Food wholesale and catering provider Creed Foodservice has launched a video to support care home teams to tackle key catering challenges. A survey by the company reveals that 80 per cent of those aged 60 years+ would be prepared to pay a premium for better quality food and hospitality in a care home.
The first in the video series unveils Creed’s new Care Menu Solution, a three-week programme including full step-by-step recipes as well as live data including nutrition, allergens and costs for every meal in the plan. Meals include British classics such as roast chicken, shepherd’s pie and fish and chips, alongside global cuisines including Italian pizzas, Indian and Thai curries and Chinese-inspired noodle dishes.
Incredibly easy to use, the programme has been devised by Creed Foodservice Care Sector Specialist Andy Williams, and Development Chef James de Jong.
Williams says: “When we devised the Menu Solution we looked at bodies such as Public Health England and the British Dietetics Association to ensure the meals met nutritional standards and chose ingredients wisely to ensure costs are manageable. We chose a menu cycle length that means catering staff will produce the meals regularly enough so the quality and presentation will be perfected, seasonal produce can be weaved in, food ordering will become more streamlined and, in turn, food waste will also reduce. Consistency will also be achieved, with the same ingredients, quantities and methods being followed; especially important for care home groups which have multiple homes and different catering teams in each.”
He added: “The role the hospitality offering plays in care homes is huge; some 95 per cent of Baby Boomers (aged 60+) say that the food and drink provision is important when choosing a care home. Furthermore, eight out of ten would pay more for a premium offering if their budget allowed. It’s not just a ‘nice to have’ – it’s a fundamental part of the decision-making process and will make a difference to occupancy rates, revenue and profit.
“We understand how incredibly challenging it is for care homes. The day-to-day demands of running a care home leaves little time to sit down and create new recipes and meal ideas, let alone a three-week menu. And it’s not just about making the food appealing; care homes cater for residents with special dietary requirements and nutritional needs, all of which need to be met.”
View the first Creed Foodservice care sector video online.