School nutrition is a multi-billion dollar market full of opportunity to grow your business. But do you know how to create the possibilities to help you succeed in this complex industry? Whether you’re new to school nutrition or have years of experience providing product or service solutions to this unique foodservice segment, the Industry Information Sessions at SNIC are designed to give you an insider’s glimpse into the nuts and bolts of today’s school meal programs.


SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2:30 PM–3:45 PM

Partners for Progress and Innovation
Speakers: Bob Spence, senior vice president, Ready Pac, and Cynthia Goody, PhD, MBA, MS, RDN, LDN, senior director of nutrition, McDonald’s USA

McDonald’s fast food restaurants are changing what “fast food” looks like. Healthier menu options are appearing on their drive-thru menu, which parents like! McDonald’s has designed a strategic approach for collaborative innovation, working in concert with its suppliers to provide its restaurants and customers with healthy menu options.

MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM

Equipment and Infrastructure Strategies for Today’s School Nutrition Programs
Speakers: Maureen Spill, PhD, senior research associate, The Pew Charitable Trusts; Angelo Grillas, director of marketing, Electrolux Professional; and Mike Burke, CFSP, SNS, K-12 ambassador, Vulcan, A Division of ITW/FEG; Jonathan Dickl, MBA, SNS, director of school nutrition, Knox County School District

Breaking News: Learn more about research from the PEW Charitable Trusts on the comprehensive equipment and infrastructure needs of school meal programs. Industry experts and school nutrition operators discuss the impact of new regulations related to equipment and innovative strategies to afford, plan and purchase these items.

MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 12:45 PM–2:00 PM

USDA Foods Meeting the Market During Changing Times
Speaker: Peggy Cantfil, branch chief, USDA/FNS

USDA is continuously changing to provide healthier, more convenient and “kid-friendly” items to offer school nutrition programs. After all, the bottom line is to make the customer happy! Learn about USDA procurement, distribution and processing and how all of this comes together to offer quality items to school nutrition programs.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM

The Opportunity for Technology in Today’s School Nutrition Systems
Speakers: Bette Thompson, director, ASPIN-Mohave Purchasing Cooperative; Michael Miller, partner, SMART Systems; Terry Roberts, executive director, Heartland School Solutions

Connecting the school kitchen to the manufacturer, innovative strategies are harnessing vital data and offering opportunities for both industry and school partners. Leveraging hardware, software and data-collection systems provides information that drives savings and innovations through the school meal supply chain.

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