Anjali Dattani

Anjali Dattani

TUCO and Love British Food have teamed up ahead of British Food Fortnight, to give TUCO members the chance to win a free place on a TUCO study tour, as well as a visit to their campus from a Love British Food Ambassador.

We are on the lookout for the TUCO member catering team which has the most imaginative menu for British Food Fortnight – which runs from 21 Sept – 6 Oct 2019. The menu should showcase to students that cooking with British produce can be healthy, affordable and fun. Extra points will be given to teams that also offer students tips on planning, shopping and cooking with British ingredients.

British Food Fortnight fits in perfectly with Freshers Week, a time when students have just moved away from home. This activity should show students that it can be enjoyable, affordable, healthy and fun.

The winner will receive a free place on the Leeds Universities Showcasing Collaboration study tour in November. They will also receive a site visit from an Ambassador of Love British Food, who will be able to offer advice, tips and answer any questions.

To enter, email your menu plus examples of the activity (pictures, videos, quotes from students) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 18 October 2019. The winner will be announced on 25 October.

Find out more about British Food Fortnight.


Ts & Cs:

  • Entries to the competition must be a member of TUCO and show activity held during British Food Fortnight – 21st September – 6th October.
  • Entry to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midday on Friday 18th October and include
    • Details of BFF menu that was created and activated during BFF
    • Examples of activity (pictures/quotes etc and how students engaged)
    • Entries must come from the participating chef/university and must not have been used or published anywhere else.
  • Copyright remains with the entrant but Love British Food have gratuitous use for promotion and entries will be credited accordingly.
  • The entry can be from a team of people, but one contact needs to be responsible and available to discuss entry if needed.
  • The judging panel comprises Mike Haslin, TUCO, Alexia Robinson, Love British Food, Oli Blanc, Love British Food Ambassador. The decision of the judges is final.
  • The winning university will receive one place on the Leeds University Showcasing Collaboration Study Tour in November. A Love British Food Ambassador will also be invited to visit the winning university.
  • The organisers reserve the right to award the prize to another entry if any problems arise with the winner. The next best entry will be awarded accordingly.


Following a review of our digital services, we are delighted to announce that the current provider of TUCO Online - Procure Wizard - has been reappointed on a 20 year agreement. The reappointment is the result of a comprehensive OJEU tender and key input from the Tender Working Party.

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What is TUCO Online?

A revolutionary web based eProcurement system that provides a dynamic online purchasing portal delivering improved efficiency, complete visibility, reduced costs and compliance across your entire organisation with one simple login. 

Why eProcurement?

With as much as 80% of the hospitality sector - but only 5% of the education sector - using an eProcurement system, the sector is fast catching up to the benefits of an online procurement system. Advantages both in time and money are well documented. It’s estimated benefits of up to 50% can to be made in administration savings alone and a further 10% through transparent product pricing. 



Live Pricing

Good Receipting

Invoice Reconciliation


Variance Reporting


Brand Analysis

Split Orders

Improves Visibility



Recipe Costings

Menu Engineering

Allergen Management

Nutritional Data

Gross Profit Analysis

Flash Reporting

Stock Management

Waste Management 

Interactive Dashboard


"It’s changed the way we work. It gives us the ability to place an order with multiple suppliers at the same time – everything is in the same place. We can drill down and capture data about our purchasing from every order we place on each university site. Previously we would have had to analyse invoices to obtain this data. Now we can spend that time looking at how and where we are buying things." 

Mike Hornsby, University of Brighton 

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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 12:23

TUCO are hiring!

TUCO are delighted to be hiring for two new vacancies. Both opportunities will be based at our Manchester city centre offices, with staff benefits such as: 

  • Bright spacious city centre office
  • Great work-life balance, as the working week is 36.25 hours per week.
  • Team Building Events.
  • Fully Expensed Christmas Lunch.
  • Childcare Scheme.
  • Flexible Working.
  • 25 days annual leave in addition to Bank Holidays.
  • Enhanced annual leave for long service.
  • Holiday carryover and ability to buy extra leave
  • Christmas Closure – 3-4 Days.
  • Paid sick and compassionate leave.
  • Enhanced maternity pay.
  • Paid volunteering leave.
  • Private medical insurance.
  • Dental cover.
  • Death in service
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car park reduction scheme
  • Travel loans
  • Access to training and networking events.
  • Opportunities for study tours.
  • Reward & Recognition Policy.
  • Generous pension scheme, up to 16% contribution.
  • Celebration Lunches.
  • Ability to purchase redundant equipment.
  • Costco Membership.

We're looking for a Business Administrator who will be responsible for providing administrative support to the contracting team in the management and promotion of TUCO’s framework agreements, and an Apprentice Business Administrator responsible for administering our learning and development events for TUCO members via bookings and e-mails. In addition this person will be expected to be working towards their Business Administration Level 2 qualification with our nominated training provider, meeting deadlines set by their assessor and keeping up to date with assignments through the 20% off the job requirement.

Apply for the Business Administrator role here.

Apply for the Apprentice Business Administrator role here.

Kraft Heinz has announced last month the launch of 57 Hospitality Heroes – Growing a Better World, a new competition run in partnership with Arena. The competition recognises foodservice and hospitality industry professionals under 30 who go above and beyond their job role, giving something back to the industry in their spare time. Individuals are nominated, rewarded and recognised by their peers. 

Claire Traynor, Head of Foodservice UK, said: “We created 57 Hospitality Heroes to celebrate the exceptional ‘extracurricular’ contributions being made by young people across the foodservice and hospitality industry. The initiative marks Kraft Heinz 150th anniversary and aligns perfectly with our vision - to be the best food company, growing a better world. We believe “growing a better world” means working to improve our planet, its people and the communities where we work and live.”

Individuals working within the foodservice and hospitality industry can nominate others who work in the industry who will be aged under 30 on Tuesday 1 October 2019. The competition is free to enter.

Entries are welcome from all types of businesses within the foodservice and hospitality industry including food manufacturing, wholesalers, contract caterers, pub, hotel restaurant operators, PR, recruitment and catering equipment.

Lorraine Wood, Director, Arena said: “At Arena we want to encourage younger members to enjoy the benefits of networking, so it makes perfect sense to join forces with Kraft Heinz on this exciting initiative.

“If you have someone in your business or in the industry you know who has gone ‘the extra mile’ outside of their day to day role we want to hear from you.”

In a nod to the famous Heinz 57 advertising campaign, judges will announce a shortlist of 57 Hospitality Heroes. From these 57, three finalists will be chosen by an independent judging panel and invited to the Arena Autumn event in September 2019, where the winner will be announced.

The winner will be invited to sit on the Arena Board for 12 months and receive tickets to Arena networking events throughout the year. Each finalist’s initiative will also receive a donation on their behalf.

Do you know a Hospitality Hero? Enter them here It's free to enter and you can also nominate more than one person.  The closing deadline is 31st of July.


About Arena

Arena is the premier networking organisation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. Our membership consists of over 2000 senior individuals who work for some of the largest foodservice and hospitality companies in the UK.

Through our diverse portfolio of events we connect senior individuals and rising stars from foodservice and hospitality and over the years have brought together over 100,000 industry professionals. Via thought-provoking speakers and the range of industry professionals who attend, our events are designed to Engage, Educate and Inspire individuals by bringing them together in a safe environment that encourages and facilitates conversations that can lead to long-term business relationships.


On Saturday 22nd June, TUCO took on the challenge of walking 22 miles around Ullswater Valley in the Lake District to raise money for charity, Mary’s Meals.

Since appointed chairman in 2017, Matthew White has spearheaded the TUCO campaign to support Mary’s Meals and has raised more than £100,000 to date. It costs just £13.90 for Mary’s Meals to feed a child for a school year in some of the world’s poorest communities. From the generosity of TUCO’s members and suppliers, 3,500 schoolchildren in Malawi have benefitted from the campaign.

More than 40 TUCO members, partners and friends set off from the northeast corner of the lake at Pooley Bridge and made their way through Howstown, Patterdale and Glenridding. Whilst trekking through forests, farmlands and passing some beautiful scenery, the group walked through the wonderful Glencoyne Wood, where Wordsworth wrote his most famous poem ‘Daffodils’.

Matthew White, TUCO Chairman said:

“I am extremely proud of our #TUCOfamily for completing the 22-mile trek around Ullswater Valley. Not only are we given the opportunity to feed school children in some of the poorest communities in the world, but we are also nourishing their minds with education. We want to aid the potential in these young people as they begin their lives in extremely difficult circumstances.”

Last year, TUCO presented a cheque of £18,140 to charity Mary’s Meals. £13,900 was raised from the #TUCOfamily climbing the UK’s largest mountain, Ben Nevis in Scotland, and additional donations were made by attendees at the annual TUCO Conference in July 2018. The money went on to feed an astonishing 1,305 school children in Malawi.

Frank Nelson, head of fundraising at Mary’s Meals, said:

“We are extremely grateful to the TUCO family for helping us transform the lives of more hungry children with Mary’s Meals through their amazing and tireless fundraising efforts.

He continued:

“Our work to feed children in impoverished countries every day where they attend school would not be possible without the generosity of our superstar supporters who are giving food and hope to some of the world’s poorest children.”

In September 2018, Matthew White and Mike Haslin CEO of TUCO had the opportunity to visit Malawi to discover first-hand how TUCO members’ donations have positively affected children receiving Mary’s Meals. During the visit, they travelled to two schools TUCO are sponsoring, Mlambe Primary School and Milare Primary School. TUCO has donated enough funds to ensure these two schools can provide a meal every school day to its children until 2020. Following this trip, White and Haslin commented on how their experience was a ‘humbling one’ and have pledged to set higher donation targets for coming years and if possible, extend the partnership beyond 2020.

Mary’s Meals began by feeding just 200 children in Malawi in 2002. Now it is providing life-changing meals to over 1.4 million children every school day in 18 countries worldwide, including Malawi, Liberia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Haiti, Kenya, India and South Sudan.

Mary’s Meals provides a daily meal in a place of learning in order to attract chronically poor children into the classroom, where they receive an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.

Make a donation here


Friday, 28 June 2019 07:40

TUCO Awards 2019 - nominees announced!

TUCO is delighted to share the shortlisted nominees for the 2019 TUCO Awards. The TUCO Awards recognise and celebrate effort, improvement and achievement from all levels of staff within our member institutions. 

Rising Star Award

  • Annika Cheung - Royal Holloway University, London
  • Gary Daly - Queen's University Belfast
  • Annabel Hurst - Cardiff University

Innovation Award

  • Aston University
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Reading

Sustainability Award

  • Aston University
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • University of Chester

TUCO Team of the Year

  • Procurement Team - Cardiff University
  • Hospitality Team - Lancaster University
  • [email protected] - Liverpool Hope University

TUCO Member of the Year

  • University of Kent
  • University of Manchester
  • University St Andrews

Outstanding Achievement Award

  • Bill Brogan - University of Cambridge
  • Kate Glyn - Aston University
  • Jade Willett - University of Lincoln

Huge congratulations to our shortlisted nominees.

The winners will be revealed at the culmination of the 2019 TUCO Conference at the Gala Awards Dinner on Wednesday 31st July at the University of York. If you haven't yet booked your place, click here!


The TUCO Awards are sponsored by Bewley's and Bidfood.

Responding to today's announcement of a proposed National Food Strategy, Matthew White chairman of The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) says:

"TUCO whole heartedly welcomes today’s announcement and looks forward to engaging and participating on the future strategy of the nation's approach to food. This is an exciting and real opportunity to create a global template and we must ensure it is fit for the 21st century and beyond."

Henry Dimbleby - co-founder of restaurant chain Leon and of the Sustainable Restaurant Association - has been appointed by Environment Secretary Michael Gove to lead the first major review of the UK food system in nearly 75 years.  He will investigate the entire food system, from field to fork, and consider what changes are needed.

Read more about the strategy here.

  • Henry Dimbleby leading independent review to ensure England’s food system is fit for the 21st century
  • First major review of the UK food system in 75 years
  • Recommendations to form landmark new National Food Strategy

Henry Dimbleby - co-founder of restaurant chain Leon and of the Sustainable Restaurant Association - has been appointed by Environment Secretary Michael Gove to lead the first major review of the UK food system in nearly 75 years. 

He will investigate the entire food system, from field to fork, and consider what changes are needed to ensure that it:

  • Delivers safe, healthy, affordable food, regardless of where people live or how much they earn;
  • Is robust in the face of future shocks;
  • Restores and enhances the natural environment for the next generation;
  • Is built upon a resilient and sustainable agriculture sector;
  • Is a thriving contributor to our urban and rural economies, delivering well paid jobs and supporting innovative producers and manufacturers;
  • Does all of this in an efficient and cost-effective way.

His recommendations will result in a trailblazing new National Food Strategy, set to be published in 2020.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said:

“Leaving the EU is a great opportunity for British farmers and food producers. But with an expanding population, the urgent threat of climate change and rising levels of diet-related disease, we face many challenges too.

“That is why the time is right for us to look afresh at our food system to ensure everyone has access to high-quality British food and our environment is protected for future generations.

“I am delighted that Henry Dimbleby will be leading this once-in-a-generation opportunity to cultivate a stronger food system for the future.”

Henry Dimbleby said:

“No part of our economy matters more than food. It is vital to life and shapes our sense of identity.

“But there are urgent challenges with which we must grapple. Populations are growing, diet-related conditions are harming the lives of millions, and climate change is altering what our land will yield.

“From farmers in the field to chefs in the kitchen, over the next year I’ll be speaking with people from across the food chain to address these challenges and ensure everyone has a say in shaping the future.”

NFU President Minette Batters said:

“I am very pleased to see that the Government is taking food production seriously and putting plans in place for a national food strategy – this review is long overdue.

 “It is crucial that this strategy delivers for everyone – from food producers to families across the country, regardless of their income. Safe, traceable, affordable food that is produced to high standards of animal welfare and environmental protection is a right for all and British farmers should be the number one supplier of this.

 “The NFU has done some early work with Henry Dimbleby on what a food strategy can look like and I am delighted that he has included much of this in his framework. We are looking forward to working with his review to deliver a food system that is fair for all.”

 Chief Executive of the Food and Drink Federation, Ian Wright CBE, said:

 “Over the last 70 years we have begun to take for granted that there will be food on our table, yet in truth our food and drink industry is a strategic national asset to be protected. It is central to the economic success and cultural fabric of our country and the UK’s largest manufacturing sector. Its contribution to our future growth, prosperity and sustainability is vital. 

“So we applaud Michael Gove’s bold commitment to create a national Food Strategy for England, and embed a holistic approach to policymaking across food and drink. We look forward to working with Henry Dimbleby and his team across the UK Government on these important themes, building on the proposals put forward in our recent Plan for Success.”

 Director General of the British Nutrition Foundation, Professor Judy Buttriss, said:

 “This important initiative provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to look at food, nutrition and the environment in the round, through multiple lenses.

 “Good nutrition is as much about eating more of some things as it is about cutting back on others. The integrated message of variety, balance and nutrient density – making every calorie count – needs to be reflected in food production right through to what we teach children in school.”

Chief Executive of the Sustain food and farming alliance, and advisor to the Sustainable Food Cities network, Kath Dalmeny, said:

“A National Food Strategy could play a pivotal role in delivering sustainably produced and healthy food for everyone, as well as better livelihoods in food production. It could also support the transition to environmentally friendly farming and fishing that are now imperative.

“We are excited about the ideas, collaboration and optimism that the Food Strategy has already started to generate and look forward to taking part.”

Industry Co-Chair of the Food and Drink Sector Council, Iain Ferguson, said:

 “The future success of the UK food and farming industry is vital for the economy and the health of the nation. I welcome this review by Henry Dimbleby, and as a Sector Council we look forward to working with Henry and the DEFRA team and playing our part in ensuring the UK has a sustainable, innovative and resilient food system for generations to come.”

  A formal call for evidence will be held shortly to seek views from all those who have a vested interest in the future of our food.

 The National Food Strategy will build on the Government’s flagship Agriculture Bill and Fisheries Bill currently before Parliament, alongside the Industrial Strategy, the Childhood Obesity Strategy and the upcoming Environment Bill which will address the greatest environmental challenges of our age.

A Cambridge College is celebrating receiving a Three Star Campus Rating for the fourth time, following an in-depth audit of the standard of en suite accommodation it provides for conference delegates and B&B guests in vacation periods.

The audit included assessment of a wide range of different aspects of the accommodation. In particular, this year’s Quality in Tourism report highlighted the College’s free on-site parking, the very high standard of cleanliness in all areas, good quality towels, College branded toiletries and beverage trays in the bedrooms and the architecturally-attractive Dome Dining Room.Murray Edwards College was awarded the accolade from VisitEngland, the country’s national tourist board, for the facilities and services on offer in its bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as public areas such as Reception and the Dining Room. 

The resident New Hall Art Collection – the second largest collection of works by female artists in the world – continues to be a unique and impressive feature which guests have also identified as adding ‘significant value’ to their stay.

Chris Pope, General Manager of Conferences, Catering and Residences said: “We were so pleased to receive our Three Star Campus Rating once again, as we celebrate 20 successful years of our conference and events business. This accolade is an important official endorsement of our accommodation and the team that works so hard to ensure we deliver a quality experience to our guests.

“One of the things the assessor highlighted was the high standard of cleanliness and our excellent housekeeping department was commended on the attention to detail in this important area.”

Quality in Tourism is the assessment service for VisitEngland. Its Campus Accreditation is specifically for university or college accommodation and ratings are awarded on a scale of One to Five Stars.

Coeliac UK, the UK charity for people who need to live gluten free, along with Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, have £180k available for research and are inviting applications from UK businesses and researchers.  

Coeliac UK in collaboration with Innovate UK are launching a second research call to industry and researchers to make improvements for people living with the autoimmune condition, coeliac disease. Projects must underpin and support Coeliac UK's top ten research priorities, for example: 

  • improving diagnostics for coeliac disease, refractory coeliac disease and/or gluten related neurological conditions 
  • developing tools for the long term management of coeliac disease 
  • enhancing the quality of staple gluten free food 

Total project costs can range from £50k to £250k and researchers and businesses can jointly apply for a share of the funding up to the maximum £180K available. Applicants can find out more about this competition at: and must apply by the closing date: 16 September 2019, 10:00 (GMT+1). 

Hilary Croft, CEO of Coeliac UK said: “We want to change the course of coeliac disease treatment through improved diagnostics, technology and food innovations that truly bridge the gap between people, health professionals and products. Research has the power to do this and by combining forces with Innovate UK and industry, our charity demonstrates its unwavering commitment to the UK’s growing gluten free community. 

Kathryn Miller, Innovation Lead for Food and Nutrition at Innovate UK, said: “It’s fantastic to be working with charities such as Coeliac UK to promote innovations that will have a real, positive impact on people’s lives. Innovate UK has long supported businesses innovating in the areas of healthcare diagnostics, digital support and enhancing nutritional quality of foods, themes already supported through joint Coeliac UK / Innovate UK funding awarded earlier this year.” 

Earlier this year, three projects based in Birmingham, Newcastle and Edinburgh, were awarded Coeliac UK / Innovate UK grants from the first joint research call. Including the contribution from industry, a total £750k was committed to research. 

  • A new test to provide a less invasive way of diagnosing coeliac disease that may not rely on someone having to eat ongoing amounts of gluten if they have already adopted a gluten free diet. 
  • Development of three new plant proteins derived from crops, which are underused in the UK: rapeseed cake, faba beans and naked oats, to help improve the ingredients used in gluten free bread. 
  • Software innovation to help in the ongoing management of coeliac disease, so that those who need additional care receive access to crucial support when they need it and those living well can receive the assurance of being clinically followed up without the inconvenience, time and cost of hospital appointments. 


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