As the UK economy continues its recovery, the eating out sector has also continued to grow, up by 2.7% in value and with the number of average meals eaten out per month growing to 9.2 per person. In this climate however, its need to stay ahead of the competition is ever more vital. It is the lunch time occasion that has evolved a number of interesting and innovative food trends, offering the busy worker a new take on UK lunch staples.
A string of new companies are leading the way to offer healthy and nutritious lunch time meals, a far cry from the traditional sandwich, as well as an on-going evolution in the drinks people choose alongside their meal.
A great example is Potage, a company set up by a young entrepreneur built on the ethos of simplicity and great organic ingredients. Customers can choose from a range of lunch options that refresh daily, varying from delicious mac and cheese with organic bacon or a fresh green chopped salad with toasted pine nuts & avocado.
With the aim to get the country to eat healthier food, The Good Life offers smoothies, a twist on your morning porridge, super food salads and delicious banana bread. There is something for everyone, including gluten free bread with avocado and chilli flakes or go for total health and taste with an egg white frittata.
Looking towards drinks we can see that this evolution from traditional choices has created a refreshing mix of exciting options, all built upon the humble cuppa. The market has seen the strong growth of chilled teas ranging from zingy and refreshing green teas to the distinctive flavours of matcha and sweet lemon and blueberry, all with the goal of providing consumers with an exciting and healthier alternative to the usual soft drink range.
With the options ever growing it is vital for operators to stay on trend, why not inspire your lunch time menu with these refreshing beverage recipes.
Lemon-Summer Berry Sweet Tea
- 1 pack frozen blueberries
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 4 Tetley Summer Berry teabags
- 250ml of water
- Garnishes: fresh blueberries, lemon rind strips
- 3 Tetley Original teabags
- 5 sprigs of mint leaves
- 30g sugar
- 250ml water
- 1/2 can lemonade
The lunch time rush is fast evolving into a much loved day part to indulge and enjoy good food and drink. Tweet us your favourite lunch time experience @TetleyTeaOOH