Technomic study finds students expecting more from campus foodservice programs

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Delivery, technology and health trends are changing the foodservice landscape and younger generations are leading this charge. Technomic’s 2019 College & University Consumer Trend Report explores this segment in depth, providing actionable recommendations for operators and suppliers to get ahead of the challenges and competition.

“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,” explains Anne Mills, senior manager of consumer insights at Technomic. “On top of this, they will choose companies that support causes they care about such as reducing waste or employee pay. These expectations are a lot for operators to think about but important to address in order to stay competitive.”

Key Takeaways

  • 33 per cent of students are satisfied with their school’s foodservice facilities
  • 69 per cent of students eat off-campus at least once a week
  • 45 per cent of students say it’s important that their school is transparent about how ingredients are sourced

Compiling findings from 1,400 consumer responses, the comprehensive 2019 College & University Consumer Trend Report helps foodservice operators and suppliers better understand student attitudes and preferences toward on- and off-campus dining to stay ahead of the trends and identify opportunity areas.

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About Technomic

Technomic, Inc., a Winsight company, was founded as a management consulting firm in 1966. Since then, Technomic’s services have grown to encompass cloud-based B2B research tools, consumer and menu trend tracking, as well as other leading strategic research and analytic capabilities, to prioritize and size business opportunities. Our clients include food manufacturers and distributors, restaurants, retailers and multiple other business verticals aligned with the food industry that are looking to make informed decisions to support their business growth. Visit Technomic at

SOURCE Technomic

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