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Queen's Award Luncheon

apetito celebrates winning the Queen's Award for Enterprise.

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Wiltshire business apetito, the UK’s leading creator and supplier of meals for the health and social care sector, today hosts a lunch for the Queen’s representative in Wiltshire, HM Lord Lieutenant Sarah Troughton in celebration of apetito winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category.

apetito makes a real difference, allowing people to eat for health whether they are at home, in hospital or in care and has been recognised for a second time in these prestigious awards – this time for its work in pioneering ground-breaking texture modified meals (a range of softer foods), which has been specially developed for those living with dysphagia (the clinical term for individuals who experience chewing and swallowing difficulties).

Citing the fact that “apetito's innovative texture modified range has had a ‘significant and positive’ impact on the wellbeing of its customers by helping to stimulate appetite and increase nutritional intake”, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise’ praised the company’s track record of growth, success and commitment to its market.

The lunch held at the Trowbridge Civic Centre, welcomes friends and supporters of apetito to enjoy a three course meal cooked by apetito’s head chef Phil Rimmer. Guests include local authority dignitaries, suppliers, partners, care home and hospital managers in addition to the hard working staff from apetito’s head office based in Trowbridge.

The Queen’s representative in Wiltshire, HM Lord Lieutenant Sarah Troughton with Paul Freeston and representatives of apetito
The Queen’s representative in Wiltshire, HM Lord Lieutenant Sarah Troughton (3rd from left) attended the lunch.

Only awarded for what it describes as ‘the highest levels of excellence’, the Awards are highly coveted and attract thousands of entrants across the UK. The 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise was all announced on the 21st April, on what was the Queen’s 90th birthday.

apetito Chief Executive, Paul Freeston, reinforced that this win was reflective of the extraordinary teamwork from top to bottom within the business:

“We are proud, honored and delighted to have been recognised for a second time in the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation” he says, “and, it is testament to the hard work, dedication and vision of our entire team.

All of us at apetito are passionate about ‘making a real difference’ to people’s lives and we believe that our softer foods range is the very best of its type across the world.

The range has helped thousands of people improve their quality of life, allowing them to dine with dignity whilst increasing nutritional intake. Most importantly, it has brought back enjoyment into people’s mealtimes”.

apetito, who are parent company to home delivery brand Wiltshire Farm Foods, first won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation in 2005 for its development of the “Chefmobil”, which revolutionised the meals on wheels market by cooking meals whilst on route to customers rather than being prepared hours in advance in a central kitchen.

Freeston concludes:

“The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation, is the highest accolade we could receive, and to have won this twice is an incredible feat.”