News http://www.tuco.org/news Thu, 28 May 2015 11:51:31 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Age Cohort research identifies how age affects taste in food http://www.tuco.org/news/item/age-cohort-research-identifies-how-age-affects-taste-in-food http://www.tuco.org/news/item/age-cohort-research-identifies-how-age-affects-taste-in-food

Santa Maria Foodservice has published the first Age Cohort Report that establishes the eating habits and tastes of four generations.

 

The report provides insight into what flavours make consumers tick, how that changes with age and its effect on the eating-out market.

 

The research, conducted on behalf of Santa Maria by Allegra Foodservice, explored the eating habits and flavour preferences of 2,000 consumers across four generations: the Millennials, aged between 18-34; Generation X aged between 35-49; Baby Boomers aged between 50-64 and the War Babies aged 65+.

  

The results showed that Millennials eat out three times as much as War Babies and that they like to try something new, especially food that’s sweet, salty or sour. However, they are the most cost conscious with 47% more Millennials putting off trying something new because of cost.

 

In comparison, Generation X has a higher household income and likes strong, savoury flavours with over a quarter like to regularly try something new when they go out.

 

Baby Boomers were deemed a savoury stronghold and claimed to love a medium/hot curry the most. They are also believed to be more adventurous with hot and spicy food than any other generation.

 

War Babies are comparatively less well off, with a third having an income of less than £20,000 and almost half preferring to eat British cuisine when eating out.

 

A consistent trend that was recognised was that as age increases, respondents become more aware of what they like and are less likely to choose new dishes on the menu or try new foods at home.

 

“Demographic changes will have a huge impact on the eating out market in the coming years,” comments Eimear Owens, country sales manager UK & Ireland, Santa Maria Foodservice.

 

“By 2025, 23% of the world’s population will be over 65. Our report shows that one size definitely doesn’t fit all when it comes to menu and concept development. 

 

“Operators will have to be more flexible, and depending on their brand profile, will need to understand how to exploit the growth in ‘seniors’ who prefer familiar foods they know and love and capitalise on younger diners who see eating out as the new going out.”

 

The report found that respondents across all age groups prefer bolder and spicier flavours more now than three years ago. Nearly half of all Millennials said they liked spicy food more now than three years ago and Baby Boomers led the field, with 80% saying they enjoy spicy foods, with Indian food in their top three cuisines when eating out.

 

Eimear concludes: “We’re delighted to be able to share this insight with operators and help our customers create inspiring and great tasting menus for their customers. There’s never been a more important time for operators to spice up their menus.”

 

Visit www.santamariafoodservice.com/uk/insights for a copy of the report highlights.

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Thu, 28 May 2015 09:41:09 +0000
University of Manchester Highly Commended at Visit England Awards http://www.tuco.org/news/item/university-of-manchester-highly-commended-at-visit-england-awards-2 http://www.tuco.org/news/item/university-of-manchester-highly-commended-at-visit-england-awards-2

TUCO Member, The University of Manchester, Conferences and Venues team have been highly commended in the ‘Business Tourism Award’ Category of the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015.

“It is a great achievement to win a Highly Commended Award in a field of very high quality applications,” James Berresford, hief Executive of VisitEngland.

“The Award places The University of Manchester Conferences and Venues in the top five businesses for excellence in their category in England. I warmly congratulate them on this achievement,” he adds.

The VisitEngland Awards attracted a total of 345 applications. Speaking on behalf of The University of Manchester Conferences and Venues Alison Aucott, Head of Hospitality and Events admits, “We are delighted with this achievement. It’s very exciting for the whole team and great recognition of all the hard work the team put in to deliver truly excellent events and conferences”.

The awards ceremony took place on Monday 11 May 2015 at the Sage Gateshead.

 

 

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Wed, 27 May 2015 10:00:13 +0000
TUCO RESPOND TO ODI RESEARCH http://www.tuco.org/news/item/tuco-respond-to-odi-research http://www.tuco.org/news/item/tuco-respond-to-odi-research
Research conducted by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) recently found that the trend of unhealthy foods reducing in price, while healthier options rise in price, is a significant contributing factor to the obesity crisis. 
 

This effect has increased over the last 30–40 years, as energy-dense, processed foods have become cheaper relative to less energy-dense fruit and vegetables.

 

The report finds that prices of fruit and vegetables have risen substantially since 1990, mainly by between 2%–3% a year on average – or by 55–91% between 1990 and 2012.

 

It also finds that four of the six processed products for which estimates are significant show price falls since 1990. Most of the other foods have seen their prices rise by 1–2% a year, with the exception of the price falls for rice in Korea and chicken in Mexico. Ice cream and ready meals were among the foods that have dropped in price. 

 

Julie Barker, Chair of TUCO, said: “In the FE & HE sector we haven’t experienced any discernible increase in the price of fresh produce and put much of this down to a sustainable approach to buying. 

 

“Within Brighton, and across all TUCO members, creating seasonal menus which reduces the reliance on foods from overseas is a key priority.

 

“This ultimately means that TUCO caterers can always opt for a regional supplier, which drives down the costs considerably as it can cut out of the middle man. 

 

“We’re able to pass those savings on, ensuring our customers can afford to eat well when they wish.”

 

As a solution, the report suggests following Mexico’s example, where the government, since January 2014, has imposed a tax on junk food and sugar sweetened beverages.

 

Today, it has been reported by The Independent that a tax on sugar could become a reality in the UK as Life Sciences Minister George Freeman, warned that food companies could be taxed if they continue to sell unhealthy food.

 

Speaking at the Hay Festival, Freeman said: “I think that where there is a commercial product which confers costs on all of us as a society, as in sugar, and where we can clearly show that the use of that leads to huge pressures on social costs, then we could be looking at recouping some of that through taxation.

 

“Companies should know that if you insist on selling those products, we will tax them.”

 

This comes on the same day that Tesco announces plans to reduce the sugar content of its soft drinks by five per cent every year. 

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Fri, 22 May 2015 11:57:00 +0000
TUCO commission new research for 2015 http://www.tuco.org/news/item/tuco-commission-new-research-2015 http://www.tuco.org/news/item/tuco-commission-new-research-2015

TUCO is confident the research it commissions benefits its members in many ways - to learn, plan and make decisions for the future. By helping improve their understanding and knowledge members are better placed to meet the needs of their customers.

 

In 2014, TUCO published the results of its Student Eating and Drinking Habits research; over 1500 students from both TUCO and non-TUCO organisations were surveyed. The results were fascinating, providing an insight into what factors influence students decisions with regards to deciding what to eat, where to eat and where to purchase groceries.

 

The success of the research and the constant pressure for our members to be one step ahead of their customer needs lead TUCO to instruct more bespoke research. The organisation will be working with a number of companies over the next year to bring our members the most current information on trends, hot topics and subjects relevant to the education catering sector.

 

Food trends from the USA

 

As a comparison to the UK eating and drinking trends research TUCO will be assigning Technomic to investigate additional insights into that of US student trends, usage, attitudes and behaviours. They will then compare and contrast their findings against the earlier UK research to explore the following key objectives:

 

  • Similarities and differences between US and UK university student eating habits
  • Compare and contrast food offerings and marketing, including merchandising approaches
  • Uncovering key changes in student usage
  • Identifying US trends likely to gain traction in the UK
  • To share any relevant macro consumer trends.

The research will examine significant questions such as:

 

  • Where are students sourcing food and drink?
  • What proportion of food sourced is from retail and what proportion is from food service?
  • How often do students prepare their own meals?
  • How often do students visit university and non-university outlets?

 

Global food trends

 

TUCO has assigned thefoodpeople to investigate and identify the trends in global food that will be impacting our members over the next 5 years.

 

Thefoodpeople are a unique global trend and idea agency that specialise in food expertise, trendspotting, reporting and predicting. They will explore:

 

  • Macro food trends
  • Food delivery concepts
  • Trending cuisine and ingredients
  • Supporting macro and socio cultural evidence
  • Trend life stage and span.

 

The aim of this report is to provide members with directional insight on which to make evidence based decision to grow their business. Enabling members to inspire change within their institutions, providing the knowledge that puts members at the cutting edge of food trends and foresight; creating greater customer relevance.

 

Catering for International students

 

Attending university can be a very challenging time, for some young adults it often the first time they will have been away from home. At times like this the importance of providing home comforts is imperative and can be the defying factor when measuring International students’ satisfaction levels.

 

Once again TUCO will be working with QA Research to bring this important information to the forefront of our members; the report will help members understand:

 

  • What food international students eat at home and their opinions on the availability of these foods in university outlets
  • The importance of replicating authentic menus and cooking methods
  • International student satisfaction with current university outlets
  • Religious dietary requirements
  • International student spend
  • Frequency of visits to university catering outlets
  • Food purchasing patterns.

 

The piece of research aims to inform and impact on university catering strategies, there are four main aspects that we hope to deliver – nationality, UK trends relating to geographic location, that universities can access their own findings and to highlight how satisfied/dissatisfied International students are, together with identifying best practice.

 

Benchmarking Pilot

 

Benchmarking is a systematic process of comparing business performance or processes in an organisation, or between groups/members of an organisation; to learn if and how things can be done better.

 

TUCO will be working with QA Research to undertake a pilot benchmarking survey. The aim of the pilot is to allow members to look at data from comparable institutions, giving members the ability to benchmark themselves and their ability against top, average and median responses. We hope the pilot will also highlight best practice and strengthen TUCO’s belief that providing in-house catering provides better value for money than outsourcing.

 

The main areas of focus will be personnel and operating performance, covering elements such as pay, pensions and terms and conditions.

 

Feeding back the results

 

The key findings from these pieces of research will be presented back to members in the form of interactive workshops and sessions at the TUCO Conference; for those TUCO members unable to attend the conference we will be sharing the reports in the form of printed documents.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 10:04:13 +0000
Unilever saves 1m tonnes of C02 and commits to using 100% renewable energy http://www.tuco.org/news/item/unilever-saves-1m-tonnes-of-c02-and-commits-to-using-100-renewable-energy http://www.tuco.org/news/item/unilever-saves-1m-tonnes-of-c02-and-commits-to-using-100-renewable-energy

Unilever has revealed that innovations such as using waste marmite to make energy has helped the company’s factories to save more than a million tonnes of CO2 and €244m since 2008.

 

The carbon savings came from a 20% reduction in energy consumption across the consumer goods giant’s manufacturing sites. The energy reduction strategy also led to €244m of savings.

 

Some of the savings came from finding innovative, circular solutions to issues such as waste. These included using a byproduct of the seed oil from Flora as a fuel in the factory’s boilers in South Africa. In the UK, 18,000 tonnes of solid Marmite waste was converted into methane via anaerobic digestion to provide 30% of the factory’s thermal energy.

 

The company has now made commitment to using 100% renewable energy across its business operations, joining Ikea, Nestle and Mars in signing up to the RE100 (100% renewable energy) campaign.

 

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Fri, 22 May 2015 09:49:15 +0000
Childhood obesity starting younger and more common http://www.tuco.org/news/item/childhood-obesity-starting-younger-and-more-common http://www.tuco.org/news/item/childhood-obesity-starting-younger-and-more-common

Children born since the 1980s are three times more likely than older generations to be obese, a new study by University College London has found.

 

Prof Rebecca Hardy and her colleagues studied data from more than 56,000 people born in Britain between 1946-2001. They discovered obesity is becoming is more common and appearing earlier in life. This is a concern because obese children often go on to become obese adults.

 

Although other research has indicated that child obesity rates are leveling off among the under 10s, obesity is seen as one of the biggest problems of the modern era. This is because obesity carries an increased risk of conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

 

Two thirds of adults are overweight or obese, and children with obese parents are much more likely to have weight problems. The latest figures for England have found that a fifth of children joining primary school are now overweight or obese.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 09:11:31 +0000
URBAN eat win at the Sammies 2015 http://www.tuco.org/news/item/sandwich-designer-of-the-year-results http://www.tuco.org/news/item/sandwich-designer-of-the-year-results

The Sandwich Marketing Award at the Sammies is intended to recognise the work being done by retailers, manufacturers, suppliers or other sandwich businesses to market and promote the sale of sandwiches.

 

The judges analised the creativeness of the initiative or campaign, the media mix used and its success against its stated objectives.

 

The award was split this year into two categories, Retail and Manufacturing

 

Winner – Manufacturing Section

 

URBAN EAT – Brand Re-Launch

 

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Tue, 19 May 2015 10:56:49 +0000
Report reveals how age affects your taste in food http://www.tuco.org/news/item/report-reveals-how-age-affects-your-taste-in-food http://www.tuco.org/news/item/report-reveals-how-age-affects-your-taste-in-food
Santa Maria Foodservice, the world food and flavouring division of the Paulig Group, has published the first Age Cohort Report that establishes the eating habits and tastes of four generations. 
 

The report provides insight into what flavours make consumers tick, how that changes with age and its effect on the eating-out market.

 

The research, conducted on behalf of Santa Maria by Allegra Foodservice, explored the eating habits and flavour preferences of 2,000 consumers across four different generations: the Millennials, aged between 18-34; Generation X aged between 35-49; Baby Boomers aged between 50-64 and the War Babies aged 65+.

 

The report found that millenials eat out three time as much as war babies and they’re eating everywhere, at home, at work, out and about. 21% see eating out as the new going out, they like to try something new, especially food that’s sweet, salty or sour. They are the most conscious with 47% more millenials put off trying something new because of the cost.

 

Generation X has a relatively higher household income and like strong, savoury flavours. Over a quarter like to regularly try something new when the go out.

 

Baby boomers are a savoury stronghold. They love a medium/hot curry the most and are more adventurous with hot and spicy food than any other generation.

 

War babies are comparatively less well-off, with a third having an income of less than 20,000. Almost half prefer to eat British cuisine when eating out and top choices are familiar cafés, pubs and independent restaurants.

 

A consistent trend is that as age increases, respondents become more aware of what they like and are less likely to choose new dishes on the menu or try new foods at home. 60% of War Babies said the menu description was the most important factor to encourage them to try new dishes, while a third of Millennials said social media recommendations and foodie interests drive their choice.

 

Eimear Owens, country sales manager, UK & Ireland Santa Maria Foodservice, said: “Demographic changes will have a huge impact on the eating out market in the coming years. By 2025, 23% of the world’s population will be over 65. Our report shows that one size definitely doesn’t fit all when it comes to menu and concept development. 

 

Operators will have to be more flexible, and depending on their brand profile, will need to understand how to exploit the growth in ‘seniors’ who prefer familiar foods they know and love and capitalise on younger diners who see eating out as the new going out.”

 

The report found that respondents across all age groups prefer bolder and spicier flavours more now than three years ago. Nearly half of all Millennials said they liked spicy food more now than three years ago and Baby Boomers led the field, with 80% saying they enjoy spicy foods, with Indian food in their top three cuisines when eating out. This mirrors the findings of our Street Food Report from 2014 which found that 80% of respondents liked the adventurous flavours and spices of street food.

 

Throughout the report Santa Maria Foodservice offers practical tips and advice on how operators can use spices to easily dial-up flavours, tailor dishes to suit the different age groups and introduce a unique point of difference to menus.

 

Eimear concludes:  “We’re delighted to be able to share this insight with operators and help our customers create inspiring and great tasting menus for their customers. There’s never been a more important time for operators to spice up their menus.”

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Mon, 18 May 2015 09:57:14 +0000
Unilever call for governments to tackle climate change http://www.tuco.org/news/item/unilver http://www.tuco.org/news/item/unilver
The head of Unilever has called on world leaders to set clear CO2 targets to force low-carbon innovation, ahead of a climate summit in Paris this week.
 

Chief executive Paul Polman urged fellow business leaders to help create a ‘political license’ for politicians to promote clean energy.

 

He told BBC News: “It’s clear that, increasingly, the business community is aware of the costs of climate change. Momentum is swinging towards people realizing that we need to take urgent action to stay below two degrees [increase in global average temperature.”

 

Polman said Unilever, the consumer goods giant behind the Knorr and Flora brands, faced business costs of €300m-to-€400m (£216-to-£316m) higher than normal due to extreme weather.

 

Polman, along with Virgin’s Richard Branson and vehicle industrialist Ratan Tata, is in The B Team, urging governments around the world to bring greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the middle of the century.

 

The team will join the business climate summit, expected to attract more than 1,000 people, in Paris this week.

 

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Mon, 18 May 2015 09:29:49 +0000
BRAKES MAKES SUSTAINABLE FISH CITIES PLEDGE http://www.tuco.org/news/item/brakes-makes-sustainable-fish-cities-pledge http://www.tuco.org/news/item/brakes-makes-sustainable-fish-cities-pledge
Brakes, the foodservice supplier, has pledged to serve sustainable fish only, to millions of UK schoolchildren as well as hospital patients and restaurant diners. 
 

The Sustainable Fish Cities pledge commits Brakes to a suite of measures, which will ensure that all their general sale, own brand fish and seafood products are from verifiably sustainable sources, protecting marine environments and supporting sustainable fishermen and farmers.

 

Brakes’ new fish sourcing policy means that with immediate effect Brakes have stopped sourcing MCS 5 rated products and committed to removing or resourcing all 4 rated items within 12 months.

 

Brakes will also clearly identify which products are most sustainable by applying the MCS’s 1-3 rating on their online product directory to help customers make the best choices. Products may also be Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certified.

 

Adam Swan, Category Director at Brakes, said: “We are proud to be the first national fish supplier in the UK to commit to the Fish Cities pledge, giving Brakes customers unprecedented access to sustainable fish.

 

“The commitment will help caterers following important initiatives in their sectors such as schools’ “Food for Life” or the new Hospital Foods Standard as well as supporting our group and independent customers’ own sustainability claims.

 

“The new commitment means that customers buying Brakes products can meet their sustainability criteria and be confident in their supply chains.

 

“We hope our pledge will encourage our customers and the industry to sign up and help protect fish stocks.” 

 

To mark the occasion, the pledge was signed at an event yesterday at the Sea Life London Aquarium. To show their support, the aquarium’s divers took to the depths of the million litre Ocean Display to tuck in to a traditional Friday fish supper, surrounded by dozens of resident fish, turtles and sharks.
 

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Mon, 18 May 2015 09:22:31 +0000