AHF Releases Inaugural State of the Industry Report

By Mina Shin posted 11-01-2021 14:54


AHF Releases Inaugural State of the Industry Report

Washington, D.C. – Nov. 1, 2021 – The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) released their inaugural state of the healthcare foodservice industry report. AHF conducted a nationwide survey in July 2021. The inaugural report focused on U.S. based hospitals. Topics included in the survey covered patient dining program models, non-patient foodservice trends, future trends, and issues faced as results of the pandemic.

“With all the ongoing changes and challenges operators faced this pandemic, it was important AHF captured the current and future states of the healthcare foodservice industry,” said AHF President Ryan Conklin, Director and Executive Chef of UNC REX Healthcare. “It will be vital to the industry to keep a pulse on what operators are dealing with and to have a forward outlook. We are thrilled to release the first of AHF’s new annual State of the Industry Report.”

Operators state on demand room service as the most common patient dining model. Of those operators not currently doing on demand room service, a majority plan to in the next 3 years. The report also includes insights on non-patient foodservice options such as retail cafes, micro markets, kiosks, and gift shops. Despite challenges, operators predicted the meal volumes to remain the same or increase by 10% in the coming year. AHF will release another survey next year to operators in the acute care and senior dining industries. The 2022 AHF State of the Industry Report will include findings from both the acute care and senior living segments. A full copy of the report is available to AHF members as a benefit of AHF membership and is available to download through the AHF Resource Library

About AHF

Formed in 2009, the Association for Healthcare Foodservice is composed of food and nutrition professionals from facilities that are self-operated (independent). AHF provides the professional network, resources, and tools to promote self-operated foodservice and hospitality in healthcare, senior dining, and related industries. AHF is committed to providing high-quality, nutritious, and comforting meals to those in our care: Our patients and their families.


The report is a benefit of AHF membership and is available to all members through the AHF Resource Library. Members must log-in to download.

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