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Bidfood, one of the UK’s leading foodservice providers, has raised over £9,423 for The One Foundation, to fund clean water projects in Africa. With every £4 donated changing the life of someone living in a water-starved community, this amount will directly impact 2,356 people.

The ‘Give Water Give Life’ campaign, which launched on 13 March, ran for two weeks across 24 Bidfood sites nationwide and challenged employees to get involved in a host of fundraising and promotional activities.Celebrating ten years of working with One Drinks, the UK’s leading ethical drinks brand, Bidfood’s campaign aimed to raise awareness of the global water crisis and fundraise to help towards the 663 million people around the world who still don’t have access to clean water.

As part of the events, over 150 Bidfood employees took part in a 5L Challenge, where participants including CEO Andrew Selley and other members of the leadership team were tasked with living off just five litres of water during World Water Day (22 March). This included for all their washing, cooking and drinking needs – an everyday task for millions of people around the world without access to clean water and a stark difference from the 150 litres of water an average person in the UK uses per day.

Talking about his experience of the 5L Challenge, Andrew Selley, Bidfood CEO said: “Albeit a difficult challenge, what resonated with me was carrying my five-litre jerry can around with me all day, knowing that the contents of it was all I could have for 24 hours.
“It was a very thought-provoking exercise and a real eye opener. I would definitely encourage others to take on the challenge.”


Many of the 24 sites are continuing to run fundraising activities over the coming months including sponsored walks, African-themed lunches, bake sales and quizzes. Other participants in the 5L Challenge on World Water Day (22 March) included representatives from the industry, media and one of Bidfood’s key customers, ISS.


To help change more lives by fundraising, donating or supporting One Drinks, visit onedifference.org/givewater or visit www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/onefoundation/bidvestgivewatergivelife

Surveys

New and improved!
We have a simplified survey designed to capture your experiences of the TUCO suppliers on the Catering Light & Heavy Equipment framework. The contract review meetings will be held on 23/05/17 and it would be great if you could spare some time to provide us with your feedback

Please click the below link below for the survey:

https://tuco.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/catering-light-heavy-equipment-agreement-2017

**Survey closes Friday 12th May 2017**


 Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements:

 

Alcohol

Carlsberg

LWC

Fruit & Veg

Accent Fresh

Meat & Poultry

John Sheppard Butchers

Birtwistles

Soft Drinks

Coca Cola

New promotions

 

New documents

Alcohol - AWRS details

Oliver Kay - Crop Report & Weekly Produce Report

Birtwistles - Market Report

Coca Cola - Coke Life Delist & Appletiser document

 

 

London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) are pleased to announce an exciting, new opportunity for catering consultants within the Higher Education (HE) and wider not-for-profit sectors.

In collaboration with the other regional HE purchasing consortia, LUPC will shortly be tendering for the first national Catering Consultancy Services framework for the sector.

This broad framework will assist consortia members from across higher education, and LUPC members from wider not-for-profit membership organisations, museums, and galleries, with their in-house or outsourced catering requirements.

LUPC’s aim is to create a framework of high calibre consultants that can be appointed by HE purchasing consortia Members in a quick and easy manner, using best-in-practice tender documentation.

The framework will cover the following catering consultancy services: Catering reviews; Facilities strategy, Tender management; Capital projects (Design & Planning/ investment); Projects (project management, design and equipment); Menu design; Outlet branding; Recruitment; Compliance; and Mystery shopper programmes.
The tender opportunity will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) at the end of April, with the aim of going live in September.
Food Service Consultants, GY5 Limited, are providing advice to LUPC on this tender, to ensure that the sector’s requirements are fully met and LUPC can deliver a relevant, high quality framework for both members and consultants alike. This precludes GY5 from bidding for a place on the framework.
Member organisations are also at the heart of the tender, providing input and guidance on the tender documentation and carrying out evaluation of the bids to ensure this new agreement fully meets the needs of the sector.
The tender will involve a two stage process: Consultants will be required to demonstrate their experience and technical ability at the PQQ stage. Bidders will then be shortlisted to the ITT stage, which will include responding to questions on, and pricing a ‘live site’ which is one of LUPC’s current member institutions’ actual requirements, as well as outlining how bidders will meet elements of the Consultancy Services detailed in the framework specification. The live site intends to appoint the successful bidder as part of this process.
During the ITT stage, bidders will have the opportunity to attend a Bidders’ Conference in London where they will be able to find out more about the university purchasing consortia, and to visit the live site to enable them to bid accurately on this contract.
In total, it is intended that 8-10 consultants will be awarded a place on the framework. In addition to LUPC, participating consortia include Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC); Higher Education Purchasing Consortium, Wales (HEPCW); North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC); North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC); Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC); and The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO).

Julian Edwards from GY5 commented “There is a huge disparity in consulting methods in the UK and Ireland. This project provides an excellent opportunity to set new standards, invite innovation and recognise those professional consultants, who operate with integrity and true independence for this and other sectors.”

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 09:46

Introducing Bidfood

From 3rd April 2017 Bidvest Food Services changed their name to Bidfood. The change follows the separation of the global Bidvest Foodservice businesses from the Bidvest Group, when it listed independently on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in May last year, and the UK’s name change follows on from other name changes around the world.

 

More information can be found here on the Bidfood Website.

Meat and Poultry – Research and Supplier Review

On 20th April we have the supplier reviews and the tender working party meeting at TUCO HQ. We would be grateful if you could spare some time to help shape the new framework

Pre-tender survey

Supplier Assessment

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Catering Light & Heavy Equipment – Supplier Review

We have a survey available ahead of the contract reviews to be held in the next couple of months, it would be great if you could spare some time to provide us with your feedback:

https://tuco.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/catering-light-heavy-equipment-agreement-2017

 

Confectionery 
Palmer & Harvey
Sugro

 

Fish & Seafood

M & J Seafood

 

Fruit & Veg 

Ferryfast Produce Ltd T/A Worcester Produce 

 

Innovative Food Concepts
Dr Oetker

 

Milk & Bread

Coultons Bread

 

Recruitment

Angel Human Resources
 
 
New promotions
 
 
New documents
 
Brakes - Q2 Market Report
Oliver Kay - Buyers Guide, Easter Opening Times 
Birtwistles - Specials
Arthur David - Produce Update
Direct Seafood - April Catch up
West Horsley - Red Tractor Certificate
Heineken - Brands & CRM presentation

One Water is trialling alternative packaging to alert UK consumers to the poor water conditions experienced by an estimated 663 million people worldwide. The company, which pours its profits into clean water projects around the globe, has developed a sleeve for its bottles to make the clean Welsh spring water they contain look dirty. The trials coincided with World Water Day on 22nd March.

One Water is on target to raise £20m for water projects by 2020 and by summer 2017 will have raised £15m. Founder Duncan Goose said: "By 2020, the British population will consume close to 4.8bn litres of bottled water per year, which adds up to more than 70 litres of bottled water for everyone in the UK. I wanted to turn this into a force for good -a source of funds that benefits the billions of people worldwide who don't have a reliable clean water source.

The company, which pours its profits into clean water projects around the globe, has developed a sleeve for its bottles to make the clean Welsh spring water they contain look dirty. The trials coincided with World Water Day on 22nd March One Water is on target to raise £20m for water projects by 2020 and by summer 2017 will have raised £15m.

Founder Duncan Goose said: "By 2020, the British population will consume close to 4.8bn litres of bottled water per year, which adds up to more than 70 litres of bottled water for everyone in the UK. I wanted to turn this into a force for good -a source of funds that benefits the billions of people worldwide who don't have a reliable clean water source.


"It seems counter-intuitive to be trying to sell a bottle of water that looks dirty, but we think it's a useful moment of reflection in our busy days and an opportunity to support a business that profits into clean water for everyone rather than into the bank accounts of corporations," added Goose. To mark World Water Day, TUCO magazine editor Morag Wilson took part in the 5 Litre Challenge with One Water and Bidfood, using only five litres of water in 24 hours for everything from cups of coffee to washing.

On 19 May 2017, Institute Of Hospitality will be hosting a Professionals Career Fair Open to Young Hospitality Professionals and Students.
This is a great opportunity to find out about new Jobs and Internship vacancies.
This event will be FREE ENTRY and will have 20+ of the best Employers from the Hospitality and Event Management Sectors.

Requirements:
Please come with your CV and Dress to Impress!

Location:

INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS
116 PALL MALL, ST. J AMES'S, LONDON SW1Y 5ED

For more Information click here.

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 09:33

Calling All Young Chefs!

Coup de pates is bringing its Chefs at Play challenge back for 2017, offering you the opportunity to create your very own signature product for sale at Taste of London 14-18th of June!

Not only that but the successful candidate will also get to demo alongside the company’s brigade of chefs for the day, as well as being treated to a dinner with an overnight stay in the capital with a plus 1 guest.
If you’re a working or aspiring student chef aged between 18 and 23, we want to see your recipe idea for an innovative new creation that twins two of the foodservice world’s biggest current trends – patisserie and food on-the go.

You’ll have one of eight base products – sourced from Coup de pates’ semi-prepared range – from which to build a stunner.
From there, it is up to you to use your flair, creativity and any supplementary garnishes or ingredients to craft a patisserie item that can be enjoyed ‘on the go’. Four finalists will then be chosen to bring their paper entries to life in a cook-off at Coup de pates headquarters in London’s Covent Garden during May.

The winning chef will then be offered the chance to create a product worthy of sale at the greatest restaurant festival in the world – Taste of London. In addition, the winner will get to work on the stand, alongside the team to soak up the incredible atmosphere for themselves.

For more information please visit the Coup de pates website.

18th May 2017, University of Salford

Special offer– 30% off delegate tickets.

'The Future of Food Safety Conference: Hygiene and supply chain solutions “The provenance of British food matters to consumers all around the world. When they choose British, they know they can trust the origins of our unique, great tasting products.” - Andrea Leadsom, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Minister
The 2013 horse meat scandal underlined the importance of supply chain transparency and highlighted a growing public demand to know the provenance of the food on their plates. Despite the lessons learned from this incident, food suppliers are still routinely forced to recall products due to mislabeling or contamination, according to the Food Standards Agency. As major food suppliers continue to compete over low prices, consumer safety is placed at greater risk. Examples of poor storage at incorrect temperatures and inadequate hygiene standards greatly increase the threat of foodborne illnesses.
Full course agenda can be found on the website http://www.salford.ac.uk/onecpd/courses/food-safety-conference

30% off £325 + VAT per delegate

 

How to register?

Book Online: http://onecpd-booking.salford.ac.uk/new-booking/formCPD.php?TC=TC001577
Quote Discount Code FOOD30 to receive 30% off delegate places.
Or contact Daisy Clarke on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0161 295 0113

Surveys

Kitchen Deep Cleaning & Ventilation Agreement – Research Survey
We are looking to get the Kitchen Deep Cleaning & Ventilation Agreement underway and we have a research survey to help us fully understand your requirements to allow us to build the most appropriate framework.

Please click the below link for the survey, this closes Friday 31st March:

https://tuco.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/tuco-kitchen-deep-cleaning-agreement-further-research

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Kitchen Equipment Maintenance – Supplier Review
We have a survey available ahead of the contract reviews to be held in May, it would be great if you could spare some time to provide us with your feedback

Please click the below link for the survey, this closes Friday 31st March:

https://tuco.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/supplier-assessment-kems

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Meat and Poultry – Research and Supplier Review
On 20th April we have the supplier reviews and the tender working party meeting at TUCO HQ and so we have 2 Meat and Poultry surveys, both close on the 8th April. We would be grateful if you could spare some time to help shape the new

Pre-tender survey:https://tuco.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/pre-tender-survey-meat-poultry-2017

Supplier Assessment:https://tuco.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/supplier-assessment-meat-poultry-2017

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Catering Light & Heavy Equipment – Supplier Review
We have a survey available ahead of the contract reviews to be held in the next couple of months, it would be great if you could spare some time to provide us with your feedback

Please click the below link for the survey, this closes Wednesday 19th April:

https://tuco.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/catering-light-heavy-equipment-agreement-2017


 

Please note there is revised pricing on the following agreements:

Alcohol
Bidvest
Matthew Clark
S H Jones

Confectionery
JW Filshill
Palmer & Harvey
Sugro

Fish & Seafood
Direct Seafood

Recruitment
Berkeley Scott (Kellan)
First Call
Neway International
Reed

New promotions

New documents
Molson Coors - Post Budget Letter
Oliver Kay - Rhubarb, Jersey Royals, Easter opening times & Weekly buyers update
Arthur David - Produce Report

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