For how long has our nation been addicted to soda or as some refer to them, soft drinks? Just like eating pizza or burgers on a regular basis, old (and often unhealthy) habits are hard to break. Whether in a corporate, hospital, or educational environment, it is possible to help employees, students, and others make healthier choices and change their behaviors. As a top contract food services company in Atlanta, we have an important role in encouraging our society to lean toward healthier beverage choices!
You may not realize it, but there are more options than plain water, tea, and soft drinks. Many fruit juices are far healthier than sodas, and flavored water is a popular choice. Have you considered sparkling options? It’s often difficult to attract consumers away from soda, and to something that’s healthier. In addition to water infused with the flavors of the season such as cherry, strawberry, or lemon in spring and summer months to richer, seasonal tastes including nutmeg or cinnamon in winter months, the addition of club soda to the base of a beverage sets it apart. Many view sparkling beverages as a different type of drink than a flavored water. All are healthy choices, but that’s what you want – and variety is the spice of life!
There are countless ways to make water tasty and appealing, whether infusing it with fruit, vegetables, or even spices. Your team should mix it up, experiment, and come up with flavorful options that fit the season.
Location is key. For most soft drink companies, their brand or name is all it takes to attract the consumer. Encouraging high school children or employees to choose healthier beverages requires a different approach: Place these beverages in a conspicuous area where they cannot be missed! By placing healthier options, including infused beverages, fresh tea (unsweetened) and sparkling varieties in close proximity to the entrance, people will naturally notice them first – and in many cases, that’s all it takes.
When we all work together, we can encourage people to choose healthier beverages. At Gourmet Services, we’re an experienced contract food services company who believes in fresher, healthier options – whether in food menus or beverages. Let us help take your dining experience to a whole new level!