Two simple steps to a lower food and drinks bill

Signature Senior Lifestyle has cut food prices by well over a quarter by following the advice of Pelican Procurement. 

According to Neil Phillips, Signature Senior Lifestyle commercial director, the reduction in cost by category was:

  • Dairy: 12 per cent dairy
  • Fish: 8 per cent
  • Frozen and grocery: 4 per cent
  • Fuit and vegetables: 3.5 per cent
  • Meat 1.5 per cent.

In addition, the company receives deliveries six days per week.

Like many care homes, Signature Senior Lifestyle has to cope with sudden fluctuations in food prices and incomplete deliveries., so a decision was made to outsource the food and beverage procurement function to Pelican Procurement.

One of the first things Pelican did was to split Signature’s food purchasing into categories and put the business out to market for re-tendering with regional suppliers.

Signature says that as well as having more control over prices, residents are reassured to know that their meat, vegetables and fish are coming from local sources. 

Download the full Signature/Pelican Procurement story or see the focus on nutrition in the September issue of Care Home Management magazine out now.

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