A Message from Your Industry Representative
SNA had a busy first week of November hosting three meetings just outside Washington, D.C.

The Industry Advisory Council met Monday. Their discussions included a number of important topics including state conference challenges, ethics in procurement and our upcoming conferences.

The Patron meeting was held on Tuesday with over 40 Patrons in attendance. There were many great discussions and an awesome director’s panel to name just a few of the highlights.

The newly formed Procurement Task Force headed by president-elect Becky Domokos-Bays assembled Wednesday and Thursday. It was an excellent exchange identifying the timelines and elements of procurement in child nutrition. The 23 task force members were engaged and focused on improving procurement procedures. Many challenges and flawed practices were uncovered. In the coming months you will hear more detail on this matter.

A few conference changes for 2016 were shared during these meetings as well. First, the SNIC agenda has been finalized and looks to be one of the strongest ever. You won’t want to miss attending this year. Secondly, we learned about LAC changes for 2016. Moving forward LAC will end Tuesday. This will allow attendees to head out Tuesday evening after their Hill visits, reducing expenses for one less hotel night and meals. Sunday morning there will be a two-part Industry Exchange; our plan is to have at least one director panel. The Capitol Steps will perform during the opening luncheon Sunday and political analyst Amy Walter will be the keynote speaker. The Monday luncheon will now be for all attendees and there will no longer be the separate industry lunch session.


Gary D. Vonck
SNA Industry Representative


According to SNA's 2015 School Nutrition Trends Report, pasta/noodles were noted most frequently by districts as a whole grain-rich product that presents a challenge for their district.

November 18-19, 2015
Fall Industry Boot Camp
National Harbor, MD

January 17-19, 2016
School Nutrition Industry Conference
San Diego, CA

February 28-March 1, 2016
Legislative Action Conference
Washington, D.C.

March 7-11, 2016
National School Breakfast Week

SNA Credentialing Exams
12/4 - Portsmouth, NH
1/16 - San Diego, CA
2/1 - Albany, NY
2/27 - Washington, D.C.
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Important Announcements

SNIC 2016: Discover Your Master Plan for School Nutrition Success!
Looking for a high-level meeting experience with collaborative activities that challenge you? If so, then SNA’s School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC), January 17-19, 2016, in San Diego, is the place for you. You can expect three days of learning dedicated to the cooperation between school nutrition operators and industry partners to create a healthy and positive environment for the students they serve year-round. Read more details here.

Become a Sponsor at the School Nutrition Industry Conference
Now is the time to contact SNA to increase your visibility at SNIC and help build brand familiarity with potential clients. For sponsorship opportunities please see our 2016 Sponsorship Brochure. For more information please contact SNA Business Development Associate, Nicolette Daleske at (800) 877-8822, ext. 173 or ndaleske@schoolnutrition.org.

SNIC 2016 Tabletop Displays—Only 8 Spots Left!
Tabletop Display spots are still available for $2,250 and are the perfect opportunity for you to engage in meaningful conversations with directors and generate quality leads on Monday, January 18! For applications, click here or contact SNA Exhibits Sales Manager, Crystal Harper-Pierre at (800) 877-8822, ext. 140, or charper@schoolnutrition.org.

Giving Tuesday: December 1, 2015
Get involved with Giving Tuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving to celebrate the power of “giving back.” Start now by posting “UNselfies” on your Facebook page to encourage others to join in support of the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF). For more information, click here and download your sign for an UNselfie here. Check your email inbox for a message from industry member Mike Burke issuing a challenge for you and your colleagues to make a contribution to SNF on Giving Tuesday.

Gain the Competitive Edge: School Nutrition’s 2016 Media Kit Now Available
Did you know that SNA’s School Nutrition (SN) magazine beats all competitors by nearly an 8 to 1 margin? In fact, 79% of readers select SN as their first-choice professional publication. You can be part of the valuable solutions and strategies sought by the readers of SN by advertising your products and services. Learn more in the SN 2016 Media Kit.


Sign Up for 2016 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes
The 2016 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes will be Monday, February 29, 2016, during SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington, D.C. The event promises to have some exciting new features as we recognize extraordinary members of SNA for the third year. To see sponsorship packages click here or contact SNF Director of Development, Janet Hedrick at jhedrick@schoolnutrition.org. (Commit by Friday, November 20, and you will be recognized in sponsor signage at the School Nutrition Industry Conference in January 2016).

ANC 2016 San Antonio Exhibit Hall Sign-up
Don’t miss an opportunity to meet influential decision-makers, network with fellow exhibitors and demo your culinary expertise at the school nutrition event of the year! See available exhibit space for SNA's 70th Annual National Conference (ANC) in San Antonio, Texas at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on July 10-13, 2016. Contact Crystal Harper-Pierre at (800) 877-8822, ext. 140; charper@schoolnutrition.org or Nicolette Daleske at (800) 877-8822, ext. 173; ndaleske@schoolnutrition.org to reserve your space.

ANC 2016 New Product Showcase
Enhance your visibility at ANC by displaying your product in the New Produce Showcase. Display new products, services and equipment just outside the exhibit hall in a high traffic area. It is a quick and effective way to introduce and promote your product to the 6,800+ ANC attendees. Space is available on a first-come, first-served-basis. Reserve your spot no later than May 31, 2016. Don’t miss out!
[New Product Showcase Application]

Be a Part of an ANC Exhibit Hall Highlight: Culinary Demonstrations
Culinary Demonstrations provide an opportunity to showcase your latest food products, recipes, techniques, nutrition and food presentation skills, and offer ways to enhance school meals and increase participation. These six spaces are available for purchase at $3,300 each. You must be exhibiting at ANC in order to present.
[Culinary Demonstration Application]

Legislative & Regulatory Update

AASA and SNA Urge Congress to Help School Meal Programs
SNA and The School Superintendents Association (AASA) sent a letter to key members of Congress calling for a Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill that provides increased funding and flexibility under new nutrition standards for school meals and snacks.

The organizations highlighted the financial impact of the regulations on school meal programs and the districts they serve:

“Congress cannot ignore the higher costs and operational challenges resulting from under-funded and overly prescriptive regulatory requirements stemming from the 2010 reauthorization. School districts are being forced to financially subsidize meals at the expense of educational programs.”

Click here to read the letter.
Click here to read the SNA Press Release.

Congress Considers Legislation on Alaskan Pollock Labeling
Legislation to address labeling issues related to Alaskan pollock has been introduced in both chambers of Congress. S. 2095, the Alaskan Pollock and Golden King Crab Labeling Act, and its House companion, H.R. 3806, would amend FDA standards to change the market name of “Alaskan pollock” to “pollock.” Approximately 40% of the fish sold in the US under the label “Alaskan Pollock” is foreign caught. According to a press release by House sponsor, Rep. Don Young (R-AK), the bill would “eliminate confusion for consumers, and stem the flood of mislabeled fish from less sustainable fisheries that harms U.S. pollock fishermen and the businesses they support.”

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