For Immediate Release
Contact: Erik Peterson
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PHILADELPHIA (July 21, 2007) – Whole grain noodles, hummus dip, sunflower seeds, frozen bananas, soy nut butter, reduced sugar yogurt and 100% pure Alaskan Pollock are just a few of the nutritious new foods and beverages that could be served in schools next year. Low-fat versions of student favorites, new ways to serve whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as state-of-the-art kitchen equipment and supplies all contribute to more than 30 million balanced, healthy meals served in schools each day.
More than 6,000 school nutrition professionals from around the country will pack into 215,000 square feet of exhibit space today at the 62nd Annual National Conference of the School Nutrition Association. With food and labor costs escalating, they will scout for ways to aid in the delivery of affordable, high-quality school meals in their local school districts. More than 365 companies will display a wide variety of healthy food and beverage products, equipment, nutrition education materials, software, services and more on the largest exhibit floor in the school nutrition industry at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, July 20-23, 2008. Among the healthy products on exhibit and expected to appear in lunchrooms this fall:
Attendees will also be visiting “Produce Row,” an aisle of the exhibit floor dedicated to fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes. Nearby is “Dairy Way,” an aisle solely for dairy-based products. Nutrition education resources, point-of-sale software systems and programs, and kitchen and cafeteria equipment also round out the booths.
The SNA Annual National Conference, July 20-23, 2008, features over 6,000 child nutrition and school foodservice industry professionals participating in over 100 educational workshops, the school nutrition industry’s largest exhibit hall and guest speakers including ABC Good Morning American co-host Robin Roberts.
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