October 2011



October 2011 SN Cover

October 2011
Strengthening Our Industry Partnerships

Working together with school nutrition professionals, industry partners help to ensure that students receive high-quality school meals that meet nutrition standards. But what should school nutrition operators know about the industry side of the business?

The October issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, highlights aspects of the school nutrition profession from an industry perspective and examines how school nutrition operators and industry members best can work together to serve student customers.

The October issue also reveals the new products that caught the attention of School Nutrition’s Secret Shopper team at SNA’s Annual National Conference in Nashville and provides a fascinating look at the history of chili and suggestions for menuing it in your own operation.

In “Open for Business,” several seasoned industry partners discuss the joys and challenges of serving the unique K-12 school market. Be sure not to miss their insightful compliments and candor.

“Behind the Magic” takes School Nutrition readers behind the scenes with food manufacturers who share some of the steps and considerations involved in the product development process. Bonus Web Content: Bill Hargis, president and CEO of 4U2U Brands, LLC, shares reflections about his company’s efforts in creating healthy beverages that kids will drink, while Chuck Ainsworth, division manager, SFSPac Food Service Sanitation Systems, offers insights into developing new eco-friendly cleaning solutions.

The relationship between a food industry vendor and a school nutrition operation is something of a dance. Check out “Come Dance With Me” for a look at the steps and choreography needed to ensure a successful partnership.

“Secret Shopper: Mission Nashville” spotlights the creative innovations that School Nutrition’s independent team of Secret Shoppers found most intriguing at SNA’s Annual National Conference in Nashville. Bonus Web Content: This year’s Secret Shopper team discovered more products than we could showcase in the print version of School Nutrition, so don’t miss an additional set of Exhibit Hall shopping “finds” online.

There’s very little about chili that’s not up for debate: Its origins, its ingredients, its preparation—even the spelling of its name! “Great Bowls of Fire!” takes a closer look at the history behind this spicy concoction.

Open for Business
Eight “company men” (and one woman) discussed the joys and challenges of serving the unique K-12 school market at SN’s annual Roundtable of Leaders.

Behind the Magic
It’s no simple trick to bring a new product to school menus.

Come Dance With Me
Can industry and operators waltz beautifully through the school nutrition procurement process? Absolutely!

Secret Shopper: Mission Nashville
School Nutrition’s undercover shopping team identified many intriguing new products at SNA’s Annual National Conference.

Great Bowls of Fire!
Challenge children to choose chili with cheer.

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