Anglia Crown win gold at the BFFF awards 2015
Anglia Crown's frozen beef lasagne from the Crown Advantage range, stormed the BFFF (British Frozen Food Federation) awards this year by winning gold in the Best New Main Course category and securing finalist in Catering Product of the Year.
Judges were looking for products that delivered; great eating quality, appealing appearance, recipe integrity, product dependability, ease of preparation and service and packaging ease of handling from outer case to finished product. Judged by representatives of the Craft Guild of Chefs, both the quality and packaging concept of the lasagne were noted for outstanding merit.
The lasagne, developed at Anglia Crown's Colchester kitchen, is individually portioned to help reduce waste and is packaged in Anglia Crown's innovative 'smartpack' based on the award winning Torus Pak technology, and developed directly in line with patient feedback through research and development within Anglia Crown. It was first launched by Anglia Crown in 2014 and was a UK-first in the healthcare market. The distinctive removable base enables each prepared meal to be removed perfectly through the bottom of the packaging without any disruption to the presentation or constitution of the meal. The lasagne packaging also features a steam valve to allow ventilation during the heating process and help to reduce dehydration and shrinkage.
The Crown Advantage range was developed in conjunction with Anglia Crown's development, technical and nutritionist team. Their in-house BDA Registered Dietitian oversaw the nutritional content of each meal, ensuring it is both nutritious and appetising. Since its launch at the HCA conference in 2014, the Crown Advantage range has gone on to win critical acclaim not just with the BFFF but also at the 2015 Cost Sector Catering Awards where it ranked as finalist in the Innovation Award.
Managing Director Nick Clarke comments;
"We are delighted to win such a prestigious industry award for our Crown Advantage Beef Lasagne. Graham Thornton and his team developed a market leading product which is both nutritious and appetising. Our removable base concept challenges traditional ready meal packaging in the UK and we are delighted to be recognised by such an eminent award."
Crown Advantage is suitable for all healthcare caterers including the NHS and care homes and is available directly though Anglia Crown.