Healthy Schools Rating Scheme published

The long-awaited Healthy Schools Rating Scheme has been published (8 July) by The Department for Education. The voluntary scheme asks for schools to complete a survey with questions such as whether healthy eating is a curriculum policy, whether food is grown on-site for school meals and how much time is spent on PE during the week. Schools taking part will get a bespoke report and a rating (gold...Read more

Obesity causes more cases of some cancers than smoking, warns charity

Obesity now causes more cases of four common cancers in the UK than smoking, according to Cancer Research UK. It says millions are at risk of cancer because of their weight and that obese people outnumber smokers two to one. Michelle Mitchell, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said: "As smoking rates fall and obesity rates rise, we can clearly see the impact on a national health crisis when...Read more

Hospitality careers in need of a re-brand, according to new research

Over half of 16-20-year-olds wouldn’t consider a career in hospitality, research from HIT Training and Get My First Job has found.Read more

Children consume as much as 10x sugar limit at school, claims sugar campaigner

British children are consuming as much as 10x the recommended sugar levels at school, sugar campaigning organisation, Sugarwise, has claimed. It says that although the current standards place limits on what can be served and that individual items may adhere to the standards, there is no overall limit on how much sugar is consumed. The campaigning and certification organisation claim that with...Read more

Talking to other caterers and learning from them – whether within teams or among different ones – has undoubted benefits

That's the view of Mark Davies, managing director at ISS UK Food Service, who spoke to David Foad, group editor, Cost Sector Catering magazine. David Foad: Do you think sharing industry knowledge across foodservice is of value? Mark Davies: It’s an interesting question and certainly the short answer is yes. We all want each of our businesses to thrive and it’s helpful if, collectively, our...Read more