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Infection Control

With the heightened awareness of infection control due to Coronavirus, we thought we would give our top tips to control infection in care homes.

Managing infection control in care homes isn’t just best practice: it’s the law. Preventing the spread of infection in care homes basically comes down to knowledge about hygiene practices and a commitment to put those practices into action.

It’s key that all staff understand what leads to infection and how they can prevent the spread of it. The latest government guidelines make it clear that hygiene is a priority for care homes. The standard of hygiene in any care home will be reflected in its CQC rating.

Cleaning in care homes

The main aspect of infection control in care homes is to carry out thorough and regular cleaning. This makes sure that residents have a safe and infection-free environment. Providing proper cleaning training is essential to work towards better infection control in your care home.

Personal protective equipment

Care staff have a lot of touch contact with large numbers of residents during their work. If you work in a care home environment, protective equipment can greatly limit the number of germs that are picked up on your hands. Personal protective equipment includes Isolation gowns, face protection, masks, goggles, face shields and respiratory protection. It is vital to ensure all of your staff are provided with the correct protective equipment.

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Safe handling and disposal of chemical waste

Your care home should have a written policy on waste disposal. This provides guidance on all aspects, including special waste, pharmaceuticals, and cytotoxic waste, segregation of waste and an audit trail. This should include colour coding of bags used for waste. For example, you could use yellow bags for clinical waste, black bags for household waste and special bins for glass and aerosols.

Hand Hygiene

We all know that washing your hand properly is the number one way of stopping the spread of infection. However, you must ensure all of your staff are demonstrating best practice when it comes to this most basic of hygiene habits.

Close-up of Human Hand

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has set out very specific guidelines for when and how care home staff should wash their hands, and they also offer free resources including instructional posters and reminders to stick above basins.

The WHO advises that care staff wash their hands in five circumstances:

  • After touching a resident
  • Before touching a resident
  • After touching a person’s surroundings
  • Before carrying out cleaning procedures
  • After any risk of body fluid exposure

Hands should always be washed with soap and water at these five key points, or at any other time if they are dirty.

We are able to sit with you and see if we can help save you money on all your housekeeping needs. Read this blog that we have written about how we can help!

Give us a call today on 01329 236821

Nutrition and Hydration Week 2020

Nutrition and Hydration Week

Nutrition and Hydration Week, running 16th – 22nd March has taken place every March since 2012. Its aim is to bring people together to educate them on the value of food and drink in maintaining health and wellbeing in health and social care.

Organisations worldwide and from all areas of health and social care take part each year and new organisations are welcome to join in the fun.

Assorted Sliced Fruits

With around 3 million people at risk of malnutrition in the UK and over 25 million in the G8 countries the need to raise awareness of the risks is becoming more and more important…

Preventing malnutrition and dehydration not only improves health and well-being but helps to reduce the burden on the health and social care services in treating and supporting those suffering from undernutrition and dehydration.

Fluid Pouring in Pint Glass

As our NHS is suffering from tighter budgets, Nutrition and Hydration Week is a great way to raise awareness in a cost-effective manner.

The week is all about learning new ways to improve nutrition and reduce dehydration as well as giving people a way of sharing ideas and to help others.

Who can get involved?

Nutrition and Hydration Week is open to absolutely anyone who wants to join the shared cause of helping people understand the importance of nutrition and hydration in health and social care.

It’s fun and free to join and all the resources on this website are available to download for no charge and can be personalised in whatever way you want them to be.

How to use the week

Nutrition and Hydration Week is an opportunity for you to promote your foodservice; promote special dietary needs – dietetic support, weight management, speech and language services (dysphagia), continence teams, occupational therapists; promote nutritional screening;

It can be used as an education and awareness tool for your senior management, other professionals, your team, your patients, residents, customers, and families.

Planning your Nutrition and Hydration Week

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Make your aim clear –

What is you want to achieve? Do you want to highlight what you already do? Do you want to raise awareness and educate people? Have a clear focus and run with it throughout the week.

Who is your audience?

Customers? Residents? Families? Your workforce? Tailor your plans and ideas to those people you intend to target meeting your audience’s needs.

What event are you doing?

Do you want to hold an event such as Afternoon Tea, or a poster competition? Maybe get your execs to do dinner service, or why not a come dine with me event have. The list is endless and you can really make it unique to you and your audience!

Publicise your event.

Use the posters available to you or create your own, use newsletters and social media to spread the word. Share your week by making sure you take photos. If you are on twitter make sure you use the use the hashtag #NHWeek and tag @NHWeek. Or you can email your photos to this email address and they may feature them in their newsletters.

Ideas for events and activities during N&H Week

Daily Themes

  • Monday –        Big Breakfast – the most important meal of the day
  • Tuesday –        Snack Tuesday – the value of snacks between meals and at suppertime
  • Wednesday –   Global Afternoon Tea
  • Thursday –      Thirsty Thursday
  • Friday –           Fruity Friday
  • Saturday –        Smoothie Saturday
  • Sunday –          Sundae  Sunday

Global Tea Party

The highlight of every Nutrition and Hydration Week is the Global Tea Party which takes place on Wednesday (18th March)

Beautiful Christmas Table Setting

On this day organisations are invited to hold their very own tea party.  Not only is this a good way to show commitment to nutritional care it is a great way to bring people together! This website has resources to help you plan – with menus, recipes, and invitations!

Hydration Stations

Create stations where residents can grab a drink, can have some fruit or simply grab some information on how to prevent dehydration. Below are some examples of fab hydration stations.

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Hydration Station at Fremantle Trust Chesham Leys Nursing Home!

Try something new – WaterADE

waterade powdered drink

A new and exciting powdered soft drink in 8 Fantastic flavours. Containing no added sugar, Gluten Free and added vitamins A, D, and E.
Each small packet makes 2 Litres of great tasting drink and the waste is minimal so great for the Planet too. If you would like to try WaterADE – email char@collectivepurchasing.co.uk who will be able to help you!

Using food Molds

These can revolutionise meal times for people with swallowing difficulties – bringing a sense of normality back again.

With a little bit of imagination, you can create anything that your residents desire; from curry to salmon. These molds will encourage residents to eat once again, and will help make them feel a part of the care home community; as the food on their plates will look like that of other residents’. Find out more here…  If you would like to purchase any molds, email – char@collectivepurchasing.co.uk who will be happy to help.


If you need or want any further information please use the links below!

How can you be more environmentally friendly from the kitchen?

When it comes to grocery shopping people are beginning to think differently. Price is not the only key thing we as a nation are thinking about; we are also starting to be more conscious of how the product was made and the impact it may have on our planet.
So what are we doing, or what can we do to be more environmentally friendly?


Avoiding food waste  

Food waste is a key contributor to climate change. Everyone from major hotels to Joe blogs at home has a responsibility to do as much as they can to combat food waste. Change has already started happening as many consumers have started taking steps to avoid food waste and to become more environmentally friendly. Places such as the trash café here in Hampshire saves food from going to landfill sites. They rescue food from shops that would otherwise be thrown out and people can donate money (or time/skills) for these items. Each week I get a hamper of food that would have otherwise been binned, I pay £10 for a large bag of food and that’s my week’s shop done! The idea is to feed bellies not bins!

Although this may not work in a commercial setting due to best before dates and rules and regulations – you can still avoid food waste. Plan meals and only buy what you need. Think about serving sizes – more is not always best. And finally, use up leftovers; (bubble and squeak anyone??) here are some epic leftover recipes.


Recycling more rubbish 

With the growing awareness around plastic pollution, many brits are thinking more and more about how they can recycle more effectively. Companies are also looking at how they can make their packaging more environmentally friendly. One company is Vegware; Vegware packaging is made from plants using renewable, lower carbon, recycled or reclaimed materials. They are designed to be commercially compostable with food waste, where accepted. Compostables are a practical solution for single-use food-contaminated disposables. This allows the foodservice to achieve its sustainability goal. To find out more visit their website.


Avoiding single-use plastic 

Over 8 million tonnes of plastic waste enters the ocean every year, equivalent to a full garbage truck every second!  Much of that waste is single-use plastic items like bags, bottles, straws, cutlery, food packaging.  This goes beyond remembering your reusable cup at costa and taking a water bottle with you. It’s thinking outside the box. Straws, toothbrushes, food packaging and plastic bags.; They are all culprits.

The charge for carrier bags has had an impressive impact. In a study by Cefas they revealed there has been an estimated 50% reduction in plastic bag marine litter. That equates to a massive 9million plastic bags taken out of circulation! Why not start by investing in re-usable or more eco-friendly straws, rewarding those that do bring their own cups or even using food wraps or reusable pots to cover food to save using cling film.

For more tips check out this website! If you would like some ideas of products that can help you use less single-use plastics email char@colloectivepurchasing.co.uk and see how we can help you!

Meat-Free Mondays #MFMCountMeIn

Healthy eating is all about having a balanced and varied diet, so your body gets all the goodness it needs to keep you looking and feeling great. We love to experiment with new recipes and new ways of cooking here at Collective Purchasing. With veganuary hot in the press at the moment, we wanted a challange! However we didn’t think we were quite ready to go full vegan, or even give up meat altogether; That is when we decided to try Meat Free Mondays!

Meat-free dinner

Meat eater or not you have probably already heard about Meat Free Monday; but you are not sure why or even how you should get involved. Never fear, Collective Purchasing are here to give you a helping hand!

Originally ‘Meatless Monday’ started out as a public health awareness campaign designed to improve general health in the population. This was done by encouraging everyone to moderate their intake of meat by having a meat-free day every week. Fast forward to now and it has gathered more momentum; with celebrities such as Al Gore and Paul McCartney championing its cause. Today, it’s not just a health campaign but also aims to raise awareness of environmental issues associated with eating meat.

Sciencey bit

‘Scientists agree that we need to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere by 80% by 2050 to have a chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change. This is an enormous challenge, which no single action will achieve; the government and individuals need to work together. It is often difficult however for individuals to identify ways in which they can have a real impact. Having a Meat Free Monday is a simple way for individuals to significantly reduce their emissions.’ (
https://www.paulmccartney.com/news-blogs/news/meat-free-monday-the-facts )

Climate Change

Meat industry

‘The meat industry is a major source of climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions, mostly methane and nitrous oxide:

– On a global scale, the meat industry generates nearly 1/5 of the man-made greenhouse gases that are accelerating climate change; more than the entire transport sector. Livestock accounts for 9% of global CO2 emissions, 37% of methane and 65% of nitrous oxide emissions.

– Methane is 21 times more powerful than CO2 and nitrous oxide is 310 times more powerful than CO2. Methane remains in the atmosphere for 9 to 15 years; nitrous oxide for 114 years on average and is 296 times more potent than CO2.

– In the EU livestock production is responsible for 15% of GHG emissions; in the UK it is responsible for about 8.5%.

– Meat and dairy products make up a third of humanity’s protein intake, and demand is growing fast. In 2000, global meat consumption was 230 million tonnes per year; by 2050 it is expected to reach 465 million tonnes. More livestock means more greenhouse gases.

( ttps://www.paulmccartney.com/news-blogs/news/meat-free-monday-the-facts )

One Planet – No Planet B

Go Meat-Free

By simply having one day a week plant-based, you will be joining thousands of people committed to combat climate change. It is also healthy to partake in meat-free Mondays, as it will encourage you to try new foods.

Below are some simple hints of how you can go meat free.

  • Use meat substitutes: Quorn, tofu, tempeh or seitan
  • Use more veggies, whole grains, pulses, eggs, cheese and legumes;(including pinto beans, navy beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, and black-eyed and split peas).
  • Prepare veggies in a different way to add variety, texture and increase vegetable intake; e.g create vegetable spaghetti or ribbons using a Spiralizer
  • Try making vegetarian quiches, tarts, curries, soups, stews, wraps, couscous, rice, and pasta dishes
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Tis the season to be jolly….. and creative!

Christmas is a mere two weeks away. Its the time of the year when the decorations come out of the loft; you go shopping for the perfect gift and stress about how little time you have. How about this year, instead of going out into the hustle and bustle of the high street you create your own Christmas craft at home. You could make a unique decoration that you bring out every year or even a one of a kind gift for someone special – whatever you decide, your masterpiece will be a real showstopper!

Not sure what to make? We have compiled the perfect list of ideas. Take the pressure out of Christmas and get crafty with Collective Purchasing! These ideas are great to do together, young or old. So bake (or buy!) some cookies, pop on some Christmas music or a festive film and get your creative juices flowing!

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Decorations

Snowflakes

These decorations are simple yet fun to make. Simply paint some lolly sticks and glue them into snowflake shapes and hey presto! Instant chic decor!

awesome 54 Cheap and Creative DIY Christmas Decoration Ideas You Should Try for Your Home

Candy Wreath

With a load of acrylic candy canes, make this mouth-watering wreath to hang on your door. Santa will know just how to find you!

With a load of acrylic candy canes, make this mouth-watering wreath to hang on your door. Santa will know just how to find you! Get the tutorial at At the Picket Fence.

Terracotta Christmas Tree

Clay pots make this Christmas tree decoration easy and fun, especially when topped with a bright red star.

Clay pots make this Christmas tree decoration easy and fun, especially when topped with a bright red star. Get the tutorial at Life is a Lullaby.

Gifts

Sock Snowman

Rice, socks and rubber bands are the keys to creating this adorable winter friend.

Rice, socks and rubber bands are the keys to creating this adorable winter friend. Get the tutorial at Ciao Mama.

Reindeer Jar

These cute jars will do all the talking. Start by coating Mason jars in glitter and then transform them into reindeers, snowmen and Santas.

These cute jars will do all the talking. Start by coating Mason jars in glitter and then transform them into reindeers, snowmen and Santas. Get the tutorial at Crazy Little Projects.

Sweet treats

None of these takes your fancy? Move on into the kitchen and give the gift of food! We all know the way to peoples heart is through their stomachs!!

Peanut butter fudge

This homemade fudge recipe makes an easy sweet treat or a stunning edible gift.

Peanut butter fudge

Peppermint Creams

These easy, homemade version of the retro classic make delicious Christmas presents.

Peppermint creams

Chocolate fridge cake

no-bake cake that’s perfect for making with children. You can also pick and mix the fillings to suit your taste.

Chocolate fridge cake

Make sure you send us photos of your creations. If you need any stock in order to create these festive delights don’t forget to give us a call!

Taste of Christmas

On 22nd October 4 members of the Collective Purchasing team ventured to the Hilton at the Ageas bowl in Southampton to attend the Bidfood winter food show.

Going inside

Upon arriving Burt’s crisps, Honeybuns, proper corn and Cadbury greeted us! We indulged in some tasters (the Jim bean BBQ crisps from Burt’s crisps and all of the gorgeous gluten free goodies from Honeybuns were delish!) and took full advantage of the samples being handed out!

The main room

We then headed into the main room where there were loads of suppliers including;

  • The Snaffling Pig company, who think the humble pork crackling is AWESOME. Their obsession has led them to launch a range of frankly delicious porky based items! On their table they were showcasing their piggin’ awesome advent calendar which we were very excited by! We also received a bag with a selection of flavours to take home and enjoy. These tasty snacks would make a great addition to any business looking for a more unique savoury snack!
  • Innocent smoothie, who had a game of ‘smoothie pong’ set up; which of course we had to have a go on. We were given a selection of their new smoothies ‘Innocent Plus’ to try; a rainbow selection of juices, packed full of goodness and vitamins. They also have a wide selection of other drinks including dairy free options and coconut water. Perfect for the more health conscious customers out there.
  • Moving Mountains® have created the most impactful food inventions of the century; plant-based meat that requires less land, water and produces less greenhouse emissions than what comes from producing a regular portion of animal meat. Moving Mountains® products are popular meat substitutes not just for vegetarians and vegans; but for flexitarians who have mixed feelings about their overall meat consumption. With texture so akin to animal meat, their mouth-watering meat substitutes converted us to their products!

Bidfood

Of course, as it was a Bidfood food show there was plenty of offerings from them. All four of us made a beeline for the dessert section and were treated to numerous options. After we headed to the next stand where they were showcasing their vegan and gluten free selections for Christmas. It was here we discovered Banana Blossom; a plant based protein is also known as ‘banana heart’. It is a purple skinned flower, shaped like a tear that grows at the end of a banana cluster. Traditionally used in south-East Asian cooking, it is now been seen as a fish substitute. They explained that this is because of its chunky, flaky texture. Although we didn’t get to try it; it was interesting to hear about it and I am sure we will see more of it in the future!

Whilst there we also had a great chat the guy from Simply Puree; a leading manufacturer of texture modified and specialist diet meals for the healthcare sector. They were showcasing their dishes for patients with swallowing difficulties, which in a care setting can be quite common. Click here to read a blog we wrote on puree food last year.

The dishes come in varying levels of texture depending on the residents needs. Ranging from level 6 which is soft and moist and can be broken down into pieces with a fork; all the way to level 3 which is a pureed food consistency, and requires no chewing. It was really interesting to chat to the company and see some of the examples of dishes that our customers use.

The day

All in all it was a great day, in which we got to try some amazing food and potentially create some lasting relationships. Being able to experience the range that Bidfood is offering for Christmas and the range of products they sell year round means we are able to pass that knowledge onto our customers; hopefully encouraging them to try new products. Thank you to everyone we met and spoke to.

Win Win Win

We are giving one lucky follower the chance to win a hamper of Halloween treats! To enter, tell us on Twitter your favourite treat, and follow us to be in with a chance of winning!

Terms and conditions

  • Entrants must follow us on twitter.
  • Tell us your favourite treat.
  • Enter by 31st October.
  • Claim prize by 8th November.
  • One entry per person.
  • Winner will be announced on 1st November.
  • Collective Purchasing will use a random selector to draw the winner
  • UK entrants only.


Festive Countdown

Whether you are ready or not the festive season is just around the corner. It is the time of year when the shops are filled with Christmas decs, festive food and all things indulgent.

The stresses of the gift buying, wrapping and the countdown until the big man himself comes will be over before we know it. However for businesses in the catering and hospitality industry, it is usually their busiest period.

Not long to go!

Below we have some great tips to ensure you are prepared for the upcoming festivities.

Decorating

As the saying goes, less is more. With so many ways to decorate, finding a way that compliments your business and location is important. Make sure you utilise areas of your building to help create that festive vibe. Don’t be tempted by tinsel and paper chains if it doesn’t fit in with your business style. Ensure you keep décor classy and subtle with hints of red and green dotted through your establishment.

Indoor

The tree is the main event, but be wary of cluttering it with too many baubles and lights. Again avoid tinsel if you can and make sure the tree fits the space. If the tree is too big and it looks messy, too small and the area will look empty. Why not add some gift wrapped boxes under the tree to finish it off.

Outdoor

Add a wreath to your front door, but try and make it unique to you. I have a beautiful peacock themed wreath on my door as that was our wedding theme. There is no point having the same wreath that every Tom, Dick and Harry has. Why not try having one up with your branded colours, or with some reference to your business. They don’t have to be expensive, but they create a great first impression.

Be unique with your wreath

Don’t forget

If you have a reception area, do not neglect it. Add some subtle lights to the desk, have a bowl of sweets to hand out and have some Christmas music playing softly in the background. This will create a warm and welcoming environment with a message of generosity. I mean, who doesn’t love free sweets!

Smells

Smells conjure up a lot of memories. Coconut always reminds me of holidays, and cinnamon of Christmas. Use scented candles, reed diffusers, potpourri or a simple air freshener. The wintry, spicy aromas will be sure to be welcomed by visitors.

Make it smell nice

Tables

Tables should of course have Christmas crackers, it wouldn’t be Christmas without them. However make sure they aren’t the cheap variety, where hats rip and prizes are left behind. Invest in some good ones, or make your own (if you have time!!) Why not also add some games or photo props to the tables. Guests will have fun using them and will ensure that you are talked about for months to come, with the hope of them returning next year.

Festive Table

Staff

Your waiting staff are another area you shouldn’t forget about. Let them wear Santa hats, Xmas earrings or festive button holes. They should be able to get into the festive spirit whilst at work in order to help your guests feel jolly too.

Finally, make sure you are not bringing out the same old tired looking Christmas stuff year after year. Customers will notice! Each year is an opportunity to freshen up your Christmas look.

If you need any help with décor or furniture, then call us on 01329 236821 and we will get you some prices!

Make it look festive

Food and drink

From the turkey to the sprouts, the mince pies to the party puddings, whatever festive feast you’re throwing this Christmas, eat, drink and be merry!

Within the care/catering/hospitality industry you need to make sure that all dietary and allergy requirements are met. With the increasingly popular vegan diet, it is essential to have plenty of vegan options. Make sure you have plenty of options so that no one feels left out.

Also ensure you have allergen information to hand and to include allergy free selections for those with allergies.

Turkey

Keep it traditional, but also maybe create some more adventurous dishes for your menu. Below are a few of our favourite Christmas staples, but also some tasty dishes we want to try! Above all, make your customers feel valued and not rushed; Nobody wants to rush their Christmas dinner! Christmas is all about bringing people together; by having a warm and cosy space you will create a friendly, festive environment.

Christmas centrepiece recipes

Christmas dinner Wellington

Gordon’s Christmas roast goose

Classic roast turkey

Vegan Christmas wreath

Christmas vegetables

Puds

Chocolate, black cherry and vanilla arctic roll

Unbelievably easy mince pies

If you want to save money this fesitive period, then call us to see how we can help save money on your daily food supplies.

October is National Cholesterol Month!

This month is dedicated to raising awareness of cholesterol and funds to enable Heart UK to carry out their life-saving work.

This year you can help to make National Cholesterol Month 2019 their biggest ever campaign. by getting involved in their Great Cholesterol Climb.

The Great Cholesterol Climb is their flagship fundraising initiative this year and anyone can join in.  It’s your chance to have fun and get fit whilst raising money to support the national fight against high cholesterol! They are challenging you, to take on their virtual challenge and climb a whopping 13,177 steps UP. This is the equivalent of climbing ten of Britain’s tallest buildings!

But don’t worry – if this target is a little too steep; you can take it on as a team or just choose which of the buildings you want to take on. The fundraising target is £150 and they are there to provide moral support to help you reach that target with ease. To find out more and request a fundraising pack email fundraising@heartuk.org.uk

What is Cholesterol

Cholesterol plays a vital role in how your body works. There is cholesterol in every cell in your body, and it’s especially important in your brain, nerves and skin.

Cholesterol is a fatty substance which is made in the liver. It’s found in some foods too. We all need some cholesterol in our bodies just to keep us ticking over but having too much can clog up your arteries and lead to health problems in the future.

By getting a simple cholesterol test and making positive lifestyle changes, most people can keep their cholesterol levels healthy.

Cholesterol has three main jobs:

  • It’s part of the outer layer, or membrane, of all your body’s cells
  • It’s used to make vitamin D and steroid hormones which keep your bones, teeth and muscles healthy
  • It’s used to make bile, which helps to digest the fats you eat

High cholesterol is very common, but most people don’t know they have it. This is why everyone should have a cholesterol check. 

High Cholesterol

If your cholesterol is raised, there are treatments available if you need them. But it’s usually possible to lower cholesterol naturally with healthy lifestyle changes.

What does high cholesterol mean?

Anyone can have high cholesterol, even if you are young, slim, eat well and exercise. That’s because high cholesterol can be caused by different things.

High levels of cholesterol in your blood can clog up your arteries. Over time, this can lead to serious problems. If clogged, blood cannot flow around the arteries as easily. This increases the risk of problems such as heart attacks and strokes.

Many people believe that high cholesterol is due to poor diet and lifestyle. Whilst this can be the case, people who are slim and healthy can also have high cholesterol; it can be genetic!

However, living a healthy lifestyle can keep your cholesterol levels at the recommended level. Not only that but can reduce other risks such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Cutting down on saturated foods, smoking and alcohol will all have a positive effect on your blood and heart health!

Mediterranean diet

Basing your diet on the foods people eat in the Mediterranean is a great way to look after your heart.

We have known for some time that people living in countries along the Mediterranean appear to have less heart disease than people living in the UK and northern Europe.

Health professionals now believe that this may be partly due to the foods that make up the traditional Mediterranean way of eating.

The Mediterranean diet is high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish and unsaturated fats such as olive oil. It usually includes a low intake of meat and dairy foods. This is now seen as a good way of eating – both for a healthy heart and for general well-being.

Why is a Mediterranean diet good for you?

  • Much less of the fat comes from saturated sources like butter, fatty meats, pastry or dairy fat.
  • It’s rich in monounsaturated fats which are heart healthy, such as olive oil and nuts.
  • It’s a good source of omega 3 fatty acids from seafood, especially oily fish which are good for your heart health too.
  • rich in potassium, which comes from wholegrain cereals, fruit, vegetables and nuts.
  • It’s rich in fibre including soluble fibre from wholegrain cereals, vegetables, fruit, beans and peas.
  • rich in antioxidants including vitamins E and C, carotenoids and flavonoids. rich in B vitamins including folic acid.
Love British Food

British Food

British food has long been associated with quality and trust; but with the option for cheaper imported goods, many consumers are choosing these inexpensive, more convenient products. 51% of people in the UK said they would buy British even if it meant having less choice of products available to them. However the global average for buying local is way above this, at 63%. Us Brits are at the bottom of the chart for wanting to buy local produce.

With Brexit looming over us and the weakened sterling, imported product prices are on the increase; as a result it may become cheaper and more cost effective to buy local.

Emotional Connection

Cost and convenience continues to dominate consumers purchasing decisions. Price is a big selling point and so British brands are trying to create an emotional connection between their products and the public to increase sales.

For example, Dairy Crests Country Life butter has a union jack on its
packaging; this highlights to the public where it is from, sparking an
emotional connection. All the milk for their butters and spreads, come
from British farms. The public in the UK like to support their farmers and
so by buying this product, they feel like they are doing just that.

Country Range
Country life butter

Another example of a British brand focusing on its local roots and encouraging an emotional connection from its customers is Tyrell’s.

‘We’re still based on the same Herefordshire farm we began life on, and employ the same dedicated team of cracking crispaholics. So if it’s locally sourced British excellence you’re after, you need look no further.’ Read more here about what Tyrell’s do differently to make them so British.

Why should we buy British?

Choosing British means we are supporting British farmers and above all, we keep our countryside how we know and love. Think of it this way, no farmers, means no animals out in the countryside, meaning no countryside for us to enjoy!

Also supporting British food producer’s helps with the local economy and creates a smaller carbon footprint as the food does not need to travel as far. Eating food produced locally means eating seasonably, which is nutritionally better for you.

What is ‘eating seasonally’?

Fruit and Veg
Eating fresh and in season

The concept of eating seasonally involves eating foods that are grown locally at the same time as you eat them.
Out of season fruit and veg can spend days and weeks travelling to get
to you and this comes with a price. Either they’re picked earlier than
they should be so that they are ready on arrival, or they spoil a little on
the way. Seasonal produce comes such a short distance that it doesn’t spoil on the way to you. It’s harvested at the very best time, therefore the taste
is maximised.

For the same reason seasonal fruit and veg tastes better, it is also
healthier. It’s no surprise that being locked in cargo holds and shipping
containers for days in order to reach us, does nothing for the nutritional
content of the food. In fact, in many cases it is detrimental.

As a rule of thumb; the fresher the better, and you can’t get much fresher than eating seasonally-grown local produce!

British Food Fortnight

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Love British

British Food Fortnight held every September is a great way for us Brits to celebrate all the diverse and delicious local produce available in the UK! Now in its 18th year and organised by Love British Food, it encourages everyone across the country to use the high quality food produced in the UK. This year the dates are 21st September – 6th October.

This year Love British Food is focusing the 2019 campaign on catering in the public sector, with the aim for British food to be the first choice when it comes to catering in care homes.

Top Tips British Food Fortnight 2019

If you are already sourcing British produce then shout it from the roof tops, not only this fortnight but make it an addition to your menu! This could become a unique selling point for your establishment. Customers like to know where their food has come from and if the food they are eating is local, they may be willing to pay more. As well as British dishes, consider showcasing local dishes from your region. For some inspiration, check out this top ten list of regional dishes in the UK. Another way of getting involved is to offer tastings and samples of your British dishes. This will encourage customers to try something new and in turn hopefully create return business.

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Update your menu to show where your produce comes from

If you are not yet sourcing British food, why not send your suppliers a copy of the menu and ask them if they can supply British ingredients. Use British Food Fortnight to see how popular dishes are or produce a special dish going forward that uses locally sourced ingredients.