73% of residents seek foods that “wow” their friends and family and make them proud to invite loved ones to the facility. “New” seniors place even greater importance on sensational cuisine; in fact, 92% believe that impressive foods are necessary for a senior living community.
2 to 4 servings of beans per week is the recommended amount for seniors. Dietitians are recommending that seniors reap the benefits of power foods like beans this year, as they help to fight colon cancer, are an excellent source of fiber, protein and antioxidants and can help decrease blood pressure.
71% of residents claim that having access to snacks is important, showing that the mini meals trend has permeated all generations. It’s becoming increasingly important for senior living communities to respond by granting seniors easier access to bistros, cafés and the like.
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Senior living communities are keeping in line with Increasing consumer desire for eco-friendly options. In addition to implementing recycling programs and featuring locally-grown produce, facilities are also looking to replace existing light bulbs with energy-efficient fluorescents, use more “green” cleaning products and upgrade their appliances so they are more energy efficient. Doing so authentically (through means of obtaining leed certification, etc.) can help a senior living community differentiate itself from the competition.
Entegra Procurement Services regularly publishes blog posts on food trends and innovations in food services. Entegra is more than a group purchasing organization (GPO): Our team of procurement specialists implement strategic sourcing to bring the most value to your business. We help our clients, in many segments ranging from the healthcare supply chain to restaurant supply, to cut costs and consolidate their portfolios.