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The latest innovation from Wiltshire Farm Foods involves the ‘browning’ effect of its duchess potatoes across the company’s award-winning Level 4 Purée Petite range, to enhance the visual appeal of its meals even further and bring the dignity back to dining.

Favourites such as the company’s Puréed Steak Casserole, Puréed Cheese and Onion Bake and Puréed Lamb and Gravy are now all accompanied by delicious-looking browned potatoes.

For those with swallowing difficulties, the innovation will come as a welcome addition to the range, as Wiltshire Farm Foods continues in its mission to create dishes which both look and taste fantastic. 

This is something which Stoke-based customer, Josephine Bailey, 50, appreciates, due to her own experience with swallowing difficulties following her oesophageal cancer diagnosis in 2019.

“For me, having a meal which resembles regularly textured food is an all-important part of the inclusivity factor of mealtimes, especially when we have friends or family round. These new ‘browned’ potatoes are the right texture for my swallowing needs and look great, so they really do tick all the boxes,” she says.

“My healthcare professional recommended Wiltshire Farm Foods as they have meals with different Levels to suit various swallowing needs. So, it means I’m able to switch from Level 4 to Level 5 depending on how my dilatations go. The meals were certainly a welcome relief from my home-blended food which looked like mush and was often cold, by the time I got round to ea

ting it.”

Eating home-blended texture-modified food that one is not accustomed to can, despite best efforts, often be unappealing and have a negative impact on a person’s quality of life.

Emily Stuart, dietitian at Wiltshire Farm Foods, adds: “Being presented with a puréed meal that doesn’t resemble food that a patient is used to can make the eating process even harder.

“People with dysphagia still eat with their eyes and if a meal is not visually appealing this can fail to trigger salivation, which can further negatively impact the already weakened swallowing process.”

The six visually enhanced dishes include Puréed Beef & Gravy, Puréed Pork & Gravy and Puréed Chicken & Gravy and (bar the Puréed Cheese & Onion Bake, which is oven cook only) can all be placed in the microwave and ready to eat in minutes.   

To try the new range, along with a variety of other meals, Wiltshire Farm Foods is exhibiting at Naidex on 15-16 September, visit them on stand F82. For more information visit: wff.link/HCPrequest 

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