TOKYO -- Patients at hospitals and nursing homes may be able to enjoy a taste of outside food from late this month as the providers of Mos Burgers and Yoshinoya beef bowls start supplying such establishments.
Mos Burger operator Mos Food Services is making its first foray into the field with special burgers that are more tender and have less salt than those served at its regular stores.
Beef bowl purveyor Yoshinoya Holdings will serve low-salt dishes with smaller pieces of beef, which it now sells online.
The two companies will provide the food in cooperation with Nissin Healthcare Food Service, which will deliver them to participating facilities multiple times a month as a special treat. Nissin Healthcare Food serves about 1.3 million meals to hospitals and nursing facilities a day.
The market for patient meals tops 800 billion yen ($7.43 billion) a year and remains steady, according to the Japan Foodservice Association. With restaurants battling over a shrinking number of customers in Japan, more could turn to hospitals and nursing homes for new opportunities.
Mos Burger and Yoshinoya have been in business for many decades and are well-loved brands even among older generations.