Press release

Events 19 October 2017


The latest FOOD survey has confirmed that employees and restaurant owners are paying greater attention to the nutritional balance of their lunch meals over the years.

One out of two employees perceive new technologies as a valuable tool in improving eating habits

Coordinator of the FOOD (Fighting Obesity through Offer and Demand) program, Edenred surveyed more than 20,000 employees this year – almost twice as many as in 2016 – and nearly 1,300 restaurant owners in eight European countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain . The survey findings will be presented on October 19, 2017 during the #LetsTalkFood webcast organized by Edenred and at a conference at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Since 2012, Edenred has carried out the FOOD survey in Europe to evaluate the needs of employees and encourage restaurants to offer more balanced meals. The trends observed in recent years include a significant increase in awareness, among both suppliers and consumers, of the benefits of eating a balanced diet. 

The survey findings will be presented during a webcast on on October 19, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. (Paris time). This interactive round table discussion, co-presented by Bertrand Dumazy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Edenred, Nathalie Renaudin, Coordinator of the FOOD program and Sylvie Dejardin, a nutritionist, will be followed by a conference at the European Parliament at 2:00 p.m. Alongside Bertrand Dumazy, distinguished guests participating in the conference include: John F. Ryan, the European Commission’s Director for Public Health, Dirk Meusel, Scientific Project Officer, Health Unit, at the European Commission’s Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA), Birgit Morlion, mHealth Program and Policy Officer in the European Commission’s DG CONNECT, Daciana Sarbu, Member of the European Parliament and Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Alojz Peterle, Member of the European Parliament and Co-Chair of the Health working group within the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Pedro Graça, Director of the National Program for the Promotion of Healthy Eating in Portugal’s Directorate-General of Health, Martin Caraher, Professor of Food and Health Policy at City University, London, and Giuseppe Masanotti, MD and Professor of Hygiene and Public Health at the University of Perugia, Italy.

The 2017 study focused on the resources used to encourage these trends in eating habits and particularly on the role that new technologies could play. 


Edenred is a leading digital platform for services and payments and the everyday companion for people at work, connecting more than 52 million users and 2 million partner merchants in 45 countries via close to 1 million corporate clients.

Edenred offers specific-purpose payment solutions for food (such as meal benefits), incentives (such as gift cards, employee engagement platforms), mobility (such as multi-energy, maintenance, toll, parking and commuter solutions) and corporate payments (such as virtual cards). 

True to the Group’s purpose, “Enrich connections. For good.”, these solutions enhance users’ well-being and purchasing power. They improve companies’ attractiveness and efficiency, and vitalize the employment market and the local economy. They also foster access to healthier food, more environmentally friendly products and softer mobility.

Edenred’s 10,000 employees are committed to making the world of work a connected ecosystem that is safer, more efficient and more responsible every day. 
In 2022, thanks to its global technology assets, the Group managed some €38 billion in business volume, primarily carried out via mobile applications, online platforms and cards.

Edenred is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and included in the following indices: CAC 40 ESG, CAC Next 20, CAC Large 60, Euronext 100, FTSE4Good and MSCI Europe.

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