SNIC 2014


School Nutrition Industry Conference

New Name, Same Valuable Experience!
Miami, Florida | January 12-14, 2014

Photo: Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Thrive in the ever-changing landscape of school nutrition at SNA’s 2014 School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC)—formerly the Child Nutrition Industry Conference—as industry and operator experts converge in dynamic Miami, Florida, for an unparalleled professional learning experience.

  • Focus on a number of engaging general sessions dedicated to key issues facing school nutrition professionals today.
  • Interact with industry representatives, ready to show you the latest and greatest products available for your operation.
  • Build upon the latest foodservice and nutrition information and trends from leading experts.
  • Connect with your peers at numerous networking opportunities to develop a lasting foundation for professional success.

SNIC will leave you feeling inspired, energized and better prepared to not just survive in the evolving landscape, but thrive as well!


Hyatt Regency Miami
400 SE Second Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (305) 358-1234
Fax: (305) 358-0529
Check-in: 4:00 pm; Check-out: 12:00 pm

Stay in the middle of the action at Hyatt Regency Miami. Located just 15 minutes from South Beach and 2 miles from the Port of Miami, this downtown hotel is conveniently situated adjacent to the Miami Convention Center and easily accessible to everywhere you want to be.

Discover the hotel’s wide array of services and amenities, ranging from newly renovated spacious guestrooms to delicious on-site dining options. The hotel’s striking white towers overlook the Miami River and Florida’s famed Biscayne Bay. Enjoy easy access to Miami’s best attractions like Mary Brickell Village, the James L. Knight Center, Coral Gables, and the Latin flavor of Little Havana. The hotel features 612 updated guestrooms, dramatic city views, a heated outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and nearby tennis courts and beaches.


SNA Discounted Room Rates:
$179.00* per night, Single/Double/Triple/Quad plus applicable taxes

To take advantage of the special SNA conference rate, you may make your reservation online, or by calling (888) 421-1442. When making your reservations by phone, be sure to mention SNA/SNIC.

Rooms are issued on a first come, first served basis until December 20, 2013. Please note, the SNA discounted rate will not be available after the cut-off date of December 20 or prior to that date if the room block is full. Please make your reservations early to take advantage of the discounted rate. All rates are subject to all applicable taxes and assessments.

Cancellation policy: Reservation must be cancelled three working days prior to arrival date and a cancellation number must be obtained to avoid penalty of one night’s room and tax charge.


Air Transportation
The Miami International Airport (MIA) is located in North Miami, Fla., approximately eight miles from downtown. The airport is a twelve terminal facility serviced by 47 domestic and international airline carriers and provides service to over 3.9 million passengers a year. When making your online airline reservations, please use Association Travel Concepts, SNA’s official travel agency, at or by calling (800) 458-9383.

Ground Transportation
Shuttle transportation to and from Miami International Airport and downtown (8 miles) is provided for a fee by SuperShuttle. For more information, call 1 (800) BLUE-VAN (800-258-3826) or visit and use discount code R465J. Taxis and other transportation services are also readily available from the airport.


Officially called Greater Miami and the Beaches, this South Florida destination offers a fascinating blend of cutting edge of urban chic and old-world Florida. Great year-round weather, top-ranked beaches and the sparkling waters of Biscayne Bay are the backdrops for a cosmopolitan metropolis, pulsing with the rhythms of its diverse population.

Boasting a now “grown up” yet playful arts and cultural landscape, renowned nightlife scene and world-class dining and entertainment, Miami invites an eclectic mix of visitors to come out and play, from celebrities to families seeking fun in the sun. Glorious weather has always been the main attraction, with yearly temperatures in Miami averaging 76°F. Sun-kissed days feature bluer than blue skies, dotted with surreal cotton candy clouds. Gentle breezes keep things cool throughout the day, while sultry temperatures heat up clear "Moon over Miami" evenings. For more information about Miami, visit


Applications for Innovation Stations CLOSED!

Back by popular demand, SNA is proud to once again offer Innovation Stations at SNIC 2014. These unique mini-sessions introduce school nutrition operators in attendance to the latest products and services on the market today, while giving industry representatives interested in reaching key decision-makers the opportunity to provide face-to-face, hands-on demonstrations.

Are you an industry representative looking to showcase a product or service either in development or recently introduced to the school market? If so, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to connect with key decision-makers and generate quality sales leads! Participating companies will be able to make their presentation three times (20-minutes each) to individual groups of 20-25 directors—with the potential to reach as many as 75 directors! This “speed dating”-type approach will allow you to meet with more directors, obtain more feedback and generate more quality leads!

By participating in the Innovation Station sessions your organization will also have the opportunity to be a part of the Networking Reception. Each company will be assigned a table where they can display literature relating to their new product or service; however, no food is allowed to be showcased during this time period. This great event will allow you to reach those directors that didn’t have a chance to attend your Innovation Station session (SNA will provide the food and beverages for the Networking Reception).

Innovation Stations will be sold on a first come, first served basis. So act fast, only 30 companies will have the opportunity to present! Applications for Innovation Stations open on September 4, 2013. The cost to participate in an Innovation Station is $3,600. For more information, please contact SNA’s Exhibits Sales Manager, Crystal Harper-Pierre at (800) 877-8822, ext. 140, or

Innovation Station participants must:

  • Present a product or service that is either in development or was introduced to school nutrition market within the last year.
  • Be a SNA Industry Member.
  • Ensure a well-prepared presentation designed to obtain feedback from participating attendees.
  • Understand that this is not a “sales pitch” from which to take orders.

Innovation Station participants will receive these benefits:

  • A private meeting room and dedicated time for your presentation.
  • Three 20-minute sessions of undivided attention with leading school nutrition directors (for a total of 1 hour of presentation time).
  • Instant feedback from the nation’s most knowledgeable school nutrition directors.
  • Great networking opportunities with customers, including the Networking Reception.
  • Your name and product listed in the onsite program and on SNA’s website.
  • A list of all school nutrition directors attending this year’s conference.

The following companies will be presenting an Innovation Stations at SNIC 2014:
AdvancePierre Foods; Beanitos, The Original Bean Snack; Chobani Greek Yogurt; Cybersoft PrimeroEdge; Dick and Jane Educational Snacks; General Mills Foodservice; Georgia-Pacific Professional; Jamba Juice; Jennie-O Turkey Store; J. R. Simplot Company; JTM Food Group; Kellogg’s Food Away From Home; Kikkoman Sales USA, Inc.; Land O’Lakes; Learning ZoneXpress; LTI, Inc.; McCain Foods USA; McCormick for Chefs; Mushroom Council; NutriSlice, Inc.; Pinnacle Food Group; Rich Products Corporation; Ruiz Food; Sara Lee Foodservice; Schwan’s Food Service; Skeeter Snacks, LLC; Sunny Delight Beverages Company; Super Bakery, Inc.; US Highbush Blueberry Council; and VMP Nutrition



8:00 am - 5:00 pmConference and Innovation Stations Registration
8:00 am - 12:00 pm     SNS Credentialing Exam
TBDPatron Networking Event


7:00 am – 5:00 pmConference and Innovation Station Registration
7:00 am – 5:00 pmTechCentral
8:00 am – 10:00 amIndustry Advisory Board Meeting
10:00 am – 11:00 am   First Timers Session – Speakers: Paula Kullman / Sean Lear (Co-Chairs)
11:00 am – 12:00 pmLunch on your own
12:00 pm – 2:00 pmFirst General Session – Landscape Customer; Speaker: Jim Knight
2:00 pm – 2:30 pmNetworking/ Refreshment break
2:30 pm – 3:45 pmInnovation Stations
2:30 pm – 3:45 pmIndustry Information Session
4:15 pm – 5:00 pmSTEPS Challenge Activity
6:30 pm – 7:15 pmFAME Awards Reception (Offsite)
7:15 pm – 9:30 pmFAME Awards Dinner (Offsite)


7:00 am – 5:00 pmConference and Innovation Stations Registration
7:00 am – 5:00 pmTechCentral
TBDSTEPS Challenge Activity
7:30 am – 8:25 amBreakfast
8:25 am – 10:00 amSecond General Session – Landscape Product Speaker: John Moore
10:15 am – 11:30 am   Innovation Stations
10:15 am – 11:30 amIndustry Information Session – Speaker: Doug McCabe
11:45 am – 12:45 pmNetworking Luncheon
12:45 pm – 2:00 pmInnovation Stations
12:45 pm – 2:00 pmIndustry Information Session
2:00 pm – 2:30 pmNetworking/Refreshment break
2:30 pm – 4:15 pmThird General Session – USDA Update
TBDNetworking Reception – Innovation Station company Showcase


6:00 am – 6:45 amSTEPS Challenge Activity
7:00 am – 12:00 pmConference and Innovation Stations Registration
7:00 am – 12:00 pmTechCentral
7:30 am – 8:15 amSponsored Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:45 amInnovation Stations
8:30 am – 9:45 amIndustry Information Session
10:00 am – 11:45 am   Final General Session – Landscape Marketing Speaker: Ira Blumenthal

Schedule of events is subject to change.


Badge Policy
For security purposes, each person must present identification in order to receive your registration packet and will not be allowed to pick-up another attendee’s registration packet. In addition, please note badges must be worn during the conference hours for admittance to the pre-conference, breakout and general sessions, as well as social events. Anyone without a SNIC 2013 badge will be asked to register for the conference. To reprint a lost badge, there will be a fee of $5.00. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Cancellations & Schedule Changes
Circumstances beyond SNA's control—weather, transportation difficulties or last-minute cancellations by program participants (speakers, presenters)—may necessitate changes in the scheduling or presentation of events and/or programs or even cancellation of a particular scheduled event or speaker. SNA cannot be responsible in any way to any conference attendee for any disappointment, inconvenience or "loss" caused by such an eventuality.

Conference Photos
Attendance or participation in SNA meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the attendee for SNA's use and distribution of the attendee's image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes taken during the conference.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
To make it as easy as possible for you to maintain your Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for certification renewal, SNA will update your CEU record with your paid registration and attendance at SNIC 2014. You will see the number of CEUs earned on your online transcript, which can be viewed at any time on SNA’s website,, by logging into MySNA. Below is the breakdown for the SNIC 2014 CEUs:

  • Sunday 1/12/04 One Day – 4.25 CEUs
  • Monday 1/13/14 One Day – 5.75 CEUs
  • Tuesday 1/14/14 One Day – 3 CEUs
  • Full Registration 1/12-1/14 – 13 CEUs

This includes education, breakout and Innovation Station sessions. The above CEUs does not include the Pre-Conference session.

Key Area Hours
SNA will offer Key Area Hours for SNIC sessions. Tracking forms will be available at registration. The Key Area Hours offered will not be populated in your MySNA transcript. You must complete the tracking form and submit it with your certification application form, additional documentation of Key Area Hours and payment to SNA. The Miami Culinary Workshop (Pre-Con) taking place on Saturday, January 11, 2014 will counts as 5 Hours in Key Area 1 Operations.

Special Needs
SNA is committed to making all SNIC activities accessible to all attendees. For special needs, including dietary for events serving food/beverages, contact SNA at (800) 877-8822, ext. 127.

Disclaimer of Endorsement
Reference herein or during the conference to any products, services or expressed ideas does not constitute or imply its endorsement or recommendation by SNA.

Antitrust Policy Statement
It is the policy of the SNA and it is the responsibility of every Association member and participating school food industry organization to comply in all respects with federal and state antitrust laws. No activity or discussion at any Association meeting or other function may be engaged in for the purpose of bringing about any understanding or agreement among members that may violate or appear to violate the antitrust laws, including but not limited to raise, lower or stabilize prices; to regulate production; to allocate markets; to encourage boycotts; to foster unfair trade practices; to assist monopolization; or to in any way violate federal or state antitrust laws. Any questions regarding the meaning or applicability of this policy, as well as any concerns regarding activities or discussions at Association meetings, should be promptly brought to the attention of SNA.


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