As we know, inclusivity is imperative in the workplace to allow all your team to feel included and important when they’re at work. Inclusivity stretches across the board and is vital when it comes to drinks, either through personal choice or dietary requirements, various options for drinks is essential.
Did you know? Alternative milk drinks amount to a 3rd of all milk drinks consumed! This varies in each industry – are you seeing this shift?
According to Mintel, oat milk sales were close to doubling between 2019-20. In fact, over that time, British consumers’ spending on oat milk totalled £146 million. Throughout the UK in 2020, the overall spend on plant-based milk reached £394 million, an increase of 32% compared to the previous year. Above 50% of those in the Mintel survey said they believe their milk choice can make a difference to the environment. 23% of those asked said they believed oat milk and plant-based milk was better for their health and their diet compared to natural milk.
Decaffeinated coffee has in recent years been growing in popularity as more and more of us make the switch. In fact, one in UK five drinkers now regularly opt for a decaf option. So why are people switching to the decaf coffee option?
One of the biggest reasons people choose to drink a decaf beverage is to avoid the effects of caffeine. While caffeine can provide a subtle energy and mood increase, there are some adverse side effects. People who are sensitive to caffeine can drink decaf coffee without having to worry.
Traditional coffee has lots of acids, which can cause problems for people with various medical conditions, including acid reflux. Acid reflux, also known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease, is when the stomach acid or bile flows into the food pipe and irritates the lining.
Decaf coffee lowers the acid in your body, which makes it easier to manage symptoms of acid reflux, such as heartburn and chest pain.
Can there be too many choices?
As we have mentioned there is an increase in a lot of choices people want to see and try when it comes to their drinking choices. There are a wonderful array of options but where is it best to draw the line when providing choices to your workforce? Firstly, communication with the team is key. If there is a product continually being purchased but not used then why continue with it? On the other hand, there could be a milk alternative option the majority of the office would be interested in using but they don’t have an avenue to communicate this. Discussion is king!
When we get down to the fundamentals, keeping hydrated and healthy sources of nutrition are key for every human being. With the previously mentioned regular communication platforms, along with regular check ins to ensure the options your team has available to them are effective the right line for you and your business will become increasingly clear.