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Notice of General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that a General Meeting (Meeting) of The University Caterers Organisation Limited (Company) will be held at BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1 9JP on 22 January 2015 at midday to transact the following business:

To consider and, if though fit, approve the following resolution as a special resolution of the Company:

THAT the draft articles of association produced to the meeting and, for the purposes of identification, initialled by the Chairman be adopted as the articles of association of the Company in substitution for, and to the exclusion of, the existing articles of association.

Documents have been sent to all members, if you have not received your documents for this meeting, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


By order of the Board

Mrs J Barker
Director and Chair
The University Caterers Organisation Limited
20 Dale Street
Manchester M1 1EZ

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:15:17 +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.
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:21:08 +0000
L R Suntory and GSK separate

LR Suntory has advised that the final transition of systems from GSK to LR Suntory is occurring during 12th December and 12th January.


As a new business, L R Suntory are creating new systems and processes to make its business work and operate independently of GSK.


However, this means orders cannot be placed during this time. Members will need to either order accordingly or find alternative provision. 


1. Until 9 December 2014

• Continue to place orders against the current GSK account number you use

• Deliveries will take place at the latest on the 12th December 2014


2. From 10 December until 11 January 2015

• We will not be processing orders for delivery out of Palmer & Harvey (P&H)


3. From 12 January 2015 onwards

• Place orders with the same customer services team you currently contact

USE YOUR NEW LRS account number

• Deliveries will take place from no earlier than 14 January 2015


Please download this guide which will give you an overview of the changes you need to be aware of. 


Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:04:47 +0000
Harper Adams releases 'Attitude to food' survey

A survey has been distributed as part of a study carried out at Harper Adams University.


This survey is about gauging peoples' attitude towards new foods and sustainable food supplies with a hint towards alternative food sources.


Participation is entirely voluntary and all responses can be entirely anonymous.


Completing the survey takes approximately 5-10 minutes.


All you have to do to get to the survey is to follow the link below:



If you have any questions or remarks regarding this survey you can always contact the researchers on:


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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:12:51 +0000
TUCO Regional Merchandising Courses a success

A TUCO learning and development course on merchandising, held in June and October this year, have been a huge success.


Open to front of house supervisors, assistant managers and others in similar roles, the Regional Merchandising Courses took place in London and Swansea.


The free one-day workshops focused on contemporary merchandising techniques. Delegates took time to understand how customers look at displays and counter layouts to decide what items they will buy.


These decisions are frequently taken based on how items are placed together rather than a conscious decision.


Feedback of the courses has been excellent, with all delegates commenting on how relevant this one-day workshop is to their daily work.


The courses were funded using the TUCO Regional Training Grants which are available to every region each year. The company has committed to £3,000 per region to be used to provide any training which will benefit TUCO members and their teams.


Wed, 03 Dec 2014 09:41:05 +0000
UK teenagers ‘want to see more Fairtrade products’

Nearly two-thirds of teenagers would like to see more Fairtrade products at home and three-quarters want to buy more ethical and sustainable products, according to a new survey.


The research, commissioned by the Fairtrade Foundation to marks its 20th anniversary, revealed that 82% of UK teenagers think companies to act more responsibly and just one in 10 believe governments and companies will improve conditions in the future.


Encouragingly, almost all (97%) of the teenagers surveyed said they see the Fairtrade mark sometimes or often, making it the most widely-recognised ethical label among UK teens.


“Young people are highly engaged and they want to have a say on the role of companies and organisations like Fairtrade as they step into adulthood,” said Caroline Holme, director at GlobeScan, which carried out the research.


Other findings showed that nine in 10 teens say they are willing to take action on issues they care about, with buying an ethical product being their most popular course of action. 

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:26:29 +0000
Sign up to TUCO Cocktail Master Class

A new TUCO event has been announced and members are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible online.


On 7th January bar tenders will get together to learn methods of cocktail preparation, building a drink, stirring, shaking, layering, muddling, straining, smashing, and sampling. They will prepare and make a range of classic and contemporary cocktails including Collins, margaritas, daiquiris, caipirinhas, sours, mojitos, martinis and much more.


This one-day course will prove excellent preparation and training for the first TUCO Bar Tender of the Year Competition to be held in Blackpool in March. Places are limited to eight, so book early to avoid disappointment at


TUCO are currently planning the Learning & Development plan for the next year; if there are any particular topics / areas that you wish to see covered, please get in touch with your suggestions by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:11:38 +0000
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
CEDA Conference open to associations

The next CEDA Annual Conference will reach out to more associations working with end users that can benefit from a closer relationship with members, the organisation has said.


CEDA members will gather at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Oxfordshire on 23rd and 24th April 2015 for the conference, which will also see representatives from the HCA, APSE,NACC, NSCC, BSA and NCA, who have already confirmed attendance.


Adam Mason, director general of CEDA, said that as well as reaching out to other sectors within foodservice, the conference will see a launch of new services that will ‘add real value to catering equipment distributors, related service companies and equipment manufacturers’.


The first day of the conference will include the CEDA AGM, a drinks reception for delegates from other associations and a networking dinner. The Friday features the Business Day with keynote speakers, industry experts and the opportunity to take part in several industry-specific interactive seminars.


To register, visit

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:18:16 +0000