K-12 Blog

September 2015 – Back to School

Posted: September 1, 2015

A Message from Your Industry Representative, Where did the summer go? It’s time for “Back to School” across our great land. As we head into the fall, we have many activities that will keep us quite busy, including numerous state conferences and the Patron meeting on November 3rd. I hope all Patrons will attend! We […]

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May 2015 – The IAB, the GAO and the End of Another School Year

Posted: May 14, 2015

A Message from Your Industry Representative, It’s hard to believe we are winding down another year…and it has been a whirlwind year at that! I want to bring you up to speed on a few subjects. In March, shortly after LAC, the Industry Advisory Board was asked to participate in a conference call interview with […]

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April 28, 2015 – Food Allergens at College & Universities – Hot Topic in Higher Education

Posted: April 28, 2015

This month, we are focused on sharing some information and options for support on addressing one of the hottest topics in higher education foodservice, the increasing number of young adults with food allergies.

“Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans, including one in 13 children, have food allergies. In fact, a 2013 report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the number of children with food allergies in the U.S. increased 50 percent between 1997 and 2011…..The increasing number of people with food allergies, coupled with the fact that teenagers and young adults are at the highest risk for fatal food-induced anaphylaxis, makes this a critical issue for colleges and universities.”*

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March 2015 – The Start of 2015/2016 Bid Season!

Posted: April 17, 2015

A Message from Your Industry Representative, Welcome to the start of 2015/2016 Bid Season—however, I know for many of us, every day is bid day! In the last Industry Insider, I spoke of challenges we all face as a direct impact from the current bid/procurement processes. Let me share with you the steps we have […]

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March 30, 2015 – A Message from Dennis McAlary

Posted: March 30, 2015

My name is Dennis McAlary, Eastern Region Director of Education, KeyImpact Sales & Systems.
KeyImpact is the #1 ranked* foodservice sales and marketing agency, located in 49 states and dedicated to the diverse needs of foodservice operators. KeyImpact has over 105 seasoned foodservice professionals calling on the College and University segment, ready to put their sales, marketing and culinary expertise to work for you. The ever-changing nutrition trends and student desires are the motivation behind our no-boundaries approach, as we strive to help operators succeed.

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December 2014 – Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR)

Posted: December 11, 2014

A Message from Your Industry Representative, It’s hard to believe that we are coming to the end of the year. It’s been a very exciting and eventful year for the profession and 2015 promises to be a very important year as well. Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) 2015 will be critical for us to come together […]

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October 2014 – Back to School Orders

Posted: October 10, 2014

A Message from Your Industry Representative, It seems to me as we get older time seems to go by very quickly. This year has been no exception. Many of us are getting ready for this year’s version of the commodity shows and assisting our customers in the diversion process. Others are getting set for the […]

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August 2014 – Smart Snacks Rule and New Breakfast Regulations

Posted: August 14, 2014

A Message from Your Industry Representative, This year’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Boston was quite the success. It was sure great to see so many of you and to have the time to catch up. I was so impressed by the overwhelming positive spirit put forth. These are trying times, and your attitude and […]

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School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference Hosts Panel Discussion – SNA Release

Posted: July 14, 2014

Boston, MA (July 14, 2014) – In advance of School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) 68th Annual National Conference (ANC) Exhibit Hall grand opening, a panel of school nutrition professionals shared insight on school cafeteria trends, including successes and challenges related to recent and newly implemented national nutrition standards. Although SNA has requested reasonable flexibility from USDA […]

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June 2014 “Myth vs. Fact”

Posted: July 11, 2014

A Message from Your Industry Representative What an amazing and important time we are living in. I hope you have all been following the activity that has been going on in Washington, D.C. pertaining to our K-12 World. The operative word there is following, because understanding is a whole other subject. It becomes difficult at […]

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