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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 11:49

Meet a Speaker : Sir Steve Redgrave

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Sir Steve Redgrave

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We are sure that you'll be delighted to learn that Sir Steve Redgrave will be joining us as a keynote speaker at the TUCO Conference.

Five-time Olympic Gold Medallist and Vice President of the British Olympic Association, Sir Steve Redgrave, is not only the world's greatest oarsman but also an author and respected philanthropist.
Sir Steve's experiences during his career enabled him to relate strongly to the Conference's theme of Health, Wealth & Wellbeing, as his athletic accolades were achieved against a background of serious illnesses including colitis and diabetes.
Since his Olympic success, Sir Steve has set up The Steve Redgrave Trust which is dedicated to raising money for children's charities, he helped to set up Sports Relief and is also Honorary Vice President of Diabetes UK.

During his keynote session on Wednesday 26th July, Sir Steve's talk on Endurance and Overcoming Adversity will offer insight on how to battle obstacles in order to achieve.
Click here to read Sir Steve's view on dealing with Crohn's and Colitis.


Tuesday, 30 May 2017 15:28

Food and Drink Benchmark Survey (out now)

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Litmus has been engaged by TUCO to collate a food and drink benchmark database to determine the movement of prices between Higher Education establishments and the High Street and to produce both electronic and hard copy reporting to deliver results and analysis.
Pricing is being stored in a database to allow future interrogation and comparison.
A total of 313 products were included in an online survey for the 2016/17 research which TUCO members completed with their current pricing. The products were categorised into six eatery types: Cafes, Dining Rooms, Bars, Shops, Delivered Catering, Student Unions and further categorised into food categories (including Hot Beverages, Cold Beverages, Alcohol, Sandwiches).



Summary Pricing Research Report



Tuesday, 30 May 2017 11:34

#TUCO100 - raising money for Mary's Meals

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TUCO are embarking on another Cycle Challenge for 2017, this time raising money for Mary’s Meals. This year’s challenge is aimed at experienced cyclists who can ride 100 miles in 12 hours or under and groups will be made up of members, partners and suppliers.

This incredible challenge will not only push cyclists to their physical limits but enable them to make a difference to people’s lives.

If we reach our target of four groups of ten cyclists, with each person raising just £200 each that’s 575 children fed for an entire year! So, what are you waiting for? Register your interest by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and start your training today.

Additionally, TUCO has set up a donation page via Mary's Meal website to encourage all suppliers and members to donate to this fantastic cause.



Mary’s Meals – How will your money help?

Mary’s Meals is a no-frills charity with a simple idea that works: by providing one good meal in a place of learning, children are drawn into the classroom where they can receive an education that could one day free them from poverty.

BNF Healthy eating week


Healthy Eating Week is back, and it is bigger than ever. More than 7,900 nurseries and schools have already registered to take part, representing over 3.7 million children. Organised by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF), the fifth annual Healthy Eating Week will take place from 12 – 16 June 2017.

In addition to the schools and nurseries registered for the event, this is the first year that universities and colleges have been invited to get involved. Over 110 universities and colleges and over 140 workplaces will be participating from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – involving 484,186 adults in the activities.

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Roy Ballam, Managing Director and Head of Education at the BNF, said: “Each year Healthy Eating Week continues to grow. With the importance of a good diet and regular physical activity increasingly prominent, adults and children alike are keen to increase their knowledge on how to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

“Over 4 million people are set to participate in Healthy Eating Week 2017, and with seven weeks left to go we expect even more schools, colleges, universities and businesses to get involved. Registration is free for all, and participants will benefit from a variety of resources – all designed to boost the nation’s understanding of healthy eating.”

The theme for Healthy Eating Week this year is ‘applied learning’. The idea is to encourage school children to take ownership of their own health by becoming their school’s ‘Ambassadors’ for the week – flying the healthy eating flag and motivating their peers. Schools can download Ambassador Packs, to encourage applications for the Ambassador roles. To support the week of activities, all participants will also receive a board game, posters, and activity ideas, and a series of daily challenges. This year’s challenges include: Have breakfast, 5 A DAY, drink plenty, get active and try something new. There will also be health webinars and online cooking activities.

Findings from a new research study, one of the largest surveys of its kind, conducted among 4,000 UK children (aged five – 16) will be released on Monday 13 June to coincide with the week.  The research will provide an insight into children’s knowledge about healthy eating and the origins of food, as well as their eating habits and physical activity levels at different ages. 

For more information about BNF Healthy Eating Week 2017 and to register your school, please visit www.healthyeatingweek.org.uk.  


Tuesday, 23 May 2017 12:56

Sefton Case Study

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The introduction of universal infant free school meals put huge additional demands on Sefton Council’s catering service. But having TUCO in its corner ensured it was a smooth transition...
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 08:16

Pricing Bulletin from 08-May-17 To 23-May-17

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Pricing Update

New and improved!
We have a simplified survey designed to capture your experiences of the TUCO suppliers on the Catering Light & Heavy Equipment framework. The contract review meetings will be held today (23/05/17).  It would be great if you could spare some time to provide us with your feedback.

Please click the below link below for the survey:


**Survey closes Friday 12th May 2017**



Palmer & Harvey

Frozen & Chilled

Fruit & Veg
Ribble Farm

Meat & Poultry

Chef in a Box

Please note there are amended product files for the below suppliers

JW Filshill

Fish & Seafood


New promotions

New documents
M&J Seafood - Outlook Report, Splash Promos
Confectionery - Contract Review Minutes
Oliver Kay - Crop Report & Buyers update
BirtwistlesBirtwistles - Market Report & Specials
Pieminister - Universities Presentation
A David - Fresh Produce Update
Swithenbanks - Market Report


Thursday, 18 May 2017 14:59

TUCO Interview with UpSkill 

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upskill people news Article


#Learn how TUCO E-Learning benefits member's organisations and the 33,000 people they employ!The possibilities – of the courses, Easy Course Builders and reporting are all part of a whole that offers professional development training.Watch TUCO CEO  Mike Haslin and Amanda Shipley, Catering and Retail Operations Manager from the University of Wolverhampton talking about the importance of e-learning and what it can deliver.Click here to view...

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 09:17

The University Of Chester Case Study

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The University of Chester’s hospitality and residential services team is taking a leading role in the sustainability agenda with an approach that’s reducing waste, enhancing the student experience and saving money.

Click here to find out more...

Monday, 15 May 2017 09:38

TUCO Chair’s Charity

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Last month we announced that Mary’s Meals had been selected as the TUCO Chair’s Charity, with over £15,000 already raised for the organisation, which feeds children in developing nations with a meal every school day. 

As part of the fundraising efforts, TUCO members can get involved by purchasing The Bako Cake Kit to create Mary’s Meals cupcakes to sell at their sites. There are two options in the boxes, plain or chocolate, and they come with a Mary’s Meals branded sugar plaque. Each kit costs £63.90 (to make 180 cupcakes), of which £13.90 is donated to Mary’s Meals. This £13.90 can feed a child for an entire school year.

Bako were on hand at the TUCO Competitions to show off the cupcakes and explain how members can support Mary’s Meals.

Andrew Gahagan, marketing assistant at Bako, said: “We’re proud to support such a fantastic charity, we recognise how important it is for these people to be fed while at school. We’re going to work alongside TUCO and Mary’s Meals to raise as much money as possible!”

To order your Bako Cake Kit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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