News Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:06:01 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Caterers encouraged to sign up for Seafood Week

Details have been released around this year’s Seafood Week to encourage operators to sign up, with 50 days to go until its launch (9-16 October).


The 2015 platform that aims to encourage people to eat more fish, more often will be centred around the themes of ‘cook me’, ‘dine me’ and ‘buy me’.


Throughout its eight-day duration, Seafood Week (led by Seafish) will highlight recipes, offers and products than can be eaten out, as well as sharing behind the scenes stories on how seafood is caught and sourced.


Caterers are being encouraged to download the free Seafood Week campaign toolkit from its website, which contains brand assets, templates to use with PR and social media campaigns, and tips on how best to adapt this year’s key themes to increase sales.


“We are aiming to establish Seafood Week as the jewel in our crown when it comes to helping industry increase the consumption of seafood across the board in the UK”, adds Mel Groundsell, corporate relations director at Seafish.


“We have seen through the success of our Omega 3 health campaigns, our National Fish & Chip Awards, our on-going Fish is the Dish consumer engagement, and our support to the first ever National Fish and Chip Day this year, just how successful campaigns such as this can be when industry supports it.


“We’re really excited about our offer and believe that it presents a great opportunity to get people cooking, eating, and buying more seafood.”

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:53:47 +0000
People willing pay more for products that support farmers

Footprint, the organisation that promotes responsible business and sustainability for the foodservice supply chain, ran a poll in response to Morrisons’ new Milk for Farmers brand that revealed 71.4% of respondents would pay more for a product if they knew the extra money would go back to the farmer/producer.
A further 57.1% of those surveyed believed they shouldn’t have to pay more for milk as farmers should already be paid a fair price.
The split between people recognising the necessity for a new brand that pledges to give more to farmers was split; 42.9% said it was a must and helps to drive awareness of British products; while 42.9% reaffirmed that such a brand was not needed as farmers should be paid a fair price.
Milk for Farmers charges a 10p premium per litre, with that extra money going back to the dairy farmers supplying Morrisons’ processor Arla.

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:04:02 +0000
TUCO announces nationwide benchmarking exercise

The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) is calling for volunteers to join a focus group, which will refine and agree the content of a nationwide benchmarking survey to be carried out for members this autumn.
TUCO commissioned a pilot benchmarking survey earlier this year, using a sample of 10 member universities who were invited to participate in the study; 70% were campus-based and the remaining 30% were based in a city.
Lessons from the pilot survey will be built on, developing the national benchmarking exercise that will offer members confidential, real-time comparison of their catering business with other high education establishments.
Results will be customised for each institution, comparing performances against peer institutions, featuring national aggregated scores and creating gap analysis reports that can be used in strategic planning.
Benefits will be delivered to line managers, operations managers, and senior managers as a result of the benchmarking survey, to include: monitoring service quality against competitors; providing an on-going mechanism to monitor relative operating costs and delivery capabilities; and identifying industry best practices for improvement.
Members who would like to register their interest for the focus group should contact Mike Haslin by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:00:01 +0000
TUCO seeks five new regional chairs

The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) will be changing its regional boundaries from Autumn 2015, in order to more accurately represent the areas in which members are based.

Due to the changes TUCO are seeking a chair for the following five regions:

  • Northwest
  • Northeast
  • Northern Ireland
  • Southwest
  • Southeast  

Regional Chair roles and responsibilities include:

  • To be the representative for the members in the region
  • To be the main point of contact for the dissemination of views and information from TUCO Ltd Board of Directors and sub committees to the region and vice versa
  • To assist the TUCO Ltd office with maintaining an accurate regional database, providing up-to-date contacts
  • To promote and encourage participation in TUCO Ltd activities within the region
  • To represent the region at the TUCO Ltd Annual Conference

If you are interested in becoming a regional chair, or would like to find out more, please email TUCO Chief Operating Officer, Mike Haslin on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:32:22 +0000
TUCO announces its official support for Food Matters Live

The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) has confirmed it will be an official supporter of this year’s Food Matters Live event, which will take place at London’s ExCel on 17th-19th November 2015.

Food Matters Live is a cross-sector event that unites people in the food and drink industry, as well as nutrition and health industries, to address the relationship between food, health, nutrition and their connections with wellbeing, population health and the environment.
Encouraging cross-sector collaboration, the event will feature over 400 leading organisations in an exhibition; over 450 speakers in a conference and seminar programme; over 100 free-to-attend conference and seminar sessions; as well as special events including Meet the Buyer, and the Free From Eating Out Awards.
The eight seminar streams will cover topics including nutrition for heart, cognitive and digestive health, sugar salt fat reduction, marketing and sustainable food business.
One such seminar stream will focus on Improving Nutrition in the Community, and includes case studies from catering companies as well as a university chef.
Visitors to Food Matters Live include people from food science, manufacturing, R&D, food marketing, retailing, nutrition and public health industries.
In its first year, Food Matters Live attracted around 7,000 unique visitors and is looking to build on that success with an event of over 10,000 attendees in 2015.

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:37:09 +0000
St John’s College host culinary exchange

A Cambridge College has recently achieved a ‘training first’ by hosting two French students from an internationally-renowned Hotel School, to share experiences and examples of best practice with its own catering and front of house teams.


The culinary exchange has resulted in Valentin Girard-Pouech and Ilian Jacquot working at St John’s College for the last month, carrying out a range of tasks in the kitchen and dining rooms.


Both students are from Ecole Hoteliere de Grenoble, a prestigious International Hospitality Management School recognised throughout the hospitality industry for its high standards.


“This is the first time we have organised a culinary exchange and it has been very successful,” says Bill Brogan, Catering & Conference Manager.


“Both Valentin and Illian have an outstanding range of skills and a very positive attitude to the tasks they have carried out here which has been recognised by the people who have supervised them including John O’Sullivan, Fellows’ Butler and Franco Elia, Functions Manager.


“In addition to working in the kitchens here, they have also assisted front of house at such functions as College Open Days, a Donors’ Dinner, Fellows’ lunches and dinners and serving breakfast to our conference and B&B guests.


“Not only have they had the opportunity to showcase their skills in a different environment, the visit has had a very positive effect on our own in-house team and there has been a mutual sharing of best practice and ideas. We are planning to make this an annual event as part of our commitment to training our staff and achieving the highest possible standards.”


St John’s College has an international reputation for fine dining backed by numerous catering awards over the years.


The Catering & Conferences team recently won Two Stars in the Sustainable Restaurants Association Awards for its efforts to source food more sustainably, to engage with its local community and its commitment to environmental good practice. 

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:38:07 +0000
University shows support through partnership with welfare charity


The University of Winchester has formed a strategic partnership with global farm animal welfare group Compassion in World Farming (Compassion) at the charity’s Surrey headquarters.


The partnership was created last week where university Vice-Chancellor Professor, Joy Carter and Philip Lymbery, Compassion’s Chief Executive, signed an official agreement intended to strengthen an existing academic bond between the two institutions.


“We are delighted about our partnership with Compassion in World Farming,” comments Professor Carter.


“The charity’s values resonate with the ethos of the University and our new Centre for Animal Welfare and together we hope to increase society’s knowledge and understanding of animal welfare issues.”


Students may benefit from future volunteer and internship opportunities at Compassion, while Philip hopes to work with university researchers over the coming years to jointly develop academic publications.


“I am honoured to receive a visiting professorship,” he says.


“We can all learn from one another in order to improve our knowledge of animal welfare and enable practical steps to be taken towards providing real help for farm animals all over the world as a result.”


This partnership demonstrates the University of Winchester’s long-term commitment to improving the lives of farm animals.


Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:45:05 +0000
Chefs in with a chance of winning trip to India

One talented chef is in with the chance of joining the Santa Maria team on a once in a lifetime trip to Kerala, India.


Named the best pepper-growing region in the world, the winner will experience Tellicherry’s unrivalled provenance and qualities first hand. 


To enter, simply visit to request your free Santa Maria Tellicherry Black Pepper sample, and then hit the kitchen to explore a sweet or savoury recipe that you think best showcases the pepper. 


It’s one recipe entry per chef, but there’s no limit to the number of entries an establishment can submit. Closing date is 18 September 2015.


To find out more, visit




Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:25:56 +0000
Autumn University Hospitality Seminars announced

A series of University Hospitality Seminars (UHS) will be held this Autumn, it has been been announced. Please find details of these seminars below. 


Maximising Sales Conversion from Showrounds

14 October - London 


A show round is an opportunity to differentiate yourself from the potential

competition and to convert real revenue.  It is a great chance to

demonstrate to your prospective client how your venue specifically meets

their needs.  If you think about the average value to your venue of each of

the types of events you cater for, such as meetings, exhibitions,

conferences, weddings and social events, then you can see the potential

value of each show round in terms of revenue.


For more information and to make a booking visit :-


The Art of Service with Fred Sirieix 

20 October - London


This seminar focuses on service skills that you would use in a restaurant

environment, quality functions and VIP dinners.  You will be given plenty

of ideas and inspiration on how you can train, lead and develop staff back

in the workplace.


For more information and to make a booking visit :-


WSET Award in Wines and Spirits

3 - 5 November Sheffield


Delegates will achieve a national qualification.  This will ensure that

they can advise customers and clients on how to maximise revenue potential

for their University and have a good understanding of food and wine

matching for VIP dinners.


For more information and to make a booking visit :-


Annual Conference : Future Proofing Commercial Success

4 - November - London 


This is UHS's fourth annual conference which is aimed at Higher Education senior colleagues.  The aim of the conference is to assist service operators to plan for changes ahead, to find out more about the political landscape and to give them the tools to produce a commercial strategy to ensure future success.


For more information and to make a booking visit :-

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:21:40 +0000
TUCO to create Editorial Board

TUCO are creating an Editorial Board for TUCO Magazine, it has today been announced.


The board's primary responsibility is to develop and fine-tune the magazine content to best inform & serve our members.


The TUCO Editorial Board will meet twice per year, have additional conference calls and email interaction.


TUCO are now actively seeking members for the Editorial to gain representation throughout the regions.


The board will shape the editorial programme for the coming year, have input on feature ideas, news coverage and how we cover events, as well as provide feedback on past issues of the magazine. 


TUCO magazine will look to feature more issue-focused articles and it needs your expert opinions to share the challenges you face day-to-day and would like us as a magazine to raise awareness of and get the debate going.


As you may have heard at the TUCO AGM in July, H2O Publishing have been awarded the contract to produce TUCO Magazine for another three years, as well as event manage the TUCO Competitions and the TUCO Conference.


As part of this ongoing relationship H2O are keen to involve as many TUCO members as possible to ensure that the magazine is as relevant, up-to-date and valuable as it can be.


If you would be interested in joining the Editorial Board please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:09:49 +0000