Enabling healthy food choices in the workplace: the canteen operators' perspective

Authors: Price, S., Bray, J. and Brown, L.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/29253/

Journal: International Journal of Workplace Health Management

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

ISSN: 1753-8351

DOI: 10.1108/IJWHM-12-2016-0087

Purpose: Employees eat regularly in workplace foodservice settings, thus the food served can significantly impact their overall diet. Workplace foodservice providers are facing several challenges, including changing consumer demands, partial blame for high levels of obesity and the delivery of accessible information that can encourage healthier food choices. This paper explores the industry perspective on consumer information needs and will assess the challenges faced by foodservice providers in terms of responding to these in a workplace setting. Methodology: A qualitative approach was adopted, involving ten in-depth semi-structured interviews with contract catering managers in the UK and Germany. Findings: Canteen operators have a sound understanding of what is important to their customers. However, the amount of dish information currently provided is limited, and the reasons for this are discussed. The menu remains the traditional medium of communication of information on dishes, but there is openness to technical platforms, which not only reduce information overload but also increase customer engagement. Practical Implications: Technological solutions are discussed as a way to overcome barriers to information provision providing Workplace caterers with a clear approach to effectively communicate enhanced dish information.

Social Implications: The provision of enhanced dish information has been found to influence consumers’ to make more healthful selections. This is an important public health issue given the growing rates of obesity and diabetes type 2. Originality: This study makes an original contribution by exploring the industry perspective on consumer needs for information and on how this information can be provided.

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Authors: Price, S., Bray, J. and Brown, L.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/29253/

Journal: International Journal of Workplace Health Management

Volume: 10

Issue: 4

Pages: 318-331

eISSN: 1753-836X

ISSN: 1753-8351

DOI: 10.1108/IJWHM-12-2016-0087

© Emerald Publishing Limited 1753-8351. Purpose: Employees eat regularly in workplace foodservice settings, thus the food served can significantly impact their overall diet. Workplace foodservice providers are facing several challenges, including changing consumer demands, partial blame for high levels of obesity and the delivery of accessible information that can encourage healthier food choices. The purpose of this paper is to explore the industry perspective on consumer information needs and to assess the challenges faced by foodservice providers in terms of responding to these in a workplace setting. Design/methodology/approach: A qualitative approach was adopted, involving ten in-depth semi-structured interviews with contract catering managers in the UK and Germany. Findings: Canteen operators have a sound understanding of what is important to their customers. However, the amount of dish information currently provided is limited, and the reasons for this are discussed. The menu remains the traditional medium of communication of information on dishes, but there is openness to technical platforms, which not only reduce information overload but also increase customer engagement. Practical implications: Technological solutions are discussed as a way to overcome barriers to information provision providing workplace caterers with a clear approach to effectively communicate enhanced dish information. Social implications: The provision of enhanced dish information has been found to influence consumers' to make more healthful selections. This is an important public health issue given the growing rates of obesity and diabetes type 2. Originality/value: This study makes an original contribution by exploring the industry perspective on consumer needs for information and on how this information can be provided.

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Authors: Price, S., Bray, J. and Brown, L.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/29253/

Journal: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF WORKPLACE HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Volume: 10

Issue: 4

Pages: 318-331

eISSN: 1753-836X

ISSN: 1753-8351

DOI: 10.1108/IJWHM-12-2016-0087

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