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Tax on snacks would help reduce obesity, say experts

A ‘snack tax’ of 20% on biscuits, cakes and sweets would have a huge impact’ on obesity levels in the UK and be more effective than the current levy on sugary drinks, say experts. Researchers writing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) have said that the UK’s love of sweet snacks means it should consider taxing food as well as drinks, which would lead to a drop in sales especially among families...Read more

Childhood obesity causes risk of heart problems in later life, study finds

Overweight children are up to three times more likely to go on to have a heart attack or stroke in middle age, even if they slim down in their 20s and 30s, a study has found. Revealed at the European Society of Cardiology’s Congress 2019, the researchers also found that high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking before the age of 19 also raised the risks. It is the first study to provide...Read more

Global food report launched at TUCO conference

On 29-31 July The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) held its annual conference at the University of York with the theme of ‘driving commercial success,’ launching its 2019 Global Food and Beverage trends report. The report demonstrates both the continuation and evolution of trends in food and beverages since 2018 and focuses on 12 overarching themes including ‘Health for all’, ‘...Read more

Goldsmiths University bans beef to tackle climate change

Goldsmiths University of London has banned beef from its campuses in an effort to tackle the effects of climate change and become carbon neutral by 2025. Recent research published in the journal Science found hat beef produces 105kg of greenhouse gases per 100g of meat. By comparison, tofu results in less than 3.5kg. In addition to the beef ban, students will also be charged a 10p levy on single-...Read more

Caterplus announces 2019 Care Chef of the Year winner

Elior UK’s care subsidiary Caterplus named its 2019 Care Chef of the Year as Gary Topping, chef manager at Barnaby House Thirteen Group. Taking place at the Luton Electrolux Kitchen, the internal competition invited all care chefs working within any UK Elior business, rewarding brilliant creative talent in care catering. For the grand final, seven chefs from across the UK were tasked with...Read more

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