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

There are approximately 43,500 elderly and disabled people in residential care and nursing homes across the UK*. This figure is expected to grow by up to 40% over the next 20 years.

*PHE Healthier and more sustainable catering. 


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 (13th-19th March), with this year launching our brochure with a whole week of product and recipe suggestions to support the daily focuses from Big Breakfast Monday through to Fruity Friday!  See the full brochure or try out some of our food and drink recipes.

Fortification Week

Is a week designed to raise awareness of the prevalence of malnutrition and its causes and of the help available to care homes in ensuring that residents get the nutritional intake they need to avoid becoming malnourished.  We have produced a full guide to include a feature on easy ways to fortify up your regular dishes on your menu plus lots of recipes to give you some fresh inspiration when catering for your residents. Take a look at some of our favourite recipes:

Products to help you cater for specialist diets

We understand that your residents have specialist dietary requirements. We have a range of products to help you cater for dysphagia sufferers, please speak to your account manager for full product details.


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…


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