Discover some of the food trends that will shape secondary school menu planning in 2024.

Plant-Based Power

With an increasing focus on health and environmental sustainability, incorporating plant-based options into your secondary school menu is a trend that continues to gain momentum. Dishes featuring plant-based proteins like tofu, lentils, and chickpeas not only cater to vegetarian and vegan students but also offer a nutritious and diverse range of choices for all.

What’s Your Flavour?

Students today are more adventurous with their palates and appreciate the opportunity to explore international cuisines. From Korean tacos to Mediterranean-inspired grain bowls, infusing international cuisines adds excitement and cultural diversity to students' dining experiences.

Sourcing Sustainably

Implementing eco-friendly practices, such as sourcing locally, reducing food waste, and incorporating reusable packaging, aligns with the growing awareness of environmental responsibility.

Allergen-Friendly Offerings

As awareness of food allergies and intolerances grows, it's crucial to provide allergen-friendly options on the menu. Clearly labelling allergens and offering alternatives for common allergens like gluten, nuts, and dairy ensures that all students can enjoy a safe and inclusive dining experience.

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Encourage healthy snacking habits by offering a variety of nutrient-dense and portion-controlled snacks. Items like yogurt parfaits, fresh fruit cups, and whole-grain energy bars provide students with quick and satisfying options that keep them fuelled throughout the day without compromising on nutrition.