan society include the best-selling lines in the range; Chocolate & Orange Tart & Sweet Pastry Mince Pies, along with their traditional favourites of Cranberry & Pecan Flapjack, Apple Crumble Slice and Apple Lattice Pie.
The individually wrapped bakes are already very popular across universities, with the full range being available frozen through Bidfood Wholesaler.
John Hine, National Food Service Account Manager said “we welcome the move to including the Vegan symbol on our packaging as this will help to broaden our product offering to an even wider market – without compromising on taste”
All of the We Love Cake lines are made and hand-finished in the first dedicated gluten, wheat and milk free bakery in the UK, based in the heart of Cumbria.
The closing date for the survey has been extended to Sunday 12th November, we hope you will set some time aside to complete the survey so that your information can be added to those members who have already submitted their data.
TUCO is undertaking a benchmarking study that will offer members anonymised comparisons of their catering business with other in-house catering businesses within Higher Education. The findings will enable you to compare your University catering costs against other similar institutions.
The research is being carried out on our behalf by Qa Research, an independent research company.
In exchange for completing the survey, Members will receive:
- An overall report showing operational and performance data from across the sector
- An individual summary report with your data in comparison to averages for the sector
- Entry into a free prize draw to win £500 credit against the TUCO Academy events
For this survey we are interested in data from the academic year just gone i.e. 1st August 2016 to 31st July 2017.
The next steps
The survey asks about staffing, operations and turnover for the catering operations across the University. It is anticipated that you may need to ask others in your organisation to assist with providing data for some questions within the survey.
Please review the attached PdF of the survey so you can see what questions are being asked and therefore who in your University you may need to circulate the survey to or get answers from.
The survey will retain the information as long as the next question icon at the bottom of the screen is clicked before exiting the survey; you can click back into it at any stage and it will remember your previous answers so you do not have to fill it all in in one go.
You can circulate the survey to the relevant staff to complete but please note only one person within your organisation can complete the online survey link at any one time for the data to be saved. At the end of the survey you will be shown a summary page with all your answers. Please check your answers and amend any data if necessary before finally submitting the survey.
Please note, although you can send the online survey link to others in the University, only one person within your organisation can complete the online survey link at any one time.
Only click 'submit' (at the end of the survey) once all sections are completed. Clicking on the link below will take you to the online survey.
Thank you for your help.
Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements
Fish & Seafood
Fruit & Veg
Meat & Poultry
Please note there are amended product files for the below suppliers
Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals
Catering Light & Heavy Equipment
Fish & Seafood
Frozen & Chilled
Fruit & Veg
Innovative Food Concepts
Meat & Poultry
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- Althams - 2 Sisters comments
- Arthur David - Fresh Produce Update
- Bidfood - 2 Sisters comments
- Bidfood - New Asian drinks
- Bidfood - Vegan Range - Confectionery
- Bidfood - Vegan Range - Frozen
- Bidfood - Vegan Range - Grocery
- Birtwisles - 2 Sisters comments, Specials, Market Report
- British Premium Meats - 2 Sisters comments (text)
- Bunzl Lockhart - Xmas working hours
- Clifton Quality Meats - 2 Sisters comments
- Direct Seafood - Catch Up
- Handmade Speciality Products - Vegan items
- Hughes Meats/Llechwedd Meats Merger
- J & A Gibbins - 2 Sisters comments (text)
- John Sheppard - 2 Sisters comments
- Kitchen Equip Maintenance - Updated Buyer's Guide
- Krogab - Energise & Revive
- Love Joes - 2 Sisters comments
- Lucozade Ribena Suntory - Health & Wellbeing
- M & J Seafood - Outlook report (November)
- MC Kelly - 2 Sisters comments (text)
- Meat & Poultry - Updated Buyer's Guide
- Molson Coors - Sky Offer
- Oliver Kay - Buyers Update, Cherries, Crop Report, Christmas opening times
- Owen Taylor - 2 Sisters comments
- Raynors - Christmas products
- Sandwiches - Buyers Guide
- Sandwiches - Contract Review Meeting Notes
- Soft Drinks Contract Review minutes
- Solent - 2 Sisters comments
- Starbucks - Coming soon lattes
- Theo's - 2 Sisters comments
- TUGO - 4ork new sauces, NEO new arrivals
- Vending Contact Review minutes
and make a Big Difference
Hospitality and Food Service operators from London came together at Cyrus Todiwala’s Café Spice Namaste this week to hear from top chefs and industry experts about how they can dramatically reduce the amount of food they throw away.
The event ‘Small Change Big Difference – the true value of food’ was organised by WRAP as part of TRiFOCAL, a London-wide project designed to take action on preventing edible food from going to waste, recycling inedible food, and promote healthy, sustainable eating.
At the event, guests heard from top chefs Alice Gilsenan (founder of Tiny Leaf, London’s first and only organic, zero waste, vegetarian restaurant), Silla Bjerrum (chef and consultant) Stephen Scuffell (executive chef for Crown Moran hotels) and Cyrus Todiwala OBE, DL, as they explained how small changes like reviewing and reducing portion sizes and making the most of your ingredients can make a big difference to your bottom line.
Guest were also given an introduction to the ‘Your Business is Food, don’t throw it away’ campaign materials, with advice on how these can help food businesses save money and boost profits by throwing away less food.
And to drive the point home – Cyrus treated guests to an unforgettable lunch made from surplus ingredients including Broken Basmati Khichri and Mixed Vegetal Bhaji using second vegetables.
Claire Pritchard, London Food Board, who facilitated the event, said: “London’s food scene is one of the best things about the capital, but there’s always more we can do to reduce food waste. The previous GLA’s FoodSave scheme, for example, helped London’s small food businesses prevent more than 1200 tonnes of food going to waste, saving these businesses more than £500,000 and the good practice learnt is helping inform this new project. We’re making progress every day, and events like this are key to driving behaviour change.”
Eleanor Morris, programme manager for WRAP, one of the organisations behind TRiFOCAL and ‘Your Business is Food; don’t throw it away' said: “Almost 20% of food which the foodservice industry buys each year is thrown away and costs each outlet an estimated £10,000 a year. It’s no good for the future, no good for the environment, and certainly no good for the bottom line. But by tracking and taking action on food waste – food operators can make a big difference, as our guest speakers and case studies proved.”
From the future of food to catering for people with allergies: meet the true leaders of food innovation and discover the latest trends impacting your industry at Food Matters Live. London’s ExCeL. 21-23 November
What will the younger generation demand from retailers in the future - and how can industry respond to increasing interest in health and wellbeing? From healthy snacking to free-from, vegan and sustainable proteins – what are the trends topping innovation in food and drink?
These questions and many more will be debated at Food Matters Live – the fast approaching business and networking event, which combines a three-day conference, multi-stream seminar programme and an extensive exhibition – all under one roof at London’s ExCeL on 21-23 November.
Food innovators, business leaders, manufacturers, retailers, government ministers, scientists and experts in health and nutrition will be among 400 influential speakers leading a series of thought-provoking debates during the three-day CPD accredited education programme.
BBC journalists Anita Anand, Simon Jack and Timandra Harkness will host the Food Matters Live conference, which will debate a broad range of issues from geopolitics and the impact of Brexit on the future of food, drink and consumers, to how the out-of-home sector and foodservice providers can market ‘better-for-you’ as the best choice, to the effectiveness of the sugar reduction programme.
Chef Heston Blumenthal will question why food science, practical cookery and understanding nutrition are not at the core of education, while Sainsbury’s former chief executive Justin King and neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield will share their invaluable experience and industry insight.
Prue Leith, vice-president of the Sustainable Restaurant Association and the new face of The Great British Bake Off, will join a panel discussion to consider if cafes, restaurants and vending machine suppliers are responsible for tackling obesity in the out-of-home sector.
And Compass Group’s Louise Pilkington will discuss the economic impact of obesity on rising healthcare costs and lower worker productivity due to illness and days off, while Jozef Youssef, the creative force behind Kitchen Theory - the gastronomy experience design lab - will ask if diners are ready to embrace tomorrow’s foods.
Alongside the conference, the Food Matters Live case-study rich seminar stream will be of particular interest to the foodservice sector, with its unrivalled programme focused around seven key themes, including: ‘Future of food retail’, ‘Food futures’, ‘Free-from, allergy and intolerance’, ‘Marketing’, ‘Tackling Obesity’, and ‘Packaging: innovating through design’.
Experts will use the sessions to consider the latest food tech innovations set to change the face of industry, how to engage tech-savvy, time-poor customers through voice-activated technology or augmented or virtual reality, what role packaging plays in helping to reduce sugar consumption - while also giving an overview of latest consumer trends for the foodservice community.
The Free-from, allergy and intolerance seminars will look at brand trust, why consumers are allergic to certain foods, assessing the role the media plays in driving demand for free-from, and attracting food-to-go customers with innovative packaging.
In the Future of food retail stream, Spar Parkfoot’s David Charmann will discuss how retailers and foodservice providers can capture a larger share of the growing food-to-go opportunity, while Simply Fresh’s Kash Khera will join experts from MMR Research, Graze and Spoon Guru in a buyer panel discussion on consumers of the future, what is important to them and what this means for purchasing.
Elsewhere, Clément Scellier will talk about Jimini’s success in marketing insect-based foods as a healthy and sustainable source of food, while Compass Group’s Leanne Hewitt will focus on the challenges of providing healthy nutrition in offshore and military workplaces.
More than 16,000 influential professionals are expected to attend this year’s Food Matters Live exhibition, featuring over 800 leading organisations - from major food and drink manufacturers, foodservice providers and suppliers to new and exciting start-ups - each showcasing the latest developments in 'better for you' food and drink innovation.
With the UK’s food-to-go sector set to be worth £23.5bn by 2022 – up from £17.4bn in 2017, according to IGD – try, taste and explore a diverse range of products arranged in themed areas, such as Free-from, Natural & Organic, Drink Well, International Innovation and Innovative Ingredients.
Discover the latest in healthy snack food and confectionary in the Healthy Snacking zone. On display will be Fori meat-based high protein snack bars in chilli beef, Piri Piri chicken, Moroccan lamb and Thai turkey flavours; Adonis crunchy low sugar pecan nut bar, which is designed not to cause a blood sugar spike; the new Boka Food range of healthier snacks, such as granola and sugar-free marshmallows, and Gato’s puds that are dairy sugar, gluten and guilt free, in flavours such as chocolate & aubergine fondant with Spirulina, and orange & cardamom polenta sponge with turmeric.
For those who love to eat bread and crackers but prefer to avoid wheat and gluten, try Ready Raw enzyme rich bagel bites. Pining for a permissible indulgence? Feast your eyes on Pundits’ high in cocoa dark chocolate, which is sugar free but delicately sweetened with Stevia.
With the market for ‘free from’ food rising by 30% to over £500m in 2016 - and predicted to hit £673m by 2020 - according to Mintel, the dedicated zone has doubled in size and houses Mr Kipling’s gluten free range of lemon and ginger loaf and mini cherry bakewells; the Vegetarian Butcher’s fish free tuna – a tasty addition to pasta sauce or fish cakes; Lovemore Custard Creams with a delicious vanilla fondant cream filling, and Samosaco’s gluten free green or red onion pakoras and minted pea tikki.
As increasingly health conscious consumers boost demand for organic foods, head for the Natural and Organic zone to discover the innovation behind the trend. Sample LioBites fruit crisps and smoothie squares in apple and mango, banana and passionfruit flavours; Meet the Alternative beef style pieces made from healthy high quality protein, and Linwoods’ milled organic flaxseed, sunflower & pumpkin seeds with essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.
For cutting edge innovation, visit the Enterprise zone to discover Breakfast by Bella - the new organic, sugar and gluten-free range of granola inspired by an under pressure commuter who needed food on the move. Try flavours such as crazy cacao, nutty nosh and peanut butter me up. Also worth a taste are Kate Percy’s Go Bites – tasty bite-sized energy balls in date and coconut, apricot and seeds, or chocolate and hazelnut.
A sneak preview of the products and ingredients that will be on display can be found in the new online directory at https://www.foodmatterslive.com/visiting/product-and-ingredient-directories.
A new matchmaking service will give visitors and exhibitors a huge opportunity to identify potential partners - with a dedicated Meet the Buyer programme connecting buyers from retailers and foodservice providers with innovative companies. Buyers from the likes of Planet Organic, Marks and Spencer, Superdrug, EAT, Planet Organic, Tree of Life, Protein World, Ramsden International, Buckley and Beale, Greencore and Delicatezza are among the first to confirm their participation.
To find out more and book your place, go to https://www.b2match.eu/foodmatterslive-match/sign_up
Briony Mansell-Lewis, Food Matters Live Director, said: “Food Matters Live is fast becoming an annual business opportunity for many in the industry, providing a platform to explore, taste and experience the latest trends and innovations shaping the future of food and drink.
“We’re delighted once again to welcome so many experts to share best practice, forge collaborative relationships, find solutions to challenges and explore new ways of working with colleagues across the food, nutrition and health sectors.”
Food Matters Live is free to attend, including entry to the conference, seminars and all visitor attractions. Simply register at www.foodmatterslive.com
Notes to editors:
Now in its fourth year, Food Matters Live takes place on 21-23 November 2017 at London’s ExCeL.
Register yourself and your colleagues for this unique event, which is free to attend and brings together the food and drink industry, retailers, foodservice providers, government, and those working in nutrition and health at https://food-matters-live-2017-visitor.reg.buzz/
In addition to an extensive exhibition, Food Matters Live offers a multi-stream seminar programme and main stage conference, featuring 400 speakers covering wide-ranging topics – from the latest food and public health policies to improving the availability and delivery of free-from food and drink, latest trends in sustainable retailing, packaging design and exemplar brand strategies.
Exhibitors and visitors will also get the chance to find out who has won the inaugural Food Matters Live Awards, which celebrate the inspiring innovation and creativity that is shaping the future of food and drink.
The winners - who will be announced on 22 November in the main conference theatre at Food Matters Live - will receive a unique award, creatively designed around the innovative concept of a taste bud and incorporating the five senses of taste.
For further information
Food Matters Live
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Vegan lifestyle winning hearts and minds across Britain, finds new survey to mark World Vegan Day 2017
What was once regarded as a fringe movement viewed by the wider public with varying degrees of suspicion, veganism is now winning British hearts and minds in ever greater numbers.
According to new research to mark the start of World Vegan Month, more than half of UK adults are now adopting vegan-buying behaviours and Britain is more vegan-friendly than ever before.
One in five (19 per cent) cut down on the amount of meat they buy and the same number check if their toiletries are tested on animals, and nearly one in eight (13 per cent) now choose meat or dairy free options from the menu when eating out.
Around half of those surveyed (51 per cent) said they welcomed the rise in vegan foods available in shops, cafes and restaurants, with almost one in ten (9 per cent) saying they would like to see an even greater choice of vegan food options on offer.
A third thought there should be better education in schools to teach about the impact of animal farming on the environment, 26 per cent said prisons, schools and hospitals should provide a vegan option by law and 9 per cent think there should be a tax on animal based products.
Half of those surveyed said they know someone who is vegan and a fifth said they would consider becoming a vegan themselves.
Far from feeling threatened by an individual's decision to give up eating meat or dairy, 43 per cent said they respected them for their stance and nearly a quarter (24 per cent) said they admired them. But many remain to be convinced with nearly half (46 per cent) saying they would never consider becoming a vegan, even if they knew they would lose weight, improve their health and have a genuine impact on animal welfare.
For those who have embraced veganism though, there's a feeling that the revolution has only just begun.
Later this month, The Vegan Society will be commemorating World Vegan Month 2017 with the launch of a brand new app, VNutrition, which has been developed with the support of its in-house dietitian, and will focus on helping vegans hit their nutritional goals.
The Vegan Society will also be launching its Vegan on the Go campaign which will encourage retailers to provide more vegan on-the-go type lunch options, firmly establishing veganism as part of mainstream culture.
NETpositive have just launched their new SE Tool specific website.
Seafood Discovery Day at Billingsgate Fish Market – a guided tour of the iconic Billingsgate Market for the start of trading followed by a hands-on Seafood Discovery day, including sustainability, filleting, fish identification and quality.
29th November - 30th November 2017.
The evening before the study tour, delegates will check into the IBIS at Canary Whaf and meet at reception before dining toghether in a local fish restaurant. An early night will be on the cards ready for a very early start the next day.
05:00 Meet at reception. Travel by taxis to Billingsgate Market 05:30 – Arrive at market, look around the market in pairs
06:00 Guided visit of the market
07:45 - 08:00 Fresh kippers breakfast
08:15 Talk on sustainability to include presentation from MSC
09:00 - 11:00 Fish cutting and preparation
11:00 - 13:00 Cooking / menu development
14:00 End of course. Please make your own way home
Member - £140.00
Associate, affiliate or non-members - £198.00
Building sustainability and resilience in organic supply chains is focus of new report from Soil Association CertificationWritten by Charlotte Gowers
Maintaining stability and confidence in supply chains could become increasingly complex in the face of an uncertain Brexit with potential changes in the way we trade with other nations. For an expanding organic market, a failure to understand and face these challenges could have consequences for future growth. Soil Association are aware that not all organics businesses are fully up-to-speed on the issues affecting organic supply chains and are looking for more insight and support. With this in mind, Soil Association Certification has taken a closer look at organic supply chains in a new report that identifies key recommendations for building resilience and sustainability to meet future demand.
‘Organic Supply Chain 2017: Challenges and Opportunities’ has been developed with contributions from more than 100 organic businesses, gathering a consensus on the obstacles and prospects within the sector and noting key recommendations for building strength and integrity. The findings are supported by a range of case studies, showcasing brands and businesses who are already delivering inspiring solutions.
Lee Holdstock, Trade Relations Manager at the Soil Association, said: “Sustainable food and farming needs stable, sustainable supply chains and, although the organic market is flourishing now, future growth depends on resilience and an ability to plan and react to new tensions and challenges. Improving efficiency, cooperation and transparency in supply chains now is imperative if organic businesses are to become more resilient, inspire confidence and take advantage of growth in a broader range of channels. The report is a reflection of broader industry insight, which is intended to inspire and assist businesses with planning for a successful future as well as direct our own support for organic businesses.”
The report makes key recommendations for strengthening supply chains, including: making effective use of tech solutions that improve efficiency and confidence; increasing transparency and better collaboration along the supply chain to affirm trust and build market stability; reducing UK reliance on organic imports to support domestic production; and developing understanding of growth markets such as export and foodservice to maximise success.
The full report can be downloaded at www.soilassociation.org/supplychain
This incredible multi-destination Study Tour commences in Vietnam and ends in Cambodia. Whilst on tour you will experience some incredible local foods, learning about their production and origins. You will also have the opportunity to visit a local university to learn about how it is operated. Visits will be a combination of popular, tourist, not to be missed sights including temples, local markets and a traditional dance show, plus more ‘off the beaten track’ visits giving you the full traditional experience of food, culture and lifestyle. In addition to this there will also be street food walking tours, dinners in local restaurants, a fantastic dining river cruise and a visit to ‘The Floating Village’. This Study Tour offers pure immersion into a world full of food culture packed with inspiring ideas that you can take back to your institutions.
For full details of this fantastic Study Tour click here.
A full week coffee immersion, the course is designed to develop Barista trainers by refining and enhancing coffee knowledge, skills, expertise and learning coaching and training techniques. The course includes a SCA (Speciality Coffee Association) certification, recognised industry wide. All of this while absorbing and understanding the Italian coffee culture attending field trips.
For full details of this Study Tour are availble here.
URBAN eat, is calling on retailers to take advantage of its upcoming URBAN (b)eats promotion by requesting a FREE POS kit. Available to all URBAN eat retailers, the exclusive campaign gives consumers the chance to win a host of music prizes, including Spotify and iTunes vouchers, vinyl decks and Beats headphones.
John Want, Marketing Director at Adelie Foods, says: “With such a fantastic range of prizes that will genuinely appeal to all music lovers as well as retailers wanting to drive more Food To Go sales, this promotion will be music to their ears. What’s even more appealing is our prizes are simple to win. All outlets need to do is simply display our bold point of sale materials in their chillers, and there is still time to get involved.
The promotion follows a major rebrand of URBAN eat from leading Food To Go company, Adelie Foods. The new packaging takes the brand back to its urban roots, offering the best on-shelf appeal in the market. Led by extensive consumer and category research, the entire URBAN eat range has been overhauled with a cohesive, colourful packaging design that plays on the brands heritage featuring a city skyline front of pack.
John Want adds: “We recognise that young people - in particular students have always been at the heart of what we do at URBAN eat. We’ve timed the URBAN (b)eat promotion to tie in with the biggest time in the university calendar, Fresher’s Week to enable retailers to take advantage of this highly profitable opportunity and maximise food to go sales by offering young people an offer they can’t refuse.
With the relaunch of URBAN eat, we have invested heavily to ensure that the current range meets ever evolving tastes to appeal to this trend-led group. This includes extending our popular vegetarian and gluten-free offerings to appeal to the high proportion of young adults who follow these diets, as well as offering Halal options.
September saw the launch of the Waste2Zero Awards. This is a hugely exciting initiative and the first of its kind in the industry. A much needed initiative to tackle what remains one of the biggest challenges facing the sector. For all our members out there who are passionate about waste make sure you get your submissions in before the deadline of 12th October.
Key points you need to know:
- Waste2Zero has a very tight window for entries – deadline 12th of October
- The entry process is free, simple and designed with minimal impact on your time in mind
- The Awards Party – 6th December at the uber glamorous Ham Yard Hotel in Soho
- Best Recycling Project Award (Public Sector)
- Best Recycling Project Award (Private Sector)
- Best Waste Management Project Award (Non-Food)
- Best Waste Management Project Award (Food)
- Best Waste Prevention Project Award (Food)
- Best Waste Prevention Project Award (Non-Food)
- Best Waste Project Communication & Stakeholder Engagement Award
- Best Practice in Logistics
- Food Redistribution Award
- Best Closed Loop Project Award
- Best Product, Technology & Innovation Award
- Best Recycled or Up-cycled Product of the Year Award
- Best Resource Management Business of the Year Award
- Special Achievement Award