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Explore New Landscapes at SNIC 2014

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January 8, 2014 – Are you ready to thrive? SNA’s 2014 School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC)—where the message is “Thriving in an Ever-Changing School Nutrition Landscape—is just around the corner.

If you haven’t registered yet, it’s not too late to attend this year’s conference! Held from January 12-14, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, SNIC on-site registrations will be accepted — just fill out the onsite registration form and bring it with you to the SNIC registration desk, where the SNA staff will set you up with everything you need to participate in this enlightening event.

Highlights of the 2014 SNIC include:

  • Three engaging keynote speakers, each focusing on a component of a successful foodservice operation.
  • Targeted industry sessions featuring focused, useful information about operations, a la carte, social media and updates from USDA.
  • Incredibly popular Innovation Stations, where you have the chance to learn about the latest and greatest in school nutrition solutions, including food beverage, service, supply and equipment.
  • The exciting FAME Awards, where a number of your colleagues will be recognized for their contributions to the profession.

Additionally, don’t forget to pack your athletic shoes to take part in the STEPS Challenge wellness events, taking place on Sunday afternoon and Tuesday morning. Sunday’s event features a wellness walk through Miami’s picturesque scenery, while Tuesday morning offers a gentle and relaxing tai chi session. Participants will earn a STEPS Challenge T-shirt, plus a conference badge ribbon. Sign up for the wellness events at registration or at the STEPS Challenge registration station. Don’t forget — participating in activities at SNIC will earn you points for January’s STEPS challenge, “Make Time for Fitness.” To learn more about the STEPS Challenge, click here.

As of publication, Miami’s weather for the conference is forecasted to be in the low 80s with a minimal chance of rain. As you know, hotel and conference rooms can get chilly, so pack a light jacket to stay comfortable while indoors and in the evening!

For more about SNIC 2014, click here. See you in Miami!

School Nutrition Takes a Look at Technology Today

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January 8, 2014 – With a new year will surely come additional changes in the world of technology, so dive in to the January issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, which explores the latest technological terms and innovations, as well as provides a behind-the-screens look at the challenges technology providers face in meeting your school nutrition needs. Also included in this issue is an overview of the Beans and Peas Subgroup that identifies some creative ways to menu these items.

Every year, there’s a new technological tool transforming the way school nutrition operators do business. In “Meet My New TBF! (Tech Best Friend),” colleagues across the country share some of their favorites. Bonus Web Content: All the way back in 1964, operators were debating the benefits of providing reimbursable meals to students through automated vending machines! Read about some other “blasts” from school nutrition’s past that may surprise you.

Even without flying cars, some of today’s top tech trends exceed the imaginative dreams of 20th-century science fiction writers. “2014: Welcome to the Future” takes a look at what the future—near and distant—holds.

Even if you consider yourself an early adopter of the latest technology, some of the terms being carelessly exchanged in the media and casual conversation might make your head spin. Don’t miss “Tech Terms You Should Know,” a brief glossary of some of the more common—yet still-mystifying—terms.

As a school nutrition technology user, you know its value in making your job easier and more efficient. But do you know what goes on behind the scenes to ensure that the technology you choose becomes a useful part of your operation? “Bits and Bytes of School Meal Management” showcases what you need to know. Bonus Web Content: Vendors interviewed for this piece offer additional advice about the value of long- and short-term technology planning.

Make a New Year’s resolution to check out some of School Nutrition’s online-exclusive offerings. “Spend a Little Screen Time With School Nutrition” provides additional details about the magazine’s monthly, not-to-be-missed bonus content.

Learn more about beans, peas, lentils and other legumes—a unique and versatile vegetable subgroup with a fair share of protein power in “What’s Your Pulse Rate?” Bonus Web Content: Expand your knowledge of beans with online content pertaining to cooking and soaking them, as well as cooking creatively with them, advice for reducing the unpleasant digestive effects associated with eating them and additional recipes.

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School Nutrition—January 2014

Mobile Device or Tablet Version (for iOS devices only; Android version forthcoming)

Welcome Webinar for New SNA Members

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January 7, 2014 – SNA will be hosting a welcome webinar for new SNA members on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at 2:00 pm ET. During this webinar, new members will learn about the many benefits of SNA membership and how to make the most of their membership! This webinar is open to all new SNA members. No CEUs are awarded for participating.

To participate, click here. This webinar will be recorded and posted to

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