Lee Sheppard, Director of Corporate Affairs and Policy says:
“As proud suppliers to the NHS – we welcome the Hospital Food Review and that the acknowledgement that delivering great hospital food needs to focus on a whole variety of factors – including people, nutrition, food safety, sustainability, technology and more.
“The fact is that great hospital food is about so much more than the catering system used. Be it prepared meals or those cooked on site – all types of catering system can deliver high quality results, but only if all the other factors are in place to support that.
“If we truly want to drive a quality agenda for food in our hospitals, we need to move away from the rhetoric that fresh and local is the only answer; evidence does not support this. The Review makes it clear – “one size does not fit all.”
“We are immensely proud of the quality, nutrition, sustainability, and safety of our food – food that receives great patient feedback and is valued by our healthcare customers. Our service has never been evidenced more strongly than in the year under the coronavirus pandemic where we have maintained supply to our NHS and other care sectors, ensuring that some of the most vulnerable in society receive the food and nutrition that they need. We remain committed to making a real difference to an improved NHS food system – we all have a part to play”.
apetito provides around 1 in 5 of all hospital meals and is respected for the quality and nutritional content of its dishes. The company is a world leader in Specialist Nutrition and particularly around its development of texture modified meals for those with swallowing difficulties, which have been the recipient of a Queens Award for Enterprise in Innovation.