Elior UK has won a substantial catering contract within the care sector, having secured a 96-site deal with Four Seasons Health Care.
Four Seasons operates 350 care homes across the UK and the agreement covers 48 locations in the North West and 48 sites in the east of England.
Elior will create a range of menus, which can be tailored to reflect local tastes. It will also meet the needs of a wide range of dietary requirements, including diabetes and dysphagia.
Rachael Junge, managing director in the North West said: "At Four Seasons we pride ourselves on providing special resident experiences and the food we serve on a daily basis is a huge part of our residents' day. Our partnership with Elior has helped us to consistently offer nutritious meals that residents love."
Elior has trialled its services at eight homes in Manchester and will now roll out its plan across the remaining 88 sites.
Sunil Bhatt, Four Seasons Health Care procurement project manager, said: "We partnered with Elior because of their vast bank of care catering expertise. By letting Elior manage our catering, we've freed up our home managers' time, so they can focus on delivering very good care within their homes."
Robin Comerford, healthcare development director for Elior, added: "We're looking forward to bringing our sector-specific expertise to Four Seasons Health Care. Food is one of the most important aspects of the care home. It improves the residents' quality of life and is a focal point for friends and families. By raising the standard of catering, we're revealing the excellent service residents receive, and helping Four Seasons Health Care increase occupancy."
The contracts will see more than 500 care home team members become part of Elior.