Student eating habits are playing a huge role in changing the landscape of the foodservice industry, according to research from Technomic.
A report produced by the firm outlines the impact that student health trends and their use of delivery and technology is having on the industry, while offering recommendations to operators and suppliers as to how to act on these findings.
Anne Mills, senior manager of consumer insights at Technomic, said: “Students have high expectations from their foodservice experiences both on and off campus. Delivery, convenience and menu innovation are all top priorities for college and university students.”
She explained that younger consumers are more likely to buy from companies whose stance on issues such as reducing waste and employee pay aligns with their own, therefore forcing companies to address these issues in order to stay competitive.
The report compiled findings from over 1,400 consumer responses, with the aim of helping foodservice operators and suppliers better understand student attitudes and preferences toward on- and off-campus dining.
With a client base of food manufacturers and distributors, restaurants and retailers, Technomic’s services include cloud-based B2B research tools, consumer and menu trend tracking, as well as other leading strategic research and analytic capabilities.