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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 14:22

June 2017 Magazine out now!

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We have travelled to universities in the US on the TUCO Study Tours we are often surprised to discover just how commercial the catering over there has become. Food courts resemble the catering outlets one would fi nd in a shopping centre, with numerous brands all in one place and little in the way of own-brand, in-house concepts. This trend is slowly but surely making its way over here, with some brave TUCO members dipping their toes into this market before anyone else.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 12:58

Kitchen Cuts

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“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June,” said Al Bernstein. I don’t know who June was but I did once meet a girl named June in June.

It’s only another month and the academic year will be over again. It’ll soon be Christmas! Until then it’s summer schools, conferences and proms – how soon the year flies by. Planning for the students’ return was high on the agenda in March so we’ve been cooking some new street food menu ideas for later in the year and here are a couple of dishes from our test kitchen. I’m using mackerel and nectarines, which are in season this month, then a non-meat offering of lentils and spinach from Lebanon. All pretty healthy stuff and good for the brain, perfect for the theme of the TUCO Conference.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 10:53

Raynors Wins SAMMIE

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Raynor Foods has won the British Sandwich Association (BSA)’s 2017 Technical Excellence Award at the Sammies, the sandwich industry Oscars.
NPD manager Debbie Shand won the award in partnership with Lynda Breeds of Green Gourmet, a Raynors customer supplying frozen products into the travel and education sectors. They worked together on a project to make gluten-free tortilla wraps from scratch, so that they could be turned into a range of glutenfree burritos, suitable for anyone to eat.
As Raynors is an established gluten-free food supplier, making gluten-free products for their own branded range, Green Gourmet came to them for help in making their gluten-free concept a reality. Shand said: “The project was challenging as we had a very tight brief, and quite a restricted timescale in which to deliver the procedures and tested over and over again, until we were sure that we could produce a top-quality gluten-free product that met our customer’s needs. “It was a lot of work, with a number of technical issues that had to be resolved, but our close working relationship meant we managed to deliver on time! I am so pleased that the BSA has recognised the work we did.”

Thursday, 25 January 2018 11:38

TUCO Conference 2018

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Welcome to the TUCO Annual Conference 2018

We are delighted to confirm that this year's TUCO Conference will be taking place at the University of Hull.

The University of Hull is England's 14th oldest university and is currently undergoing a £200million project to improve their buildings and facilities - £130million of which is being invested to build brand new accommodation. All rooms are now complete with en suite bathrooms and we will be using these for the Conference.

We have carefully chosen the University of Hull as this year's venue as it meets all the requirements of our ever-growing conference and exhibition. The university's layout means that each aspect of the conference is located adjacent to each other with one large exhibition space, meaning that it is easy for our delegates to explore.

The TUCO Conference will be taking place from Monday 23 July to Wednesday 25 July 2018

Why wait?  Book your delegate place now, the full 3-night delegate package is just £315+VAT.
That includes your accommodation, dinners and conference place on all three days.
Use the booking form below to book your places today.

Exhibition stands are on sale now, for details of how to exhibit please call 0344 571 8208

If you have any queries regarding the event please contact the team on 0344 571 8208

 

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Delegate Tours  Keynote Speakers  Programme Book your Place 
       
       
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Delegate Tours & Experiences

We have a variety of unique experiences taking place after your arrival on Monday 23rd July. You can choose from three different activities on offer:

13:00 THE WINE CHALLENGE
The wine challenge takes place at the House of Townend, a multi-award winning and history rich wine merchant in Hull.
Guests will enjoy a talk about the wine industry, and then taste several wines whilst trying to pin down which variety and region they are from. This will be an entertaining and informative afternoon.

13:00 PIPERS CRISPS FACTORY TOUR
Guests will learn about how the company was formed, starting out in farming, the three partners decided to create a gourmet crisp range that, out of choice, would not be sold through the grocery multiples, and would give a point of difference for independents. We will take in a full factory tour and literally see potatoes going in at one end and the finished product coming out at the other. Pipers have some new product development about to launch too, so we will be amongst the first to see and taste this.

15:00 UNIVERSITY CAMPUS TOUR
A guided tour of the key catering & bar installations at the University of Hull. Following their huge refurbishment programme, they have some new and innovative areas to share with guests. The tour will culminate with refreshments and an overview of how YBIF has been adopted at the University. YBIF is Your Business is Food and is an initiative from WRAP looking to reduce food wastage. The talk will briefly outline how it works in practice for the University.

YOU CAN SELECT WHICH TOURS AND EXPERIENCES YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK ONTO WHEN YOU RECEIVE YOUR JOINING INSTRUCTIONS AT THE END OF JUNE.

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Keynote Speakers

Alan Johnson MP
THE REGENERATION OF HULL AND BUILDING COMMUNITIES THAT WORK
Alan Johnson is a well-respected MP as well as being an award-winning author and broadcaster. His government posts include Home Secretary, Education Secretary and Health Secretary. He was MP for Kingston upon Hull and played a big part in the regeneration of the port city.

Andy Cope
THE ART OF BRILLIANCE!
The secrets of positive psychology, learning new habits of thinking and behaviour that will sustain personal brilliance!

Priya Lakhani OBE
Founder & CEO, Century Tech
ENTREPRENEURSHIP, CREATIVE THINKING AND HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS
From her start up food business Masala Masala, Priya was literally driving the delivery van. She grew this business and has created a successful educational charity alongside her business.

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones
The Black Farmer
FLAVOURS WITHOUT FRONTIERS
Emmanuel-Jones is, in his own words, ‘a poor boy, done good’. His ambition drove him to develop the Black Farmer brand of high quality food products and built up a fiercely loyal consumer following.

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Programme

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MONDAY 23RD JULY
REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN FROM 12:00
TAKE YOUR PICK FROM OUR MONDAY TOURS & EXPERIENCES
13:00 WINE CHALLENGE TOUR
Join our group learning about the wine industry trends and tastes – and then can you taste which varieties and regions are being served to you?

13:00 PIPERS CRISPS FACTORY TOUR
Visit the local factory for Pipers Crisps.  Take in the history and production facility and be one of the first to sample their new product development.

15:00 UNIVERSITY OF HULL CAMPUS TOUR
A guided tour of the recently renovated university campus.  Culminating in a presentation about how the university is involved in the YBIF – Your Business Is Food initiative.

 
TUESDAY 24TH JULY
08:00 REGISTRATION & EXHIBITION OPEN

09:00 CONFERENCE OPENING
BILL TURNBULL, CONFERENCE HOST

09:05 WELCOME
PROFESSOR SUSAN LEA, VICE CHANCELLOR, UNIVERSITY OF HULL

09:20 CHAIRS WELCOME
MATTHEW WHITE, CHAIR

09:35 TUCO UPDATE
MIKE HASLIN, CEO

09:40

KEYNOTE: THE REGENERATION OF HULL AND BUILDING COMMUNITIES THAT WORK

ALAN JOHNSON MPAlan Johnson is a well-respected MP as well as being an award-winning author and broadcaster. His government posts include Home Secretary, Education Secretary and Health Secretary. He was MP for Kingston upon Hull and played a big part in the regeneration of the port city.

10:40 EXHIBITION VIEWING, LIVE LOUNGE SESSION AND REFRESHMENTS
11:20

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: YOUR CHOICE


A JOURNEY THROUGH FOOD
1947 - 2047: FOOD ISN’T A MATTER OF LIFE & DEATH. IT’S...


MATTHEW FORT – FOOD WRITER & CRITIC
Matthew Fort was born in 1947 and will look at the past, present and future of food and how our lives, sustainability and our changing tastes factor in the 100 years he will take you through in this session!


OR


REALLY LOOKING AFTER YOUR TEAM
NATURE TO NURTURE


PAUL DA-COSTA-GREAVES, KOPPERT CRESS
Discover our Secret! Koppert Cress shares insights on Health, Wellbeing and Effectiveness at Work with Rob & Bob Company Restaurant Concept

12:10 EXHIBITION VIEWING, LIVE LOUNGE SESSION AND LUNCH
13:45

KEYNOTE: THE ART OF BRILLIANCE!


ANDY COPE
The secrets of positive psychology, learning new habits of thinking and behaviour that will sustain personal brilliance!

14:45 EXHIBITION VIEWING, LIVE LOUNGE SESSION AND REFRESHMENTS
15:30

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: YOUR CHOICE

PLANT BASED CATERING, FOOD FOR OUR FUTURE

ANDREW DARGUE, EXECUTIVE CHEF & OWNER, VANILLA BLACK
The history of the vegetarian and vegan movements, past and present and what the future may hold.

OR

THE ROLE OF PACKAGING IN OUR LIVES

PROFESSOR MARGARET BATES, UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Calling on over 30 years of experience in waste management, Margaret will talk through the myths, the realities and the future of packaging in our lives.

16:30 CLOSE
19:00 TUESDAY SOCIAL DINNER - THE DEEP AQUARIUM
 
WEDNESDAY 25TH JULY
08:00 REGISTRATION & EXHIBITION OPEN
09:00 WELCOME BACK
09:05

KEYNOTE: ENTREPRENEURSHIP, CREATIVE THINKING AND HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS

PRIYA LAKHANI OBE, FOUNDER & CEO, CENTURY TECH
From her start up food business Masala Masala, Priya was literally driving the delivery van. She grew this business and has created a successful educational charity alongside her business.

10:00 EXHIBITION VIEWING, LIVE LOUNGE SESSION AND REFRESHMENTS

10:45

 

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: YOUR CHOICE

GLOBAL FOOD & BEVERAGE TRENDS

KATELINE PORRITT, CREATIVE HEAD – THE FOOD PEOPLE
Looking at food trends for 2019 and beyond - insight on the most exciting food & drink trends relevant to our industry for now and the future.  Hear what the key trends are to help inform and inspire your thinking for creative food development.


OR

WHAT’S NEXT FOR BRANDING, MARKETING, DIGITAL AND SOCIAL?


MARK MCCULLOUGH, CHIEF EXECUTIVE – WE ARE SPECTACULAR
The fight for attention. Are you targeting your customers eyes, ears AND tongue? Mark McCulloch (ex Pret, YO! Sushi and lastminute.com) takes you through an engaging, high energy and challenging presentation that will plead with you to start marketing and doing business like it's 2018 (not 1988)!

 

11:45 EXHIBITION VIEWING, LIVE LOUNGE SESSION AND LUNCH
13:30

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: YOUR CHOICE


BUILDING AND SUSTAINING A SUCCESSFUL CATERING BRAND


ALAN & GARY KEARY, CEREAL KILLERS
The Cereal Killer Cafe founders made Global news when they opened the World’s first International Cereal Cafe in December 2014.  The Cafe was an immediate hit, with queues stretching down Brick Lane and a 2 hour wait time, and over 1,000,000 shares online!  The twin brothers will share their challenges and successes of this breakthrough concept.


OR


THE GROWING CHALLENGES OF THE UK FOOD SYSTEM


ANNA TAYLOR OBE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – THE FOOD FOUNDATION
Our food system – helping or hindering our efforts to be healthy?  The opportunities for businesses in the food industry to help tackle the nation’s dietary crisis, and will consider the ways in which policy could change as we leave the EU.

14:30 REFRESHMENTS
15:00

KEYNOTE: FLAVOURS WITHOUT FRONTIERS

WILFRED EMMANUEL-JONES, THE BLACK FARMER
Emmanuel-Jones is, in his own words, ‘a poor boy, done good’. His ambition drove him to develop the Black Farmer brand of high quality food products and built up a fiercely loyal consumer following.

16:00 CONFERENCE CLOSE
19:00 DRINKS RECEPTION & GALA DINNER

*Programme subject to change

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Travel and Venue

 VENUE:

University of Hull
Inglemire Lane
Hull
HU6 7DF


TRAVEL:
RAIL
The nearest main line station is Hull.

ROAD
For travel by car, use the postcode (HU6 7DF) to find The Courtyard Accommodation. There is free parking on site that must be registered for – details will be included in your joining pack.

Hull Paragon Interchange is the main bus station in the city.  This has a bus service serving the university, which takes roughly 20 minutes.

If you have any questions please call us on 0344 571 8208 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


Exhibitors

The exhibition will give you the opportunity to browse solutions and discover new products and concepts and will include TUCO Partners and many framework suppliers.  We have many new exhibitors for 2018 too!
We are also delighted to confirm that the Live Lounge sessions will continue this year, and the programme for these will be announced shortly.

Here’s who’s exhibiting this year:

A G BARR LINDA MCCARTNEY
ADANDE REFRIGERATION LOVE JOES
AIMIA FOODS LUCOZADE RIBENA SUNTORY
AJINOMOTO FOODS LWC DRINKS
ALLIANCE NATIONAL M&J SEAFOOD
ARYZTA FOOD SOLUTIONS MACHPHIE OF GLENBERVIE
BAKO NORTH WESTERN MAJOR INTERNATIONAL
BATLEYS FOODSERVICE MATTHEW ALGIE
BEWLEY'S UK MATTHEW CLARK WHOLESALE
BIDFOOD MCCAIN FOODS
BIG AL’S FOODSERVICE MCR SYSTEMS
BLUE SEAL MEADOW VALE FOODS
BLUERUNNER SOLUTIONS MKN
BRAKES GROUP MOLSON COORS
BRITVIC SOFT DRINKS NISBETS
BRITISH PREMIUM DRINKS NIVEK CATERING SUPPLIES
BUNZL CATERING SUPPLIES NOMADIC DAIRY
BUNZL LOCKHART CATERING EQUIPMENT PEARLS BUBBLE TEA
BURTS POTATO CHIPS
PHAT RETAIL
CAFEDIRECT PLADIS GLOBAL
CAFEOLOGY PREMIER FOODS
CARLSBERG UK PROPER CORNISH
CEREAL PARTNERS PSV DESIGN
COCA-COLA EUROPEAN PARTNERS PURITY SOFT DRINKS
COUNTRY CHOICE RADNOR HILLS
DIVERSEY RATIONAL
DR OETKER FOOD SERVICE REFRESHMENT SYSTEMS
EASIYO PRODUCTS RESTAURANT DESIGN ASSOCIATES
ELECTROLUX PROFESSIONAL REYNOLDS
FRETWELL DOWNING HOSPITALITY SNOWSHOCK
GENERAL MILLS STARBUCKS
GINSTERS STREET EATS
GRUPO BIMBO - NEW YORK BAKERY
SUBWAY
HANDMADE SPECIALITY PRODUCTS SYSTOPIA
HG STEPHENSONS TCHIBO COFFEE INTERNATIONAL
HK PROJECTS THE ONE BRAND
HOBART UK THE REAL SOUP COMPANY
HOSHIZAKI UK THE REAL WRAP CO
INNOCENT DRINKS THEOS FOOD CO LTD
KARA FOODSERVICE TIPIAK
KETTLE FOODS TUGO FOOD SYSTEMS
KFF UNILEVER
KING ASIA FOODS URBAN EAT
KITCHEQUIP.CO.UK VITZ DRINKS
KOPPERT CRESS YOUNG'S SEAFOODS
LACKA FOODS  

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Conference App

 The App is Back!

This year’s app will enhance delegates' conference experience, giving access to a mass of information as well as allowing delegates to rate speakers, the demonstrations and seminars all in a handy to use guide. There will be no need to carry a handful of printed material around the event; the app will be easy to download and easy to use on any phone.
The app will be available to download shortly.

 


 

Book your Place

 

The prices for this year’s event are:

• 3 Night Residential Package - £315.00
• 2 Night Residential Package - £285.00
• 1 Night Residential Package - £165.00
• 2 Day delegate - £100.00
• 1 Day delegate - £50.00
• Gala dinner only - £65.00

Our event package commences on Monday 23 July 2018 and finishes after breakfast on Thursday 26 July 2018. As a delegate you will have access to the full educational programme, networking opportunities at the evening social activities, opportunity to meet new suppliers at the conference exhibition and enjoy the Gala Dinner on the final evening.

Use the form below to book your place now

 

 

Friday, 09 June 2017 10:35

Meet a Speaker : Adam Kingl

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Adam Kingl 

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Adam Kingl - Executive Director of Thought Leadership, London Business School
We are pleased to welcome Adam as a keynote speaker at Conference this year.

Within his role at the London Business School, Adam is responsible for curating and transforming the School's cutting edge thinking into many formats in order to impact how the world does business.

Adam has also comprehensively researched leadership and the future of business. From a practical perspective, he advises on a variety of topics such as how to improve strategic (business model) innovation, management/leadership innovation, and organisational and personal purpose in work life.

Adam has spoken at conferences including; the Global Leadership Summit, FT-Coca Cola Enterprises Future of Sustainability Summit, HR Directors Business Summit and many more.

Following his extensive research on work and leadership paradigms, Adam's keynote session will cover innovation, management, change and the future of your business.

Click here to watch his session at the European HR Directors Business Summit in Barcelona, May 2015.

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.

healthy eating

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.  

 

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