Complete Food Supply Solutions for Medical Research Projects

Mayfield Foods have a unique ability to supply complete nutritionally precise food solutions for important Medical Research projects. Our solutions are tailor made for any project and we manage all aspects of the food supply from start to finish.

We are unique in this field as we are an owner operated business who are flexible in developing bespoke meal options in the required volumes whilst also having the professionalism and resources to deliver flawless projects, excellent food, and great service to research participants

Case study

In 2019 Mayfield Foods were appointed as the industrial partner to the University of Cambridge to

supply a complete food solution to a new research project into Gestational Diabetes. This is a 3 year double blind trial to study the patient impact and pregnancy outcome based on different diet plans. This study is grant funded by Diabetes UK.

All meals were developed bespoke to deliver the precise requirements of the study team, having the correct specified proportions of energy derived from carbohydrates, protein and fat, and of course be suitable for a diabetic diet.

Participants choose their weekly food supply each week on our bespoke dedicated ordering terminal. Each weekly food box delivery consists of a set number of main meals, breakfasts, a daily snack pack of fruit and savoury snacks together and a weekly salad or vegetable supply. This is sent to them on the same day each week from their participant commencement until birth date.

The project was implemented on time and to date we have had perfect kpi performance, and all participant experience reviews have scored 5/5.

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Dr Claire Meek

Senior Clinical Research Associate,

Institute of Metabolic Science, University of Cambridge

"Mayfield Foods have been supporting our DiGest study since 2019. This is a randomised controlled trial of a dietary intervention, supplied as weekly diet boxes. Mayfield Foods have partnered with us in developing meals and snacks for the study which have closely matched our specifications. Our participants have enjoyed the food, had regular and reliable deliveries and a point of contact for any issues. We have had a consistently good service from Mayfield Foods and the team have been a pleasure to work with. I would not hesitate to recommend this company.”

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Tailoring a food solution to your research project

We will meet with you and understand in detail the nutritional content to be supplied down to precise levels of calories, calories by source, salt, sugar levels and even down to minerals and vitamin content if required.

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Developing your food solution

We will develop a range of meals consisting of frozen ready meals, chilled products and ambient snacks that fully meet the required nutritional content. For double blind trials this can include numerous separate ranges for randomised participants

Testing and approval

The meals will be delivered first to your research team for testing, feedback and approval together with a full nutritional breakdown of every recipe. Our great food will ensure maximum participant retention throughout the study

Participant management and ordering

We can create a bespoke website for your study allowing participants to register, choose their weekly meals and place their order. Participants will only see relevant options to chose from based on the randomisation method agreed

Food production

All meals will be made in our commercial kitchen by our own team of chefs then portioned into frozen ready meals and stored in our existing cold storage facilities until ordered by

the participant

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Delivering the food

Orders will be packed into recyclable insulated boxes and delivered by courier the next day to participants homes (or work) on their selected delivery day. The delivery box can be used for frozen, chilled and ambient products and deliveries can be to any address in mainland UK, except the Scottish Highlands

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Service

We will provide you with regular KPI reports measuring all agreed aspects of our service performance and can also undertake regular programmed on line participant experience surveys. A dedicated telephone help line will also be made available for participants to contact us if required.

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Project management

Projects will be implemented by experienced project managers using Prince 2 project management methodology to ensure a smooth start to the study.

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Quality

Our kitchen operates to the highest standards of hygiene, has 5/5 hygiene ratings from EHO, and operates throughout to full HACCP procedures

Benefits for you study

Our turnkey solution simplifies getting your research study up and running as we will take care of all food development, nutritional specifications, participant order management, food production, and delivery to the participant – anywhere in the country:-

  • Participant recruitment – Our national solution enables you to widen participant recruitment to other collaborative institutions across the UK thereby speeding up project timescales

  • Save resources - The level of resource required on your study team is reduced as we manage all aspects of food supply from start to finish

  • Single point of contact – No need to manage multiple food suppliers and distribution companies. We will do it all and you will have a single point of contact.

  • Improve retention and adherence – Our proven ability to make great tasting nourishing food to your nutritional specification maximises participant retention and adherence to the diet plan under study

  • Greater confidence – all our meals will be designed bespoke to your exact nutritional requirements and you will have full visibility of the nutritional content of every meal.


We will manage every aspect of the food supply, delivering great tasting food to match your study objectives. This enables your valuable research team to focus wholly on participant recruitment, monitoring, recording and analysis.

If you have a research study you would like to discuss or would like to understand our capabilities in more detail contact John Hartley on 07765 221597 or John@Mayfieldfoods.co.uk

Mayfield Foods Ltd, 18 Sugarswell Business Park, Shenington, Oxfordshire, OX15 6HW           01295 680 999