Leaving behind the lunch hour
The way we work nowadays has a huge effect on our eating habits. Lunch breaks are generally shrinking, and now average just 34 minutes (so long the so-called lunch hour). Meanwhile, to keep up with demanding workloads, 52 per cent of workers eat alone at their desks.
Millennials are creating a change of their own — with 86 per cent of them choosing to snack throughout the day.
What’s more, millennials in particular are spending more time on their phones or tablets — even while they’re eating. And this is creating a demand for food that can be eaten singlehandedly.
Food on the move
All of these trends mean one thing — ‘grab and go’ food is becoming more popular than ever.
As more people decide that they don’t fancy spending their time on a sit-down meal, sales of food you can pick up in a few seconds, and eat while on move, are booming. That’s why, despite being around forever, the humble sandwich remains a firm favourite for two-thirds of workers.
If you’re not yet persuaded, take a look at this fact: ‘grab and go’ is now so popular that the market for it is now worth an estimated £20.1 billion in the UK alone!
Meeting the demand
As an innovative member of the foodservice industry, it’s our job to stay one step ahead of the game when it comes to food trends. That’s why we’ve been beavering away to create a range of delicious, portable meals — ready to meet this burgeoning demand.
The stars of the show are our brand new Chop Chop Pots. They tick all the boxes of what busy people want. They’re nutritious (with many offering one of your five-a-day in under 500 calories), they’re portable (it’s a meal in a pot), and they’re quick. On top of that, a micromarket offers a wide range of sandwiches, snacks, and drinks — ideal for people looking to grab and go.