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TUCO recently attended the NFU Dairy Board meeting hosted by Our Cow, Molly Sheffield on Tuesday 11th January. This was s a great opportunity for TUCO to meet with farmers, producers, consumers and purchasing groups as well as representatives from NFU to discuss the value of milk and the challenges faced by British dairy farmers.As the number of dairy farms in Great Britain continues to decline with dairy producer numbers falling by 9% over the last 3 years – the equivalent of almost 1 farm a day, the responsibility for consumers to pay a fair price for milk is greater than ever. The TUCO fairly traded initiative pays the farmer 30 pence per litre for which covers their cost of production and helps to smooth the market volatility extremes which are commonplace with the industry. We hope to see our members support the initiative so that we can take steps to supporting and protecting the industry.


Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:13

TUCO – IIP Accreditation

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In December 2016 TUCO was assessed by the Investors in People and achieved an impressive Standard accreditation.

TUCO applied for the IiP framework to recognise their commitment to their employees. TUCO works hard to create a culture of wellbeing and continuous development and improvement and following the successful application for Customer Service Excellence. To receive a Standard IiP accreditation is a fantastic achievement for TUCO and highlights the dedication and hard work invested in their people management. The assessment indicates that TUCO are strongly committed to developing the skills of their workforce at all levels and with clear support from stakeholders and partners TUCO have formed an excellent infrastructure to build upon.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 09:44

2017’s BBC Cook of The Year begins soon…

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Who will you nominate?

The BBC Food & Farming Awards, the event described by Jamie Oliver as the “Oscars of the food world”, open for your nominations on January 15th. It’s time to start thinking about who deserves to be named BBC Cook of The Year. The Awards were established in 2000 to celebrate “the best of the best” in food and farming throughout the UK; a means of giving recognition to the unsung heroes of food. The team of judges including chefs Giorgio Locatelli and Allegra McEvedy together with BBC1’s “Gastronaut” and food educator, Stefan Gates and presenter of Radio 4’s The Food Programme Sheila Dillon will be searching for this year’s winners including BBC Cook of The Year. This category is for outstanding school cooks, volunteers working in community kitchens, chefs in hospitals, care home caterers and less familiar settings, from prisons to sports centres. Do you know someone who puts their all into feeding their community? Perhaps you know someone who can magic up meals in a work canteen but who rarely receives recognition for their hard work? If so, the judges want to hear about them.

 Nominations will be open between 15th – 29th January 2017. If your nomination is successful the finalists will be visited by Allegra McEvedy and Stefan Gates, and their stories will be featured on BBC One’s The One Show and Radio 4’s The Food Programme. Last year’s winner was Dee Woods, a volunteer chef at the Granville Community Kitchen in Kilburn, north London. Dee provides free meals on one of London’s most deprived estates; giving cookery lessons and encouraging people to sit down and share a meal and get to know each other. Other winners include prison caterer Al Crisci who opened the Clink restaurant, encouraging inmates to pursue careers in food; school dinner lady Jeanette Orrey, now a writer and children’s food campaigner and Jane Sen of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre, who helped reform the NHS’ approach to care and nutrition.

To find out more go to bbc.co.uk/foodawards On social media use the hashtag #bbcfoodawards

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 13:58

Steps To Employment

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Did you know that one third of all employees are disabled or close to a disabled person?

Source: gov.uk

Forming support networks is key in business and members of TUCO benefit not only from improved spending power, but are able to share best practice and knowledge from within the catering industry. In a similar fashion, St Loye’s Foundation has, for nearly 80 years also worked as part of a consortium to help and improve employment opportunities for disabled individuals.

Made up of four leading charities including St Loye’s Foundation, Steps to Employment has supported individuals into work through ongoing development, training and workplace support to give them independence and allow them to live a full and functional working life. The support works by sharing knowledge, working closely with partners and placing an emphasis on quality of service and delivering with integrity and commitment.

Sharing the values of TUCO members is just the beginning; we can support employers across the UK in their employment goals, from offering voluntary candidates through to paid employees as well as offering support in interviewing and hiring individuals with disabilities.

In a report by Tourism For All (April 2016) 88% of people working with a disabled colleague say that this experience “is enriching, likely to modify their opinion of disabled people and to give a new sense of value to their job.”

Access to Work funding from the Government means the reasonable adjustments can also gain funded support without the employer needing to pay. So, with the support available and your options when recruiting.


This award is voted for by the readers of Restaurant Magazine and BigHospitality.co.uk. With a record-breaking number of votes this year, over 9,800 individual chefs across the independent and multiple restaurant space giving a true insight into the suppliers of choice for the industry.

For more information about Matthew Clark here.

Coca Cola have launched a Christmas Campaign to give a festive boost to FareShare! This Campaign is aimed to help raise the awareness of FareShare.FareShare is a UK-wide charity that tackles hunger and food waste by redistributing good food that would otherwise go to waste, to frontline charities and community groups that support vulnerable people. The food provided by FareShare contributes towards 21.9 million meals per year catering for 4,652 charities and community groups, enough to provide almost 22 million meals for people in need.‘FareShare’s logo will feature on 30 million promotional 500ml bottles of Coca-Cola Classic, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero and Coca-Cola Life, and 1.25l bottles of Coca-Cola Classic, Diet Coke and Coke Zero, stocked by major high street retailers and convenience stores over the festive period.’‘Shoppers can ‘Donate a Meal to Someone in Need‘ simply by buying a promotional bottle, taking a photo of the FareShare logo on the bottle’s label and uploading it to a promotional website. Coca-Cola will then donate 25p to FareShare for every image successfully uploaded – enabling us to redistribute enough food for a  frontline charity, such as a homeless shelter or older people’s lunch club, to serve up a meal for someone in need.’read more READ MORE

Monday, 19 December 2016 13:12

Introducing Innovative Food Concepts

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Following the success of the first IFC event in June 2015, TUCO will be holding its second Innovative Food Concepts 'Meet the Suppliers' event! This will be taking place on Thursday 23rd February 2017 at Harper Adams University.

This Event will be centred around an extensive range of food and drink concepts available on the TUCO Innovative Food Concepts framework agreement. 11 of the nominated suppliers will be there on the day to present their concepts. They will also have the opportunity to showcase their products in a dedicated seminar so you can watch them prepare and serve their concepts. This event is perfect if members are looking to introduce a new concept as they will be able to see, smell and taste them on the day!

Below shows a list of the confirmed Suppliers:

  • Aryzta (Delice de France)
  • Country Choice
  • Dr Oetker UK Ltd/Chicago Town
  • King Asia Foods Ltd
  • Love Joes (Chicken Joes)
  • Pasta King (UK) Ltd
  • Pieminister
  • Rollover UK Ltd
  • Theo's Food Company
  • TUGO Food Systems
  • We Love Food Ltd trading as The Street Food Company

 Time: 11.00am to 3.00pm

Transportation will be available to and from Stafford and Telford train stations during the day.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. register your interest.

Call for volunteers to host the conference for the next 5 years, 2018 to 2022! For 2018 and 2019 we are ideally looking to have the conference hosted in the Northeast and Scotland but have no preference thereafter. Must haves:- Conference room/auditorium to comfortably seat 400theatre style- 4 breakout rooms each seating 80theatre style- Exhibition: Large room, two rooms or a space for a marquee total space required 1,000sqm- 450 ensuite rooms on site- 3-4 Passionate, driven senior team members to join the organising group with ideas for showcasing the institution, and locality.Ideally:- Parking for 300 guests Please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you believe you can cater for listed requirements.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 11:16

TUCO Signs up to Courtauld 2025 Sustainability Commitment

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The University Caterer’s Organisation (TUCO) has today (16th March) announced it is one of the founding signatories of The Courtauld Commitment 2025, which launched nationally yesterday.

The Courtauld Commitment 2025 is a world-leading ten year voluntary agreement that brings together leading organisations from across the Foodservice Industry to tackle waste levels, greenhouse gas emissions and water intensity. All those involved will work collaboratively to reach the shared ambition of cutting the resources needed to provide food and drink in the UK by one-fifth in the next decade.

Launched by sustainability charity WRAP, the commitment will drive best practice through its innovative whole-system approach to the way food and drink is produced, sold and consumed in the UK. The member organisations, which include retailers, brands, manufacturers, local authorities and associations, will work collectively to meet common goals. These include providing lower impact products more efficiently, helping consumers and businesses get more value from the food and drink they buy, and finding innovative ways to use remaining waste and surplus food. WRAP estimates that meeting the Commitment targets will deliver £20 billion worth of savings to the UK economy.

Julie Barker, Chair of TUCO, comments on the organisation’s involvement in Courtauld 2025: “Sustainability remains a hugely important issue for our members, and indeed the Industry. As an organisation we strive to lead the way on finding innovative solutions to the widespread challenges – our commitment to Courtauld 2025 is a key part of this programme.

“As part of TUCO’s involvement, we hope to harness the efforts and passion already demonstrated by member institutions, encouraging them to go one step further, reducing waste even further, recycling more and together, reaping the significant environmental and financial rewards.”

Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems at WRAP, said: “Courtauld 2025 is our most ambitious agreement yet and we are delighted that TUCO has pledged their support as a signatory. We are faced with some big challenges ahead with rising populations, climate change and dwindling resources, but tackling food waste offers a practical option to address these challenges and in doing so, will create new opportunities. Only by working together can we hope to realise the big changes that are essential to ensuring a more prosperous future for individuals, businesses and the planet.”

Included in The Courtauld Commitment’s shared ambition is the aim to reduce food and drink waste by 20%, cut the GHG intensity of food and drink consumed in the UK by 20%, and drive a decrease in the impact associated with water use in the supply chain. In doing this the member organisations hope to contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 to lessen food waste by 2030.


Thursday, 15 September 2016 10:58

Matthew White Announced as New Chair of TUCO

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The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) has today announced the appointment of a new Chair to take the fast-moving organisation through the next progressive phase of its journey.   Matthew White, who is currently Director of Catering, Hotel & Conference Services at The University of Reading, will be taking up the position from September 2016.   

White moves into his new position after being a Director of TUCO for three years and holding the role of Vice-Chair for the past two years. Together with the TUCO’ Board, he will be driving the organisation forward to capitalise on its current momentum, as well as building new benefits for stakeholders, and furthering the development of TUCO’s unique; Share, Lean, Buy, Grow ethos. 

Current Chair, Julie Barker, will be stepping down after five years of overseeing the Board management and being the public face for the Organisation during a time of immense change and growth in TUCO’s voice and platform across the university catering sector, and wider Industry. She remains in her role as Director of Accommodation & Hospitality for The University of Brighton and will continue to sit on the TUCO Board.

Speaking about his role, Matthew White, commented:

“TUCO is at an incredibly important point in its progression and I am enormously excited by the next phase of its development, and the work that the Board will be undertaking in the next few years to build on the momentum secured to date.  

“Julie has been a powerful force alongside the TUCO Board in evoking change and I would like to personally thank her for everything that she has done over the past five years.  She has been instrumental in the growth of TUCO and the developments to transform and modernise the Organisation to offer genuine value to our members, as well as taking our unique procurement frameworks - which represent incredible value - and offer these to the broader public sector.

“TUCO members are some of the most talented caterers in the country providing for diverse and multi-faceted needs across international audiences.  They are right at the forefront of trends and insights into the future of foodservice, working with the consumers of tomorrow.

“Together with the Board, I will be working tirelessly to advance the learning and development of catering and hospitality teams in line with emerging trends and changes.”

Commenting on her time as Chair, Julie Barker, said:

“The last five years as Chair have been an inspiration.  It has been an honour to oversee the TUCO Board, where each of the members are dynamic and driven with unique backgrounds and expertise, that see them work seamlessly together to find creative solutions to the challenges faced by our sector.  The growth and development of the Organisation over the past few years, both within the education sector and more widely within the hospitality industry, is something which I am tremendously proud of.

“I am delighted that Matthew will be taking over the position, he has a wealth of experience and a passion for the industry which will see him bring the Organisation into a new, creative and cutting-edge era.”

TUCO is the leading membership organisation for in-house caterers operating in the higher and further education sectors, working with over 500 universities and colleges across the UK, its members represent the very best in catering practice and innovation within the sector.



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