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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 09:46

Introducing Bidfood

From 3rd April 2017 Bidvest Food Services changed their name to Bidfood. The change follows the separation of the global Bidvest Foodservice businesses from the Bidvest Group, when it listed independently on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in May last year, and the UK’s name change follows on from other name changes around the world.

 

More information can be found here on the Bidfood Website.

Meat and Poultry – Research and Supplier Review

On 20th April we have the supplier reviews and the tender working party meeting at TUCO HQ. We would be grateful if you could spare some time to help shape the new framework

Pre-tender survey

Supplier Assessment

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Catering Light & Heavy Equipment – Supplier Review

We have a survey available ahead of the contract reviews to be held in the next couple of months, it would be great if you could spare some time to provide us with your feedback:

https://tuco.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/catering-light-heavy-equipment-agreement-2017

 

Confectionery 
Palmer & Harvey
Sugro

 

Fish & Seafood

M & J Seafood

 

Fruit & Veg 

Ferryfast Produce Ltd T/A Worcester Produce 

 

Innovative Food Concepts
Dr Oetker

 

Milk & Bread

Coultons Bread

 

Recruitment

Angel Human Resources
 
 
New promotions
 
 
New documents
 
Brakes - Q2 Market Report
Oliver Kay - Buyers Guide, Easter Opening Times 
Birtwistles - Specials
Arthur David - Produce Update
Direct Seafood - April Catch up
West Horsley - Red Tractor Certificate
Heineken - Brands & CRM presentation

One Water is trialling alternative packaging to alert UK consumers to the poor water conditions experienced by an estimated 663 million people worldwide. The company, which pours its profits into clean water projects around the globe, has developed a sleeve for its bottles to make the clean Welsh spring water they contain look dirty. The trials coincided with World Water Day on 22nd March.

One Water is on target to raise £20m for water projects by 2020 and by summer 2017 will have raised £15m. Founder Duncan Goose said: "By 2020, the British population will consume close to 4.8bn litres of bottled water per year, which adds up to more than 70 litres of bottled water for everyone in the UK. I wanted to turn this into a force for good -a source of funds that benefits the billions of people worldwide who don't have a reliable clean water source.

The company, which pours its profits into clean water projects around the globe, has developed a sleeve for its bottles to make the clean Welsh spring water they contain look dirty. The trials coincided with World Water Day on 22nd March One Water is on target to raise £20m for water projects by 2020 and by summer 2017 will have raised £15m.

Founder Duncan Goose said: "By 2020, the British population will consume close to 4.8bn litres of bottled water per year, which adds up to more than 70 litres of bottled water for everyone in the UK. I wanted to turn this into a force for good -a source of funds that benefits the billions of people worldwide who don't have a reliable clean water source.


"It seems counter-intuitive to be trying to sell a bottle of water that looks dirty, but we think it's a useful moment of reflection in our busy days and an opportunity to support a business that profits into clean water for everyone rather than into the bank accounts of corporations," added Goose. To mark World Water Day, TUCO magazine editor Morag Wilson took part in the 5 Litre Challenge with One Water and Bidfood, using only five litres of water in 24 hours for everything from cups of coffee to washing.

On 19 May 2017, Institute Of Hospitality will be hosting a Professionals Career Fair Open to Young Hospitality Professionals and Students.
This is a great opportunity to find out about new Jobs and Internship vacancies.
This event will be FREE ENTRY and will have 20+ of the best Employers from the Hospitality and Event Management Sectors.

Requirements:
Please come with your CV and Dress to Impress!

Location:

INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS
116 PALL MALL, ST. J AMES'S, LONDON SW1Y 5ED

For more Information click here.

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 09:33

Calling All Young Chefs!

Coup de pates is bringing its Chefs at Play challenge back for 2017, offering you the opportunity to create your very own signature product for sale at Taste of London 14-18th of June!

Not only that but the successful candidate will also get to demo alongside the company’s brigade of chefs for the day, as well as being treated to a dinner with an overnight stay in the capital with a plus 1 guest.
If you’re a working or aspiring student chef aged between 18 and 23, we want to see your recipe idea for an innovative new creation that twins two of the foodservice world’s biggest current trends – patisserie and food on-the go.

You’ll have one of eight base products – sourced from Coup de pates’ semi-prepared range – from which to build a stunner.
From there, it is up to you to use your flair, creativity and any supplementary garnishes or ingredients to craft a patisserie item that can be enjoyed ‘on the go’. Four finalists will then be chosen to bring their paper entries to life in a cook-off at Coup de pates headquarters in London’s Covent Garden during May.

The winning chef will then be offered the chance to create a product worthy of sale at the greatest restaurant festival in the world – Taste of London. In addition, the winner will get to work on the stand, alongside the team to soak up the incredible atmosphere for themselves.

For more information please visit the Coup de pates website.

18th May 2017, University of Salford

Special offer– 30% off delegate tickets.

'The Future of Food Safety Conference: Hygiene and supply chain solutions “The provenance of British food matters to consumers all around the world. When they choose British, they know they can trust the origins of our unique, great tasting products.” - Andrea Leadsom, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Minister
The 2013 horse meat scandal underlined the importance of supply chain transparency and highlighted a growing public demand to know the provenance of the food on their plates. Despite the lessons learned from this incident, food suppliers are still routinely forced to recall products due to mislabeling or contamination, according to the Food Standards Agency. As major food suppliers continue to compete over low prices, consumer safety is placed at greater risk. Examples of poor storage at incorrect temperatures and inadequate hygiene standards greatly increase the threat of foodborne illnesses.
Full course agenda can be found on the website http://www.salford.ac.uk/onecpd/courses/food-safety-conference

30% off £325 + VAT per delegate

 

How to register?

Book Online: http://onecpd-booking.salford.ac.uk/new-booking/formCPD.php?TC=TC001577
Quote Discount Code FOOD30 to receive 30% off delegate places.
Or contact Daisy Clarke on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0161 295 0113

Surveys

Kitchen Deep Cleaning & Ventilation Agreement – Research Survey
We are looking to get the Kitchen Deep Cleaning & Ventilation Agreement underway and we have a research survey to help us fully understand your requirements to allow us to build the most appropriate framework.

Please click the below link for the survey, this closes Friday 31st March:

https://tuco.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/tuco-kitchen-deep-cleaning-agreement-further-research

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Kitchen Equipment Maintenance – Supplier Review
We have a survey available ahead of the contract reviews to be held in May, it would be great if you could spare some time to provide us with your feedback

Please click the below link for the survey, this closes Friday 31st March:

https://tuco.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/supplier-assessment-kems

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Meat and Poultry – Research and Supplier Review
On 20th April we have the supplier reviews and the tender working party meeting at TUCO HQ and so we have 2 Meat and Poultry surveys, both close on the 8th April. We would be grateful if you could spare some time to help shape the new

Pre-tender survey:https://tuco.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/pre-tender-survey-meat-poultry-2017

Supplier Assessment:https://tuco.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/supplier-assessment-meat-poultry-2017

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Catering Light & Heavy Equipment – Supplier Review
We have a survey available ahead of the contract reviews to be held in the next couple of months, it would be great if you could spare some time to provide us with your feedback

Please click the below link for the survey, this closes Wednesday 19th April:

https://tuco.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/catering-light-heavy-equipment-agreement-2017


 

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements:

Alcohol
Bidvest
Matthew Clark
S H Jones

Confectionery
JW Filshill
Palmer & Harvey
Sugro

Fish & Seafood
Direct Seafood

Recruitment
Berkeley Scott (Kellan)
First Call
Neway International
Reed

New promotions

New documents
Molson Coors - Post Budget Letter
Oliver Kay - Rhubarb, Jersey Royals, Easter opening times & Weekly buyers update
Arthur David - Produce Report

Thursday, 23 March 2017 17:02

Meet the Head of Contracts

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

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

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.

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