Enabling healthy food choices in the workplace: the canteen operators’ perspective.

Price, S., Bray, J. P. and Brown, L., 2017. Enabling healthy food choices in the workplace: the canteen operators’ perspective. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 10 (4), pp. 318-331.

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DOI: 10.1108/IJWHM-12-2016-0087

Abstract

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.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1753-8351
Uncontrolled Keywords:workplace health; public health; qualitative research; diet; foodservice
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:29253
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:24 May 2017 13:11
Last Modified:02 Aug 2017 09:35

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