15 April 2015
Research published yesterday by contract caterer Elior UK seeks to explain what millennials - those workers aged 18 to 30 and who, according to research, will comprise a majority of the UK workforce in 10 years' time - will want from food in the workplace in the years ahead.
Here are the five trends it identified:
1. Millennials skip breakfast twice a week on average - suggesting an appetite for mid-morning snacks.
2. Speed of service is the most important factor for 42 per cent of millennials when buying breakfast, 40 per cent when buying lunch.
3. 66 per cent favour outlets that are active on social media and expect technology to be part of the 'eating out' experience.
4. Although 92 per cent of millennials say they either eat healthily, or intend to, their food choices suggest otherwise. Sausages, bacon, burgers and fries win out over salads, wraps and fruit.
5. 91 per cent cook at home and expect to eat out less in the coming years. They generally serve up the same meals they order when eating out.
Elior UK commissioned Allegra Foodservice to conduct the survey of 1,000 people aged 18 to 30, including 30 per cent students, to find out what are looking for from their work and university catering options.