Blog

Five Foodservice Trends on College Campuses

Aug.28.2014
09:52:47 AM

The foodservice industry is always changing, but there is almost no better example of that than on university and college campuses. The campus dining experience of yesterday has been replaced with a new model. Today’s students (and tomorrow’s consumers) aren’t interested in their parents’ campus foodservice experiences. Instead, they’re branching out and demanding a new design.

Here are five college campus foodservice trends:

1. Nearly 37% of Universities serve 2000 and more meals per day, according to data from CHD Expert’s Easy2FIND database. Four-year colleges and universities tend to serve more meals overall than two-year institutions. Numbers of meals served daily at Tech & Trade schools and Affiliated Buildings are low on average.

2. CHD Expert’s data shows that the top five states with the most foodservice programs at four-year colleges and universities, in order, are: California, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Texas. The numbers in regards to the Total number of education foodservice programs per state is nearly identical, but Texas has more overall programs than Florida.

3. More college students are eating meals from on-campus foodservice operations. Technomic’s College & University Consumer Trend Report showed that more than half of students bought beverages and food from on-campus foodservice establishments once a week or more. Students preferred foodservice menus with a variety of options, including ethnic cuisines and customizable items.

4. 21% of American college students are overweight, according to the 2010 National College Health Assessment from the American College Health Association. An article from U.S. News & World Report found that many colleges and universities are displaying nutritional information and calorie counts in dining halls to help students make healthier choices. Other schools are now offering healthier options, such as vegan and vegetarian dishes or installing salad bars. Juices and flavored waters have also become more popular with students in recent years.

5. The grab-and-go foodservice model is growing on college campuses, according to an article from My College Guide. Time-strapped students are increasingly reaching for pre-prepared, on-the-go meals like small snacks, fruit, and wrapped sandwiches.

CHD Expert is the worldwide leader in collecting, managing and analyzing foodservice data. We have all kinds of foodservice data, including comprehensive data for the education industry. Our database has 40+ filters you can use to segment data, and with access to our Easy2FIND database, you will have all the education foodservice data you need right at your fingertips.

Are you interested in learning more about college and university foodservice data? If you’d like to speak with one of our representatives, please email [email protected] Or, feel free to give us a call.