Our focus is all about providing you with the solutions to capture the imagination of your staff, visitors and of course, patients. We know it’s not easy turning over a profit whilst complying with CQUIN 1B guidelines and battling against the perception of hospital food put out by the media.

Our strong partnership with the HCA and insight-led approach means we can offer you the support you need. Our team of hospital specialist account managers can support you throughout the year, helping with CQUIN 1B, Food for Life and your patient feeding offer. Take a look through some of the solutions we can provide you with!

Channel insights

Hospital food trends

We understand that you need to react quickly to the latest health and wellbeing trends to stay in line with the evolving recommendations. Add health trends into a mix of indulgence and cuisine trends to make an interesting opportunity for hospitals to manipulate to their advantage.

Trends to consider


Grab and go

Over half of all consumers buy meals on-the-go.* There is a widening variety of outlets, kiosks and pop-ups that offer global meal choices. As a result of the demand, diners are keen to see their favourite sit-in restaurants offer a takeaway option. This is filtering through to the hospital market where staff and visitors are interested in seeing sit down and grab & go offers.

*Mintel Foodservice Trends – 2018


Better me 

Healthy foods are all the rage at the moment as infused waters, low sugar snacks and high protein hits continue to grow! Attract your staff and visitors to purchase a healthier snack in your retail outlets with a range of innovative, on-trend products that will encourage daily purchasing. Check out our snacking range for CQUIN 1B compliant products fitting this trend.***

***Mintel Attitudes toward healthy Eating – UK – February 2018


Great Britain 

Backing British is increasingly a focus for our nation’s consumers, be that eating out or shopping for the home. Consumers are developing a passion to support British farmers, artisan producers and local growers. 55% of shoppers are influenced by the Red Tractor logo when deciding on what food to buy, so including a range of accredited products not only pleases your customers but also helps towards the Food for Life catering mark.**

**Mintel 2018

Our support tools

CQUIN 1B 17/19

We’re here to help you with CQUIN 1B. Our support goes beyond supplying you with the products you need. We’ve recently launched our own CQUIN 1B 17/19 guide which contains a host of information to help you, with up to date information on:

  • The 17/19 guidelines.
  • Key points on the funding available and the deadlines you need to take note of.
  • Suitable products for all parts of CQUIN 1B including compliant drinks, under 250kcal confectionery snacks and out of hours meals under 400kcal.


Our sales team are fully equipped to provide you with compliant products and advice to help you present a fully compliant yet very profitable offer.

CQUIN 1B report

To help you continually comply with CQUIN 1B we have developed our CQUIN 1B report. The report breaks down our entire range of products and details the fat, sugar and salt values for each product using the traffic lighted system. The green, amber and red traffic light colours help to provide you with a clear indication whether the product you are purchasing from us is compliant, assisting you with the continual tracking of the products you sell, in relation to part B of CQUIN 1B.

Achieving food for life

We’re also a member of the Soil Association’s Catering Mark Supplier Scheme. The Food for Life Catering Mark is a Soil Association assurance scheme to help leading caterers give their customers the confidence that the products they are buying meet the matters they care about.

We are able to provide you with over 9000 products which meet at least one of the standards, and will help you work towards the Bronze, Silver or Gold accreditation.

Managing allergens

A study by the Food Standards Agency revealed that 6 out of 10 young people (aged between 16-24) with an allergy or intolerance avoided eating out in the past 6 months because they feared what was in their meals. *Food Standards Agency, 2018

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


Food is a critical part of hospitals for patients, visitors, and those who work there. While the food being offered is coming under more and more scrutiny, the packaging holding the food should also be carefully considered. At Bidfood, we have an array of packaging solutions to help fit your hospital’s needs. Within our Food2Go flyer, we have outlined solutions by day part for ease to help you create a range of convenient food offerings.

What our customers say about us


Catering Manager, Solihull Hospital.

Bidfood offer a great service with competitive prices, I find the telesales team to be very helpful and professional. I also love the trade shows that showcase all the new products.


The Team at New Cross Hospital CPU!

We've been supplied by Bidfood for the past 3 years and found them to be very efficient and easy to deal with. They're very focussed towards the style and needs of our business.

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