News Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:08:31 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Passing of John Turner from Durham University

It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the passing of John Turner from Durham University, after a period of illness.


John worked in Durham’s Catering Department for over 16 years;  firstly as Catering Manager, then as Community Executive Chef.  In recent years, he was responsible for the catering supply chain and sustainability, introducing many initiatives that earned the Catering Department and the University, local and national recognition.


John was a valued member of the TUCO family, who was well known and admired across the catering industry and beyond.  John particularly enjoyed attending the TUCO conference and he will be remembered as a unique character with a larger than life personality.   


Our thoughts are with John’s family at this sad time.

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:49:17 +0000
Bristol Online Survey - Food Waste Management Research

TUCO is reviewing a possible new framework for Food Waste Management and has launched a survey to gather responses from our members with regards to what you might like, what you would expect and whether a framework like this would be useful to you.


If you have a spare few minutes, we would be grateful if you could take the time to complete the survey.


The survey can be found here:

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:35:06 +0000
‘Bin the Bag’ for your chance to win a Tea Fusion machine - SPONSORED ARTICLE

Tea Fusion has launched a campaign encouraging operators to ‘Bin the Bag’ and inject some theatre into their tea offer. To get the campaign on the boil, the brand is offering the opportunity to win one of four revolutionary Tea Fusion machines – which brew perfectly consistent loose leaf teas and infusions – and a case of each of the 12 variants in the range and supporting POS.


Research has shown that while tea is the nation’s favourite drink when at home – it’s less popular out of home, as consumers want something different that offers an improved experience and value for money. 53% say they want to see more loose leaf tea available, as well as revealing they would be willing to spend more on premium tea. That’s why Tea Fusion is encouraging operators to ‘Bin the Bag’ – and discover the profit potential a more sophisticated tea offering brings.


Designed to get the most out of the tea leaf, Tea Fusion offers a range of premium hand-picked loose leaf teas and infusions, at the touch of a button. Each are brewed in under a minute without the mess or fuss of a teabag. And when positioned front of house, customers can watch the leaves ‘dance’ in the chamber as it brews – injecting some theatre into the experience.


To enter the draw to win a machine, tell Tea Fusion why you want to ‘Bin the Bag’ by completing a short online form at Or complete one in person at the TUCO Conference, the HTA Catering Conference or Lunch!


Business controller for Tea Fusion, Amanda Cooper, said: “We’re a nation of tea lovers, but 35% of consumers who drink tea at home wouldn’t do so out of home – consumers know the cost of a teabag so expect something different if they are to pay a premium for tea out of home.”


Tea Fusion provides this as well as the excitement of the theatrical brewing chamber.  By binning the bag, operators can discover a high quality loose leaf tea which is consistent every single time and offers real profit potential.”


“Trials have shown that the introduction of Tea Fusion has increased tea sales without impacting coffee sales. In fact, sites which have binned the bag in favour of Tea Fusion have experienced double-digit volume and value growth.


Theresa Saunders, Catering Manager for Apex Plaza in Reading, said: “We started with a trial of Tea Fusion to see how it was received and it was really popular with our customers. During the trial period alone, Tea Fusion grew our tea sales by 50%.”


So for a perfect brew every time – Bin the Bag – and discover how Tea Fusion can transform your beverage offer. To be in with a chance of winning a Tea Fusion machine – simply enter online by visiting

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 08:59:56 +0000
The Cateys 2016

Congratulations to a TUCO member and partner for winning at the Cateys.


Last night individuals, teams and businesses shaping the hospitality industry were recognised at a spectacular Awards ceremony at Grosvenor House, London where we saw a TUCO member and partner take home prestigious Catey awards.


  • The University of Brighton (Julie Barker and team, David Hicks and Stephen Lambert) won Sustainable Business Award, sponsored by PepsiCo.
  • Roger Kellow from Hobart (a TUCO partner) won the Public Sector Award, sponsored by Premier Foods.


Details of all the winners can be found on the Cateys website.

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:22:33 +0000
Pricing Bulletin 20/06/16 to 01/07/16

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements.



Fish & Seafood

Fruit & Veg

Milk & Bread

Please note the Contract Review Meeting notes for the following are now on the website for review:

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:26:38 +0000
New Chair of TUCO

We’re very proud to announce that Matthew White will become our chair from September.


White, currently director of catering, hotel & conference services at The University of Reading, has been one of our directors for three years and held the role of vice chair for the past two years.


He said: “TUCO is at an incredibly important point in its progression and I am enormously excited by the next phase of its development, and the work that the board will be undertaking in the next few years to build on the momentum secured to date.   


“Julie has been a powerful force alongside the TUCO Board in evoking change and I would like to personally thank her for everything that she has done over the past five years.  


“She has been instrumental in the growth of TUCO and the developments to transform and modernise the organisation to offer genuine value to our members, as well as taking our unique procurement frameworks - which represent incredible value - and offer these to the broader public sector.


“TUCO members are some of the most talented caterers in the country providing for diverse and multi-faceted needs across international audiences. They are right at the forefront of trends and insights into the future of foodservice, working with the consumers of tomorrow.


“Together with the board, I will be working tirelessly to advance the learning and development of catering and hospitality teams in line with emerging trends and changes.”


Our current chair, Julie Barker, will be stepping down after five years of overseeing the board management and being the public face for TUCO. She remains in her role as director of accommodation & hospitality for The University of Brighton and will continue to sit on the TUCO Board.

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:19:37 +0000
Update on 'No Gluten Containing Ingredients (NGCI)' regulations

Please download and carefully read the letter from the FSA on the use of 'No Gluten Containing Ingredients (NGCI)' for labelling statements.

New regulations are due to take effect on 20th July 2016.

This means from 20th July when marketing foods which are naturally free of gluten by their specific nature or composition, but not 'gluten free', food businesses will need to confine the information they provide to consumers about gluten to the information as prescribed by the Regulation. This outcome follows the gluten labelling rules moving from the EU legal framework on foods for particular nutritional uses (PARNUTS) to the legal framework on general food information and labelling as governed by Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2001. Please note, all FSA advice and guidance on NGCI on their website will be amended to reflect this change in the near future.

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:35:25 +0000
FSA - Food Safety Week Food Waste

Food waste is a global issue; according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) about one third of the global food production is lost or wasted annually.


In the UK we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten. Wasting this food costs the average household £470 a year. If we all stopped wasting food the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road.


There are two main reasons why we throw away good food: we buy/make too much or we don't use it in time.


The FSA research tells us that people can be confused about the difference between use by and best before dates, that they don’t always know what can be safely cooked or frozen, and that some people are taking risks with their health and that of their loved ones to make food go further.


This year the FSA is focussing its Food Safety Week (4-10 July) on ways in which we can all waste less food - safely. But there’s also a bigger picture. With the global population set to rise to over 9.5 billion by 2050 there are huge pressures facing the world’s food system. We do not yet know what the future will bring for food, but we do know that business as usual is not an option. We know that we can all contribute to a better food future by reducing the amount of food we waste.


Small changes will make a big difference and everyone can play their part. Almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. The FSA will highlight how we can all reduce waste, save money and provide safe food for our loved ones. They will be providing a selection of hints and tips on what to do with leftovers and by looking at ways to eat, cook or freeze food by the use by date.


Focusing particularly on meat, meat and fish waste together cost £2.1billion a year. Meat and fish contributed to 570,000 tonnes of waste. Around 300,000 was avoidable (200,000 tonnes was unavoidable e.g. bones).


Businesses also have a role to play in reducing food waste. WRAP research shows that the UK manufacturing and retail sector wastes 1.9 million tonnes of food and drink a year, 1.1 million tonnes is avoidable. Which is why the FSA will be speaking to businesses to find out what they are doing to reduce food waste and what more can be done.


They’ll also be looking at what the Government can do to help. The FSA will be hosting an event on the 6th July to bring together retailers, charities, innovative thinkers to grassroots organisations to discuss the challenges that they face with regards to food redistribution.


They will be particularly seeking views on date marking and additional guidance that could be supplied by the FSA to assist organisations in redistributing food, particularly with a view to refreshing the Government policy ‘Guidance of the application of date labels to food’.

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:57:48 +0000
Higher Education Show

TUCO is a proud supporter of the Higher Education Show, taking place on the 11th October at Olympia, London.

The event is the largest free-to-attend gathering of higher education professionals focusing on the day-to-day management of HE institutions.

From estates, to technology and student experience this year’s show will give the opportunity to all visitors to gain the tools and knowledge needed to ensure their institution remains competitive in the global market.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Conrad Bird, Director of the GREAT Britain campaign, Prime Minister's Office & Cabinet Office Communications
  • Sir Simon Hughes, Head of Public Affairs, The Open University
  • Sarah Howls, Head of Student Opportunity, HEFCE
  • Douglas Blackstock, Chief Executive, Quality Assurance Agency
  • Gordon McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, GuildHE
  • Sue Holmes, Chair, Association of University Directors of Estates

You can view the agenda on the HE Show website.

All TUCO members from HE institutions are entitled to a complimentary pass.

Register your free pass here by clicking here.

For any enquiries do not hesitate to contact us by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0203 770 6552 or visit

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:51:48 +0000
Pricing Bulletin 23/05/16 – 17/06/16

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements






Fish & Seafood


Fruit & Veg




Please note there are new products for the below suppliers

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:59:44 +0000