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UK shoppers continue to show their support for Fairtrade, with new independent sales figures revealing that retail sales for Fairtrade grew by 7% in 2017, alongside increased business engagement.  

The independent data from Kantar Worldpanel underline the extent to which the UK public continue to support Fairtrade. Volumes were also up, with a 2.5% growth in the 52 weeks ending 31 December 2017.

The figures back up the findings of the Fairtrade Foundation, which show public support for Fairtrade at an all-time high. New data shows that 93% of people are aware of Fairtrade while 83% of people trust the Fairtrade Mark.

Among the best performing categories was Fairtrade alcohol, which saw volume growth of 29%, driven in part by the continued growth of Co-op’s Own Label Fairtrade wine as well as Tesco expanding their range of Finest Fairtrade wine. Elsewhere, the volume of frozen confectionary sold grew by more than 30%, with 2017 the year Ben and Jerry’s launched their Non Dairy ice cream – a Fairtrade first in the UK.

These figures represent only one part of the Fairtrade picture, as they exclude out of home sales, through coffee shops and other outlets and the impact of Fairtrade’s wider programme partnership work with companies such as Mondelez and Waitrose.

During the course of 2017 Fairtrade saw continued support from business. Among the more notable developments were: Co-op’s commitment to switching all the cocoa it uses to Fairtrade and Waitrose’s commitment to making 100% of its own-label tea Fairtrade.

Fairtrade is exploring new ways of working with business and has undertaken a supply chain mapping and transparency pilot, funded by the Department for International Development. Through this work Fairtrade is well placed to play an influential role as a partner to businesses looking to tackle human rights abuses and modern slavery risks in their supply chains.

It’s a scandalous reality that millions of farmers and workers around the world are still being ripped off, despite working hard to provide the products we love. Despite the advances made by Fairtrade much more needs to be done.

The Fairtrade Foundation is calling on Fairtrade businesses to demonstrate why they support Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and show the impact it can have.

Commercial developments this Fairtrade Fortnight include:

  • Co-op becomes the first retailer to only use 100% Fairtrade roses when sourced from Africa in all of its flower bouquets. The move will see almost 35 million Fairtrade roses being sourced from Africa each year.
  • Both Aldi and Lidl have entered into global agreements with Fairtrade to increase the use of Fairtrade cocoa in their confectionery category across the UK and Europe. 
  • Divine Chocolate announced its highest ever turnover (£14million) for the year 2016-17 with sales in the US passing the $10 million mark for the first time.

The news comes on the first day of the Fairtrade Fortnight “Come On In” campaign, calling on the public and businesses to stand with farmers to close the door on exploitation and ensure they get a fair deal.

The new figures are being released on the same day the Fairtrade Foundation unveiled a giant double doorway opening onto a scene from a banana farm on the Millennium Footbridge between St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern, London.

Catherine David, Head of Commercial Partnerships said:

“It is wonderful to see the UK public continuing to support Fairtrade in getting a better deal for farmers and workers. We also continue to see amazing support from businesses who see the value in Fairtrade and the benefits it brings.

“We are always looking at new ways of working with our commercial partners, and our transparency work will allow companies to clearly see how working with Fairtrade can help their business.

“This Fairtrade Fortnight we are asking more people in the UK to come on in to Fairtrade and help forge a fairer future for the farmers and workers we rely on for many of our favourite products.”

Tony Rowson, Head of Retail at Greggs, a key Fairtrade commercial partner, said:

“As a responsible business, we believe in doing the right thing and are incredibly proud to be a long-standing partner of Fairtrade. A number of our products, including coffee, tea, sugar and bananas, are certified Fairtrade and we continue to add more items to the menu, including green tea and peppermint tea more recently.

“Having worked with Fairtrade for over ten years now, it has been incredible to see the positive impact and difference it makes to producer communities and we look forward to strengthening our relationship further in the future.”

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 07:57

Marketing Manager Vacancy

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TUCO is the go-to organisation for thousands of hospitality professionals working in the higher and further education sectors across the UK.

For more than 500 universities and colleges, TUCO is a source of information, learning, inspiration and guidance. It reflects the fact that TUCO is firmly established as the leading professional membership body for in house caterers in further and higher education.

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic Marketing Manager to join our team, based at our new offices in Central Manchester.

You will be involved in a diverse range of creative projects and events where your ideas will be developed, and you will have input into key decisions in future raising attention to the TUCO brand.  To find out more and to apply for this role click here

McCain Foodservice is launching the What’s Hot report to help operators stand out in an ultra-competitive market where identifying opportunities and staying ahead of trends can make the difference between success and failure.

Jo Simmons, McCain Foods Senior Brand Manager, explains: “As new trends come and go, changes to what consumers eat, where they eat, and how they eat take place. Operators take influence from fresh new cuisines, bold new flavours make it on to menus, and new dining options emerge. Technology also has a big influence.

“With so many changes happening it can be hard to pick out the opportunities that will work for your business, and those that will make headlines and then disappear, so we’ve rounded up a few of the key ones that we believe can help caterers stay hot and ahead of the competition in the next year.”

Value Scrutiny

The slight downturn in the economy means consumers are scrutinising their spending more closely than ever. That doesn’t necessarily mean they want the cheapest option but they do want hearty portions, great value food and excellent standards of service.

Convenience

A 6% rise in quick-service lunch visits shows convenience is a central part of customers’ decision-making, with rushed millennials leading hectic lives and preferring to grab high-quality hot bites while on the go. The popularity of meals like topped fries that can be eaten in the hand or on the go, or shared with friends can be seen as a response to this trend.

Informality

When consumers are dining in they’re increasingly viewing eating as an opportunity to socialise, catch up and take a break from the business of modern life. To provide for this, venues are offering food that’s easy to share, such as topped fries, communal seating, or taking a casual ‘pay first, leave whenever’ approach to service that creates a more casual environment. Cashless and waiter-less payment systems are helping operators to meet these needs.

Meals that look as good as they taste

Social media savvy diners not only want food to taste good they want it to look photogenic so they can take and share pictures with apps such as Instagram.

In response to this, foods that look and taste great are making a big impact on menus – think colourful roots, squashes, and vegetables, alongside vibrantly-coloured ingredients like bright yellow turmeric, dark red sumac and the now ubiquitous avocado.

Other key trends include Indulgence, Foodie Culture, Provenance and Sustainability, Healthy Eating, and Technology. To find out more about these trends and the opportunities they can provide visit http://www.mccainfoodservice.co.uk/whats-hot-2018/  to see the full report.

 

Friday, 16 February 2018 10:35

Pricing Bulletin 05/02/18 - 16/02/18

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Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements

Alcohol

Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals

Catering Light & Heavy Equipment

Confectionery

Fish & Sefood - new framework from 13/02/18

Frozen & Chilled Foods

 Fruit & Veg

 Grocery

Meat & Poultry

Milk & Bread

 Soft Drinks

Please note there are updated product files for the below suppliers                                                       


Confectionery

Frozen & Chilled

Fruit & Veg

Grocery

Meat & Poultry

Sandwiches

Soft Drinks

                                                                                                                

For all new promotions visit dedicated promotions website page.                                                    

New documents

Friday, 02 February 2018 13:25

Pricing Bulletin 22/01/18 - 02/02/18

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Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements

Alcohol

Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals

Catering Light & Heavy Equipment

Fish & Sefood

Fruit & Veg

Grocery

 Hot Beverages

Sandwiches

Please note there are updated product files for the below suppliers                                                       

Meat & Poultry

Sandwiches

                                                                                                                

For all new promotions visit dedicated promotions website page.                                                    

New documents

Friday, 19 January 2018 09:40

Pricing Bulletin 08/01/18 - 19/01/18

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Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements

Alcohol

Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals

Confectionery

Frozen & Chilled

Fruit & Veg

Grocery

 Hot Beverages

 Meat & Poultry

Sandwiches

Soft Drinks

Please note there are updated product files for the below suppliers                                                       

Grocery                                                               

Sandwiches

                                                                                                                

For all new promotions visit dedicated promotions website page.                                                    

New documents

RDA’s top-class experience in educational catering recently saw the North East based design and installation company transform the catering facilities at one of the UK’s most prestigious colleges – the University of Oxford’s Lady Margaret Hall.

Lady Margaret Hall provides a vibrant academic community transforming the lives of hundreds of students. Its students enjoy all the benefits of a traditional Oxford education within a warm, open and informal environment. 

The Litmus Partnership were engaged to design and specify the new catering facilities and they secured the contract to develop the design, and supply and install the new kitchen and servery facilities for the college. 

Part of a major refurbishment to modernise its catering space, the project presented a number of challenges. RDA had to be sympathetic to the building’s listed status as well as working within the main contractor’s tight programme to deliver the facilities, ensuring the minimum disruption to the students’ education.

The result is a fresh and contemporary space which includes a new self-help service counter, a flexible solution for formal dining and the introduction of a new dedicated pastry section.

Joe Parfitt, Partner at The Litmus Partnership said: “Oxford College refurbishments demand attention to detail and flexibility to overcome the many quirks of both its buildings and catering services.  RDA proved again they were a worthy partner to turn a design into reality”.

LMH Domestic Bursar added: “The results have transformed the experience for our students, staff and visitors, and RDA have helped create a first-class facility that we are all proud of”.

The project is part of RDA’s continued success in the independent school’s market, which includes University College School London and Collingwood College, Durham. 

Note to Editors

RDA was founded in 2007 as a family business, over the last 10 years we have grown to be an industry leading and innovative, design and installation company with vast experience of working in the health-care, education and high street sectors.

We have grown to a turnover of £7.5m and 20 staff members, with a combined experience of over 120 years in the catering industry. Since RDA’s formation, we’ve received in the region of 1,700 enquiries and have completed 346 project installations.

Friday, 05 January 2018 11:39

Pricing Bulletin 04/12/17 - 05/01/18

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Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements

Alcohol

Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals

Confectionery

Frozen & Chilled

Fish & Seafood

Fruit & Veg

Grocery

Meat & Poultry

Milk & Bread

Sandwiches

Soft Drinks

Please note there are updated product files for the below suppliers                                                       

Alcohol                               

Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals    

Catering Light & Heavy Equipment                                                          

Frozen & Chilled                                                             

Grocery                                                               

                                                                                                                

For all new promotions visit dedicated promotions website page.                                                    

New documents

The NETpositive Supplier Engagement tool (HE), has now, following the results of the sector survey on responsible procurement, been recognised as the preferred choice for Universities in England.

The tool enables suppliers to develop a sustainability action plan for their business based on their context and leading-edge sustainability thinking. Using the tool means supporting suppliers to go beyond simply stating a commitment to sustainability by providing them with a customised action plan, which can be monitored and measured. Institutional tool providers are able to interrogate the associated data dashboard across their supplier base. Data can be used to plan supplier engagement activities, gather evidence of good sustainability practice and the action plan provides a clear and measurable focus for your contract management discussions.

Between 2015 and 2017, 42 Universities from around England signed up to the tool and in turn, 3279 suppliers have now been supported to create their own bespoke action plans for their business (for free!). TUCO, alongside HEPA and the Steering Group are currently exploring how the vast amount of national data can be used to demonstrate the contribution and impact UK HEI procurement has had and is having on sustainability in the UK.

TUCO have supported members and suppliers throughout the year including:

  • ALL procurement staff benefitted from a training session designed to help the ‘Squeeze the Value’ from their use the tool (and arguably their spend!)
  • a range of guidance documents designed to help tool providers exploit the full value that using the tool can unlock in their own institutions has been developed
  • Most recently the sector’s first Responsible Procurement Supplier Awards used the tool as a mechanism to both engage and celebrate suppliers with sustainability (at the University of Manchester) and a guide for Tool Providers was developed to help others run a similar celebration in their own context

You can read more on the new dedicated website provided by NETpositive Futures, which provides support and guidance for procurement professionals deploying the tool in their own institution as well as for suppliers creating their action plans.

Working with the other partners, including TUCO, we are currently exploring ways of developing this approach further. These may include:

  • National Supplier Awards recognising and celebrating sustainability activity across the supply chain
  • A Sector Impact Report with a focus on the contribution and impact in relation to sustainability and social value made through HE spend
  • Using the data to develop practical guides to support the development of commodity strategies, which are emerging in best practice across the sector
  • Training and support designed to raise the profile and practice of HE procurement teams

Get in touch with TUCO or NETpositive Futures directly if you want any specific information, otherwise, watch this space for the next exciting stage of the project and how it will help you.

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 16:47

Bam Life Goes Organic

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Bam Life’s all-natural flavoured milk drink portfolio will become fully organic from January 2018.

The popular brand has recognised that transparency is key for today’s consumer. Students are becoming more focused on health and nutrition, and knowing exactly where their food and drinks come from, with 69% of millennials having changed what they buy in order to avoid artificial ingredients in food and beverages.

Available through Bidfood, Bam currently offers the most natural ingredient list in the flavoured milk market; containing no artificial flavourings, colourings, preservatives, refined sugars or sweeteners.

Last year, the organic drinks market attracted one million new households. A proportion of this growth has been driven by customers seeing organic as a healthier choice, which makes the move to organic a logical move for the brand.

With the introduction of the sugar tax levy in 2018, and continued scrutiny on what goes into soft drinks, Bam pride themselves on being able to offer a product that is not only great tasting, but offers the right nutrients, naturally; something that the wider flavoured milk category does not offer.

The launch will also see a brand new pack design for the range, which includes Chocolate, Banana and NEW Vanilla Protein Milk 330ml.

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