IRVING, Texas, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Novation, the leading health care supply chain expertise, analytics and contracting company, today announced that it began shipping NOVAPLUS® Condiments, a new line of food items that taste the same or better than national retail brands and offer hospitals savings of up to 51 percent. With the new line of condiments, the first food items offered through the exclusive NOVAPLUS private-label brand, Novation is the only health care group purchasing organization to offer private-label food products.
Novation, which serves the more than 65,000 members and affiliates of VHA Inc., UHC, Children's Hospital Association, and Provista, estimates that members spend about $1 billion a year on food products alone as part of food service programs.
"With the changing landscape of health care reimbursement, patient satisfaction has never been more important. Not surprisingly, the taste and quality of food served can make an impact on how patient care is rated," said Brent Gee, Sr. Director, NOVAPLUS. "The launch of NOVAPLUS Condiments enables the hospital members we serve to provide a great patient experience as well as lower supply chain costs, especially in the face of rising food prices."
Manufactured by Clements Foods, an industry leading private-label supplier serving national retailers and wholesalers, NOVAPLUS Condiments include 15 shelf-stable products packaged for use in food service. Popular items include peanut butter, jelly and preserves, mayonnaise, salad dressings and syrup for pancakes and waffles. The line also features lite and reduced calorie offerings.
NOVAPLUS Condiments are one of the first food service offerings with bilingual product labels that feature product, nutritional and ingredient information in both English and Spanish. With front-of-the-label icons for key product attributes, NOVAPLUS Condiments make it easy for nutritionists, chefs and staff to quickly identify gluten free, all natural and kosher products.
According to outcomes of double-blind taste tests conducted by a leading university food program, NOVAPLUS Condiments tasted the same or better than leading national retail brands. NOVAPLUS Condiments are fulfilled through US Foods, Novation's food Authorized Distributor, and are manufactured in the United States by Clements Foods.
NOVAPLUS, Novation's private-label brand exclusively for members of VHA, UHC, Provista and Children's Hospital Association, delivers the best financial value and quality on the products and services that hospitals use most frequently. With more than 1,800 individual line items, the NOVAPLUS brand encompasses a broad range of products and services including anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, food, laboratory medical, orthopedics, pharmaceutical, respiratory and surgical.
About Novation, Winner of the Ethics Inside® Certification
Founded in 1998, Novation is the leading health care supply chain expertise, analytics and contracting company for the more than 65,000 members of VHA Inc. and UHC, two national health care alliances, Children's Hospital Association, an alliance of the nation's leading pediatric facilities, and Provista, LLC. Novation provides alliance members with sourcing services, as well as information and data services. Based in Irving, Texas, Novation develops and manages competitive contracts with more than 600 suppliers. VHA, UHC, and Provista members used Novation contracts to purchase approximately $43 billion in 2012. Novation has earned the coveted Ethics Inside® Certification from Ethisphere Institute, a leading international think tank dedicated to the research and promotion of best practices in corporate ethics and compliance. Novation was also named on Ethisphere's World's Most Ethical Companies list, and is the only company in the health care industry to earn both distinctions for two consecutive years. To learn more about Novation, please visit http://www.novationco.com and follow @NovationNews.