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One of the highlights of the conference each year, and sure to be a hit at CNIC 2013, are the Innovation Station sessions. This unique learning experience will give you and your school nutrition peers the chance to view up close and personal recently released or in-development food, beverage, service, supply and equipment solutions. Innovation Stations also gives the thirty participating companies the opportunity to meet with key decision-makers like you to discuss your requirements, obtain your feedback and answer your important questions.

Over the course of each 75-minute period, the company representatives will make their presentation three times to individual groups of 20-25 operators. This “speed dating”-type approach will allow you to meet with more companies to learn about a variety of innovations that will influence the school nutrition market for years to come and improve the success of your operation.

If you have any questions about Innovation Stations, contact SNA’s Exhibits Management Specialist Crystal Harper-Pierre at (800) 877-8822, ext. 140, or charper@schoolnutrition.org.

COMPANIES PRESENTING AT CNIC 2013 INNOVATION STATIONS

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2:30 PM–3:45 PM

Foster Farm
Room: Bonham C
Contact: Diane Ratlaf
Telephone: (208) 394-6470
Email: diane.ratlaf@fosterfarms.com
Foster Farms will be demonstrating their new line of Fernando’s burritos that meet the new meal pattern requirements, including innovative 2 grain & 2 meat/ma lunch items, 1 bread & 1 meat/ma breakfast items, and a delicious 1 grain & 0 meat/ma breakfast burrito.

Idahoan Foods
Room: Bonham B
Contact: Roberta Peirick
Telephone: (314) 822-5104
Email: rpeirick@idahoan.com
New Idahoan Real® Low Sodium Mashed Potatoes with Vit. C. Find which Idahoan Products are the smartest for your students’ menus. Gluten-free, PHO free, low sodium and dairy-free products also available.

Jennie-O Turkey Store
Room: Bonham D
Contact: Karen Mahlow
Telephone: (320) 214-5848
Email: kfmahlow@j-ots.com
Jennie-O is developing turkey crumbles that can be used in speedy scratch recipes or as pizza toppings (coin size pepperoni).

Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods
Room: Bonham E
Contact: Michael Hearne
Telephone: (651) 481-2222
Email: mthearne@landolakes.com
Learn how to drive participation and prevent waste with our great-tasting new products: reduced-sodium, reduced-fat, whole-grain macaroni & cheese, Italian cheese sauce, and grab-and-go cheese cubes.

NutriSlice, Inc.
Room: Crockett AB
Contact: Mike Craig
Telephone: (650) 745-5003
Email: mike@nutrislice.com
NutriSlice is excited to launch a smartphone app for school lunch menus—for next to nothing and no extra work.

Rich Products Corporation
Room: Republic A
Contact: Jennifer Besing
Telephone: (716) 878-8000
Email: jbesing@rich.com
Rich’s seeks feedback on four new platforms in development stage, including breakfast, lunch and snack solutions. Input needed to determine whether to launch, kill or improve.

Unified Brands
Room: Republic C
Contact: Michael Williams
Telephone: (601) 372-3903
Email: michaelw@unifiedbrands.net
“Take your menus back” using Groen Braising and your recipes to reintroduce scratch style cooking to improve flavor and control sodium and fat.

MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM

Cambro Manufacturing
Room: Bonham B
Contact: Carroll Bender
Telephone: (800) 854-7631
Email: cbender@cambro.com
Three new innovative equipment options for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Breakfast in the Classroom and Salad Bars in schools.

General Mills Foodservice
Room: Bonham C
Contact: Alyca Judge
Telephone: (763) 293-1288
Email: alyca.judge@genmills.com
Discover all the ways General Mills makes it easy to meet new meal pattern requirements and help drive participation. Come preview innovative products including the newest hot breakfast items.

Kellogg’s Food Away From Home
Room: Bonham D
Contact: Sara Day
Telephone: (630) 956-7043
Email: sara.day@kellogg.com
Overview of new Kellogg K-12 targeted innovation that meets the new USDA guidelines.

Magic Straws, LLC
Room: Crockett AB
Contact: Deanna Hawke
Telephone: (952) 894-0110
Email: dhawke@fmmi.net
Got Milk? Magic Milk flavoring straws contain low sugar, low calorie flavor beads that dissolve as milk is sipped through the straw.

Muffin Town
Room: Bonham E
Contact: Ann Luther
Telephone: 617-846-1565
Email: annluther@muffintown.com
New and improved Smart Choice whole-grain muffins, loaves and tops. Reformulated to meet the new FDA meal pattern guidelines and taste great!

Notables
Room: Crockett CD
Contact: Sarah Lindberg
Telephone: (763) 504-5400
Email: slindberg@notables.com
See what’s new in grab ‘n go breakfast from Notables: whole grain cereal pouches, granolas and complete meal kit solutions.

Rockin’ Ola – Sargent Foods, LLC
Room: Republic A
Contact: Marianne Sargent
Telephone: (941) 585-1009
Email: marianne@sargentfoods.com
Rockin’ Ola is a healthy whole grain product with crunchy granola and real freeze-dried yogurt drops. Rockin’ Ola qualifies as a 1 oz. creditable grain.

Sara Lee Foodservice
Room: Republic C
Contact: Jennifer McDavid
Telephone: (630) 598-6488
Email: jennifer.mcdavid@hillshirebrands.com
New Sara Lee whole grain rich muffins in three flavors and new whole grain rich State Fair corn dogs and breakfast sticks.

MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 1:30 PM–2:45 PM

Campbell Soup Company
Room: Bonham B
Contact: Tim Galey
Telephone: (630) 904-4689
Email: tim_galey@campbellsoup.com
Come and see the latest, greatest and most updated from Campbell’s and Pepperidge Farm to meet the latest guidelines for the National School Lunch Program.

ConAgra Foods
Room: Bonham C
Contact: Mille Feldman
Telephone: (319) 626-5907
Email: millie.feldman@conagrafoods.com
Ultragrain Pasta, it’s easy to incorporate the benefits of whole grains into your school menu while maintaining the taste, texture and appearance of traditional pasta.

Heartland School Solutions
Room: Bonham D
Contact: Rosemary Orliss
Telephone: (800) 423-2113
Email: rosemary.orless@e-hps.com
For directors on the go—access dashboard reports anywhere from any mobile device (including iPads), fed with real-time data through our hosted application, Mosaic Cloud.

J.T.M. Food Group
Room: Bonham E
Contact: Carole Erb
Telephone: (800) 626-2308
Email: caroleerb@jtmfoodgroup.com
J.T.M. will present our “Weigh Better” brand of “Assault on Sodium” and whole grain rich products that are designed to meet the new standards.

The Mushroom Council
Room: Crockett AB
Contact: Kathleen Preis
Telephone: (408) 432-7237
Email: kathleen@mushroomcouncil.org
Taste for yourself how adding mushrooms to meat entrées help meet new USDA specs. They’ll add a creditable portion of vegetables and maintain portion size.

Schwan’s Food Service, Inc.
Room: Republic A
Contact: Sandy Lyons
Telephone: (507) 537-8249
Email: sandy.lyons@schwans.com
Join our session to help impact the future of school menus by offering your insights in crafting the newest innovative products from Schwan’s Food Service.

Shoes for Crews
Room: Crockett CD
Contact: Mike Wilson
Telephone: (800) 218-4770
Email: mikew@shoesforcrews.com
Shoes For Crews manufactures 90+ styles of slip-resistant footwear for employees in the workplace, backed by our 60-day wear and compare guarantee and $5,000 slip & fall warranty.

Uncle Ben’s – MARS Foodservice
Room: Republic C
Contact: Susie Tarazon
Telephone: (562) 616-7344
Email: susie.tarazon@effem.com
Uncle Ben’s will introduce its Uncle Ben’s® Ben’s Beginner™ Cooking Contest—Part 2, which will kick-off in the fall. The goal of the program is to celebrate how cooking with kids leads to better relationships with food.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 8:45 AM–10:00 AM

AdvancePierre Foods
Room: Bonham B
Contact: Travis Green
Telephone: (513) 682-1601
Email: travis.green@advancepierre.com
AdvancePierre Foods continues a tradition of innovation with new breakfast stuffed breadsticks both delicious and portable.

Chobani Greek Yogurt
Room: Bonham C
Contact: Cheryl Buckley
Telephone: (585) 355-1718
Email: cheryl.buckley@chobani.com
Chobani Champions 4-oz and 2.25-oz tubes both in asst. kid friendly flavors. Authentic strained Greek yogurt made just for kids, blended so its more palatable. Made with real fruit, with only natural ingredients and good source of protein, Vitamin D and Calcium.

Del Monte Foods
Room: Bonham D
Contact: Al Calabrese
Telephone: (412) 222-8341
Email: al.calabrese@delmonte.com
Del Monte Squeezable Fruits & Veggies™ tubes are healthy blends of real fruit and veggies. Great tasting, easy to open, convenient and an excellent option as a healthy snack.

Kikkoman Sales USA
Room: Bonham E
Contact: Debbie Carpenter
Telephone: (415) 229-3636
Email: dac@kikkoman.com
Challenge with finding a balance between the flavors kids love and the nutrition they need? Kikkoman can help transform veggies/protein into craveable creations, while keeping sodium in line, too.

McCormick for Chefs
Room: Crockett AB
Contact: Stacy Knight
Telephone: (410) 771-7500
Email: stacy_knight@mccormick.com
Lowest sodium classic entrée seasoning mixes—classic flavors with a modern approach to sodium.

Pinnacle Foods Group
Room: Republic A
Contact: Joe Saporito
Telephone: (856) 969-7135
Email: joseph.saporito@pinnaclefoods.com
New individually wrapped pancakes and new menus for new USDA regulations incorporating whole grain frozen breakfast items.

Sunny Delight Beverages Company
Room: Republic C
Contact: Brooke Niehoff
Telephone: (513) 483-3348
Email: brooke.niehoff@sunnyd.com
See what’s new from the first beverage company to produce products that meet Alliance guidelines at all levels and learn about earning cool school café fuel points.