"Broodje kaas" remains breakfast favourite
Despite the culinary variety in the Netherlands, a brown bread roll with cheese remains the most popular breakfast.29 February 2008
AMSTERDAM – Despite the culinary variety in the Netherlands, a brown bread roll with cheese remains the most popular breakfast. Bread is essential to the Dutch diet, as evidenced by a survey of 500 people.
The survey was held in anticipation of the bakery trade fair to be held at the Amsterdam RAI from 2 to 4 March.
Healthy products are popular at the baker's as well: customers say their favourite breads are those with a healthy image, like multigrain, wholegrain and brown breads.
The survey also indicated that one in three Dutch prefer meat fillings for their sandwiches. Favourites were roast beef, ham and "worst" (a type of sliced sausage coldcut). Just one in ten prefers sweet fillings like chocolate sprinkles or jam.
"Almost four in ten Dutch usually buy bread at the baker's and six in ten usually at the supermarket. The Dutch are generally of the opinion that the bread from the baker's is tastier than supermarket bread. But those who buy it at the supermarket do so out of convenience. Men are of this opinion more often than women. Women are more likely to cite price as a reason to not buy at the baker's," the researchers concluded.
Four in ten Dutch take sandwiches from home to work each day. Most workers prepare these themselves, though one in five men does admit that his partner or mother prepares the sandwiches.
One in five workers visits the company canteen and 25% go home to eat at lunchtime.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]