Food Inspiration Magazine is the online magazine for foodservice professionals in search of inspiration and innovation.
The free subscription digital magazine is published eight times per year and is an abundant source of inspiration for professionals in the world of food and hospitality. Our first readers can be found in the U.S., Northern Europe and parts of Asia.
Foodies that have a more than average interest in food & drinks relate strongly to the content and style of the online publication as well. With the magazine we collect, enrich and spread inspiration.
INT21 No waste
INT20 Plant centric
INT19 Food and healthcare
INT18 Reach of the chef
INT17 Vote food
INT16 Menus of change
INT13 Future cooking
INT12 Understanding the millennials
INT11 Ownership to Usership
INT10 Plant Based
INT08 Reinventing Traditions
INT05 Shift Happens
INT04 Food & Responsibility
INT03 Food & Trends
INT02 Food & Farming
INT01 Food & Tech
Companies are paying increasing attention to the health and vitality of their employees. Health and vitality enhances work performance and reduces costly absenteeism. Therefore, companies are gradually providing gyms, healthier food in work cafeterias, daycare facilities and laundry services to promote healthy lifestyles.
Does caring for your employees’ health and vitality really work? Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe that it does. Research shows that for every dollar invested in promoting healthy activities such as sports, balanced eating and preventive care employers will, within two to five years, receive three to six times as much in return.
"One of the keys to creating good physical health is to first improve the happiness of the employee", says Shawn Achor, CEO of the corporate strategy firm Good Think Inc. and author of the book, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work. Achor: “Research shows that when employees have a positive mindset, they participate more easily with a healthy eating plan and sports programs."
Number of employees: 200
Number of branches: 4
Active in: 2 countries
E -commerce company Next Jump
At Next Jump, when you participate in sports lessons, you receive a free lunch. And if you and your co-workers play sports as a team, you have the chance to win thousands of dollars a week. Next Jump tries to entice its employees with the element of competition.
"It is easier for people to join in a program if there is some kind of benefit to be had" says Soeren Mattke, the company’s health advisor. More than eighty percent of employees participate in sports at least twice a week.
Employees who participate in the sports classes receive a healthy lunchbox afterwards. Breakfast is always complimentary and, in order to ensure that employees are eating healthily during weekends as well as during the week, Next Jump coined the Fit-Family Weekender: a bag is filled by a dietician with nutritious meals and snacks from local and organic supermarkets.
In addition to this, employees can leave their laundry at the free launderette every Friday to have it returned to them on Monday washed, dried and folded.
"My company gets my laundry and I get my weekends back."
Established : 1856
Number of employees: over 41,000
Offices in more than: 30 countries
Active in more than: 100 countries
Revenue: $17.8 billion worldwide in 2013
Food company General Mills
General Mills offers its employees the tools to quit smoking and lose weight. It organizes cooking classes and encourages a good work-life balance. Flexible hours and working from home are also encouraged.
General Mills is well known for its ‘Fitness Friday’ on which the company organizes sports such as kickball, basketball, hiking, dodgeball and more. Employees are also encouraged to schedule ‘walking meetings’.
For over thirty years, the company has had its own medical clinic that focuses on cultivating a healthy lifestyle. The doctors specialize in preventive cardiology, dermatology, counseling, dentistry and optometry.
Research by the University of Michigan has shown that cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and being overweight were the three most common health problems among workers. The response? Launch a weight loss program. Employees with a BMI above 25 were challenged to lose 22 pounds in ten weeks with the help of a nutritionist, a physiotherapist and a behaviorist. The 529 workers who had registered in the first year collectively lost nearly 6614 pounds.
Number of employees: over 13,708
Number of branches: 400
Active in: 55 countries
Revenue: 2.87 billion worldwide in 2012
Software company SAS
In 2010 and 2011, software company SAS ranked number one in Fortune Magazine’s list of the 100 best companies to work for.
The company provides its employees with health care, sports classes, organic food facilities, a library, a nail salon, a beautician, day care and parenting coaching.
Staff turnover at SAS is under four percent, eighty percent lower than average. This saves the company $70 million on an annual basis due to the fact they do not have large recruitment and training costs.
The health centre offers free medical and psychological care to their employees and respective families as well as to retired workers. Employees at SAS take an average of only two days of sick leave per year.
This year SAS opened an in-company culinary farm. The farm is tended using organic practices such as sheep farming, greenhouses and a variety of crop fields, and it provides four SAS eateries with their food. SAS encourages each of their employees to roll up their sleeves and spend at least an hour a week working on the farm during office hours.
Companies are paying increasing attention to the health and vitality of their employees. Health and vitality enhances work performance and reduces costly absenteeism. Therefore, companies are gradually providing gyms, healthier food in work cafeterias, daycare facilities and laundry services to promote healthy lifestyles. Food Inspiration will look at three of these inspirational companies.
Text: Babette Rijkhoff | Music: Paul Kalkbrenner - Aaron