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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.

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.

Monday, 08 May 2017 16:44

Catering Manager Position at the University of Hull

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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.

Monday, 08 May 2017 16:00

Pricing Bulletin from 24-April-17 To 08-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 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


Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals



Wray Bros




New documents

Arthur David - Vanilla Pod Alert

Starbucks - Responsibility & Webinars


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"

On arrival, delegates will be taken on a Foodie Walking Tour around St Pancras Station, King’s Cross and Pancras Square where they will learn about the new trending food currently thriving and making great profits in the capital. The tour will be led by Academy Manager, Elizabeth Crawford.

Next on the agenda is a visit to Grain Store Restaurant. Here you will be introduced to the new idea of the ‘exploded kitchen’; a flexible cooking/dining space that engages customers with elements of the cooking process spilling over to the table. Delegates will also learn about the sustainability policies flourishing here including Energy Management, Waste Management, Supplier Management, Staff Training and Generating Customer Awareness.
Do you ever ‘eat with your eyes?’ Judging what is on your plate before even tasting it? This evening, delegates will be taken to an extraordinary restaurant for a superb 5-course tasting menu with wine pairing at Dans Le Noir. Here, guests will be invited to put their senses to the test as dinner is served in total darkness. Visually impaired staff will teach you how to rediscover your other senses as you quickly learn that without sight, your taste is heightened… But are you able to guess what is on your plate?... Kangaroo… Ostrich… Crocodile… This exotic menu will really put you to the test.

Day 2 of this study tour will take you on an insightful and inspiring tour to London School of Economics, where you will be invited to go behind the scenes of the catering that this institution provides to thousands of people every day. Jacqui Beazley, head of catering, will be in charge of this visit and will be able to explain and answer any questions you have about their exciting and successful concepts.
During the afternoon and into the evening, delegates will have VIP access to the Taste of London Festival. World famous chefs will be present here, giving live demonstrations on cooking. Interactive, hands-on master classes are also available for all delegates plus the chance to network with artisan producers, suppliers and more. Free food samples and products will be available for all visitors and your VIP tickets will ensure you have access to all areas, with free Champagne and a £20 voucher to spend inside the festival as just a couple of the advantages! 

 On the final day of the study tour delegates will experience another, yet totally different, foodie walking tour. This time in Soho, Elizabeth Crawford will lead the group around some innovative producers bringing new concepts and opportunities to delegates. This tour will finish at approximately 12:30, giving delegates time to make their way home in good time.

This study tour has been designed by the TUCO academy team with the main focuses to experience new food and come up with new eating experiences and concepts that institutions can adapt and use themselves. This Study Tour will not disappoint, convincing so many topics for a full intensive experience bursting with new ideas and huge invaluable learning experiences for delegates coming from all areas of the catering sector.

This Study Tour will be taking place 14th – 16th June and costs £385.00 per delegate. To make a booking, or for more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, 08 May 2017 09:01

Keynote speaker announced for Conference

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The TUCO Conference will open with keynote speaker, Ella Mills, whose session relates strongly to the Conference theme, Health, Wealth & Wellbeing.

Ella is an award-winning cookery author and entrepreneur. After being diagnosed with a rare illness that affected her nervous system, she found that her symptoms were helped by going vegan and cutting out gluten, dairy and refined sugar from her diet.

In 2012, she started a blog to track her recipe experiments. Since then, she has released a further two best-selling books, created a #1 app, and with her husband, opened two deli’s in London, as well as launching a product line across the UK under the sister company, The Mae Deli by Deliciously Ella.

Ella will be talking about her journey from low mental and physical wellbeing in her early 20's to becoming a hugely successful business woman. She will also show that recipes containing only natural foods can be just as delicious!


Click here to visit the Deliciously Ella blog.

Thursday, 27 April 2017 09:04

Get your entries in for the TUCO Awards!

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Is there someone in your team who deserves national recognition for their commitment to their job? Then enter them for the TUCO Awards!

We will be launching the very first TUCO Awards at the TUCO Conference in July, where winners will be announced during the gala dinner on the final night. But we need your nominations!

There are five categories where individuals and teams can be up for a ‘TUCO’. They are: Rising Star Award, Innovation Award, Sustainability Award, TUCO Team of the Year, and TUCO Member of the Year.

They recognise the hard work of all individuals, no matter if they’re in their first role or in a management position. The awards celebrate the initiatives and bright ideas of our members, including new openings, innovative campaigns, and sustainability. There is also the TUCO Member of the Year, which shines a light on one university or college.

Matt White, TUCO chair, said: "I’m delighted to launch the very first TUCO Awards. We feel that it’s about time that we shout out about some of the individuals working hard each and every day in our member institutions. The TUCO Awards recognise and celebrate the effort, improvement and achievement from all levels of staff and we want these awards to be the round of applause our winners can look at every day on their mantelpiece. I can’t wait to present our first awards at the TUCO Conference on 26th July."

For more information and to enter your nomination (you can nominate yourself) electronically, visit www.tuco.ac.uk/awards by 5pm on 16th June.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:20

Head of TUCO Academy vacancy!

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Head of TUCO Academy
Do you excel in empowering individuals and groups to grow and learn new skills?  Are you passionate about learning and development and have experience within the hospitality sector?
If so, we have a unique opportunity for a motivated, dynamic, experienced learning and development professional to manage the recently created TUCO Academy.  This exciting project was launched in July 2015 with a vision to create a bespoke suite of accredited training and professional development courses for staff working in the higher and further education institutions.
The successful person will have the responsibility to shape and inform the emerging strategy of The Academy and will work alongside the steering group to deliver this ambitious project.
The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) Ltd is an independent not for profit company owned by Higher & Further Education institutions that are its members.  We seek to advance education and training in relation to catering and hospitality activities.  The Academy currently offers members:
UK and International Study Tours
Training courses
Additionally, we are developing a masters degree in hospitality management in higher education and have recently registered as an Approved Apprenticeship Provider.
TUCO also seeks opportunities to exploit economies of scale available by co-ordinating demand of individual universities, colleges and other public sector bodies in areas of catering procurement.  
You will need to have experience of working in a similar role and will have excellent English language skills and the ability to communicate to various audiences.  All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.
If you think you have the skills, energy, creativity and dedication to make an important contribution to the continuing growth and success of TUCO, we encourage you to apply for this post. In return, we offer a pleasant working environment, opportunities for professional development and flexible working conditions.  
For further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or apply by email with an up to date CV by 19th May 2017; interviews will be held on 1st June 2017.
Yours Sincerely
Michael Haslin MBA FCIPS
Chief Executive Officer
JOB DESCRIPTION for Head of TUCO Academy
£38,636.60 to £47,481.05  

(Flexible working policy in place)

BASE: Central Manchester

CONTRACT: Permanent with 12 months’ probationary period.

RESPONSIBLE TO: Chief Executive Officer



To pro-actively manage the development of the TUCO Academy (which offers online training, apprenticeship training, study tours, day courses and professional development content for conferences) by building a blended training programme in line with the overall strategic direction set out by the Steering Group. To promote the success of the TUCO Academy and to ensure that all courses meet the required standards.

1. Prepare and monitor budgets for all TUCO Academy activities, forecast costs and delegate numbers as required by organisational planning and budgeting systems.
2. Remain fully briefed on relevant skills, training and qualifications levels required by members for effective performance and development and ensure that the TUCO career map is updated regularly
3. Manage the delivery of the TUCO Apprenticeship scheme, including maintaining and updating all necessary information on learner progress and all statutory compliance arrangements for the Register of Approved Apprenticeship Providers
4. Formulate organisational strategy and plans to meet training and development needs of members.
5. Manage delivery and evaluation of training, following up as necessary.
6. Design training courses and programmes necessary to meet identified training needs and manage course delivery via external training providers.
7. Identify, select and manage the contractual relationship with external training and accreditation bodies, agencies and providers necessary to deliver required training to appropriate standards of excellence.
8. Ensure the organisation of training venues, including maximising use of onsite training space, logistics, transport, accommodation as required, to achieve efficient training attendance and delivery.
9. Plan and deliver training courses personally, where necessary, to compliment



Job Description


Green Gown Awards 2017 - Awarding sustainability excellence
Since 2004, the Green Gown Awards UK and Ireland have been recognising the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK.

All categories are open to any tertiary education establishment – including all post-16 educational institutions such as colleges, universities and learning and skills institutions. Specific categories are also aimed at student applications and 3rd party applications (companies working with institutions).

With 15 categories, including two new categories; Enterprise and Employability, make this year the year that you apply. If you have previously entered but never been selected as a Finalist, then you are eligible for the Best Newcomer category.

Stage 1 closes at noon on 7 June 2017

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