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One of the highlights of the conference each year, and sure to be a hit at SNIC 2014, are the Innovation Station sessions. This unique learning experience will give you and your school nutrition peers the chance to view up close and personal recently released or in-development food, beverage, service, supply and equipment solutions. Innovation Stations also gives the thirty participating companies the opportunity to meet with key decision-makers like you to discuss your requirements, obtain your feedback and answer your important questions.

Over the course of each 75-minute period, the company representatives will make their presentation three times to individual groups of 20-25 operators. This “speed dating”-type approach will allow you to meet with more companies to learn about a variety of innovations that will influence the school nutrition market for years to come and improve the success of your operation.

If you have any questions about Innovation Stations, contact SNA’s Exhibits Sales Manager Crystal Harper-Pierre at (800) 877-8822, ext. 140, or charper@schoolnutrition.org.

Innovation Stations Sign Up!

The deadline to register for Innovation Station Sessions was Friday, January 3. If you didn’t have an opportunity to register for the sessions, SNA will assign you to 12 Innovation Station sessions. Upon your arrival at SNIC, you will receive a registration packet that details the schedule for your specific mix of Innovation Station sessions.


COMPANIES PRESENTING AT SNIC 2014 INNOVATION STATIONS

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2:30 PM–3:45 PM

Cybersoft PrimeroEdge
Room: Orchid AB
Contact: Gordon Rereddy
Phone: (281) 453-8512
Email: gordon.rereddy@primeroedge.com
Cybersoft presents the latest in software innovations for K-12 school nutrition. Come join the Innovation Generation for an informative and educational session and an interactive product demonstration.

Jamba Juice
Room: Orchid C
Contact: Aimee Vardanega
Phone: (510) 596-0100
Email: avardanega@jambajuice.com
Jamba Juice brings you all new formulated all fruit smoothies to reduce cost, waste and labor!

J.T.M. Food Group
Room: Hibiscus B
Contact: Carole Erb
Phone: (800) 626-2308
Email: caroleerb@jtmfoodgroup.com
JTM brings great-tasting products along with culinary and marketing support to increase your participation. Let’s create great dishes together and have fun with regional flavors!

Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods
Room: Foster
Contact: Cheryl Isberner
Phone: (651) 481-2222
Email: clisberner@landolakes.com
Wow your kids with regulation-ready products for 2014 and beyond! New reduced-sodium, reduced-fat and whole-grain prepared foods and cheese items.

Learning ZoneXpress
Room: Johnson
Contact: Londa Arnfelt
Phone: (517) 455-9076
Email: londa@learningzonexpress.com
Learn about Learning ZoneXpress’ complete line of resources that educate and promote new school meal regulations to students, foodservice staff and other stakeholders through a fun and entertaining bingo game. Participants will come away with samples, great prizes and ideas for increasing education and awareness of requirements.

The Mushroom Council
Room: Merrick
Contact: Kathleen Preis
Phone: (408) 477-6528
Email: kathleen@mushroomcouncil.org
Mushrooms aren’t just for salad bars and pizza toppings. They can play a starring role in extending meat portion sizes and adding extra vegetable servings while controlling calories, fat and sodium—and costs, too. We will share the secrets of using mushrooms to enhance your recipes, manage food costs and procure trendy new products through the USDA Foods Program.

Sara Lee Foodservice, a division of Hillshire Brands
Room: Pearson
Contact: Jennifer McDavid
Phone: (312) 614-6488
Email: jennifer.mcdavid@hillshirebrands.com
Sara Lee Foodservice now offers a variety of new turkey products available for processing through the USDA Foods Program. Choose from popular and trusted brands such as State Fair®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm® and Briar Street Market®.

MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM

General Mills Foodservice
Room: Orchid AB
Contact: Alyca Judge
Phone: (763) 293-1288
Email: alyca.judge@genmills.com
Learn about the innovative and delicious ways that General Mills can help drive participation all day long. Come preview our new hot breakfast and snack items.

Georgia-Pacific Professionals
Room: Orchid C
Contact: Dominic Barial
Phone: (404) 652-7470
Email: dominic.barial@gapac.com
Innovative foodservice disposables designed to reduce waste, cost and enhance hygiene and the dining experience.

Kellogg’s Away From Home
Room: Hibiscus A
Contact: Sara Day
Phone: (630) 956-7043
Email: sara.day@kellogg.com
With Kellogg’s® full line of 100+ USDA compliant products, more and more students have incentive for making school-provided breakfasts and lunches a preferred choice. That means they’ll be getting the nutrition they need while you meet USDA requirements while serving your students best. Come preview Kellogg’s® innovative new products including new breakfast and snack items.

LTI, Inc. (Colorpoint/Low Temp Industries)
Room: Hibiscus B
Contact: Barbara Lane
Phone: (770) 478-8803
Email: blane@lowtempind.com
Cafeteria Rescue changing students’ entire outlook on dining in the cafeteria. “Make it appealing to the eye and it opens up all the senses to drive participation,” as noted by one director. Come see how it works.

NutriSlice, Inc.
Room: Foster
Contact: Mike Craig
Phone: (650) 745-5003
Email: mike@nutrislice.com
Interactive Digital Menu Boards with fully loaded content, interactive mobile texting, digital scoreboards and automation capabilities!

Skeeter Snacks
Room: Johnson
Contact: Alix Keating
Phone: (203) 349-5595
Email: alix@skeetersnacks.com
Join us to learn about and sample Skeeter NUT-FREE Snacks—a new, all-natural line of wholesome snacks for children and schools. Our products are made with a nut-free supply chain and in a nut-free facility. Our all-natural Line is whole grain and free of trans fats, GMOs and high fructose corn syrup. Skeeter is "Totally Nut-free and Totally Delicious!"

Super Bakery, Inc.
Room: Merrick
Contact: Wanda McDowell
Phone:(864) 316-0559
Email: wanda@superbakery.com
Super Bakery is proud to present new breakfast, lunch, snack and supper items that meet the new meal patterns.

U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council
Room: Pearson
Contact: Julie Stas
Phone: (916) 983-0111
Email: julie.stas@padillacrt.com
Douglas County Colorado School Chef Jason Morse will demo an easy and affordable blueberry sauce recipe shown in sweet and savory applications. You’ll get to learn (and taste!) how easy it is to use USDA frozen blueberries in breakfast and lunch.

MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 12:45 PM–2:00 PM

AdvancePierre Foods
Room: Orchid AB
Contact: Jennifer Roumani
Phone: (513) 265-5610
Email: jennifer.roumani@advancepierre.com
AdvancePierre offers more than 400 fully cooked and portioned center-of-the-plate beef, chicken, turkey and pork menu options, along with side dishes, bakery and snack items.

Beanitos®, The Original Bean Snack™
Room: Orchid C
Contact: Tom Dikeman
Phone: (774) 487-8331
Email: tom@beanitos.com
Beanitos are all-natural snacks made from nutritious Whole Beans. They not only taste great, but contain the highest level of fiber and protein in a snack chip and/or snack puff.

Jennie-O Turkey Store
Room: Hibiscus A
Contact: Karen Mahlow
Phone: (320) 214-5848
Email: kfmahlow@j-ots.com
Jennie-O is excited to introduce an all-natural line that includes Turkey Franks, Turkey Ham, Turkey Breasts (whole and sliced) and more.

J. R. Simplot
Room: Hibiscus B
Contact: Kirby Saito
Phone: (208) 384-8230
Email: kirby.saito@simplot.com
Learn how Simplot can provide solutions for your operation with new menu planning tools and resources, product innovations, one-stop shop nutrition fact sheets and more.

McCormick for Chefs
Room: Foster
Contact: Stacy Knight
Phone: (410) 771-7500
Email: stacy_knight@mccormick.com
Join McCormick For Chefs Culinary & Insights team, who will deliver flavor insights, on-trend recipes and innovative products that meet the school nutrition lunch program.

Rich Products
Room: Johnson
Contact: Jennifer Besing
Phone: (912) 634-3046
Email: jbesing@rich.com
Rich Products will present samples of new items in the development stage for your feedback. This session is very important step of our process for validating products prior to launch. Your input matters!

Schwan’s Food Service
Room: Merrick
Contact: Pat McCoy
Phone: (507) 401-6181
Email: pat.mccoy@schwans.com
Join our session to help impact the future of school menus by offering your insights in crafting the newest innovative products from Schwan’s Food Service.

Sunny Delight Beverages
Room: Pearson
Contact: Ed Klene
Phone: (513) 483-3300
Email: ed.klene@sunnyd.com
Taste new products including Sparkling Fruit2O and Veryfine Mixed Berry. A proud member of Cool School and the only beverage partner for Café’ Fuel Rewards.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 8:30 AM–9:45 AM

Chobani Greek Yogurt
Room: Orchid AB
Contact: Cheryl Buckley
Phone: (585) 355-1718
Email: cheryl.buckley@chobani.com
Maker of America’s No. 1-selling Greek Yogurt brand, authentic strained Chobani® Greek Yogurt was founded on the belief that people have great taste, they just need great options. That is why Chobani produces only the highest-quality, best-tasting products made with only natural ingredients. Deliciously creamy and packed with more protein than regular, unstrained yogurt, Chobani qualifies as a 1 oz. M/MA in K-12 schools and provides a good source of calcium. Chobani is a proud supporter of the USDA pilot program to make Greek Yogurt more affordable to put on school menus.

Dick & Jane Educational Snacks
Room: Orchid C
Contact: Dick Held
Phone: (248) 519-2418
Email: dick@dickandjanebakingco.com
Dick & Jane Educational Snacks are so much more than "cookies." Spend time with Dick as he shares some exciting, new concepts, including the potential for a diminishing cost model for schools that is based on a retail growth strategy and the plan to raise money for schools through the Dick & Jane Foundation. This is a great opportunity to get to know Dick & Jane on a first-name basis, share your feedback and participate in the innovation process.

Kikkoman Sales USA
Room: Hibiscus B
Contact: Debbie Carpenter
Phone: (415) 229-3650
Email: dac@kikkoman.com
Instant flavor builders for delicious nourishment. Transform basic proteins, vegetables, noodles and rice into signature creations that are enjoyable as well as nourishing with Kikkoman sauces for schools. Add authentic Asian flavors kids love, while helping with the gradual reduction of sodium, fat and calories in school meals.

McCain Foods
Room: Foster
Contact: Catherine Porter
Phone: (800) 767-7377
Email: catherine.porter@mccain.com
Information on new potato wedge items: crispy baked, roasted and chopped sweet potato. Tools for incorporating items into a medium-calorie/low-sodium menu solution.

Pinnacle Food Group
Room: Johnson
Contact: Joseph Saporito
Phone: (856) 969-7135
Email: joseph.saporito@pinnaclefoods.com
Introducing Lender’s Whole-Grain Bagels in White and New Cinnamon Raisin, plus exciting serving ideas with great toppings.

Ruiz Foods
Room: Merrick
Contact: Mandi Pham
Phone: (559) 591-5510
Email: mandiqp@ruizfoods.com
El Monterey, which produces frozen Mexican food, is now making burritos and tacos wrapped in whole-grain tortillas that satisfy your student’s nutritional needs.

VMP Nutrition
Room: Pearson
Contact: Catie Deman
Phone: (402) 680-1355
Email: catie@vmpnutrition.com
Keeping true to VMP's mission of providing healthy, nutritional foods that supplement a child's diet, VMP now offers a tasty combination of a whole-grain energy bar accompanied with a great-tasting micronutrient gel. VMP Total is a quick and easy nutritious snack that offers 22 essential vitamins, minerals plus protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

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