News http://www.tuco.org/news Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:50:38 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Pricing Bulletin 25/01/16 to 21/04/16 http://www.tuco.org/news/item/pricing-bulletin-2-copy http://www.tuco.org/news/item/pricing-bulletin-2-copy

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements.

 

Alcohol

 

Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals

 

Catering Light & Heavy Equipment

 

Catering Equipment Maintenance

 

Confectionery

 

Fish & Seafood

 

Frozen

 

Fruit & Veg

 

Grocery

 

Hot Beverage

 

Innovative Food Concepts

 

Meat & Poultry

 

Milk & Bread

 

Sandwiches

 

Soft Drinks

 

Vending

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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:54:09 +0000
Green Gown Awards http://www.tuco.org/news/item/green-gown-awards-2 http://www.tuco.org/news/item/green-gown-awards-2 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.

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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:48:15 +0000
Have your say to develop the TUCO Academy http://www.tuco.org/news/item/have-your-say-to-develop-the-tuco-academy http://www.tuco.org/news/item/have-your-say-to-develop-the-tuco-academy

The TUCO Academy team are busy looking ahead and developing the course programme and strategy to take the Academy forward.

In order to further refine and develop to meet Member's objectives and requirements we need your feedback and we would be delighted if you would spare some time to complete the survey via the link below.
 
https://lsbu.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/tuco-academy-survey-of-members-2016-2
 
The answers that you submit will be completely confidential and only the academic staff at London South Bank University will view them for evaluation purposes.  

All responses will be collated into the final report but none will be attributable to any individual Institution. No member of the TUCO Academy project team or any member of TUCO staff will be able to see the responses from any individual member.  We hope that this will give you the necessary assurances to enable you to share your information and your views fully.

Please take part today!

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Fri, 22 Apr 2016 05:44:09 +0000
Harper Adams wins Whatuni University of the Year http://www.tuco.org/news/item/harper-adams-wins-whatuni-university-of-the-year http://www.tuco.org/news/item/harper-adams-wins-whatuni-university-of-the-year

Harper Adams University was crowned The University of the Year by Jimmy Carr at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards on 14th April 2016

 

Further success came with winning the Job Prospects and Student Support categories, silver awards for accommodationclubs and societies and the student union; and bronze awards for courses and lecturers and facilities

 

Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Llewellyn, said: “We are thrilled to have been named the University of the Year, and to have won the job prospects and student support categories, in the 2016 Whatuni Student Choice Awards. 

“The fact that these awards are based on student reviews is immensely important to us, because they recognise the dedication of everyone at Harper Adams in building a strong academic community that delivers a positive experience for our students. 

 

“Our silver and bronze awards in five further categories give us plenty more to be proud of, further demonstrating how we all work hard to provide an outstanding educational and social environment and to develop top quality graduates.

 

“We look forward to celebrating these achievements with our staff and students, and sharing news of our success with those who, across the UK and internationally, work with us and provide much appreciated support for the University.”

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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:56:32 +0000
TUCO Conference 2016 - Programme Announced http://www.tuco.org/news/item/tuco-conference-2016-programme-announced http://www.tuco.org/news/item/tuco-conference-2016-programme-announced

We are delighted to announce our programme for the 2016 TUCO Conference being held at the University of Exeter.

This year’s theme is ‘Your mind on a plate – the psychology of choice’ and we are delving into ‘nudging’ where the theory is about positive reinforcement and indirect suggestion to influence motives, incentives, decision making and ultimately attitudes!

Keynote speaker – Steve Peters
Prof Steve Peters is a Consultant Psychiatrist working in Elite Sport. He works with England Football and Sky ProCycling, and has current and past involvements in many other Olympic and non-Olympic Sports, including, British Cycling, Liverpool Football Club, England Rugby, World Championship Snooker and Premier league Football.

Steve tells us, “By understanding the mind and how it works we can learn how to operate it to advantage. This skill can lead to a better quality of life and to improved personal and professional relationships, confidence and improved self-esteem. By utilising emotional skills we can increase the probability of success in areas such as business and sport.”

Steve will share some of the experiences where this has taken place and offer some take home points for the audience to use themselves.

In addition to the speaker programme we have a full schedule of learning tours and networking events in the evening.

Will you:

  • Visit Quickes Farm and learn about local cheese production and see the vast store which houses 9,000 cheeses!
  • Take in Pebblebed vineyard, see how wine is made and sample some too!
  • Stay on campus and enjoy the food, flora and fauna tour of the Streatham Campus, finishing with a Devon cream tea.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Exeter’s coffee scene
  • Be up with the larks, and take the tour to Brixham Fish Market where you’ll see a live fish auction, tour and then have a fish breakfast at Rockfish.


Our networking evenings are equally diverse and promoting the spoils of local South West life.  Look out for our reveal of the three social evenings… the plans are amazing!


Book your place now online - click here


Our inclusive 3 night delegate package has been heavily subsidised below even last year’s rate – just £295+VAT


This includes:

  • 3 night’s en-suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Your choice of tour options
  • Full Conference Place
  • Lunch on Tuesday & Wednesday
  • Dinner on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

 

See our full programme line up along with full details of our conference and exhibition in the conference section of the website.

 

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Sun, 17 Apr 2016 10:14:21 +0000
Pricing Bulletin 25/01/16 to 08/04/16 http://www.tuco.org/news/item/pricing-bulletin-2 http://www.tuco.org/news/item/pricing-bulletin-2

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements.

 

Alcohol

 

Catering Disposables & Kitchen Chemicals

 

Catering Light & Heavy Equipment

 

Catering Equipment Maintenance

 

Confectionery

 

Fish & Seafood

 

Frozen

 

Fruit & Veg

 

Grocery

 

Hot Beverage

 

Innovative Food Concepts

 

Meat & Poultry

 

Milk & Bread

 

Sandwiches

 

Soft Drinks

 

Vending 

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Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:47:22 +0000
Love British Food rallies caterers to make the most of this year’s patriotic celebrations http://www.tuco.org/news/item/love-british-food-rallies-caterers-to-make-the-most-of-this-year-s-patriotic-celebrations http://www.tuco.org/news/item/love-british-food-rallies-caterers-to-make-the-most-of-this-year-s-patriotic-celebrations

Every pub, restaurant, hotel and food service outlet in the country is being rallied to put British food at the centre of their promotions and to capitalise on the huge commercial opportunity that the patriotic excitement of The Queen’s birthday celebrations, the Olympics and the Euros provide. 

 

The ‘buy British food’ message is being brought to the heart of both public and private sector catering by Raymond Blanc OBE, and his son Olivier in conjunction with the Love British Food team.

 

TUCO are part of the National Committee of organisations including Hospital Caterers Association, National Association of Care Caterers, National Trust and the Sustainable Restaurants Association planning many activities to increase sales and give Britishness a boost across the UK.

 

2016 sees The Queens 90th Birthday and a huge sporting summer including the Euros and Team GB taking on the world at the Olympic Games and caterers are invited to put British at the heart of their menus. The pub sector, Enterprise Inns, Fullers and Whiting and Hammond and Hallmark Care Homes saw large sales lifts with their Love British Food menu promotions.

 

To top off the summer, British Food Fortnight will take place at its traditional time, from the 17th September to 2nd October, with British promotions and consumer-engagement activity planned in restaurants, cafes, staff canteens, visitor attractions, care homes, pubs and shops to name a few. The perfect time to run a menu promotion that is proven to resonate with consumers before Christmas menus take over.

 

Alexia Robinson, Founder of Love British Food says: “Royal celebrations and food go hand in hand, as do food and sport, and this summer presents a huge commercial opportunity for everyone involved in food service.  Love British Food delivered huge sales increases for caterers with the patriotic British menu promotions we ran in 2012 and we are offering caterers the same opportunity this year.  We want caterers to be able to benefit from the potentially huge income stream that the wave of patriotism this summer will bring.”

 

And hot on the heels of summer, is the national food promotion, British Food Fortnight.  This is the perfect time to communicate your organisation’s sourcing credentials, to increase sales and customer engagement and to trial new suppliers and menus.”

 

Raymond Blanc OBE says: “there will be Royal themed street parties, there will be village cricket teas, there will be strawberries for Wimbledon.  We have so many opportunities to source, celebrate and be proud of our great British produce. Let’s make 2016 another bumper year for British food”

 

So why not challenge yourself to use at least 5 locally sourced British ingredients on your menu?

 

Keep a look out for more news and competitions coming soon from Love British Food and You can discover ideas for how you can take part in competitions from Love British Food by visiting www.lovebritishfood.co.uk

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Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:55:09 +0000
Top Marks for University of Chester at Cost Sector Catering Awards http://www.tuco.org/news/item/top-marks-for-university-of-chester-at-cost-sector-catering-awards http://www.tuco.org/news/item/top-marks-for-university-of-chester-at-cost-sector-catering-awards

TUCO proudly sponsored the Cost Sector Catering University Award. The highly sought after Award recognises individuals who have achieved increased commercial success in a university catering setting and delivered exceptional service to students and staff.

 

The award was presented to Ian White, Domestic Bursar & Director of Hospitality and Residential Services at The University of Chester, at a glittering ceremony attended by 750 Industry heavy-hitters in the heart of London.

 

The judges’ commented on Ian’s win: “Ian has balanced the demands of black tie dinners, exceptional student, staff, visitor and conference catering while launching new catering outlets across multiple sites during a university special anniversary year.”

 

Speaking at the Gala Event, Ian said that it was a ‘real honour’ and dedicated his win to his team at Chester.  Ian added: “I am delighted to have won the Cost Sector Award as this is my 30th year of service with the University of Chester and it’s wonderful to be recognised for my work.”

 

“I am especially proud to have been awarded the Cost Sector Award for all the TUCO North West and North East TUCO Members, who do tremendous work and deserve this Award as much as I do.”

 

The Cost Sector Catering Awards celebrates those who have made a positive impact on the eating habits of customers in the sectors serving schools, hospitals, universities, the prison sector and the public sector at large.

 

Julie Barker, Chair of TUCO, said: “The challenges faced by University Caterers are truly unique; delivering a quality service at great value to a hugely diverse audience which has a vast array of needs is a mammoth task. So many of my colleagues at universities up and down the country tackle this challenge with a forward-thinking and innovative approach that could really teach the Catering Sector as a whole some important lessons!

 

“It is for that reason that TUCO is proud to sponsor the Cost Sector Catering University Award.  The unsung heroes of our Industry deserve their time in the spotlight, to be recognised for the contributions they make to a sector that is experiencing unprecedented growth.  We offer our congratulations to Ian, and all those who made the shortlist, all of whom showcase the very best of talent and passion in the University Catering Sector.”

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Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:29:58 +0000
Courtauld Commitment 2025 http://www.tuco.org/news/item/courtauld-commitment-2025 http://www.tuco.org/news/item/courtauld-commitment-2025 We are one of the founding signatories of The Courtauld Commitment 2025

We are pleased to announce we are one of the founding signatories of The Courtauld Commitment 2025, which launched nationally on 15th March 2016. 

 

The Courtauld Commitment 2025 is a world-leading ten year voluntary agreement that brings together leading organisations from across the Foodservice Industry to tackle waste levels, greenhouse gas emissions and water intensity. All those involved will work collaboratively to reach the shared ambition of cutting the resources needed to provide food and drink in the UK by one-fifth in the next decade.

 

Launched by sustainability charity WRAP, the commitment will drive best practice through its innovative whole-system approach to the way food and drink is produced, sold and consumed in the UK.  The member organisations will work collectively to meet common goals, these include providing lower impact products more efficiently, helping consumers and businesses get more value from the food and drink they buy, and finding innovative ways to use remaining waste and surplus food. WRAP estimates that meeting the Commitment targets will deliver £20 billion worth of savings to the UK economy.

 

Julie Barker, Chair of TUCO, said: “Sustainability remains a hugely important issue for our members and indeed the Industry.  As an organisation we strive to lead the way on finding innovative solutions to the widespread challenges and our commitment to Courtauld 2025 is a key part of this programme.

“As part of TUCO’s involvement, we hope to harness the efforts and passion already demonstrated by member institutions, encouraging them to go one step further, reducing waste even further, recycling more and together, reaping the significant environmental and financial rewards.”

 

Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems at WRAP, said: “Courtauld 2025 is our most ambitious agreement yet and we are delighted that TUCO has pledged their support as a signatory.  We are faced with some big challenges ahead with rising populations, climate change and dwindling resources, but tackling food waste offers a practical option to address these challenges and in doing so, will create new opportunities. Only by working together can we hope to realise the big changes that are essential to ensuring a more prosperous future for individuals, businesses and the planet.”

 

Included in The Courtauld Commitment’s shared ambition is the aim to reduce food and drink waste by 20%, cut the GHG intensity of food and drink consumed in the UK by 20%, and drive a decrease in the impact associated with water use in the supply chain.  In doing this the member organisations hope to contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 to lessen food waste by 2030.

 

To get involved and join the conversation follow #Courtauld2025 on Twitter or visit the WRAP website for details on Courtauld.

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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 06:56:44 +0000
And the winners are… http://www.tuco.org/news/item/and-the-winners-are http://www.tuco.org/news/item/and-the-winners-are

After a thrilling second day of battling baristas, sparring bartenders, creative cocktails and contesting chefs, the TUCO Competitions 2016 concluded this evening with a spectacular Gala Dinner and the announcement of this year’s winners.

 


Competitors and guests were treated to a fabulous menu, the highlight of which was an individual joint of roast sirloin carved by each table’s own chef.


Julie Barker, chair of TUCO, described the two days as hugely successful. “Warwick has been a fantastic setting and lived up to all expectations,” she said. Boasting a record number of competitors, she said she felt inspired and humbled by the level of talent. “You can feel proud,” she said. “Whether you take home a trophy tonight or not.
“Skills are the lifeblood of the industry. I feel honoured to be part of this event.”

 


Here are those winning results in full:

 

 

Competitor

Institution Name

Bar Skills Competition

 

 

Gold

Sam Walker

University of Manchester

Silver

Jasmin Turner

Royal Holloway, University of London

Bronze

Ben Foll

University of Reading

Best Speciality Cocktail

Ben Foll

University of Reading

     

Barista Skills Challenge

 

 

Gold

Gemma Wright

University of Birmingham

Silver

Andrea Galanska

Imperial College, London

Bronze

Matt Haw

Lancaster University

Best Speciality Coffee

Emelise Vassallo

University of Edinburgh

     

Campus Speed Cook Challenge

 

 

Gold

Rohan Wadke

Forth Valley College

Silver

Karol Zelek

University of Edinburgh

Bronze

Louise Chatfield

Staffordshire University

     

Chefs' Challenge

 

 

Gold

Stewart Turner & Michael Kitchin

University of Birmingham

Silver

Simon Wood & Lisa Hall

University of Leeds

Bronze

Tracy Carr & Joe Berry

University of Sheffield

Highly Commended Menu

Steven Robertson & Stevan Bedward

Imperial College, London

Highly Commended Menu

Aaron Tong & Nick Denning

University of Exeter

Best Overall Hygiene

Simon Wood & Lisa Hall

University of Leeds

     

Salon Culinaire

 

 

Best in Salon

Jackie Rowlands

University of Chester

Bread Display

   

Bronze - Best In Class

Donato Dondiego

Royal Holloway, University of London

Bronze

Daren Boddy

University of Chester

Canapés

   

Gold - Best In Class

Matthew Carter

University of Cambridge

Coffee Shop Style Sponge Cake

   

Gold - Best In Class

Richard Williams

University of Chester

Gold

Lucy Stokes

University of Reading

Bronze

Jayne Dawson

University of Leicester

Bronze

Janice Stephenson

University of Manchester

Merit

Lorraine McLoughlin

University of Brighton

Merit

Sam Mills

University of Exeter

Merit

Elizabeth McKenzie

University of St Andrews

Cup Cake Challenge

   

Gold

Jacqui Lowe

Loughborough University

Gold - Best In Class

Jackie Rowlands

University of Chester

Gold

Ruth Hanlon

University of St Andrews

Gold

Sara Glassett

Royal Holloway, University of London

Silver

Sharon Chandler

Royal Holloway, University of London

Decorative Exhibit

   

Gold

Stephen Mather

University of Cambridge

Gold - Best In Class

Robert Stordy

University of Derby

Silver

Mary Fry

Warwick University

Bronze

Karl Blythin

University of Chester

Gluten Free Bake

   

Merit

Carol Vallejo

Royal Holloway, University of London

Novelty Decorated Cake

   

Gold - Best In Class

Jackie Rowlands

University of Chester

Gold

Sam Mills

University of Exeter

Bronze

Jayne Dawson

University of Leicester

Bronze

Ruth Hanlon

University of St Andrews

Bronze

Elizabeth McKenzie

University of St Andrews

Merit

Janice Stephenson

University of Manchester

Merit

Lucy Stokes

University of Reading

Merit

Sara Glassett

Royal Holloway, University of London

Petit Fours

   

Silver - Best in Class

Ravi Kanthiya

Royal Holloway, University of London

Merit

Lesley Barnes

University of Chester

Plated Main Course

   

Silver - Best in Class

Anton Kuznecov

University of Cambridge

Bronze

Szczepan Kunkowski

University of Cambridge

Bronze

Tino Maio

University of Cambridge

Bronze

Nicky Stanbury

University of Exeter

Bronze

Peter Fry

Warwick University

Merit

Robert Stordy

University of Derby

Plated Vegetarian Main Course

   

Gold - Best In Class

Szczepan Kunkowski

University of Cambridge

Merit

Nicky Stanbury

University of Exeter

Restaurant Plated Dessert

   

Gold

Robert Stordy

University of Derby

Gold - Best In Class

Rob Hattersley

University of Sheffield

     

Service Skills Competition

 

 

Gold

Samantha Chick

Warwick University

Silver

Adam Finney

University of Birmingham

Bronze

Jacqui Cattle

University of Cambridge

Best Table Lay-up

Emma Cullen

University of Edinburgh

     

Street Food Chef of the Year

 

 

Winner

Matthew Crooks

University of East Anglia

Silver

Janet Szypillo

University Of Exeter

Bronze

Stuart Mitchell

University of Edinburgh

Best Newcomer

Stuart Mitchell

University of Edinburgh

     

TUCO Innovation Awards

 

 

Marketing Winner

 

University of Leeds

New Concept Winner

 

University of Winchester

Student Experience Winner

 

Royal Holloway, University of London

 

 

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