Child Nutrition Industry Blog 2010

Last Call for CNIC Registration Savings!

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Hurry, you have just five days left to register for CNIC 2010 at the regular rate! That’s a savings of $40 ($110 for industry members) off your registration fees!

Take a look at the Program Highlights to get a sneak peek at the conference. Since many of the sessions include Q&A opportunities, by looking over the program in advance you can start to think about your questions on each topic now and ensure you get the most from your CNIC experience. Of course, why wait to get the discussion started? Comment below to get the exchange of information, ideas and thoughts flowing today!

Finally, did you know you can earn CEUs toward your certification renewal by your attendance at CNIC? Attendees will receive the pre-approved total of 18 CEUs, and if you register for the pre-conference session you can add an additional 4 CEUs to that total. To learn more about this year’s pre-conference session, click here.


A Message from CNIC Co-Chair Lynn Burke

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I’m particularly excited about CNIC 2010 and I'm interested to see what the vibe will be like at this year’s conference. My guess is that many of you will be focused on cutting costs and saving money, and the educational program certainly will not disappoint in that regard, with plenty of out-of-the-box sessions that will provide ideas for maximizing the resources of your school nutrition program.

Also, at the new Innovation Stations, which were previously known as What’s New For You sessions, you can look forward to getting an up close and personal look at a variety of innovative products, services and equipment from fifteen different vendors over a three-day period. As an industry representative, I know these sessions are an excellent opportunity for us industry members to gain insights from the operator perspective. A lot of our new product ideas start with you!

The Industry Information Sessions are shaping up to be better than ever. During these one-hour, interactive sessions we will hear from directors, brokers, manufacturers and distributors—all key stakeholders within the school nutrition procurement supply chain. Each panel will discuss the challenges they face on a day to day basis, as well as solutions they have found to eliminate waste and inefficiencies.

Finally, I am anxious to see how many of my industry colleagues are familiar with golf lingo. Well, you guys better learn some or brush up because during the “19th Hole” Networking Reception and Volunteer Activity, we will have the opportunity to team up with our operator customers and help them win some exciting prizes.

I hope to network with many of you soon! See you in Florida!

Lynn Burke
CNIC Program Co-Chair


A Message from CNIC Co-Chair Jean Ronnei

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Wow, I’m so excited how the CNIC program has evolved into one fantastic succession of events. Talk about sessions that are on the cutting edge of what's happening in school nutrition, with dynamic and innovative speakers who will enlighten each of us with their experiences and knowledge. As an operator, I know I’m not alone when it comes to dealing with a multitude of issues day in and day out. Well, I think CNIC 2010 will nail some of those top concerns on the head and we’ll all walk away with plenty of ready-to-use ideas and a renewed enthusiasm for what we do.

Although the conference is still 7 weeks away, I’m charged up and ready to go! Just ask me about any of the sessions in the comments section below and I’ll be happy to tell you about them. I’m personally looking forward to “New World Expectations: No Hormones, No Preservatives, Go Green and Turn a Few Cartwheels.” Isn’t that the best title? It certainly sums up a lot of what is going on in this demanding profession. See you at CNIC in January!

Jean Ronnei
CNIC Program Co-Chair

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