Apetito has been awarded with a National Business Award for CarteChoix, its pioneering restaurant-inspired plated meals system for hospitals.
Described by the judges for its "unmitigated focus on providing a quality service to patients with dignity" and for innovating in a "practical and determined way within a highly cost conscious market", Apetito received the Orange Innovation Award after beating competition from nine other shortlisted firms.
The plated meal system was developed to help hospitals reduce costs and food waste by satisfying patient demand for quality and choice.
The technique provides complete meals served on a warm china plate with a cook time of just five to seven minutes, and is particularly suitable for wards with a high patient turnaround, such as maternity and admissions.
Ian Stone, sales, marketing and business development director at Apetito, said: "CarteChoix is just one example of our ongoing efforts to create products that provide nutritious, safe and appetising food, on time, to the elderly and infirm.
"As innovation is ingrained in the way we operate, we're incredibly proud to have this recognised by such a prestigious award."
The National Business Awards now in their 11th year were opened with a video address from the Prime Minister and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander.
By Lisa Jenkins
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