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:
What’s next in campus dining? Students are demanding customizable, convenient and community-driven experiences. Discover how we are revolutionizing campus dining solutions.Learn more
College applicants are social, sophisticated and savvy. They’re not only looking at the academic prestige of an institution but also considering the campus environment when making their college decisions. Your dining venues and menu options significantly affect student recruitment and retention. As a result, we are constantly collecting research and data on evolving trends, tastes, and student lifestyles to find out what today’s students want most out of their campus dining program.
MarketMATCHTM, our renowned customer-centric planning system, is driven by on-campus market research, including interviews, traffic studies, and campus mapping, and links campus lifestyle needs to customized food selections.
Your Voice Counts™ is our innovative customer satisfaction survey process that allows the campus community to provide feedback and suggestions about the dining program in real time. And our annual DiningStyles™ survey taken by over 130,000 students each year measures and anticipates the needs of future students, taking the guesswork out of the planning process.
The foundation of our innovative campus culinary solutions is our team of highly trained chefs. They, with the help of dietitians and other culinary experts, deliver a wide range of authentic international recipes, sourcing options, and experiences for your students, all the while taking into account nutritional balance, the latest trends in dining, and engaging technologies.
Our chefs know that the best-tasting food begins with fresh, seasonal ingredients prepared from scratch and cooked to perfection. We are armed with the knowledge of what solutions best fit your campus’ specific needs and can deliver a unique culinary experience tailored to your campus community. Those solutions can range from gluten- and allergen-free menu items, meals derived from sustainable and organic sources, kosher dining rooms and a host of nutritionally balanced choices that fit your students’ varied lifestyles.
Students crave rich comfort foods and authentic ethnic meals. 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. From food court-style dining for fast-paced student life to intimate, bistro-style meals, we deliver custom venues that satisfy a wide-range of student needs and turn your campus dining locations into welcoming gathering spaces.
Our residential dining venues feature chef-created menu options that take advantage of fresh, sustainable, local, and organic foods, and serve a variety of regional and international cuisines. As the largest franchise operator among food service providers, we deliver the national brands students crave and give them the freedom of choice without ever having to leave campus. Our retail franchise portfolio includes today’s most relevant brands, unique regional and proprietary brands, and custom retail solutions to fit your campus community.
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. Coupled with dining halls, cafes, self-service kiosks, and food trucks, expedited access to a variety of food options is a short walk away.
In a recent survey, 60% of students stated they would eat on campus more if healthier options were available. In response to this statement, we developed Healthy For Life™, our comprehensive health and wellness program. It features healthy food as well as nutrition and wellness programs that work together to support healthy lifestyles. Healthy For Life™ is based on global trends research, as well as the knowledge of our chefs, dietitians and other culinary experts. This integrated approach to health and wellness features good-for-you food, nutrition education materials, and guided programs that work together to support student well-being.
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. Our signature Just4U® nutrition messages provide information and other healthy highlights for our menu items. The simple graphics indicate which food options are low in fat, vegetarian-friendly, made with whole grains, and more to make it simple for students to find healthy choices that accommodate their lifestyles and dietary needs.
As a food service partner, we touch millions of lives every day and have a responsibility to take sustainability very seriously in our daily operations and planning. We have the resources and expertise needed to create sustainable food service operations on campus and to meet the expectations of today’s students. We leverage our environmental sustainability platform, Green ThreadTM, to proactively take on environmental issues that resonate with your campus community.
For today’s students, sustainability, social responsibility, and transparency are not expectations, they are requirements. In fact, 83% of people consider sustainability when buying food. In response, we help you design sustainability initiatives based on your unique campus needs and goals. Together, we can prioritize your sustainability strategy and identify changes that can be made immediately as well as over time.
Along with your institution, we’ll address issues like responsible sourcing, waste minimization and management, green building operations, and eco-friendly transportation. And depending on your institution’s goals, we can align sustainability efforts with your community, such as local purchasing initiatives, creating green structures to operate buildings more efficiently, or building programs and platforms to educate and engage the campus community. We can help you form an environmental sustainability commitment for long-term impact.
Today’s students are entering college with a different mind-set: they expect to have noteworthy experiences that surprise and delight, are memorable, and which they can share on 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. Our customized dining programs engage campus communities using a powerful combination of traditional communication tools as well as the latest technology. Students embrace our social media and customer feedback options, mobile and web ordering, health and wellness apps, digital menu boards with nutritional information, touchscreen kiosks, and cashless convenience stores and vending machines.
In addition to providing up-to-date menus and nutritional content, our CampusDish portals provide an interactive method for students to give feedback from their dining experience as well as a place for parents to keep up with what is being served for lunch. We also leverage social media to further engage and communicate with students using their favorite platforms. The end result is a culinary community on campus in which students are connected with the information and the services they need, right at their fingertips.
¹Stat Source: Technomic: 2017 College & University Consumer Trend Report
Universities are increasing meal plan sales by implementing student ambassador programs. By hiring highly motivated students, universities are able to receive valuable feedback and sell meal plans on-the-spot. Partnering with Aramark provides higher education institutions with the tools to execute successful ambassador programs. Discover two universities that have seen tremendous success with launching student ambassador programs — and steps for getting started — in this informative guide.
Today's students want less meat, more vegetarian options and more zero-waste options. They also value transparency in the way their food is prepared. Do your on-campus dining options match these trends? We've packed these and several other trends into a helpful SlideShare to help you make the right dining improvements in 2020.