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.