We are excited to announce Study Tours are back! This study tour takes in a variety of catering sites that do plant protein, vegan and vegetarian meals AND drinks exceptionally well.


Who is this for?

University caterers at any level, who are seeking to enhance their vegan and vegetarian offerings within their institutions. (Limited to one plant based champion from each institution where possible.)

Why should I take part?

The vegan and vegetarian lifestyle as a trend and dietary choice is one that shows no sign of stopping and the sale of plant protein products have been increasing rapidly over the last few years. In addition, a growing number of consumers who would normally include meat and dairy products in their meals are opting for a 'flexitarian' diet on an increasingly frequent basis. Over 90% of plant-based meals in the last few years in the UK were eaten by non-vegans! This cumulative preference for vegan and vegetarian meals and drink options, is by consumers who are engaged with following a 'healthier lifestyle' and are actively choosing to reduce their meat and/or dairy consumption as well as the traditional vegan and vegetarians. Catering for both demographics is a great way for institutions to keep menus fresh and interesting.

How will it help me?

During the event, you will…

  • Visit some of the most innovative and creative food establishments in Newcastle with a leading supplier of plant protein products, Vegetarian Express who can discuss with you how you can replicate some of the menu items in your own institutions with their Development Chef
  • Have the added benefit of guidance from a leading drink supplier, LWC who will be looking at food pairing and showing the options for vegan wine and alcoholic beverages which promote health benefits
  • Experience menus and meals AND drinks that reflect the trends of conscientious consuming, the plant-based revolution and health for all 
  • Share best practice with other institutions

Following the event, you will…

  • Get ideas on how to transform menus for vegans and vegetarians
  • Have learnt how informal and informal dining can use vegan and vegetarian options
  • Have information on how to pair vegan beverages with plant based food

What’s Included?

Everything included in the itinerary is included in the cost of the study tour but does not include travel to Newcastle. It does include one-night accommodation, all travel around Newcastle during the Study Tour, all meals, drinks and visits. The Academy will also provide a risk assessment for COVID and will expect all participants to adhere to current government guidelines at the time of the event, throughout the Study Tour. 

Provisional Itinerary:

Please see the document below.


Full Member
Associate/Affiliate Member


  • I can’t see a particular course/training, can you run it?

    If you are interested in receiving training that is not already offered by TUCO Academy, pop us an email or give us a call and we will see if we can source it for you. By going through TUCO Academy you will be able to purchase the training at a subsidised rate and if you can offer the training to other members it will reduce the cost further. 

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  • Can I request a course or development day be held at my organisation?

    The TUCO Academy has worked hard to offer all training at a subsidised price, agreeing reduced corporate contract rates with hotels etc. - yet still understands the benefits of in-house training. To that end, working alongside the professional trainers, TUCO Academy can arrange for events to be held at your own institution, for no extra cost. 

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  • Who can use the training with TUCO Academy?

    All professional development events are available for ANY staff in institutions who are members of TUCO, not just employees in the hospitality, catering and commercial services department.

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  • Can I book on behalf of someone else in my organisation?

    Yes – the person making the booking doesn’t have to attend.

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  • How do I pay for my professional development event?

    You can opt to pay by credit card on the booking form directly or select to pay by invoice. If you need to submit a purchase order this can be entered in the booking form.

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