Care sector caterer cock-a-hoop over Queen’s Award double

Health and social care catering specialist Apetito was this morning announced as a winner of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation for the second time.

Just a handful of UK businesses are recognised in the annual scheme, which celebrates achieves of the ‘highest level of excellence’.

The company has been honoured for its pioneering work, which serves the most vulnerable in society, and becomes just one of an elite few to win the award more than one.

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Apetito has led the way in developing a range of ground-breaking texture-modified meals for those living with dysphagia, the clinical term for individuals who experience chewing and swallowing difficulties.

Citing the fact that apetito’s innovative texture modified range has had a “significant and positive” impact on the wellbeing of its customers by helping to stimulate appetite and increase nutritional intake, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise’ praised the company’s track record of growth, success and commitment to its market.

Only awarded for what it describes as ‘the highest levels of excellence’, the Awards are highly coveted and attract thousands of entrants across the UK. Recipients of the 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise were all announced today, on what is the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The Award itself will be presented to Apetito in the forthcoming weeks by the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Sarah Rose Troughton.

Apetito chief executive, Paul Freeston, said the win was reflective of the teamwork from top to bottom within the business: “All of us at Apetito are passionate about ‘making a real difference’ to people’s lives and we believe that our softer foods range is the very best of its type across the world.

“The range has helped thousands of people improve their quality of life, allowing them to dine with dignity whilst increasing nutritional intake.  Most importantly, it has brought back enjoyment into people’s mealtimes”.

Apetito – which incorporates Wiltshire Farm Foods – first won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation in 2005 for its development of the ‘Chefmobil’, which revolutionised the meals on wheels market by cooking meals whilst on route to customers rather than being prepared hours in advance in a central kitchen.

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