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Multi Temperature Distribution

Type: New Contract Reference: 2023/S 000-018736 Supply Route: Direct
Start Date: 13 March 2024 Expiry Date: 14 March 2026

This framework starts on 13 March 2024, runs for 24 months and ends on 14 March 2026. There is an option to extend for an additional 24 months.


The Multi Temperature Distribution (MTD) framework is designed to provide a tailored range of multi temperature food products, delivered directly to NHS trust sites from one direct supplier. The framework comprises chilled, ambient and frozen products.

These products are usually used by the following departments:

  • Catering departments / Chefs
  • On site retail outlets
  • Ward level food supplies
  • Procurement departments
  • Estates and facilities
  • Other departments responsible for the supply of food.

Key Features

  • The range continues to match NHS trusts’ requirements regardless of your trusts type, single or multi requisition points.
  • Our MTD framework offers a simpler sufficient range of products which includes all core products from the previous range offering stable national pricing and delivering value for all customers, whereas our Multi Temperature Food Solution (MTFS) framework agreement offers a more extensive range of products from a wider range of suppliers. By making both available we can meet the varied needs of the NHS.
    See our Useful Links ▼ section for further information on our MTFS framework that sits alongside this framework.
  • Our product range includes options for specific dietary or nutritional needs (such as gluten free, allergen free, dairy free and vegan products), and products that represent the latest nutritional trends and innovations. The framework can therefore match the individual and varied needs of NHS trusts and suit the nutritional recommendations in the ‘Independent review of NHS hospital food 2020’.
  • By capturing the suppliers environmental, sustainability and social value strategies we can better contribute to the net-zero NHS targets.
  • Product switching will be run throughout the year in order to drive savings on this framework. We encourage trusts to contact their local Food Account Manager to discuss their requirements in more detail.

Product Information
The current range is reduced from 1,813 to 494 limited favoured products, commonly used by most NHS trusts. For customers who currently purchase through us, your Food Account Manager will have shared an impact and switch file with you. This provides suitable alternative switches via Multi Temperature Distribution plus your Multi Temperature Food Solution (MTFS) current suppliers, and transacted options for lines delisted from MTD. It also informs you of the best route to market. Your Food Account Manager will then source pricing once you have reviewed it.

See our Useful Links section to view the Product Matrix for further details of the products available on this framework. Please note most brands and pack sizes are not included on the matrix, as these are likely to change.

Net Zero and Social Value
From April 2022 all of our frameworks have adopted the Procurement Policy Notice 06/20. The suppliers on this framework have demonstrated their plans for:

  • Fighting climate change.

There is one supplier in total on this framework:

Bidfood Direct


  • Leading suppliers on contract – providing enhanced range and value from a single source.

More savings

  • Pay less – with NHS Supply Chain you have a wider range of product options so you can select the ones that are fit for purpose and value for money.
  • Leave your tendering to us – spend less time and money on tendering and let our procurement specialists undertake it on your behalf.
  • Back office savings – the efficiency of our service, ranging from e-ordering to consolidated deliveries, enables significant back office savings.

More value

  • An integrated approach – the financial benefits of NHS Supply Chain go beyond just product prices. Our approach is an integrated one that reduces cost throughout the supply chain, from raw materials to global logistics, resulting in a much lower total cost.
  • Purchasing through our route – when there are changes in the market, we can help minimise the impact of price rises and give support with cost saving initiatives.

Our knowledge and expertise

  • Dedicated Hospital Care and Out of Hospital Care Teams – your day to day contact for all queries. They will help you identify savings opportunities, solve any issues on your behalf and ensure high service levels are always met.
  • NHS Supply Chain Buyers – procurement specialists in their product fields who can give expert advice on new and alternative products.
  • Implementation Team – experts in helping you set up the new processes and training required when introducing new products.
  • Customer Services Team – with the daily support provided by our dedicated and knowledgeable advisors and service managers you know you are in safe hands.
  • Customer Assurance – providing customers with the confidence and assurance of products using a process of clinical evaluation and engagement with clinical users. This ensures all products are clinically assured by the CaPA process supported by engagement with an aligned Trusted Customer.

Peace of mind

  • Dependable deliveries – having access to the know-how and resources of one of the world’s largest logistics companies means we can offer unrivaled dependability and responsiveness when it comes to our delivery services.
  • Framework agreement – awarded in accordance with UK procurement legislation.
  • Sustainable development – we are certified to ISO 140001 International Standard for Environment Management System.

Downloads ▼

  • Product Matrix

    An Excel file showing the products included in this framework.