Study Highlights Growth Opportunities for College and University Foodservice

Technomic's new report polled students on dining habits. 

Technomic's College & University Consumer Trend Report notes that 69 percent of students purchase food and beverages from on-campus foodservice facilities at least once week, up from 62 percent in 2011.

Key findings include:

  • Just 35 percent of students overall say they are satisfied with their school's dining program.
  • Forty-four percent of students surveyed and 57 percent of on-campus residents wish their school had grocery stores where they could shop using their meal plan.
  • Sixty-six percent of students regularly explore new types of foods and flavors, up from 59 percent of students who said the same in 2011.
  • Half of students place high importance on the ability to substitute (53 percent) or add (50 percent) ingredients themselves.