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PHILADELPHIA--A nationwide study conducted by ARAMARK here indicated that demand for vegan meals is rising on college campuses.
Out of more than 100,000 college students surveyed, nearly a quarter said finding vegan meals on campus -- which contain no meat, fish, poultry or other products derived from animals such as dairy, eggs or honey -- was important to them.
ARAMARK, a worldwide provider of managed services, said it has increased its number of vegan menu items on campuses, and continues to work with campus vegetarian and vegan resource groups to meet customer demand.
The foodservice supplier's Just4U healthy menu program provides chefs dozens of vegan recipes along, with the tools to train staff and the menu identifiers to direct customers. The program is popular at more than two dozen universities, as well as businesses and hospitals, across the country, the company said.
"Our DiningStyles research has demonstrated that demand for vegan is especially strong among college students," said Jenifer Bland-Campbell, MS, RD, senior director of nutritional program development for ARAMARK.
Since the Just4U program debuted in June 2004, ARAMARK has added approximately 220 vegan and vegetarian recipes to the lineup. Each dish contains meat or cheese alternatives, made from soy or other vegan products.