SNIC School Nutrition: It’s So Miami Plans are well underway for SNA’s 2014 School Nutrition Industry Conference (formerly known as the Child Nutrition Industry Conference) in sunny Miami, Fla., January 12-14, 2014. Although its name has been tweaked, the annual event promises to deliver the same tremendous value of industry conferences past. This year’s conference theme, “Thriving in an Ever-Changing School Nutrition Landscape,” has been designed to offer attendees the most current concepts and best-practice solutions for school nutrition excellence. The agenda features several top-notch speakers, including brand and marketing experts Ira Blumenthal and John Moore, as well as Jim Knight, a 35-year veteran of the hospitality industry and former senior director of training and development at Hard Rock International. Provocative education sessions plus innovative new product showcases plus networking with the profession’s best and brightest—it all adds up to a don’t-miss winter event. SNIC 2014 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Miami (www. miamiregency.hyatt.com), located just 15 minutes from South Beach in the city’s downtown. The average temperature in January in Miami is 74 degrees, offering a tempting respite from those in chillier parts of the country. Make your travel plans now, because SNIC is going to leave you feeling inspired, energized and better prepared to not just survive in this evolving business landscape, but thrive! To learn more, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/snic or contact SNA at (800) 877-8822. STEPS Challenge Feeling Fruity in September After walking your way to a healthier lifestyle in August, STEPS challenges you to increase your intake of fruit during the month of September. For each serving of fruit consumed, you earn one point; add them up to at least 50 points for the month, and you could be one of five winners who will be awarded a three-month membership to the Harry & David Fruit of the Month club (an $80 value). Apples are the sweetheart of the fall fruit crop, but it’s the time of year for juicy grapes and sweet pears, too. Keep fruit out where you can see it, in a bowl on the counter or in the front of the fridge—as the saying goes, if it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind. Variety is key to a healthy diet, so seek out new options at the supermarket—mangos, papayas, guavas, persimmons and pomegranates are all healthful, delicious varieties of fruit that you might have overlooked! For more on the STEPS Challenge, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/ STEPS. Coming up in October: Fall for Fitness. Research Is Your Program in Vogue? Where does your cafeteria program stand when it comes to what’s trending in school nutrition this year? SNA’s 2013 Back to School Trends Report, released last month, summarizes the feedback of more than 520 school nutrition directors about what’s popular and pertinent in their operations. Respondents shared trends in food and beverage offerings, breakfast service, new meal pattern implementation and program participation. You likely won’t be surprised to learn that pizza continues as the most popular lunch entrée, but there’s no clear leader at breakfast time, with biscuit sandwiches, French toast, breakfast pizza, waffles and cereal enjoying similar customer enthusiasm. But operators say they will be trying to temp palates with a number of new items, such as yogurt parfaits and breakfast burritos. That’s just a “taste” of the insights uncovered in this research. For the complete findings, visit www. schoolnutrition.org/bookstore to purchase a copy of the report.
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