The Country Range Group has launched the next in its series of invaluable Menu Solutions Guides with the latest brochure focusing on the challenging work of a care sector chef, offering guidance and tips on how care caterers can navigate the complex sector and take their services to the next level.
The beneficial guide is now available to the Group’s member wholesalers’ customers and has been launched via the Group’s own digital and social channels in addition to the wholesalers’ own digital channels.
Care Menu Solutions Guide
The content of the guide focuses on the various areas of their food provision that a care caterer needs to consider. The guide includes advice from care caterers as well as experts from the National Association of Care Catering in addition to providing lots of menu inspiration through the recipes.
The sections of the guide are:
Planning Your Plates – Focusing on all aspects of menu planning from balancing calories and nutrients, plate presentation, the overall dining experience to adapting dishes to the seasons.
Nourishing Needs – Taking a closer look at the challenges chefs face on a daily basis accommodating the dietary requirements of each individual. The four most significant considerations are looked at, including what caterers should be aware of and how to handle complexities.
Time to Hydrate – Understanding the importance of keeping residents hydrated and how care operators can increase the opportunities for hydration throughout the day.
Staying Active – Having a variety of activities and events for residents to take part in is an incredibly important part of a care home operation. This section shares some advice from the NACC and a calendar of key dates and events that can provide inspiration for theming activities and events.
Keep it Clean – Looking at the importance of food hygiene standards in care home settings and how caterers can control the pathways in which residents receive food and reinforce practices to minimise contamination.
Talking Tables – Chefs from the sector offers their advice and tips on how to take care catering services to the next level.
Emma Holden, Country Range Group Marketing Controller, commented: “Working in a care catering environment can be very challenging for chefs as not only do they have to worry about their residents enjoying their meals, but they also need to ensure that what they produce is nutritionally balanced and tailored for each individual.
“This is on top of providing a variety of meals and snacks throughout the day, seven days a week, so it can be a bit challenging at the best of times. This guide aims to offer top tips and guidance on how they can navigate the sector and take their offering to the next level.”
About the Country Range Group
With over 25 years of heritage servicing the UK & Ireland’s innovative foodservice sector, the Country Range Group is made up of 12 independent wholesalers – Birchall Foodservice, Blakemore Foodservice, Caterite Foodservice, Creed Foodservice, Dunns Food and Drinks, EFG Foodservice, Harvest Fine Foods, Henderson Foodservice, Savona Foodservice, Thomas Ridley Foodservice, Trevors Foodservice and Turner Price.
In addition to offering the leading brands from around the globe, the Group also provides over 800 products, all developed exclusively for professional caterers under the Country Range brand. Covering grocery, chilled, frozen and non-food, Country Range is widely recognised by caterers as a trusted and reliable brand delivering consistent quality and value for money without compromising on taste and flavour.
The Group also publishes its trade magazine Stir it up 10 times a year, which features the latest food, drink and industry news, Country Range brand promotions and in-depth trend reports and sector specific guides to support and inspire all foodservice caterers.
The Group is dedicated to improving sustainability practices across the membership including finding long-term solutions for the Country Range packaging, while still maintaining the same high quality of the products across the range. As new products are developed, the Group is looking to reduce the amount of packaging used and increase the recyclability of the materials it contains. The Group is also working to remove “Problem Plastics” from their range such as black plastic by the end of 2021, of which there has been over 30 tonnes removed from the range so far. Alongside this, CRG will also move away from white cardboard in order to increase the level of recycled material in the outer cases used.
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