The UK Government have asked Public Health England (PHE) to tackle the problem of excess calorie consumption by children. A year after the launch of “the world’s leading childhood obesity plan”, PHE are now considering evidence and will set goals for a calorie-reduction programme, which will aim to remove excess calories from children’s most-consumed foods.

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As the number of children and teenagers being treated for Type 2 diabetes has risen 14%, the Local Government Association (LGA) has described the situation as a “hugely disturbing trend”.

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As consumers continue to be squeezed by rising inflation and lack of wage growth, attracting customers to a restaurant has become less about swanky interiors and quality staff, and more about enticing discounts, price-cuts, and freebies.

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Health experts claim the UK’s obesity crisis is being fuelled by businesses encouraging shoppers to choose larger portions and additional, unhealthy additions to their food. According to the Royal Society for Public Health, consumers are frequently falling victim to the marketing ploy known as ‘upselling’.

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A YouGov survey from healthy eating alliance Eating Better found that 44% of UK residents have, or are willing to, cut down their consumption of meat. The report highlights more than 20 businesses already helping consumers shift to eating less but better-quality meat, and more plant-based dishes and products. The alliance is now calling on more companies to act on their findings and support the trend.

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The hastily scrapped Conservative election manifesto proposal to abolish free school lunches in favor of school breakfasts has raised debate over the benefits of each of these services.

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Yorkshireman and state school chef Steve Ashburn believes schools should put more of an emphasis on sourcing quality, seasonal ingredients from local producers. At Rosset school in Harrogate, this is exactly what he is doing.

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New research from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has found that one in ten 14-16-year-olds believe tomatoes grow underground, and a quarter of primary school children believe that cheese comes from a plant.

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Personnel Update

Jul 28, 2017 editor

Kayte has left the business to pursue a new challenge and we wish her success in the future. Rest assured Red Box Consultancy Services Limited will continue to deliver the support you have come to expect in the time that we have worked together.

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Red Box Buys Amadeus Associates!

Apr 03, 2017 editor

Red Box are delighted to announce the recently completed purchase of Amadeus Associates from its founder and owner, Tony Burholt and that Red Box have now established productive working partnerships with his clients.

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