Ministry of Defence ‘beefs’ up the troops
Soldiers in Afghanistan have been 'beefed up', following the launch of a new ration pack.
Troops fighting on the front line are now enjoying new and improved operational ration packs that include Wild West Beef Jerkys.
Designed for troops on patrols lasting 12 hours or less, the new lightweight ration pack weighs less than 1kg. It includes food that can be easily carried in webbing pouches and pockets and eaten quickly while on operations and has been delivered as part of a £140m contract signed with Hampshire-based company Purple Food Services.
Private Ryan Salmon from D Company 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, said: “The new 12-hour ration packs are a great change from the normal rations. It contains beef jerky and a sandwich, which are great for a quick meal. The chemical water heater and main meal are good when you are on short ops, you can get a quick warm scoff and not worry about messing around with a cooker.”
Captain Jeremy Rigby, head of DE&S Defence Food Services, which is based in Bath, said: “This new contract – which was delivered ahead of schedule and under budget – enables us to produce innovative new rations quickly, meaning we can swiftly adapt to the latest operational requirements.
“It demonstrates our ongoing commitment to respond to feedback from our troops in Afghanistan, making sure we give them food they enjoy while maintaining the high nutritional content – as well as making the packs as light and convenient as possible.”
Wild West Beef Jerky is made in Lewis in Scotland by a company that was founded by Richard Davies in 2001.