News Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:41:25 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Delphis Eco offer investment opportunity

Delphis Eco is offering a chance for investors and individuals to invest in the hospitality sector for as little as £100.


The crowd-funding exercise is open for a further three days and follows hard on the heels of the announcement of the signing of a significant joint collaborative agreement with Unilever to look at the development of a possible retail range.


Further capital is being sought in order to facilitate a larger sales infra-structure and marketing capability in order to accelerate fast-growth that the company is already undergoing.


"Ecological cleaning chemicals do not need to sacrifice performance which our products have demonstrated," says CEO, Mark Jankovich.


The need for sustainable products is fast becoming a staple part of contracts and central to the tendering process in all significant UK business operations.


“With this increasing demand for ecological products, our business is undergoing a rapid expansion programme.  


Through Seedrs funding structure, Delphis Eco is offering potential investors A shares (which will have EIS status if applicable to personal status) – the offer remains open until the end of November 2014.


The joint collaborative agreement with Unilever is just one example of the opportunity that exists”.


Investors can devote as little as £100 to investment through Seedrs although the average crowd funding transaction is from £500 - £20,000, per person.  





Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:24:14 +0000
European Commission release food safety guidelines

Please be advised of the public consultation on the European Commission’s Guidelines relating to the provision of information on substances or products causing allergies or intolerances as listed in Annex II of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers.


Link below:


The closing date for responses if 4 January 2014.

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:48:00 +0000
Expression of Interest - New Confectionery and Alcohol Frameworks

TUCO has now launched the Expression of Interest Surveys for the new Confectionery and Alcohol Frameworks. If you are interested in either of these frameworks, please go to the links below and complete the survey.


The TUCO Confectionery Expression of Interest survey is at;


The TUCO Alcohol Expression of Interest survey is at;



The Surveys will be open until January 16th.



Many thanks for your help with this and if you have any queries, please either ring the TUCO Office at 0161 713 3420 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:19:07 +0000
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