16,000 Free Vitamin Drinks For NHS Staff

Bristol firm Stix Drinks are donating 16,000 Vitamin drinks to NHS staff across the UK to keep them hydrated with vitamins.

In association with Bidfood, one of the UK’s largest food distributors, Stix Drinks will be donating 15,000 Vit Stix, 10ml liquid vitamin portions that mix with water to make a vitamin drink, to hospitals across the UK including Southmead Bristol, Birmingham Women & Childrens and Frimley in Surrey.

Packed full of Immunity Boosting Vitamins B5, B6, B12, C, D and Zinc, Vit Stix offer a fantastic way for staff to increase their vitamin intake whilst staying well hydrated and Stix have seen a significant rise in NHS orders as caterers look to boost patient and staff immunity levels.

Demand for the immunity boosting products since COVID-19 has meant the company has had to increase its manufacturing to keep pace, supplying numerous government organisations, retailers and direct customers.

Tom Anderson Dixon, Chief Hydrator of Stix Drinks said “these are unprecedented times and the NHS has been a shining beacon of hope amongst all of the uncertainty. If we are able to donate more Vit Stix we will as we are in awe of the NHS staff and all they are doing to care and protect every one of us. I’m pleased that we are able to collaborate with Bidfood to provide the NHS with our Vit Stix Vitamin Drinks”.

Carrie Howes, National Account Manager for NHS at Bidfood said: “I am delighted that we’ve been able to work with Stix Drinks in co-ordinating the shipments to hospitals across the UK, supporting our fantastic NHS staff on the frontline whilst they work tirelessly to support the country”.





On a placement year with Marks & Spencer, Tom Anderson-Dixon noticed people of all ages bringing bottles of squash into the catering unit, to make a squash drink at the watercooler. Making a coffee with a pot of milk, he suggested “what if we put squash into these portions and kept them by the watercooler?”… An idea was born!

After successfully launching and running Squash Stix, single portions of liquid squash concentrate, business partners Tom & Julia realised that running a business, exercising & socialising left little time to focus on getting the right vitamins through a healthy diet.

Sharing their issues with others and researching the market, they found that they were not alone, and on the back of the success from Squash Stix, they developed Vit Stix to allow them, and others, to conveniently stay hydrated with vitamins designed to enhance both cognitive & physical performance whilst also boosting Immunity.

E: tom@stixdrinks.com

M: 07783114662


For more than 20 years as a leading foodservice wholesaler, we’ve supplied fresh, frozen, ambient food, beers, wines, spirits, catering essentials and catering equipment to customers in a wide range of sectors.

With a depot network of 24 sites spanning the country from Worthing on the south coast to Oban in Scotland Bidfood provide a truly local presence, both in terms of service, products, employment and community engagement. Their multi-temperature supply chain gives their customers full consolidation of frozen, ambient and chilled products on the same delivery, which makes life easier for them and is a point of difference. As one of the UK’s leading foodservice providers, we share our customers’ passion for great food.

E: catherinehinchcliff@bidfood.co.uk

T: 0791 7091104


• Bristol Southmead

• Birmingham Children’s

• Birmingham Womens

• Frimley Park (Surrey)

• Alexandra Hospital (Worcestershire)

• Royal Shrewsbury

• Queen Eliuzabeth (Birmingham)

• Solihull (Birmingham)

• Good Hope (Birmingham)

• Basingstoke

• Royal Free (London)

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About Stix Drinks

Squash Stix was the first product launched by Tom Anderson-Dixon. Whilst on a placement year from UWE Bristol with Marks & Spencer, Tom noticed staff members bringing in bottles of squash and taking them to the water cooler. Making a coffee with a jigger pot of milk he commented “we should put squash into these single portions to prevent people bringing in bottles” and alas, an idea was born. Squash Stix are now supplied into hospitals for patients, hotel bedrooms as an alternative to tea and coffee, airlines and offices at across the UK for employee hydration. The addition of Vit Stix has grown the business into the retail sector. Vit Stix are packed with Vitamins B5/B6/B12, C, D and Zinc to naturally boost energy and immunity. They are 99% less plastic than bottled vitamin waters. At 7 years old, the business is growing from strength to strength, and hopes to grow the range across multiple drinks.

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