Shamari Steele

Shamari Steele

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  


Tuesday, 23 May 2017 12:56

Sefton Case Study

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...

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

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 14:59

TUCO Interview with UpSkill 

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#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


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.

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Monday, 15 May 2017 09:38

TUCO Chair’s Charity

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.

Thomasina Miers - Co-founder, Wahaca

We are very pleased to have Thomasina Miers join us as a keynote speaker at Conference this year.

Thomasina is a cook, author of six books, Guardian columnist, television presenter, an entrepreneur and the Co-founder and Executive Chef of Wahaca Restaurants.

Inspired by the food markets of Mexico, Wahaca produces fresh food using free-range meat, sustainable fish, and recycles everything down to its food waste. The chain is a winner of numerous awards, including OFM's cheap eats to the SRA's sustainable restaurant group.

Thomasina's extensive industry experience enables her to share exclusive insight during her session at the TUCO Conference. Entitled Conceiving, Creating and Delivering a Branded Dining Concept, Thomasina's session takes place on Wednesday at 15:00 - ensure that you don't miss it!

Click here to visit Thomasina's official website.

An excellent opportunity has become available for an experienced Catering Manager to join the Commercial Services team at the University of Hull.

Commercial Services is responsible for the provision of campus catering services, conference and function facilities and management of the student halls of residence. The service provides a varied range of catering facilities for both internal and external customers ranging from small corporate meetings to large outdoor exhibitions.U O H

The job role is self-motivated and fast paced with the aim of reaching sales targets whilst maintaining a high level of customer service.


The job role is self-motivated and fast paced with the aim of reaching sales targets whilst maintaining a high level of customer service.

As Catering Manager your duties will include but are not limited to

  • Creating and delivering commercial strategies that meet and exceed our planned growth targets along with increased profitability of each retail food outlet
  • Leading and developing the operational team within the retail and catering portfolio
  • Providing fresh and creative ways of improving efficiency and income generation
  • Implementing continuous improvement and innovation to achieve improved quality, value for money services and growth in income generation
  • Lead in the creation of robust business plans to support and deliver against agreed objectives
  • Embed a culture of ‘Service Excellence’ in all areas of the post holders remit of service delivery and play a key role in embedding this culture across the Department
  • Motivate teams and individuals by providing clear direction, business targets, establishing and maintaining positive relationships

In order to be considered for this role you should have the following skills:

  • Similar experience within the hospitality sector
  • Ability to demonstrate previous achievements
  • Drive and determination to succeed
  • Self-motivated with ability to work alone, as a team leader or within a group
  • Effective communication
  • Positive approach
  • Commercial thinker and results driven

 To discuss this role informally, please contact: Mark Mullaney  email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">


Further details:

The University of Hull is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity in every aspect of our recruitment processes.

Hull will be UK City of Culture in 2017. The University of Hull was part of the City of Culture team throughout the bidding process and remains a key player in Hull’s cultural heritage. The campus will be the venue for City of Culture events, and its alumni, students and staff will be personally involved.

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 on 23/05/17 and 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**

 Please note there is revised pricing on the following



Palmer & Harvey


Fish & Seafood

M&J Seafood

Frozen & Chilled

Bako NW



Meat & Poultry





Please note there are amended product files for the below suppliers


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Wray Bros




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Brakes hosted the second industry forum into holiday hunger at the House of Commons in Westminster.b1
With over 80 attendees, including Members of Parliament, charities, Brakes suppliers and Brakes delivery partners who run the Meals & More holiday clubs, the day was a thought-provoking blend of holiday hunger statistics, research into the impact of the school holidays on children's wellbeing, case studies by Brakes suppliers and speeches by MPs who are passionate about tackling holiday hunger.
On the morning of the event, Frank Field MP released the report from the All Party mini-enquiry into holiday hunger, to which Ken McMeikan gave evidence, and both he and Meals & More are referenced extensively throughout. The report makes six recommendations, including passing a Bill to extend free school meals into the school holidays and securing 10% of the income that will be raised by the tax on sugary drinks to support children with food and activities during the 13 weeks that they are not at school.
The forum was opened by Sharon Hodgson, Shadow Minister for Public Health and MP for Washington and Sunderland West, who is also a great supporter of Meals & More and the work that Brakes do to tackle holiday hunger.
Ton Christiaanse, Brakes UK CEO, spoke about the progress being made with Meals & More and made a plea for everyone to helping to create a movement against holiday hunger, whether by writing to their local MP, signing up to support our holiday club programme or raising money. He also announced that Brakes UK is pledging a further £500,000 over the next 5 years to Meals & More which is fantastic news for the programme, the clubs and the children we support.


(Image: Ton speaking at the event)
"The current situation with child food poverty, which affects more than 3.5m children in the UK, is completely unacceptable. In today's society, we simply cannot allow child hunger to continue. We launched the Meals & More initiative to start a movement, a movement that will change the lives of millions of children for the better. But we need more support from other food businesses and from the government. In order to truly make a difference, we need to ensure that we are all working together to eliminate this blight on our society. Together we will make that difference," says Ton.
Also speaking were Tony Davison, Commercial Manager at Quorn, and Hazel Detsiny, Managing Director of Unilever Food Solutions about the work they are doing with Meals & More and how passionate they are about supporting the programme in the long-term. In addition, Alison Garnham, CEO of the Child Poverty Action Group, and Professor Greta Defeyter, Faculty Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor Strategic Planning and Engagement, Northumbria University, gave updates on the latest statistics around holiday hunger and the research into the impact this is having on our children.


(Image: Brakes panel in discussion)
Pem Hulusi, Brakes Programme Manager for Meals & More says, "Yesterday was the high point of my working life, and it's down to the incredible support that we get from the team at Brakes, as well as our wonderful suppliers and the delivery partners who run the clubs. A year ago we could only have dreamed that Meals & More would be where it is now, holding forums at the House of Commons and supporting the launch of a national cross-party report, and yet we feel like we're only at the beginning of our journey! Thank you to everyone who supports"



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