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Thursday, 23 March 2017 17:02

Meet the Head of Contracts

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Jane Eve is Head of Contracts at TUCO, a new role which involves managing the contracting team, developing a catering category strategy, managing compliance and risk mitigation, implementing TUCO Online through ProcureWizard and engaging with TUCO suppliers and members by attending regional meetings.

Jane has been working with TUCO for just over 8 years where she has seen exciting changes and growth. Prior to TUCO, Jane worked in public sector procurement in various roles, notably MOD-purchasing uniforms, motorised gliders, aircraft serviiang, ammunition and spares for AS90 and light guns.

Q. Tell us about your background.

A. I have worked with TUCO for just over eight years where I have seen exciting changes as it continues to grow. I have previously worked in public sector procurement in various roles, and in the MOD purchasing uniforms, motorised gliders, aircraft servicing, ammunition and spares for AS90 and light guns. I took a career break to accompany my husband to a post in Namibia, which was a great opportunity to experience a fascinating part of the world.

Q. What are the benefits of buying from the TUCO frameworks?

 A. TUCO might carry out the tendering process but we involve TUCO members through the process as part of the Tender Working Party. Around £140m is spent through the frameworks, which are compliant with EU regulations. TUCO manages the prices, and checks supplier accreditations. We hold annual review meetings and are using NetPositive to manage sustainability through the supply chain.

Q. What tip do you have for members on choosing a framework Supplier?

 A. Engage with TUCO! TUCO regional meetings are a great way of networking out which suppliers they are using and the relationship they have. The Category managers are always keen to hear from members and assist in any way they can.

Q. What are the processes for suppliers to get on a TUCO framework?

  1. All TUCO suppliers have been successful following an EU tender process. It is the supplier’s responsibility to look out for tender adverts. We use the electronic tendering system 'In-Tend'. Suppliers can register for this by visiting in-tendhost.co.uk/tuco/aspx/home
Thursday, 23 March 2017 16:55

Cost Sector Catering Awards 2017

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The Cost Sector Catering Awards provide the highlight of the foodservice and catering calendar. There’s simply no other event that offers the people who work in our industry the chance to be judged by their peers and come through to win recognition as the best.

The prestigious annual awards ceremony offers a fantastic way to celebrate that success. To win one of the coveted award categories is a stand-out achievement in anyone’s working life, something that fully recognises an outstanding contribution to this wonderful industry of ours. It is the highest acknowledgement of merit that can be bestowed from within the foodservice sector.

 

The Awards ceremony will be taking place on Thursday 20th April 2017 at  Hilton London Metropole. The deadline for entries has now passed. Click here to view the brocure.

Thursday, 23 March 2017 16:44

Coffee Shop Sector Continues grow

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The UK coffee shop market grew by 6% in outlets and 12% in turnover to reach £8.9bn in 2016, according to the Allegra World Coffee Portal. Its Project Café 2017 UK report reveals the branded coffee shop chain sector contributed to the total market growth, adding 445 new stores to reach around 6,940 outlets, representing a growth of 6.9%. In total, there are around 22,845 coffee shops in the UK.

Costa, Starbucks and Caffè Nero remain the UK’s leading chains with a 53% outlet share of the branded market. Small and medium-sized boutique chains such as Coffee#1 are gaining momentum, the report found. It also reported increased merger and acquisition activity, including Tchibo’s acquisition of Matthew Algie.

Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:10

TUCO The University Of Edinburgh Case Study

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The University of Edinburgh is proving you can bring consistency to in-house catering without compromising on the quality and creativity of the food and the setting it’s served in.

TUCO have been working alongside The University Of Edinburgh to produce a Case Study to analyze market research, trends within the TUCO Frame work that has been implemented.

Click here to find out more about the total cash saving and more...

Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:16

Waste Management Services

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Following requests from members for a food waste framework agreement; we are pleased to announce that we have advertised for Sustainable Food Waste Management Services Framework Agreement.

Returns for first stage are due back on 4th April 2017. Should you know of any potential providers please ask them to visit our e-tendering platform.

Lot 1 Food Waste Management Collection Service.
Lot 2 Waste Oil Recycling Service

The tender process will last throughout the summer and will be awarded on 1st October 2017.

We are also investigating Innovative Food Waste Management Services which would potentially include:

On-site Food Waste Management Innovation
Disposable Cups Innovation
Coffee Grounds Innovation.

Each Lot will encourage food valorisation.

For further information on either agreement, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, 27 February 2017 11:48

Pricing Bulletin from 13/02/17 till current

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Pricing Bulletin from 13/02/17 till current

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements:

Alcohol

Molson Coors

SH Jones

Catering Light & Heavy Equipment

Hobart

Confectionery

Bidvest

J W Filshil Ltd

Fish & Seafood

M&J Seafood

Frozen & Chilled

Bidvest

Hot Beverage

Coffee Conscience

Recruitment

Verve

Sandwiches

Adelie (Urban Eats)

 

Please note there are amended product files for the below suppliers

 

Confectionery

Palmer & Harvey

Innovative Food Concepts

Rollover

Sandwiches

Raynors

Simply Lunch

Tasties of Chester

 

New documents

Swithenbanks - Quality Alert, Market Update

Oliver Kay - Buyers Update, Strawberry update

Molson Coors - AWRS number, Harvest Report

Turner & Price - Market Reports

AG Barr - Iron Bru XTRA detail

Matthew Clark - Beer Brochure

A David - Fresh Produce update

 

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 

TUCO Members are invited to complete a BOL survey for Vending prior to a supplier meeting being held at TUCO HQ on 15th March 2017. All feedback should be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 8th March.

TUCO Supplier Review -  LTT Vending

Friday, 24 February 2017 09:05

TUCO Conference Nottingham 2017

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Following the fantastic TUCO Conference in 2016, hosted at the University of Exeter, we are excited to confirm the 2017 TUCO Conference will be held at the University of Nottingham, another of our member institutions, on 24th-26th July.

We have been working closely with the team at Nottingham and have made some exciting developments for this year’s TUCO Conference.
We’re continually looking to build on the annual event to drive even more learning, self-development, exposure to product innovation and to leave delegates with a wider network of colleagues and support. This year will be another amazing event, covering all these bases.

Our theme for 2017 is Health, Wealth & Wellbeing, three elements that have recently become core objectives for your catering and bars to improve the overall student experience.

We believe the speaker line up this year is the strongest and most interesting we have ever put together, and we will be sharing this with you very shortly.

Our exhibition has also grown in size and is conveniently located right next to the conference room and breakout sessions.

It’s certainly going to be another TUCO event not to be missed!

The full three-night delegate package which includes; your conference place, accommodation and all dinners for £305 plus VAT, offering exceptional value.

 

Check out the hightlights video from the TUCO Conference in 2016 below.

 

 

 

You can book your place straight away at www.tuco.ac.uk/conferencebookings

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:48

Réunion des Gastronomes Award 2017

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Entries are already being received for the inaugural Réunion des Gastronomes Award 2017 which provides a unique chance for career enhancement and mentoring

Entrants can be of any age and in full-time employment in food and beverage operations, at a supervisory level or above. 

Click the link below to download the entry form.

Réunion des Gastronomes Award 2017 form

 

 

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.

 

Read more here...

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