Innovative Solution Sessions & Tabletop Displays

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School nutrition operators can engage in meaningful dialogue with top industry professionals at one-hour Innovative Solution Sessions on Sunday, January 12 and Monday, January 13. During these sessions, 16 organizations will share their school nutrition expertise, showcase products and obtain valuable feedback. Operators will be introduced to new trends and innovative products on the market today that are designed to improve the success of school nutrition programs.

Sunday, January 12, 10:30 am-11:30 am

American Egg Board
Eggs in Schools is partnering with school nutrition operators across the country to serve up nutritious and delicious school meals. We will share different ways schools are menuing eggs across all nutrition meal programs with our NEW! 5 Days/5 Ways All Day Breakfast marketing support.

Cool Tropics
Bring your marketing ideas and theme campaigns to life with Marketing Campaigns that Connect; an interactive workshop with strategies to excite and delight students, parents and serving staff. Themes and celebrations to build breakfast, lunch and supper sales will be explored. Campaigns are created on the spot in small group breakouts during this innovative session.

The “Nourish to Flourish” Initiative has inspired industry stakeholders to break new ground linking great food, superior technology and operational expertise sharing a GDSN database to develop turn-key solutions. The next generation of software changes the way we work at the district office, in the kitchen, at home and in the community. Interoperable mobile apps facilitate full consumer transparency, “Made to Order” offerings, streamlined production records and participation building promotions.

J&J Snack Foods
J&J Snack Foods’ exciting session will focus on new unique flavor profiles matching today’s restaurant menus and trends. Enjoy exciting samples, learn about support marketing programs and fun recipe concepts. The session will incorporate school regulations, SKU maximizing to incorporate one item into many concepts and programs with marketing tools supporting new products: from on-trend pretzels and breads, to exciting new flavors of crackers, cookies and more. J&J provides whole grains that deliver to you.

Modernize your child nutrition program through cutting-edge software solutions. Discover how to improve your program’s operational efficiency and increase family engagement by utilizing the latest emerging ideas and technologies. Boost your cafeteria staff’s productivity by simplifying and streamlining everyday processes. Uncover emerging technologies and trends that will help connect your program to the community you serve, increase participation and assist your managers and supervisors in their daily operations.

Sunday, January 12, 1:30 pm–2:30 pm

Gold Kist Chicken
Join us as we unravel new developments in the chicken category plus take a deep dive on the trend towards No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) and No Artificial Ingredients (NAI) in foodservice. Come away with knowledge of this new movement with innovative ideas to meet the demand from parents in your school foodservice program with exciting recipes, resources and more solutions.

With paid participation decreasing in schools, operators need a solution to drive profits and a la carte can be that solution. A la carte is also an easy way to get kids the nourishment they need throughout the day. Join nutrition expert Kati Kauffman and sales expert Emily Mark as they explore student wellbeing and maximizing your a la carte potential. During this session you will be provided with the knowledge and information you need to grow your profits through a la carte while promoting the wellbeing of your students.

LTI, Inc.
Learn firsthand how a system of multiple schools created more efficient, productive and appealing restaurant-like environments for students and staff throughout their schools. Industry experts will discuss current serving trends and where they will lead us in the future. This session will expose you to today’s hottest concepts and then relate them to implementation into K-12 serving environments. View completed project case studies and visuals that helped operators realize their vision.

J.R. Simplot
You’re a busy foodservice director that is passionate about kids and food, but now you’re expected to be a social media marketing expert, too. While most K-12 foodservice programs are using social media to promote their offerings, many are still struggling to find the time to master the strategies and platforms. In this presentation, Simplot Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Lindzee Barrera, will show you how to take a coordinated approach to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat that multiplies the effectiveness of your efforts. She’ll also present turnkey solutions that allow you to maximize your presence with the least amount of effort and time.

Nardone Brothers Pizza
Conflict is inevitable! However, it can be managed and reduced. How can we create a workplace culture that is conducive to trust, unity and mutual understanding? As leaders, how can we set the example for our work groups in mutually beneficial conflict resolution? When conflicts do arise, how can we effectively serve as mediators for our fellow workers? This session will start us down the road to answering these questions and a more peaceful and unified workplace.

TITAN School Solutions
Considering the many variables associated with managing a successful school nutrition program, do you have the technological resources you need to capture as much revenue and run as efficiently as possible? In this session, you will learn how TITAN School Solutions, the nation’s fastest growing school nutrition software solutions provider, delivers a unique, user-friendly, all-in-one platform for your POS, student management, free & reduced application processing, inventory, purchasing, menu planning, online menus and menu boards.

Monday, January 13, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Basic American Foods
Are plant-forward innovative options underrepresented in your menu? It’s time to rebalance the protein portfolio in your menu. In this session, we’ll review the newly released information, which credits pastas made of vegetable flours and you’ll discover a nutritious, versatile food--legume pasta! In addition, you’ll learn how to create cost-effective recipes which will meet students’ taste preferences, drive daily participation and meet regulations.

Cambro Manufacturing
The session will demonstrate the benefits of Cambro’s new Mobile Vending Cart and how it provides school districts with a flexible, mobile serving solution. This new innovative cart can be configured based on daily menu options.

The Mushroom Council
Have you tried USDA’s Trinity Blend yet? The USDA Trinity Blend combines IQF Mushrooms and IQF peppers and onions as a basis for any of your ground meat or crumbles dishes. Come taste the difference with our Chef Robert Rusan blended pizza, taco meat and spaghetti sauce. Join us and share your input as we introduce our new F2S kit.

Ruiz Foods
Gen Z students are foodies with high demands—and they seek variety, global flavors and quick service. Satisfy them with the power of speed scratch. The Ruiz Foods’ chef will demonstrate on-trend ideas using speed scratch that is sure to please your students’ palates as well as your own. Engage in a dynamic product demonstration that will unlock the power of speed scratch.

Schwan’s Foodservice
Students are looking for the Asian flavors that they enjoy outside of school, but there are challenges to bringing the restaurant experience to the cafeteria. In this session, you will learn the latest in student preferences for Asian meals and how to serve an Asian menu day that delivers! We will be sharing insights from our proprietary research with students and sharing easy ideas for your schools.

Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine
Maximize engagement by going wild! How do you engage customers with your cafeteria? By telling food stories of the ingredients and recipes you use! Make it engaging for students by knowing your products, preparing them perfectly and listening to the cafeteria chatter afterwards. Learn the story behind new Wild Blueberry products and recipes. Create a social media plan with our template to promote your program to students, staff and your community.

Networking Lunch & Tabletop Showcase

On Monday, January 13, enjoy lunch with your peers and then mingle and network while visiting tabletop displays placed around the room. Operators will have the opportunity to view a variety of displays to pinpoint those cutting-edge products and programs that will take their school foodservice operations to the next level. Industry representatives from participating organizations will join operators for lunch and then showcase their products, meet and answer questions, obtain feedback about their product or service and generate quality leads.

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