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Charlotte Gowers

Charlotte Gowers

Friday, 16 February 2018 10:35

Pricing Bulletin 05/02/18 - 16/02/18

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements

Alcohol

Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals

Catering Light & Heavy Equipment

Confectionery

Fish & Sefood - new framework from 13/02/18

Frozen & Chilled Foods

 Fruit & Veg

 Grocery

Meat & Poultry

Milk & Bread

 Soft Drinks

Please note there are updated product files for the below suppliers                                                       


Confectionery

Frozen & Chilled

Fruit & Veg

Grocery

Meat & Poultry

Sandwiches

Soft Drinks

                                                                                                                

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New documents

Friday, 02 February 2018 13:25

Pricing Bulletin 22/01/18 - 02/02/18

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements

Alcohol

Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals

Catering Light & Heavy Equipment

Fish & Sefood

Fruit & Veg

Grocery

 Hot Beverages

Sandwiches

Please note there are updated product files for the below suppliers                                                       

Meat & Poultry

Sandwiches

                                                                                                                

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New documents

Friday, 19 January 2018 09:40

Pricing Bulletin 08/01/18 - 19/01/18

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements

Alcohol

Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals

Confectionery

Frozen & Chilled

Fruit & Veg

Grocery

 Hot Beverages

 Meat & Poultry

Sandwiches

Soft Drinks

Please note there are updated product files for the below suppliers                                                       

Grocery                                                               

Sandwiches

                                                                                                                

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New documents

RDA’s top-class experience in educational catering recently saw the North East based design and installation company transform the catering facilities at one of the UK’s most prestigious colleges – the University of Oxford’s Lady Margaret Hall.

Lady Margaret Hall provides a vibrant academic community transforming the lives of hundreds of students. Its students enjoy all the benefits of a traditional Oxford education within a warm, open and informal environment. 

The Litmus Partnership were engaged to design and specify the new catering facilities and they secured the contract to develop the design, and supply and install the new kitchen and servery facilities for the college. 

Part of a major refurbishment to modernise its catering space, the project presented a number of challenges. RDA had to be sympathetic to the building’s listed status as well as working within the main contractor’s tight programme to deliver the facilities, ensuring the minimum disruption to the students’ education.

The result is a fresh and contemporary space which includes a new self-help service counter, a flexible solution for formal dining and the introduction of a new dedicated pastry section.

Joe Parfitt, Partner at The Litmus Partnership said: “Oxford College refurbishments demand attention to detail and flexibility to overcome the many quirks of both its buildings and catering services.  RDA proved again they were a worthy partner to turn a design into reality”.

LMH Domestic Bursar added: “The results have transformed the experience for our students, staff and visitors, and RDA have helped create a first-class facility that we are all proud of”.

The project is part of RDA’s continued success in the independent school’s market, which includes University College School London and Collingwood College, Durham. 

Note to Editors

RDA was founded in 2007 as a family business, over the last 10 years we have grown to be an industry leading and innovative, design and installation company with vast experience of working in the health-care, education and high street sectors.

We have grown to a turnover of £7.5m and 20 staff members, with a combined experience of over 120 years in the catering industry. Since RDA’s formation, we’ve received in the region of 1,700 enquiries and have completed 346 project installations.

Friday, 05 January 2018 11:39

Pricing Bulletin 04/12/17 - 05/01/18

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements

Alcohol

Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals

Confectionery

Frozen & Chilled

Fish & Seafood

Fruit & Veg

Grocery

Meat & Poultry

Milk & Bread

Sandwiches

Soft Drinks

Please note there are updated product files for the below suppliers                                                       

Alcohol                               

Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals    

Catering Light & Heavy Equipment                                                          

Frozen & Chilled                                                             

Grocery                                                               

                                                                                                                

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New documents

The NETpositive Supplier Engagement tool (HE), has now, following the results of the sector survey on responsible procurement, been recognised as the preferred choice for Universities in England.

The tool enables suppliers to develop a sustainability action plan for their business based on their context and leading-edge sustainability thinking. Using the tool means supporting suppliers to go beyond simply stating a commitment to sustainability by providing them with a customised action plan, which can be monitored and measured. Institutional tool providers are able to interrogate the associated data dashboard across their supplier base. Data can be used to plan supplier engagement activities, gather evidence of good sustainability practice and the action plan provides a clear and measurable focus for your contract management discussions.

Between 2015 and 2017, 42 Universities from around England signed up to the tool and in turn, 3279 suppliers have now been supported to create their own bespoke action plans for their business (for free!). TUCO, alongside HEPA and the Steering Group are currently exploring how the vast amount of national data can be used to demonstrate the contribution and impact UK HEI procurement has had and is having on sustainability in the UK.

TUCO have supported members and suppliers throughout the year including:

  • ALL procurement staff benefitted from a training session designed to help the ‘Squeeze the Value’ from their use the tool (and arguably their spend!)
  • a range of guidance documents designed to help tool providers exploit the full value that using the tool can unlock in their own institutions has been developed
  • Most recently the sector’s first Responsible Procurement Supplier Awards used the tool as a mechanism to both engage and celebrate suppliers with sustainability (at the University of Manchester) and a guide for Tool Providers was developed to help others run a similar celebration in their own context

You can read more on the new dedicated website provided by NETpositive Futures, which provides support and guidance for procurement professionals deploying the tool in their own institution as well as for suppliers creating their action plans.

Working with the other partners, including TUCO, we are currently exploring ways of developing this approach further. These may include:

  • National Supplier Awards recognising and celebrating sustainability activity across the supply chain
  • A Sector Impact Report with a focus on the contribution and impact in relation to sustainability and social value made through HE spend
  • Using the data to develop practical guides to support the development of commodity strategies, which are emerging in best practice across the sector
  • Training and support designed to raise the profile and practice of HE procurement teams

Get in touch with TUCO or NETpositive Futures directly if you want any specific information, otherwise, watch this space for the next exciting stage of the project and how it will help you.

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 16:47

Bam Life Goes Organic

Bam Life’s all-natural flavoured milk drink portfolio will become fully organic from January 2018.

The popular brand has recognised that transparency is key for today’s consumer. Students are becoming more focused on health and nutrition, and knowing exactly where their food and drinks come from, with 69% of millennials having changed what they buy in order to avoid artificial ingredients in food and beverages.

Available through Bidfood, Bam currently offers the most natural ingredient list in the flavoured milk market; containing no artificial flavourings, colourings, preservatives, refined sugars or sweeteners.

Last year, the organic drinks market attracted one million new households. A proportion of this growth has been driven by customers seeing organic as a healthier choice, which makes the move to organic a logical move for the brand.

With the introduction of the sugar tax levy in 2018, and continued scrutiny on what goes into soft drinks, Bam pride themselves on being able to offer a product that is not only great tasting, but offers the right nutrients, naturally; something that the wider flavoured milk category does not offer.

The launch will also see a brand new pack design for the range, which includes Chocolate, Banana and NEW Vanilla Protein Milk 330ml.

Friday, 15 December 2017 10:19

Pricing Bulletin 01/12/17 - 15/12/17

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements

Alcohol

 

Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals

 

Confectionery

 

Frozen & Chilled

 

Fruit & Veg

Grocery

 

Milk & Bread

 

Soft Drinks

 

Please note there are updated product files for the below suppliers                                                       

 

Alcohol                               

 

Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals    

 

Catering Light & Heavy Equipment                                                          

 

Frozen & Chilled                                                             

  • Bidfood                                      

 

Grocery                                                               

 

Meat & Poultry                                                

  • Althams                              

                                                                                                                   

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Its Lolly and Institute of Hospitality uncover alarming findings in relation to the impact of upcoming legislation


According to a survey(1) conducted by Its Lolly, the EPoS and payment solution specialist and The Institute of Hospitality (IOH), one third (33 per cent) of the hospitality sector is still unaware of the upcoming GDPR legislation.

General Data Protection (GDPR) is a regulation intended to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU). It aims primarily to give control back to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment (2).

The survey also uncovered that nearly three quarters (73 per cent) of those surveyed wouldn't know what to do if customers requested details of the data being held about them. And half (50 per cent) of respondents said they were not aware of how their methods of personal data processing will be impacted under the new regulations.

Alarmingly, 40 per cent of respondents are unsure as to whether their operational data is safely backed up. However, on a more encouraging note, more than half (57 per cent) of hospitality providers are confident in the systems they have in place.

Peter Moore, CEO of Its Lolly, said: "A number of the findings uncovered in the survey are alarming given organisations of every size are going to be affected by the GDPR legislation. This will include small hospitality providers with fewer in-house legal and IT resources.

"GDPR is only around the corner. It is time to take action and get to grips with your data - before it becomes too late. The fines are high, up to 20000000 EUR or up to four per cent of the annual worldwide turnover of the preceding financial year in case of an enterprise, whichever is greater(3)."

Peter Ducker, chief executive at the Institute of Hospitality, added: "Getting ready for GDPR is a good opportunity for operators to spring-clean their databases. You will be surprised by how much data you hold – about customers, employees and suppliers - that is old, out-of-date or of no benefit to the business at all. That's the first step. Then it's an opportunity to get in touch with your customers and forge a new and more meaningful relationship with them."

In order to get ready for GDPR, companies must:

  • Review the types of personal data currently held on file (paper, audio or digital formats);
  • Identify lawful grounds for collecting the data;
  • Identify how the data can be kept correct and up-to-date;
  • Identify redundant or erroneous data to cull, and
  • Make a plan as to how ALL of this data is going to be kept secure.


(1) The survey opened on 3rd October 2017, 120 hospitality sector respondents
(2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation
(3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation#Data_breaches

Millennial seafood shoppers are most likely to choose ecolabelled fish than those older, while all shoppers’ spend on sustainable seafood has increased for a fourth year running, according to a report released by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Not only are UK consumers spending more on sustainable seafood, it’s the millennials that have the strongest preference[1] - with 52% of 18-34 year olds stating they prefer to choose ecolabelled fish and seafood. That’s in comparison to 37% of those over 55 years old in the UK. By choosing seafood with the blue MSC label shoppers are helping to protect oceans, livelihoods and fish for the future. 

Shoppers’ spend on seafood in carrying the MSC ecolabel in the UK exceeded half a billion pounds (£754m)[2] in the year 2016/17, a 29% increase on the £403m spent from the previous year 2015/16. That means £1 out of every £5 spent in UK supermarkets on seafood went on MSC certified sustainable fish, helping ensure the ocean’s health.

The figures, part a recent MSC report “From sustainable fishers to seafood lovers," confirms MSC certified products are increasing 20% year on year - this increased choice has had an enormous impact on shopping habits. The MSC label can be found on a wide range of products from fresh, frozen and tinned fish to pet food, fish oil health supplements and baby food.

More brands and retailers are choosing to use the MSC label than ever before; Sainsbury’s leads the way in the UK, offering over 200 certified products – more MSC labelled products than any other national retailer worldwide. It is closely followed by Waitrose, Tesco (who introduced the blue label to over 600 fishmonger’s counters across country this year), Lidl, Aldi and Birds Eye.

The millennial generation is shaping the ‘eating out’ sector; it’s also become fastest growing customer segment within the hospitality industry[3]. Leading restaurants such as Wahaca and McDonald’s, and even stores such as Ikea continue to make the commitment to certified sustainable seafood for their eco-conscious diners. Fish and chip shops are also upping their green credentials with now over 100 chippies in the UK using the ‘blue fish label’ on their fish, assuring customers that it’s been caught responsibly.

Danielle Pinnington, MD at shopper research agency, Shoppercentric, says: “It is encouraging that millennials are demonstrating the kinds of attitudes that will push suppliers and retailers to take ethical sourcing seriously. There is plenty of evidence emerging that the younger generation of shoppers are interested in the provenance and ethics of the products they are buying.”

Toby Middleton, UK Programme Director for MSC says: “The fact is that UK shoppers value sustainable credentials above price and brand. We are delighted that the younger generation care about sustainable seafood – they are the shoppers of the future. With this year’s increase of restaurants, brands, and supermarkets using the MSC blue fish label, we can all help to drive sustainable fishing.”

Educating consumers and increasing public understanding of sustainable seafood is a vital part of MSC’s plans for 2018, says the report. Next year will see the launch of its ‘Keep it Wild – choose the blue fish’ campaign across the UK, that aims to reach consumers through joint partnerships, ambassadors and storytelling.

The report also outlines the MSC’s plans for the future, including an ambitious target to engage 20% of marine catch by 2020.  Choosing MSC labelled seafood from fisheries, supermarkets, brands and restaurants helps to protect the life in our oceans for generations to come by ensuring sustainable fish that can be traced back to its source.

Read the MSC’s Annual Report: The MSC at 20. Wild. Certified. Sustainable

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