Care homes

We know that care home catering can be challenging and that’s why we’re here to support you with fortified products, recipe inspiration and menu ideas. We are proud to be a Premier Partner to the National Association of Care Catering.


Channel insights

Food and nutrition is one of the top factors family and friends consider when choosing a care home for loved ones. Our recently commissioned research has showed that:


Aging population

The value of the UK residential care market is estimated to have increased by 11% between 2013 and 2017 to £20.5 billion. 

Mintel Residential Care for the Elderly – UK – September 2017


Specialist diets

Around 1 in 3 patients are admitted to acute care will be malnourished or at risk of becoming so, and 35% of individuals admitted to care homes will also be affected.**

**NHS England Guidance


Food is important

Our specially commissioned research shows that 85% of people with a relative in care felt that the food offering was important and influenced their choice of home for their loved one.***

***Bidfood 2016

Our support tools

Care home recipe book

Our development chefs have been busy creating a four weekly menu cycle with supporting fortified recipes suitable for care homes. They include full nutritional information plus allergens – take a look at the examples below, and contact your account manager for more options!


Catering with Care

Our complete guide to catering for residents with nutritional, clinical or cultural requirements is available to our customers.

This document focuses on supporting the specialist catering required for residents with dysphagia, dementia, chronic kidney disease and many more as well as providing general catering guidance for elderly residents.  Please speak to your account manager directly for more information.


Nutrition and Hydration Week

We continue to support Nutrition and Hydration Week (12th-18th March 2018). We have a range of product suggestions and recipes to help you keep your residents nourished and hydrated plus some fun quiz questions to ask your residents during your hydration event. See the full pack here or try out some of our food and drink recipes.

Catering for specialist diets

We understand that your residents have specialist dietary requirements and we have a range of products to help you cater for sufferers of dysphagia. Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulties. It is broadly estimated to affect 8% of the general population*, with a large number of care residents suffering from this condition. Implementation of the IDDSI Framework in care homes will be mandatory by April 2019. View our guide to catering for dysphagia sufferers including information on the new standards for food (liquidised/moderately thick, pureed, minced and moist, soft and bite sized)



Managing allergens

Half of Brits avoid, or have a household member who avoids, one or more types of foods or ingredients. *Mintel, Free-from foods, UK, Dec 2016

Our team of experts at the Bidfood Advice Centre are available for all your units to answer any question about our products.

Email us at or call us on 0370 3663 000

The right range for you

We are proud to offer a choice of over 13,000 own brand and branded lines to support your menus within your care home.


What’s more, we have a range of brochures to help inspire your chefs…


Why not try this recipe for tasty traditional fish pie mix made with MSC in the UK – Certified Sustainable Seafood fish mix

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