Posts Tagged ‘mediterranean’

Mediterranean Food All the Rage With College Set

April 14, 2011

One study recently conducted in New York reports that children, especially teenagers, don’t seem to much care about the amount of calories they are shoveling into their systems. But another study recently conducted amongst college students does report that when those teenagers head off to college, they are looking for more heart healthy choices, such as Mediterranean food, which tends to be lower in artery clogging trans fat and high in fiber.

Sodexo Studies Eating Trends on Campus

Sodexo, Inc. a food services company which works on a number of college campuses nationwide reported that so far in 2011, the most popular fare for students has been a range of Mediterranean inspired foods which they have offered in various school cafeterias.

Food such as chicken souvlaki, kabobs, spanikopita (a kind of spinach pie which originated in Greece) and cous cous were all the rage amongst the late teen, early 20s set.

650 Colleges Can’t All Be Wrong

The company provides food services to some 650 colleges across the country, so this is definitely not just a local phenomenon, but rather one which seems to be sweeping the country, bringing in more and more college students with each iteration.

Chefs from Spain and Italy to Be Brought In

Capitalizing on the intense interest in Mediterranean fare, the company has reported plans to begin bringing in Spanish and Italian chefs to provide tasty meals to students at the various colleges.

Of course, off campus restaurants can also take advantage of the Mediterranean craze, both by offering such foods on their own menus and by offering alternatives for the inevitable naysayers who will want to eat anything but the Mediterranean food their friends seem to have decided is the most popular food around.

iPhone Apps Being Tested

In other news, the company also reports plans to begin using some iPhone apps to get more kids purchasing food from school cafeterias by offering them the opportunity to send in their order in advance and to pick it up, ready to go when they arrive at the eating establishment.

Breakfast in A Pocket – The Newest Jack in the Box Menu Item

August 15, 2010

New ideas for breakfast meals are always being welcomed. Plus, Mediterranean items have become a big business in this country. So, the next logical thing is of course, creating a meal in a pocket. A pita pocket that is.

Jack in the Box restaurants are trying to capitalize on the newest craze in eating out — grabbing breakfast out of the house rather than stuffing down some toast and coffee before heading out the door.

And their answer has been to embrace one aspect of the Mediterranean diet by putting their breakfast meal into the now ubiquitous pocket bread while still staying true to the more traditional American style breakfast.

Mediterranean Bread, American Food

The Jack in the Box breakfast pita will have scrambled eggs, bacon and ham together with American cheese stuffed into the traditional Middle Eastern bread. While natives of the area will be horrified, the meal is expected to be quite a hit. It will be served together with a side of salsa in an attempt to appeal to more health conscious breakfast eaters who still want something tasty to eat.

Jack in the Box is one of those “breakfast all day” types of restaurants so expect to see some people grabbing a pocket full of goodness to eat as a quick lunch as well. The new menu item will be priced at $2.69.

Investor Reaction and Stock History

The new breakfast menu at Jack in the Box isn’t so popular with investors it would seem though, who have pushed the stock down to $20.15 as of this writing, down from a 52 week high of $26.37. Still, expect the chain to continue trying new things in order to entice more people back into their restaurants and to keep investors happy.

The company only owns a little more than half of its 2,200 restaurants nationwide, with 1,200 being company owned and the other 1,000 owned by private franchisees who carry the same menu items but share a portion of their profits with the parent company.