NACC Care Chef of the Year 2019 competition opens for entries

NACC Care Chef of the Year 2019 logo

The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has begun its annual search for the nation’s best care chef.  The NACC Care Chef of the Year 2019 competition is now officially open for entries.

The prestigious culinary competition is open to all chefs and cooks working in the care sector, from care homes, day centres, lunch clubs and meals on wheels services to local authorities and other care organisations, including hospices.  

The entry brochure can be downloaded at and the deadline for entries is 1 February 2019.

apetito extends Purée Petite range

Purée Petite range

apetito, the UK’s leading creator and supplier of meals to the health and social care sector, has launched a new selection of Purée Petite meals following the range’s success.


The product line, which won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Innovation in April 2016, will now include several breakfast dishes to ensure customers have an option for every mealtime.


The world leading range of pureed meals, which has seen a 70 per cent increase in sales over the last three years, was created to help individuals suffering with dysphagia to ‘dine with dignity’.  


Simple summer treats can inspire happy memories, says frozen food distributor Central Foods


Sensory stimulation has long been recognised as a way of promoting feelings of well-being. And serving familiar foods in care and nursing homes is one way to achieve this, with summer being the perfect time to perk up menus and help bring back happy memories for residents.

“Our senses – sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch – connect us with the world around us and sensory stimulation using different types of food can create positive experiences,” says Gordon Lauder, managing director of frozen food distributor Central Foods.

“I reckon that ice cream must be one of the best foods to help bring back great memories of long summer days or childhood trips to the park or seaside or afternoon matinees at the cinema.

Lift the lid on an innovative approach to care home catering with NutriPot

Half the recommended daily nutrition in a single pot – and they taste delicious


NutriPot, from Nutripot Nutrition, is set to fill a gap in care home catering by providing delicious instant pot meals, fortified with half of all the body’s 28 daily vitamin and mineral needs.

With a lack of healthy, quick and convenient food choices for the elderly, NutriPot provides the perfect balance of flavour and functionality as the first instant pot range in the category to provide a fortified meal with added vitamins and minerals, all for the price of a sandwich.

Care providers step into residents' shoes to improve on catering

Care providers step into the shoes of residents

More than 30 people working in the care industry came together for an innovative care catering event. 

The interactive session, held during Nutrition and Hydration week, put attendees in the shoes of residents to highlight just how important positive dining experiences are to quality care. 

Led by executive director of NAPA (National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People) Sylvie Silver, and Paul Wright, UFS elderly care development chef. 

Sylvie said:  “Mealtimes aren’t just about nutrition, they’re key social occasions too. And like any meaningful activity, care needs to be taken to ensure individual needs are taken into account. And that all starts with seeing things from their point of view.”

Trowbridge based apetito announces £31million investment in its food manufacturing site

apetito, the UK’s leading food producer for the health and social care sector (and owner of Wiltshire Farm Foods), today announces that it will be investing £31million in its South West based, food manufacturing business resulting in job creation in the company’s Trowbridge site.

apetito is a £125m food and nutrition food production company which has been  operating in the UK for over 25 years. The company supplies a wide range of products focused on taste and nutrition to hospitals, care homes, local government meals on wheel services as well as via its private meal delivery service Wiltshire Farm Foods.  apetito is the largest private sector employer in Trowbridge, Wiltshire and supports over 2000 UK jobs nationwide.

The Big Lottery Fund has donated more than a million pounds to help launch a pioneering project to improve the health and wellbeing of older people.

A good food charity has received a £1.25m boost to establish a special nutrition programme for the elderly.

The Soil Association’s Food for Life Programme received the funding to help launch an innovative scheme that uses good food to boost wellbeing and reduce isolation among older people.

Official figures from charitable association Bapen reveal that 1.3 million people over the age of 65 suffer from malnutrition, while Age UK found that two fifths of elderly consider the television to be their main source of company. 

This project works directly with programme users to tackle these issues across three key areas in the UK: Edinburgh, Calderdale and Kirklees, and Leicester City and Leicestershire.

10 key characteristics of 'good nutrition and hydration care'

In 2015 NHS England was asked by Department of Health to review the Council of Europe ’10 key characteristics of good nutrition and hydration care’. These have been reviewed and changes been made following feedback from stakeholders that included patient and public representative organisations; NHS providers; commissioners; national NHS organisations; catering providers and independent pharmaceutical  food supplements providers and professional organisations (BAPEN, BDA). The implementation of the ’10 key characteristics of good nutrition and hydration care’ is a requirement to meet the Hospital Food Standards SC19 in the NHS Contract for hospitals.

The updated 10 key characteristics are:

Chelsea Court Place is passionate about raising the standards of care home food and changing the future of food nutrition in aged care

Chelsea Court Place dining table

In addition to the basic enjoyment of eating quality, nutritious food, taste is a very powerful sense which has the ability to trigger memories of life experiences, stimulate happiness and comfort, all of which are pertinent in people afflicted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Healthy Nutrition for Older People

 Older People

A healthy, well-balanced diet is essential for people of all ages, but it is especially important for elderly people to get their recommended nutritional amounts. Unfortunately, people in their senior years are less likely than other age groups to maintain a healthy diet due to several differing lifestyle factors.

Physical reasons such as dental problems or a decline in the senses can impact on an elderly person’s dietary habits, as can the difficulty they may have being on their feet for a long time while trying to co-ordinate cooking meals. In addition, they could be beset by a lack of appetite from feelings of loneliness, a lack of income to buy the food they need or the logistical barriers of being unable to get to a supermarket, particularly in adverse weather.

Real Soup Company Man Becomes Welsh NACC Chair


Daniel Head, Business Development Manager at the Real Soup Company, has been voted in as the new Welsh Regional Chair for the National Association of Care Catering (NACC), with immediate effect.

The move is the culmination of a longstanding partnership between The Real Soup Company and the NACC. The producer of fresh soups, based in Ebbw Vale, Gwent, supplies many local authorities both within Wales and beyond, with Daniel as its main point of contact in the care sector. 

Daniel paid tribute to outgoing chair, Pauline Batty, Catering Manager for Monmouthshire County Council, for making great strides in improving the quality of care catering in Wales. 

The Power of Prevention


Apetito calls for the UK’s health and social care sectors to innovate by joining forces as new research from the NACC reveals just 48% of authorities now provide Meals on Wheels

Apetito, the UK’s leading creator and supplier of meals for the health and social care sector, is using Meals on Wheels Week to call on Government to direct more money into social care and to consider revolutionary measures such as merging health and social care budgets, to combat the alarming decline in Meals on Wheels services. 

Fresh Soup Portions Can Help Take the Strain on Delivered Meals Services – Real Soup Co.

Fresh Soup Portions Can Help Take the Strain on Delivered Meals Services – Real Soup Co.

The Real Soup Company is using the forthcoming Meals on Wheels Week (7th-11th November, 2016) to highlight the vital importance of delivered meals services throughout the UK and the part its new soup format is playing in providing both a convenient lunch or hot evening meal for service users.

New 380g single-serve fresh soup pots from The Real Soup Company offer delivered meals services a convenient, nutritious and warming meal that users, many of whom are not in a position to cook for themselves, can create in minutes.  

Catering with care: Bidvest Foodservice returns with second ‘Fortification Week’


Fortification Week on 10-16 October 2016 – the pioneering initiative from UK foodservice provider, Bidvest Foodservice, is back for a second time to highlight worrying levels of malnutrition among care home residents.
On entry to a care home, statistics show 35% of residents are at risk of malnutrition. From diminishing appetite, to digestive problems and swallowing difficulties, there are a number of factors that can contribute to poor nutritional intake and malnutrition among elderly diners. And, for the second year, Fortification Week will help raise awareness of these issues.