News Sun, 29 May 2016 05:42:32 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Bristol Online Survey - Sandwiches Vendor Assessment

We've launched the TUCO Supplier Vendor Assessment for the Sandwiches Framework. 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 during the annual contract review meeting.

To complete the survey simply click on the link provided below;

Thu, 26 May 2016 09:24:13 +0000
CUBO Awards 2016

TUCO are again sponsoring the Best Catering Service Award at the CUBO Awards, a catering service that stands out from the rest in delivery of high quality services and standards.


CUBO (College and University Business Officers) has revealed the shortlists for the CUBO Awards 2016. The awards recognise the achievements of those working in higher education commercial and residential services and have been an annual event since 2012.


Congratulations and good luck to the 2016 CUBO Awards nominees for Best Catering Service (listed in alphabetical order):

  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of York


Other awards are:

  • Best Marketing Campaign - sponsored by Interserve
  • Excellence in Student Sport Experience - sponsored by ASK4
  • Commercial University of the Year - sponsored by SALTO 
  • Best Student Housing - sponsored by student-furniture
  • Best Catering Service - sponsored by TUCO
  • Business Manager of the Year - sponsored by Gleeds
  • Innovation Award for Excellence in Student Experience - sponsored by The Russell Partnership
  • Business Partner of the Year - sponsored by NSP Security 
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (decided by a select panel and not open to nomination)


The outcome of the vote is strictly confidential until the winners are announced at the awards ceremony on 16 June 2016.


For more information about the CUBO awards, please visit the CUBO website 

Tue, 24 May 2016 08:43:02 +0000
Pricing Bulletin 09/05/16 to 20/05/16

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements.






Meat & Poultry                

Fri, 20 May 2016 13:08:42 +0000
Food Waste Research

As an organisation TUCO have endeavored to support you, our members, to be at the very forefront of sustainability best practice.

Food waste is one of the biggest problems that the foodservice sector must tackle, which is why we worked with Footprint on the Waste Management Research.


Download the full report in the Grow section of our website.

Fri, 20 May 2016 12:55:22 +0000
Head of Commercial Services vacancy at The University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool - Facilities Residential & Commercial Services (FRCS) 



 £38,896 - £49,230 pa


You will deliver improved services to all our internal and external customers. You should have a Degree (or equivalent qualification or relevant professional experience) in hospitality/commercial management or related field with evidence of continuing professional development, will be an experienced manager, with a background in commercial hospitality services, who can lead the department through a period of change to deliver improved financial performance and customer service. You should have excellent financial acumen with a proven track record in delivering high quality services within a financial envelope. You must be experienced in managing human resources within a large and complex organisation and in delivering change management. Commercial Services operates a diverse portfolio of businesses including:


•    Conferences, Events and Special Occasions 

•    Three restaurants within Catered Halls

•    A large production kitchen to facilitate a food service to students in the Guild of Students and deliver large scale functions e.g. conference dinners for up to 4009 Cafes across the campus

•    Fine Dining to support VIP activity

•    A Public House and a licenced halls bar

•    A ‘Delivered to You’ refreshments service across the University campus


This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference, to develop and shape the future direction of Commercial Services and to lead on a management change programme as we seek to build on our strengths and the aspects of the University that are truly unique.


Closing date is 3rd June and interviews are 5th July


The link to apply is

Fri, 13 May 2016 09:42:26 +0000
Pricing Bulletin 22/04/16 to 06/05/16

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements.


Catering Light & Heavy Equipment




Fish & Seafood




Fruit & Veg




Soft Drinks


Mon, 09 May 2016 08:32:07 +0000
Leon co-founder Henry Dimbleby confirmed for 2016 Conference

TUCO has revealed more details of its keynote speaker, co-founder of Leon Henry Dimbleby, who will be appearing at the 2016 Conference held at the University of Exeter.


Dimbleby, a former chef and journalist, will present the session, sharing his knowledge of the food industry as he battles the UK obesity crisis with Leon's on-the-go Mediterranean-inspired menu.


In addition to his work at Leon restaurants, Dimbleby has been active in advising the government on cooking skills, leading to the introduction of basic cooking skills for children as young as eight, co-authored the School Food Plan with fellow Leon co-founder John Vincent, is a founding director of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, has a weekly cooking column in The Guardian, and regularly appears on Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet.


TUCO members can book their place for the 2016 Conference online ( and can utilise an inclusive three-night delegate package, which has been subsidised to £295 + VAT, that comprises three nights’ accommodation with breakfast, tour options, full conference attendance, as well as lunch and dinner opportunities. Members with queries should contact the office on 0344 571 8208.


Thu, 05 May 2016 06:37:13 +0000
McCain - Student Eating Habits & Brand Loyalty Study

McCain are carrying out research into the eating habits and brand loyalty of students. They will be covering the characteristics of students, their food priorities, food service trends tapping into Gen Y, student eating habits, how successful food service brands are tapping into Gen Y and looking at if students are loyal.


Deadline to register your interest to take part in the McCain Student eating habits and brand loyalty study has been extended till 6th May. If you’d like to take part please contact Hayley Campbell at McCain.


A full presentation can be downloaded here.

Tue, 03 May 2016 10:51:53 +0000
Pricing Bulletin 25/01/16 to 21/04/16

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements.




Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals


Catering Light & Heavy Equipment


Catering Equipment Maintenance




Fish & Seafood




Fruit & Veg




Hot Beverage


Innovative Food Concepts


Meat & Poultry


Milk & Bread




Soft Drinks



Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:54:09 +0000
Green Gown Awards Awarding sustainability excellence

Awarding sustainability excellence


TUCO are proudly sponsoring the Green Gown Awards, food and drink category.


The Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. The awards have become established as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within tertiary education.


The food and drink category includes all food, drink and hospitality aspects of institutions. It will be expected that standard credentials will usually be in place (such as Food for Life Catering Mark; free-range eggs; Fairtrade; seasonal and local food; Marine Stewardship Council; food waste etc.). It includes innovative campaigns across institutions that show creativity and consideration for how food and drink is procured and served and ultimately how behaviour change has been encouraged across staff, students and the broader community.  In particular, judges will be looking for the whole life-cycle approach from concept to waste; promoting awareness (being informed); making informed choices (considering environmental and social issues); improving entire systems (by avoiding decisions that fix one problem but cause another) and informed selections (putting decisions in context with facts from all parts of the life-cycle).


For more information on the Awards visit the EAUC website.

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:48:15 +0000