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Catering and Hygiene

Food dudes appoints Director of Commissioning, UK C

heshire based Food Dudes, a social enterprise promoting healthy eating to school children, recently announced the appointment of Ian Scothern as Director of Commissioning, UK.

Ian joins the company that runs award winning evidenced based programmes for schools encouraging children to make healthy eating choices from the UK's largest housing association The Sanctuary Group where he held the position of Commercial Development Manager. He also spent a number of years at The Priory Group as a Regional Business Development Manager. Established in 2013 by Professor Fergus Lowe, Food Dudes runs a series of healthy eating programmes designed to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables. The company will play an integral role in the Department of Education's roll out of the School Food Plan in September this year. Ian will be responsible for sustaining and building on the growth achieved over the recent months and developing strong relationships with key commissioning partners in public health, the NHS and the Department of Education.

Commenting on his new role, Ian said; "I am delighted to be joining Food Dudes at such an exciting time. They are an inspirational team. I was attracted to the role as the programmes are evidence based so deliver really tangible results for schools."

He continued: "Childhood obesity and the importance of good nutrition for children has never been higher on the public’s agenda. The government's free school meal initiative coupled with the ongoing sugar debate has driven the issue to the top of the media agenda and the forefront of the British public’s minds. As such the organisation has seen a huge demand for help in influencing primary school children to eat healthily "Food Dudes has ambitious growth plans and I am looking forward to playing a key role in taking the enterprise to the next level in both the UK and internationally," he concluded.

On Ian's appointment, Chairman of Food Dudes Professor Fergus Lowe said: "We have grown significantly in a short period of time. Ian's appointment underpins our commitment to further growth and the expansion of our programmes both domestically and internationally. He brings a wealth of experience to Food Dudes and his public sector credentials are excellent.”

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EcoAce paves the way for a “bag free” future

Leafield Environmental has designed and developed a simple, economical, internal recycling bin that can be used without bags for a more sustainable recycling solution.

Developed in association with Bath Spa University, the EcoAce has cut out handles to allow easy lifting to central collection points. Its space-saving design easily fits into any modern setting and the WRAP compliant, colourful lids can suit up to eight different waste streams.

The bin body can be produced in a wide variety of colours and a black version, made from 100% recycled plastic is also available. Dr Julian Greaves, Sustainability Manager, Bath Spa University said, "The bespoke design service was one of the reasons we chose Leafield because we were unable to find exactly what we wanted elsewhere. We asked for a good quality, robust, affordable recycling bin with a 'bag free' option as part of our strategy to increase recycling rates to at least 80% by 2016." Leafield Managing Director Phil Maddox said, "Our in-house design capabilities enable us to meet our customers’ requirements precisely and without compromise.”

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Available in two sizes, 52 and 62 litres, EcoAce is ideal for organisations looking for good quality and great value for money.

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Truvox International launches the Multiwash 340/Pump Battery

The Multiwash has long been one of the most popular floor cleaning machines in Truvox International Ltd’s range, and visitors to ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam were among the first to see and experience the very latest model. The new machine, which will be available from July 2014, includes all the features that make the Multiwash so successful. It can wash, scrub and dry both hard and soft floor coverings in a single pass, leaving floors ready to walk on in minutes. A choice of brushes allows operatives to undertake normal, maintenance cleaning or intensive scrubbing, and it is quiet in operation, providing minimal disturbance for people using the building that is being cleaned.

It is also extremely effective on ‘difficult’ floors, such as non-slip safety floors, low pile carpets, escalators, travelators, and entrance matting; and it’s also easy to manoeuvre, not just when cleaning, but between sites and locations, too.

The new model includes some welcome innovations that improve both productivity and health and safety:

Battery operation means no trailing cables, minimising the risk of trips & falls • Continuous battery run time of up to 50 minutes

• Quick change battery system enabling longer run times with a second battery Four litre solution tank that is removable and easy to clean

Tiling, rubber studded flooring, carpets and laminates can all be cleaned effectively by the Multiwash, and this versatility means it suits a number of different industry sectors such as education, healthcare and retail. Due to its high brush pressure and speed, less water and solution is used which makes it both cost effective and beneficial in environmental terms.

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