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Nanny could be right on healthy eating

Written by John Smith
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1st May 2012 - 00:00
A survey among parents commissioned by the Children’s Food Trust with the School Food Trust came up with interesting views on healthy eating. Chief executive Judy Hargadon analyses the responses.

Mastering malnutrition: time for action

Written by John Smith
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1st Apr 2012 - 00:00
The healthy eating debate is dominated by the issue of obesity, but recent research suggests that malnutrition costs the NHS twice as much. Chief executive of apetito Paul Freeston says it is high time we tackled this important issue Malnutrition is the fourth-biggest driver of cost in the NHS with public health expenditure on managing the illness expected to exceed £13 billion a year. With the rising costs of care and the changing demands of an aging population, there is a clear and pressing need for action.

Welcome to Britain

Written by John Smith
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1st Mar 2012 - 00:00
They are the first impression visitors from overseas have when they arrive – our airports. That’s why, argues Simon Dobson, this summer’s influx of tourists for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics offer a fantastic showcase for British produce and service Airports used to be stark, uninviting functional places that all seemed to mirror each other with many of the same dull, irrelevant brands that had no relevance to the city in which the airport was located or the diverse requirements of the passengers.

Bill's excellent adventure

Written by John Smith
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1st Jan 2012 - 00:00
Ambitious Scots businessman Bill Toner has seen highs and lows in a 30-plus year career in contract catering. He told an Arena networking lunch about his story and the lessons learned so far. Les Leonard reports In a colourful 30-year career Bill Toner had top roles with two of the UK contract catering sector’s largest companies - as managing director of Sodexo and chief executive of Aramark.

Why personalisation is vital

Written by John Smith
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1st Jan 2012 - 00:00
Caterplus managing director Paul Robottom says that any operator in the care sector – private or public - must remember that they are dealing with people’s lives, not just providing a meal. The personalisation agenda being carried through by the Government into the care community is designed to allow users to make their own decisions about how their care money is spent.

We must work smarter

Written by John Smith
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1st Dec 2011 - 00:00
As businesses worldwide continue to feel the pinch, B&I catering operators are coming under pressure from clients. Bill Twigg of Midshire Catering urges the industry to get creative. While many clients still consider that it remains a significant part of their employee welfare package, there are as many clients who would claim that during a time when their own business performance is at the mercy of a global recession, they can find more productive use for any potential catering subsidy.

Crying foul over alcohol

Written by John Smith
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1st Nov 2011 - 00:00
Catering is a valuable contributor to football club revenue, but potential growth is being stymied by draconian alcohol licensing rules and the stadia sector’s failure to adapt to changing consumer trends, says The Lindley Group’s CEO Adam Elliott. The rules on the sale and consumption of alcohol at football matches are ludicrous and often illogical. They are as hit and miss as the offside rule, they change more frequently and there are any number of interpretations and anomalies that vary from ground to ground and match to match.

E-trading is the future

Written by John Smith
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1st Oct 2011 - 00:00
Technology and the catering sector have so far been reluctant bed fellows, especially when you look at the way the retail sector has embraced it to introduce efficiencies and eradicate human error. But that situation is changing fast, according to Ed Bevan of epsys The arrival of e-procurement and the ability to utilise the web as a universal communication tool is having a real impact on buying practices in the cost sector.