News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:08:34 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Harper Adams achieves Hospitality Assured accreditation

Harper Adams University last month became Hospitality Assured (HA) accredited for its catering and conference services, making it one of only nine universities in the UK to secure the accreditation. 


The Harper Adams University catering team sources, prepares and serves food to thousands of undergraduate students, university staff and visitors, and guests hiring campus facilities for conferences and events including dinner dances, prizegivings and weddings. 


Produce is sourced from the university farm adjoining the campus where possible, or local suppliers.


The university also holds Fairtrade status, ensuring foodstuffs imported from overseas adhere to the principles of fair trade. 


Hospitality Assured was created by the Institute of Hospitality specifically for customer facing businesses. 


The accreditation process encourages businesses to look at their own operation for the customer’s perspective and to see where improvements should be made to benefit the business.


“Gaining Hospitality Assured accreditation is a culmination of many years hard work by the catering and conference teams, which strive to make the customer their number one priority."


"Whether catering for Harper Adams students or VIP external events, our emphasis is the same, to provide the best quality of food and service within our means.


"Our promise reads ‘Harper Adams’s customer-focused approach is committed to providing a professional service to each individual client’, which is deeply ingrained in everything we do.” 


Harper Adams is one of only two Shropshire venues to have passed the HA standard for service and business excellence.  

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:49:35 +0000
College finds success with Theo's

Runshaw College in Lancashire has found success with its grab and go offer through a partnership with Theo’s.


It has been stocking the brand for the past six years, but through word of mouth the sandwich deli outlet found it was selling more hot and spicy chicken wraps that it was sandwiches.


Through advertising and on-loan pop-up carts from Theo’s, the concept has become one of Runshaw’s most successful grab and go meal solutions on campus.


“We now sell them at all three sites in five locations and serve an average of 850 chicken wraps a day,” reported Colin Burrow, commercial manager at Runshaw College.


“The goujons are baked in the oven so the product is a filling, healthy balanced meal, plus it provides a bit of theatre putting the wrap together which the students love.”


Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:47:06 +0000
TUCO Allergen Labelling Guide
The TUCO Allergen Labelling Guide, which is now available to download, details practical steps to deal with the changes to food labelling regulations that come into effect on the 13th December 2014.

Food providers will be required to identify the 14 Allergens, as detailed by the legislation; the TUCO Guide offers clear and simple steps to help ensure compliance and customer safety.

Supplementing the guide is a presentation which is available, free of charge, on the Learning and Development page here. (Please note you must be logged in to view this in the toolbox at the bottom of the page).
The presentation covers:
•Why we need to be aware of Allergens & Allergies
•What are the effects of consuming or contact with allergens
•What we need to tell our customers
•How can we communicate this information to customers & colleagues
There are also additional sources of information available on the Food Standards Agency website  

TUCO would like thank the University of Birmingham and The University of Reading for their involvement which has allowed TUCO to provide these resources to our community.
Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:21:08 +0000
Green Gown Awards 2014 winners announced

Over 360 sustainability leaders gathered at The University of Manchester’s Whitworth Hall earlier this week to celebrate the winners of the Green Gown Awards 2014.


Not only did the annual event celebrate its 10th anniversary, the awards ceremony was the biggest and best yet with 15 winners and 25 highly commended. It also saw the crowning of its 100th winner.


TUCO sponsored the new for 2014, Food and Drink award which was given to TUCO member Plymouth University for embedding sustainability in the Food and Drink sector across the institution. 


"The Green Gown Awards are the gold standard for sustainability in higher education - and it is that gold standard that our catering team is striving to reach across a range of initiatives," comments Professor David Coslett, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Plymouth University.


"Winning this award provides our catering staff and the University with a great platform to share that work with a wider audience.”


TUCO member, Manchester Metropolitan University, were winners of the Student Engagement Award for their foodie project 'Met Munch', whilst the University of Brighton were highly commended for their sustainable initiatives surrounding Food and Drink.


Each year the awards bring together the most inspirational projects to celebrate and highlight sustainability within the educational sector.


For a full list of winners, please visit the EAUC website. Photos will soon be released on Twitter and on the website.  



Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:54:35 +0000
TUCO members return from US study tour

A group of TUCO members, representing eight different UK universities, have recently returned from a study tour to Boston and New York to look at universities operating both in-house and contracted catering services. 


The tour was lead by Simon Peat, managing director of Inside Foodservice, and aimed to give members an insight into educational catering facilities across the water. 


On arriving in the US, the team were given a talk at Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) by managing director, David Davidson, and the director for strategic initiatives and communication, Crista Martin.


The talk walked members through the services and operations of over 14 dining sites including 'Crimson Catering' their fine dining and event catering business, a Koshe Kitchen and various other retail outlets.


The Harvard team shared some of their amazing initiatives, such as the healthy eating pyramid which informs students of the mix of foods they should eat to ensure health and well being.


The team also told of their 'Food Literacy' programme that helps inform customers of the provenance of food, its health benefits and also its sustainability in terms of our ongoing consumption. 


The group visited three other universities during the tour, including Boston University, Boston College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


After the university visits were over, the members visited New York City to explore unique food concepts, street food markets and dishes from around the world.


Campus Life joined TUCO on the tour to take some video footage of the experience which will be available for viewing soon.


"The study tour was one of the most interesting learning and development opportunities I have ever had," says Matt White, Head of Catering at The University of Reading.


"We saw such a huge range of different operations and you couldn’t not be inspired. It was hugely entertaining – the group jelled really well and we had lots of fun and didn’t stop laughing.


"The whole party would like to make special thanks to TUCO, the TUCO Board, Campus Life  and Simon Peat for making this tour such afantastic experience.


"I would urge everyone who has the opportunity to join a study tour like this as it is learn-a-minute in a frantic and fun-filled atmosphere!"

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:31:24 +0000
Hot Beverage Dispensing Equipment & Ingredients Supplier Vending Assessment 2014

We've launched the TUCO Hot Beverage Dispensing Equipment & Ingredients Supplier Vending Assessment 2014. These Vendor Assessment surveys are designed to capture your feedback on the level of service which you are currently getting from the suppliers which you have opted to use.

If you are using this framework then please, as the end user, spare a few minutes to complete the survey. TUCO will then discuss the results and any comments made with the suppliers when we meet with them at the annual Contract Review Meetings which are being held at the TUCO office later this year.

To complete the survey simply click on the link here;

The closing date for the survey is close of play on the 18th November.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:33:31 +0000
The Guardian's University Awards return for 2015

The annual University Awards are soon to return and TUCO is urging its member to get involved and share some of their achievements and successes by entering the awards. 


The University Awards, run by The Guardian, is an annual celebration of the work carried out by various departments within an institute.


With many members eligible for various awards, TUCO is encouraging its members to share their successes and enter the awards.


The awards aim to give UK universities the opportunity to highlight their achievements to the global community. Showcase best practice, achievement and innovation across a range of categories, the awards act as a sector benchmark, offering universities a seal of approval for their outstanding work.


This year, four new categories have been added to the list of awards, making 14 in total. For a detailed description of each of the awards, please click here.


Entries should be focused around a specific initiative, campaign or project, within the Guardian's outlined categories and the applications will be judged by an expert panels of judges.


All shortlisted entries will be invited to attend the awards ceremony in central London in March 2015, where the winners will be announced.


For more information, or to enter, please click here.



Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:09:55 +0000
TUCO partners up for Footprint Forum

Footprint has launched a sustainability forum, in partnership with TUCO, which will see the higher education sector gather in London in December.


The Footprint Forum follows the Higher Education Special Edition of Footprint publication, also in association with TUCO. In the special edition of Footprint, which you can download here, you will find comprehensive updates on how sustainability sits and is being furthered within higher and further education. 


Off the back of this, the Footprint Forum: Ethics in Education, will take place on the 8th of December at Woburn House, London.


Footprint Forum convened in March of 2011 to discuss "Preparing for a change in the ethical landscape". Much of what was predicted at this forum has since been realised, short of the amalgamation of a number of marques that seem to be competing yet offering the same thing.


Footprint Forum seeks to further this debate with the objective of giving members access to thought-leadership that will allow for the right decisions to be made and actions to be taken.


The education sector has upheld the importance of ethics in the sustainability debate more than any other - in many cases acting as an incubator. Higher and further education provides the perfect environment to distil the objective narrative and options that the whole industry should be striving for.


The forum will commence on December 8th at Woburn House, London, WC1H 9HG, followed by Christmas drinks and networking. 


To book your place, click here.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:27:54 +0000
URBAN release new Christmas range

URBAN eat has released a range of five ‘Limited Edition' Christmas Specials ready for the upcoming festive period.


The new range features all of the traditional favourites, including Turkey Feast Sandwich and Brie & Bacon Wrap as well as more contemporary options such as the Boxing Day Panini and top tier Posh Nosh White Stilton & Festive Chutney Sandwich.


"Our monthly ‘Limited Edition' specials are already hugely popular and I am sure that the new Christmas products will prove no exception," comments brand manager, Isla Owen.


There is plenty of choice to appeal to a wide range of tastes and all of the products look and taste absolutely fantastic."


The brand has also unveiled plans to launch a new ‘Crafty Kids' Advent promotion that will see it give away thousands of pounds worth of art materials during the course of December.


"Historically our promotions have been predominantly focussed on our student following however having now secured extensive listings across all sectors, we have decided to do something that will appeal to a wider demographic," Isla adds.


Full details will shortly be released on URBAN eat's Facebook page.






Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:13:54 +0000
Craft Guild celebrates 50th anniversary with commemorative book

As part of the Craft Guild of Chefs’ 50th anniversary celebrations, a commemorative book has been produced highlighting the association’s story so far.


The Golden Review and Desk Diary showcases some of the UK’s culinary greats, as well as spotlight on one Craft Guild member whose historical collection includes priceless royal menus.


National chairman of the Craft Guild of Chefs, Christopher Basten, said the book was part of a wider line-up of celebrations to mark the landmark anniversary.


“Fittingly, the first 50 pages tell the story of the Craft Guild’s inception at a meeting held on 26th July 1965 and follows its growth into the UK’s leading association for chefs,” he comments.


“Informative, interesting and at times humorous, it’s a beautiful commemoration that has been meticulously pieced together to give readers a taste of the Guild’s history and it sets the tone not only for the future of the Craft Guild of Chefs, but for the craft as an inspirational career for all those who choose to travel its path.


“What is particularly poignant for us is that we are celebrating our 50th anniversary year during what can only be described a golden era for chefs in this country.”  


The book features messages from HRH The Countess of Wessex, the Guild’s Patron, and the Master of the Royal Household, Vice Admiral Anthony Johnstone-Burt CB OBE and the Guild’s president.


The second half of the book is a desk diary, supported by 27 premium suppliers.


For more information about the Golden Review and Desk Diary, which is available to buy for £20, email Fran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:57:18 +0000