As a contract food services company, it’s our job to know all about what’s going on in the world when it comes to the latest food and dining trends, regardless of the generation. While millennials have been top of the news in recent years, it’s important to pay attention to Gen Z, those K-12 and in high school and college today. Considering they’re so well-connected in terms of technology, it’s no wonder this generation doesn’t pay as much attention to economic, social, and racial boundaries as the rest of us do.
While the Gen Z crowd doesn’t have much money to spend on meals, many eat out about four times each week. It isn’t uncommon to find this diverse young group sharing combo meals or plates wherever they choose to dine, and some of the words they love to find on a menu include organic, natural, and sustainable.
Young Gen Z customers are much like millennials in some aspects of eating in that they enjoy knowing the foods they eat are prepared fresh or made-to-order. Whether in the school or university cafeteria or in the corporate dining setting, young people share some preferences with other generations when it comes to food trends. It seems that people of all ages are enjoying Mexican foods, veggie and fruit smoothies, a wider array of choices and foods that are fresh, quick, and made from scratch.
Ypulse, a research firm focused on youth and millennial marketing and a leading authority on Gen Z, found that as kids make the transition from tweens to teens and on to college-age they become more interested in fresh, local offerings and ethnic foods while developing a better understanding of nutrition. Additionally, from grade school on up some of the favorite foods of kids include pizza, salads, fruit, chicken, and sandwiches.
There’s no doubt that people in all generations today are paying more attention to food in terms of freshness, quality, nutrition, where the food is sourced, sustainability, and more. As one of the most reputable contract foodservices companies in Atlanta we cater to K-12, colleges, corporations, and others who desire quality, fresh taste, clean eating, and an overall better dining experience. For all of your corporate dining or K-12 foodservices needs, rely on Gourmet Services, Inc. to go beyond your expectations.