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Grab & go foods for college & University students



According to Datassential’s 2019 College & University Keynote Report, today’s students want variety in both their food choices and where they get it. Gen Z is looking for dining options that fit their lifestyle, whether that’s a dining hall, convenience store, grab & go kiosk or coffee shop.

Meeting the demand for variety – especially with the safety limitations of COVID-19 – poses a challenge for many higher education foodservice operators. As students return, their dining expectations may be easy to meet initially. But those expectations will rise as time goes on and as dining halls become more comfortable serving students safely.

The right food packaging can make all the difference when you’re looking for variety in both flavor and function. Fortunately, Dart’s products are designed for life on the go and can support innovative snack and meal offerings as you serve your students.

Layer on the Flavor

Did you know 23% of college students prefer to have a lunch made up of snacks and appetizers? Our Cup Insert Grab ‘n’ Go Kits are a great way to offer a wide range of snack options without having to greatly expand the food packaging you have on hand.

Choose from either a single- or double-compartment cup insert that sits securely in nine different cup sizes. Both insert types feature a Clean Lift™ post or divider, designed for sanitary handling. Pair the cup and insert with a flat or dome lid, then let your culinary imagination run wild!

Experiment with something new or whip up a classic snack from the list below that will keep your student body fueled up for their studies.

  • Mini bagels & cream cheese
  • Celery sticks & nut butter
  • Pita chips & hummus
  • Yogurt with granola & fruit
  • Tortilla chips with salsa & guacamole
  • Cheese cubes with nuts & dried fruit

Remember: 36% of students are looking for healthy snack options, such as fresh fruit.

Serving Up Hot Meals Now or Later

While snacks are great any time, most of your students still want three square meals a day. They may just be enjoying them in their dorm room rather than the dining hall.

COVID-19 has changed the way campus foodservice will look and operate this year. But providing great food – and a variety of it – can help higher education foodservice operators offer a touch of normalcy.

Our PresentaBowls® Pro bowls and lids can help with that! The black bowl/clear lid combo offers a more upscale presentation and the product line comes in seven different sizes ranging from 8 to 64 oz.

The squat profile of the base and lid make most sizes easy to fit in a student’s mini-refrigerator. Best of all, the base is microwavable, so students can enjoy their meal at pick up or when they return to their room after a long day of learning. These two features make it easy for students to enjoy the delicious food you’ve created while also limiting their trips and exposure risk.

Safe Snacks & Meals On The Go

You know better than anyone that a college student’s schedule is erratic. From early morning classes or practices to late night study sessions, each student’s eating schedule varies.

Bookstores, campus convenience stores and kiosks can help fill the gaps between meals. But safety will need to be a #1 priority in these areas where monitoring food isn’t the easiest.

Enter tamper-resistant, tamper-evident containers from Dart. These containers have a MicroTrim Edge™, TamperAlert Hinge™ and message printed across the top: “Do Not Purchase if Hinge is Torn.” These features all provide a visual cue to students that their food is safely sealed and ready to eat.

Our SafeSeal™ bowls and containers are great for packaging up a variety of foods, like:

  • Salads
  • Snacks & dips
  • Baked goods
  • Fruit
  • Sushi
  • Sandwiches & wraps

Clear bases and lids make it easy to pack up, ship out and stock shelves all across campus with student favorites. Plus, SafeSeal™ bowls, containers and snack cups are made of recyclable PET*, a great option for today’s conscious consumer.

And don’t forget to check out our newest addition to the lineup: TamperGuard™ Snack Boxes!

*Check locally, may not be recycled in your area. 

Looking for more innovative ways to serve snacks and meals to your student population? Browse our suggested foodservice products for higher education or reach out to one of our expert sales reps for more packaging suggestions. We can help you develop a streamlined food and beverage packaging plan to keep your menu agile and exciting!

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