ISCW 2020

The Future of Food & Beverage @WUR

Monday October 26th – Friday November 6th

In the years to come a lot of developments on the Campus will take place. The Dialogue Centre and third educational building will be opened, as well as Plus Ultra II. Companies, like Unilever, settle down on Wageningen Campus. More and more students, employees and visitors use Campus facilities for eating and drinking. Food and beverage are subject to major changes in the field of sustainability, zero waste, circularity, healthy products, individual preferences and diets, hospitality, technological innovation, etc.

Themes & topics:

In the years to come a lot of developments on the Campus will take place. The Dialogue Centre and third educational building will be opened, as well as Plus Ultra II. Companies, like Unilever, settle down on Wageningen Campus. More and more students, employees and visitors use Campus facilities for eating and drinking. Food and beverage are subject to major changes in the field of sustainability, zero waste, circularity, healthy products, individual preferences and diets, hospitality, technological innovation, etc.

As WUR aims to set a new vision on Food and Beverage for the next 5 years and due to expiring contracts with the current catering partners we’re on the quest for students and employees who want to join our online event on Monday October 26th and Friday November 6th (12.00-17.00 pm). Due to Covid-19 our plenary kick off will be on October 26th from 09.00-12.00 am and our sparkling finals will take place on November 6th from 12.00-17.00 pm. In the meantime you can plan your online working time with your own team according to your own wishes and way of working (i.e. Teams, WhatsApp, on location with the appropriate social distance, etc.). You will be supported by our team coaches and expert desk. Come up with your brilliant ideas on the Future of Food @ Beverage @WUR and take the opportunity to contribute to eating and drinking facilities on our Campus in the years to come.

These will be the main topics of the Future of Food & Beverage @WUR event. And to answer these questions, we would like to learn from your innovative, sustainable and futureproof ideas and concepts!

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Happy, healthy & fit lifestyle

  • How can we increase vitality on the work floor?
  • Which healthier options would you prefer to be available in food and beverages?
  • How can we seduce students and employees to make healthier food and beverage choices?
  • Does healthy food help you to gain a better focus on your work or study?
  • Would healthy food help to reduce sick leave and increase productivity and involvement in the WUR organization?
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Personalized and “tailor made” eating

  • What kind of product range in Food and Beverage should WUR provide in order to keep up with trends like differentiation/“eat it my way”/tailor made/cultural and international choices and hyper personal” food (veggie/vegan/biological/local/flex/gluten free/EKO)?
  • Would you like to pay more for better quality coffee?
  • Would you like to receive a doggy bag or smaller portions: is pay per quantity an option?
  • Would healthier food contribute to better employer branding and as a significant benefit in the War on Talent?
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Sustainability, circularity, minimal waste

  • As we are one of the world’s leading Universities in sustainability: how can we make sure that our food and beverage proposition matches with our image, global mission and values?
  • How can we create connection between the research we have on board and the food we offer to our students, employees and visitors?
  • What concepts can we introduce to minimalize waste, use of plastics, etc. and stimulate recycling and care for our planet?
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Hospitality and distinctive catering concepts

  • Which main facilities and atmosphere is required and suits WUR? Do we need more take away facilities or just high quality hospitality?
  • What’s the impact of the 24-hours economy and blurring between working and private time for our food preferences?
  • How can we stimulate that future Food & Beverage facilities contribute to our image and become an appealing advert for our organization and its students/employees?
  • Are we willing to pay for better food and more atmosphere?
  • How can we best show our product range, choices, origin of products and nutritional value to customers?
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Technological innovation

  • Which technology could help us to make more vital choices?
  • How could we stimulate/create omni-channel convenience (eat & drink what, where, whenever and how you want)?
  • Do we need quiet WIFI-free eating zones and spaces to meet contrary developments like the need for human contact and “mobile detox”?

Want to contribute to these themes and the Future of Food & Beverage @WUR? Join us and sign up!

What is the goal?

Invention Summer Camp is  a yearly event empowered by Wageningen University & Research and organized under supervision of Facilities and Services. Offering optimal food and beverage facility services on all Wageningen Campus locations is one of its main responsibilities.

On Friday November 6th, we will bring together 100 employees and students to collect innovative needs, ideas and concepts for the implementation in the future of food and beverage @WUR. We will offer participants a challenging and varied program of working on your ideas. Inspiring lectures and workshops. Support of your team is guaranteed by assistance of experienced coaches and specialists. In the evening your team pitches its idea before a jury, consisting of heavyweight representatives in the field of food, hospitality, innovation, sustainability, education and business.

Facilities and Services will create a vision document on food & beverage by November-December 2020, in alignment with the corporate strategic plan of WUR in the field of sustainability, circularity, waste, etc.

Widely supported input of all stakeholders is key to define this vision. Output of Invention Summer Camp 2020 will be used as part of shaping this document, which will be the base for new tendering procedures for catering in 2021 onwards.

Who can attend?

We are looking for WUR students and employees who want to contribute to the vision of Food & Beverage @WUR. Do you have brilliant ideas? Do you want to be part of shaping the future in the field of eating and drinking needs and facilities @WUR in the years to come? Do you represent or understand the future needs of students, employees and visitors? Join us, subscribe and help us to create the ultimate proposition!

Registration is free. We’ll take care of a fully organized online event!

Signing up is open for teams (4-6 participants) as well as individual students and employees, who will be linked by us to team up with others!

 

Any questions left?

Please check the page with the FAQ’s.

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