Above all else, we strive to transform dining experiences on the campuses we serve every day. We:
Our ability to elevate the student experience is a direct result of the comprehensive dining services we offer, including:
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As a result, we are constantly collecting research and data on evolving trends, tastes, habits and behaviors to find out what students want most out of their campus dining program.
One example is our proprietary master planning process, MarketMATCHTM. With this powerful tool, we gain insights from your entire community, and then our team of diverse and talented experts recommends unique dining options and solutions customized to your campus.
We can help you maintain a high level of satisfaction by continuously evaluating performance with our DiningStylesTM program, and with Your Voice Counts, we glean valuable real-time data to respond to student needs as soon as they arise.
Whether it’s optimized meal plans, new venue concepts or healthy and sustainable menus, our innovative dining solutions help enhance your brand and create the campus of your students’ dreams.
The foundation of our innovative campus dining services is our team of highly trained chefs. They, with the help of dietitians and other culinary experts, go above and beyond to deliver a wide range of recipes, sourcing options and experiences for your students, all the while taking into account the latest trends and technologies.
Our chefs know that the best-tasting food begins with fresh, seasonal ingredients prepared simply and cooked to perfection. We were the first company to offer diverse ethnic, cooked-to-order residential dining food stations, as well as “fresh for you” exhibition-style cooking on campus.
Even more importantly, our team is armed with the knowledge of what solutions best fit your campus’ specific needs, and can deliver a unique experience tailored to your campus community. Those experiences could range from gluten- and allergen-free menu items, meals derived from sustainable and organic sources, kosher dining rooms or a host of other healthy and nutritionally balanced choices that fit your students’ varied lifestyles.
Combine menu planning, food presentation and a top-notch service philosophy with an innovative approach rooted in local ingredients and international cuisines, and you’ve got the recipe for an outstanding campus dining program.
As a single-source campus dining service provider, part of our role is to help transform your dining venues into bustling hubs of student interaction. Fortunately, we have years of expertise in the design build and operation of residential restaurants, national, regional and proprietary retail dining outlets, campus convenience stores and markets and catering programs.
Through customized culinary design and operational improvements, we turn your campus dining locations into energetic and welcoming gathering spaces filled with product lines focused on healthy and fresh options.
Our residential dining environments feature chef-created menu options that take advantage of fresh, sustainable, local, and organic foods. They serve a variety of regional and international cuisines in rotating exhibition stations, and feature meals that meet the needs of special dietary requirements. More than that, they connect your campus via social media and promote innovative technology through mobile ordering, nutrition apps and an engaging campus dining website.
We bring established national brands, as well as emerging and regional franchise brands to all our campuses. Since we operate more franchise brands than any other food service provider, our brand development experts know how to deliver national brand experiences, flavors, pricing and value. When a more specialized solution is needed, we use our understanding of student trends, culinary expertise and operational excellence to create proprietary and customized brands to deliver a dynamic retail dining environment.
We recognize an important complement to any on-campus dining program is the availability of a convenience store. We have reinvented the convenience store concept by creating our award-winning Provisions on Demand® Market. P.O.D. changes the campus store experience by blending the features of “corner store” quick convenience with modern market style and service. There, we offer students a variety of fresh food and produce, deliciously prepared meals and everyday essentials.
No campus transformation would be complete without an innovative catering program. Our culinary experts work with your university to craft unique, great-tasting recipes, all while staying within budget. From a boxed-lunch gathering for students to fundraising events with VIPs, our unparalleled university catering services really deliver.
Our Engineering Solutions team will facilitate your next dining transformation project so it is completed on time and on budget, whether it's new construction, environmentally sensitive or a time-challenged project. Our unique capabilities in planning, design, construction, equipment procurement, and installation and facilities operations ensure that your next campus dining space is one students will be talking about.
Today’s students are entering college with a different mind-set. They grew up in the heart of the information age with regular access to computers, smart phones and social media. More than ever, they are looking to stay current and connected, and are constantly sharing, collaborating and giving back.
What’s more, they are looking to actively engage with their campus community. That’s why we use proprietary tools to gather insights and identify the trends that matter most to students. From venues to menus to suggestion implementation, our number-one priority as campus dining providers is student satisfaction.
So how do we keep them engaged? It all starts with our health and wellness programs. In a recent survey, 60% of students stated they would eat on campus more if healthier options were available1. That’s why we bring our health and wellness platform, Healthy For Life™, to all the campuses we work with.
Healthy For Life™ features healthy food, nutrition education, and wellness programs that positively impact the entire campus community. Our team of talented chefs and dietitians know that the best way to encourage students to make healthier choices is to make “good-for-you” food delicious and satisfying. Designed to accommodate a wide variety of nutritional needs and to fill the dining environment with an abundance of wholesome, fresh, nutritious foods—Healthy for Life™ helps power a culture of health and well-being for everyone on campus.
As a large provider of dining services, we have the resources and expertise needed to create more sustainable food service operations on campus. We leverage our existing environmental sustainability platform, Green ThreadTM, to proactively take on environmental issues that resonate with students and help your bottom line.
We develop sustainable dining programs that are unique to each campus we serve and enable better connection with students. We address issues like responsible purchasing, waste stream management, green building operations and transportation.
Our cutting-edge, flexible and low-cost technology solutions are a fundamental part of our campus dining services. In an increasingly tech-savvy world, we stay at the forefront of innovation and connected directly with campus communities by offering:
One of the more customized solutions we bring to campuses is CampusDish, our e-commerce-enabled web portal, which:
Additionally, our state-of-the-art implementation and customer care support center is here to help you experience a seamless transition and ensure future success with your Aramark campus dining program.
¹Stat Source: Aramark: Fall 2013 DiningStyles Survey
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