Bidfood has revealed a bank of tools to help hospital caterers comply with the latest CQUIN 1B guidelines and benefit from the funding available to NHS trusts.
The new ‘Our Guide to CQUIN 1B 17/19’ has been developed by Bidfood’s Technical and Customer Marketing teams to assist caterers in the NHS ambition to lead by example by promoting healthy eating throughout its trusts.
Designed to provide greater clarity around the new guidelines, the guide also supports hospital caterers to build an appropriate range and track the products they sell.
Simple and easy to digest, Bidfood’s guide includes:
- A year-on-year breakdown of the guidelines.
- Information on funding.
- Product suggestions across key categories including drinks, snacks and confectionery.
- Nutritional values of the Bidfood wholesale foods core range.
- Access to a dedicated Bidfood account manager who has experience in supplying a compliant range.
David King, Marketing Manager at Bidfood, said: “CQUIN 1B – healthy food for NHS staff, visitors and patients – is the biggest change to have hit hospital catering for decades. It is all about the overall stance the NHS takes on healthy eating and the role of food within hospitals.
“The recent updates to guidelines for 2017-19 push the focus to a new level with even more specific recommendations around limiting the promotion of foods and drinks high in fat, salt and sugar. These products are often some of the top sellers within a hospital’s retail offer meaning we need to support operators to shift customer preference and loyalty.
“It is vital that hospital caterers are aware of the new guidance around what percentage of their range should be lower in fat, salt and sugar, and how the percentage should increase in 2018/19. Our guide provides an at-a-glance understanding of how the guidance has changed as well as suggestions for how operators can suitably tailor and audit their range without compromising on its customer appeal.”
Customers can access the ‘Our Guide to CQUIN 1B 17/19’ by contacting their Account Manager at Bidfood.