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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

Instock

Confectionery

Palmer & Harvey

Fish & Seafood

M&J Seafood

Fruit & Veg

Ron Chalker

Meat & Poultry

Harlech

Milk & Bread

Pensworth

Sandwiches

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

 

Notes

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. 
 
Friday, 20 January 2017 14:58

TUCO GUIDE TO AUTHENTIC CHINESE CUISINE

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World cuisine is on the march and university caters are in the vanguard of innovation.

Click here to view our new guide to see TUCO’s authentic Chinese cuisine.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:15

TUCO introduces pioneering price agreement for UK Dairy Farmers

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TUCO (The University Caterers’ Organisation) has become the first procurement network to guarantee a fixed minimum payment to UK farmers for their milk.

The fairly-traded pricing structure assures farmers a minimum price of 30p per litre for standard milk across the life of a contract. The agreement guarantees that a sustainable living wage is paid to farmers and also reflects the investments that producers make in land, livestock and equipment. This helps to protect and future-proof the UK Dairy Industry, which is facing uncertain times and price cuts across the board.

The scheme, based on research carried out among UK dairy farmers and market data, has been developed as part of TUCO’s new milk and bread framework agreement. By making use of this agreement, TUCO members will have full traceability within the supply chain and also have peace of mind that farmers are being paid a fair price for the milk they purchase and are not being placed at a disadvantage in the marketplace.

“Sustainability remains an issue of utmost importance to our members and the wider catering community,” said Mike Haslin, CEO at TUCO. “By introducing agreements such as this and other schemes, including unrivalled local sourcing frameworks, we are helping our members to put sustainability at the core of their catering operations. British farming is integral to the economy and its products essential for good nutrition - fair trading is at the core of its survival.”

Friday, 13 January 2017 11:43

Pricing Bulletin from 19/12/16 till current

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Pricing Bulletin from 19/12/16 till current

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements:

Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals

Bunzl
Crosbys
Delphis Eco
Magenta
Planglow
Shorrock Trichem

Confectionery

Brakes
Palmer & Harvey

Fish & Seafood

Direct Seafood
M&J Seafood

Frozen
Brakes

Fruit & Veg
Ron Chalker

Grocery
Brakes

Innovative Food Concepts
Dr Oetker
Love Joes

Meat & Poultry
Brakes

Sandwiches
Raynors

Soft Drinks
Janes Beverages
Lucozade

 

New promotions

New documents
Swithenbanks - Quality Alert
Oliver Kay - Spotlight & Buyers Info
Love Joes - Pulled Meats
IFC - review meeting notes
A David - Order tips & Spinach issues
Soft Drinks - Contract review notes
Birtwistles - January Specials
Tugo - Innovation
DCS - product flyers
M&J Seafood - Outlook Report
Matthew Clark - Vini Issue 10

 

It is nearly time for the annual contract review meetings for the Alcohol framework which means we have a survey to collect feedback from the suppliers you are using. We would be grateful if you can spare 10 minutes to share your experiences. We share the information (anonymously) with the suppliers and it is helpful for us here at TUCO to understand how the framework is behaving. Please follow the link below and complete by 20/01/17:

https://tuco.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/tuco-alcohol-agreement-supplier-assessment-2017

It is nearly time for the re-tender of the Fresh Fish and Seafood framework (where have those 4 years gone?!). We have a short survey we would be grateful if you could complete as this helps create the most effective framework for your needs. Please follow the link below and complete by 31/01/17:

https://tuco.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/pre-tender-survey-fresh-fish-and-seafood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 06 January 2017 10:15

Pricing Bulletin 19/12/16 to 06/01/17

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pricing Bulletin 19/12/16-06/01/17 

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements:

Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals
Crosbys
Delphis
Magenta
Planglow
Shorrock Trichem

Confectionery
Palmer & Harvey

Fish & Seafood
Direct Seafood
M&J Seafood

Frozen
Brakes

Fruit & Veg
Ron Chalker

Innovative Food Concepts
Dr Oetker
Love Joes

Sandwiches
Raynors
New Promotions

New documents
Swithenbanks - Quality Alert
Oliver Kay - Buyers Info
Love Joes - Pulled Meats
IFC - review meeting notes
A David - Order tips & Spinach issues

Monday, 05 December 2016 10:15

Pricing Bulletin 05/12/16 to 20/12/16

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Pricing Bulletin 05/12/16 to 20/12/16

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements:

 

Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals
Tri-Star

Confectionery
Palmer & Harvey

Fish & Seafood
M&J Seafood

Milk & Bread
West Horsley Dairy
Morris Quality Bakers
Wrights

New documents
Arthur David - Christmas Delivery Deadlines & Brochure
Oliver Kay - Buyers Update & info
Swithenbanks - Quality update
M&J Seafood - Outlook report
Brakes - Interim Market Report
Rollover - Halal Certificates

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