What is Canning?

Introduction Canning is a method of preserving food in which the food contents are processed and sealed in an airtight container (jars like Mason jars, and steel and tin cans). Canning provides a shelf life that typically ranges from one to five years, although under specific circumstances, it can be much longer. A freeze-dried canned… Read More

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Vegan Navy

In May 2019, the Royal Navy conducted a 6-week trial offering a range of vegan menus onboard one of their ships. The intention is to role out vegan options across RN ships and establishments, and across Defence in general. “In August 2018, a decision in Finland to serve two vegetarian meals every week to troops… Read More

Soldier Training Specific Ration Pack

Spanish company Jomipsa has created the first Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE) ration pack specifically focused on high-performance military training. The ‘Performance Training Ration Pack’ is designed for consumption before, during and after high-intensity physical training, and provides the optimum nutritional provision for each of the training phases, supporting both performance and muscular recovery. It provides specific… Read More

Military Recruits & Dietary Intake

Research Paper Title Dietary Intake in Relation to Military Dietary Reference Values During Army Basic Combat Training; a Multi-center, Cross-sectional Study. Background The military dietary reference intakes (MDRIs), outlined in Army Regulation 40-25, OPNAVINST 10110.1/MCO10110.49, AFI 44-141, establish standards intended to meet the nutrient requirements of Warfighters. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to… Read More

Bacillus Cereus Isolates & Cooked Food Products Delivered by Swiss Army Catering Facilities

Research Paper Title Toxin genes and cytotoxicity levels detected in Bacillus cereus isolates collected from cooked food products delivered by Swiss Army catering facilities. Background Heated food is known to be often contaminated with B. cereus, leading to cases of diarrhoeal or emetic diseases. Battalion kitchens or army catering facilities present a food safety risk,… Read More

Discussing Captain Capon’s Cure: Food, Fitness & the British Army’s Physical Development Depots, 1936–1939

Discussion Paper Title Captain Capon’s Cure – Food, Fitness and the British Army’s Physical Development Depots, 1936–1939. Abstract In the late 1930s, the British Army faced a manpower crisis that threatened imperial defence. This predicament was made worse by the rejection on medical grounds of a worryingly high number of potential recruits. To try and reverse this… Read More

Military Catering: ORPs, Halal & Kosher Meals

Ministry of Defence (MOD) personnel in the United Kingdom (UK) and permanent bases overseas are primarily catered for through a number of facilities management contracts. British Armed Forces personnel serving on operations, exercises and Her Majesty’s ships and submarines are catered for under the Deployable Food Programme introduced on 01 October 2017. All food procured for… Read More