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 shown that:


A growing market

The UK market for Care Homes for Older People is estimated to be worth £16.9 billion in the year to March 2018, which represents nominal growth of approximately 3% with respect to the previous year. 

Laing Buisson Care Homes for Older People UK Market Report (Twenty ninth edition)


Specialist diets

Around 1 in 3 patients 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

Simply Puree

We have recently introduced our Simply Puree range which provides you with a great, ready to serve solution to catering for residents with dysphagia. This range complies with IDDSI standards and covers a wide range of meal options. Click here to find out more.

Care Home Caterer’s Handbook

We have a guide to care home catering to give you lots of inspiration to serve up delicious meals for your residents. With recipe ideas and quick tips on how to cater for different requirements, it also features key products for the care home sector and a sample menu cycle.

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 and allergen information – 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.

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)

Click here to download a printable summary!


Managing allergens

Just under 50% of consumers report that they, or someone in their household, avoid at least one food or ingredient. *Mintel Free-From Foods UK 2018

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

Email us at or call us on 0370 3663 000

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 and fish mix

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