The launch was celebrated during a pop-up event giving patients, staff and visitors an opportunity to sample a selection of meals, which will be supplied at the hospital in addition to the existing menu including: cottage pie; fish pie; chicken curry; and rice and a vegetable chilli.
Kay Shearing, manufacturing and product director at the Healthy Food Company said: "The launch at Musgrove Park Hospital is the result of several years of work to pinpoint the right products and formats that the hospital needs to meet its ever-improving meal offerings and nutrition. We are privileged to be part of the NHS meals service and we are passionate about improving food and nutrition in hospitals for all patients.
"Every meal provides the perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein and good fats for children to support them in their development. Our meals never contain any artificial colours, additives or preserves and have no added salt or sugar."
Phil Shelley, facilities manager at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and immediate past chair of the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA), said: "Musgrove Park is delighted to be the first NHS Hospital to be working with the Healthy Food Company. The focus on the nutritional value and quality of the product has been vigorous to ensure that all parties are proud of the meals that we serve to our patients.
"Our intention is to use the choices on the children's menu first, with the aim of flexing our patient selection in other areas in the coming months. The enthusiasm and drive of the Healthy Food Company shows a passion for patient food that all of us should reflect."
The Healthy Food Company was founded by mother and daughter team, Kay Shearing and Donna Tresadern after they identified a gap in the market for healthy and nutritious children's prepared meals to support time-strapped parents.
The company now works across the education, healthcare, care home and private sectors, helping caterers and chefs provide healthier menu choices such as macaroni cheese and beef lasagne, as well as standalone items including pasta sauces.
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