LAST CHANCE for Spring 2016 Industry Boot Camp
Don’t miss SNA’s Spring Industry Boot Camp, May 11-12, 2016, in National Harbor, Md. Space is filling up fast! Sessions include an in-depth look at school meal regulations and menu-planning, a cafeteria tour, USDA updates and an exclusive, two-hour director panel with the opportunity to ask your own questions! Come to meet directors, Rodney Taylor, Fairfax County Public Schools, Marla Caplon, Montgomery Public Schools and Jodi Risse, Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Click here for more information and to register.
Be a Sponsor at the Annual National Conference
Now is the time to contact SNA to increase your visibility at the Association’s Annual National Conference (ANC) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or SNA Exhibit Sales Manager Crystal Harper-Pierre email@example.com.
Don’t Miss this ANC Pre-Con: It's Just for You!
Let’s Talk: “Real Time” with Industry and USDA Child Nutrition Programs (CNP)
July 9, 2016, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Industry representatives: This session led by USDA will provide an overview of CNP meal programs and how the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) impact nutrition and meal pattern requirements. Industry will gain a better understanding of policy guidance for developing products that meet CNP requirements for school meals, child care, and Smart Snacks. This session will also provide a step-by-step review on how to develop acceptable documentation for Administrative Reviews (CN Labeling and Product Formulation Statements). In addition, the session will allow an opportunity for USDA and industry leaders to discuss ways to exchange views and develop collaborative strategies.
Big Resource, Bigger Value!
If you’ve hired any new team members recently, or you want to get your current sales and marketing team up to speed, explain school nutrition issues to your R&D team, support legislative initiatives in your state house or take a refresher course yourself, SNA’s Little Big Fact Book: The Essential Guide to School Nutrition offers everything you need to know about the fundamentals of school nutrition. Purchase your copy today online for just $18.
Upcoming SNA Webinars
Achieving Success with Whole Grain Pasta
Wednesday, April, 20, 2016 at 2 pm ET
Don’t miss this webinar on whole grains, double cooking, nutrition and more!
Best of #SNIC16 (Series 3 of 3): Generation Z: The Next Generation
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 2 pm ET
Acquire the tools necessary to interact and engage Generation Z. This webinar will discuss what you can do to motivate the Next Generation to remain active members in your school food program.
Reach 57,000+ School Nutrition Professionals with SN Magazine
Set yourself apart from the competition when you advertise in School Nutrition magazine. Your ad will reach decision-makers who look to the magazine for solutions and strategies for their day-to-day work and who value School Nutrition above all trade publications. Gain the competitive advantage by advertising your products and services in the only national magazine that exclusively serves the K-12 foodservice market.
Annual National Conference Reminders
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 (301) 686-3140; firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicolette Daleske at (301) 686-3073; email@example.com 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 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!
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Culinary Demonstrations: Only Two Spots Left!
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 two spaces are available for purchase at $3,300 each. You must be exhibiting at ANC in order to present.
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Hosted Events During ANC 2016
If you are planning to host a sales meeting or reception during ANC, please complete the Meeting Room Request Form and we will assist you in locating a room at one of the official hotels or in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. If you have any questions, please contact SNA Meetings Manager, Nita Artis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 686-3127. Deadline is April 30, 2016.
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Certificate of Insurance
It is mandatory for all companies exhibiting at ANC 2016 to carry worker’s compensation, comprehensive general liability (including products & operations), independent contractors, personal injury and blanket contractual liability. It is strongly recommended that exhibitors carry insurance to cover loss of or damage to their exhibits or other personal property while such property is located at or is in transit to or from the convention center. You cannot access your booth until SNA receives the Certificate of Insurance (COI). Please provide your COI to SNA by May 31, 2016.
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SNA has planned an outstanding series of education sessions and General Sessions in addition to Exhibit Hall time. We encourage you to attend these sessions and learn more about the child nutrition industry. Each company receives five (5) complimentary badges per 10x10 booth space purchased. Additional badges are $100 each and will not be processed without payment. Online registration allows you to make changes and additions to your badge order up until site closing Thursday, June 30, 2016. (Badges will not be mailed, but available for pick up onsite at the registration desk at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center). Please register for your booth badges through EPIC.
New this year, all exhibitors must register for badges before they will be provided access to the SNA housing system and the discounted rates at the official ANC 2016 hotels. This change in procedure is designed to help the Association better control the inventory of available rooms, ensuring that a greater number of exhibitors will have the opportunity to book their first-choice hotels on their preferred dates and still receive SNA’s discounted rates.
You MUST register for your badge first.
EPIC/Expo Logic (our official registration company) will forward you a confirmation receipt that will contain a confirmation number and the link to the housing site.
Click on the housing site link within the confirmation receipt and you will be able to reserve your hotel rooms.
If you wish to reserve a block of rooms, please call Conference Direct/the SNA Housing Call Center at (877) 440-7549; Monday to Friday, 9 am–5 pm (EST) or email email@example.com.
Legislative & Regulatory Update
Proposed Rule: Child Nutrition Program Integrity
Last week, the USDA proposed a rule to codify several provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 affecting the integrity of the Child Nutrition Programs, including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the Special Milk Program for Children, the School Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and State Administrative Expense Funds. The proposed rule is intended to improve the integrity of all Child Nutrition Programs. Comments on the proposed rule are due by May 31, 2016 and can be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal here. SNA is convening a Working Group to develop the SNA submission. More information on the SNA portal for Member input is forthcoming.