Food and beverage operator SSP expands in health sector with new healthy eating offer

SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has expanded its presence in the hospital market with the opening of a Camden food co. outlet at the newly constructed Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.

The outlet will serve a range of sandwiches, hot snacks and salads alongside a selection of hot and cold drinks. It is located in a central area of the hospital, adjacent to a number of complementary retail outlets including a well-known grocery brand and a newsagent.

Commenting on the opening, Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK & Ireland said; “Camden has always been a brand that appeals to consumers who want to eat a balanced diet without compromising on taste. We have revised and reshaped the offer even further to meet the needs of hospital workers, visitors and patients, bringing high street quality offers into the campus. As experts in retail, we understand how to deliver high-street brands that are really attractive to customers as well as delivering incremental  income for the hospital.”

Dr Emilia Crighton, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Director of Public Health, said: “Our new hospitals are well served by a range of both NHS run and retail partner food and beverage outlets. It is important that we work closely with our retail partners to provide an exemplary range of healthy options in NHS food and drink outlets. We welcome the work of our retail partners in working towards national Healthcare Retail Standard and the Healthy Living Awards.”

The local NHS has recently introduced a policy that insists on the availability and promotion of a wide range of healthy food and drink choices in the all the health board’s food retail outlets. SSP has worked closely with the Health Board to further improve the offer of healthy choices and reduce sugar, salt and fat content of products served, and is one of the first retailers in the NHS to take the step of removing all sugared drinks from sale.

The new 1109 bed adult hospital and 256 bed children’s hospital represent the largest single NHS hospital building project in Scotland and one of the largest in the UK. The new facility includes a maternity unit and state of the art laboratory services. With approximately 10,000 staff, serving 150,000 in-patient and 575,000 out-patients and visitors annually.