School nutrition is a multi-billion dollar market full of opportunity to grow your business. But do you know how to create the possibilities to help you succeed in this complex industry? Whether you’re new to school nutrition or have years of experience providing product or service solutions to this unique foodservice segment, the Industry Information Sessions at CNIC are designed to give you an insider’s glimpse into the nuts and bolts of today’s school meal programs.

This year’s lineup will feature four highly focused sessions (three sessions are detailed below) that will provide relevant and up-to-date information geared to operations, competitive foods, a la carte, social media and more. Of course, the highlight is sure to be the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion between some of the top district directors in the country! Stay tuned to for more details on Industry Information Sessions.

What’s Next for Competitive Foods?
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was enacted to provide healthier foods and beverages in schools, and charged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with updating nutrition standards for the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program. That same law also requires the USDA to update the nutrition standards for competitive foods (snack foods and beverages) in schools – the federal nutrition standards for such foods have not been updated since 1979. Get the latest information as the USDA prepares to issue its standards and find out how it will affect your bottom line.

Directors’ Roundtable: SN Profit and Loss
In a school nutrition operation, every penny counts, so understanding the financial ramifications of profit and loss is especially important. Learn the intricacies of profit and loss with the very individuals who deal with these issues every day – directors! Your business is sure to benefit from this roundtable discussion led by directors from school districts nationwide.

Election 2012
As voters are poised to cast their ballots in November, one thing is certain – varying degrees of change to child nutrition are inevitable. In this roundtable discussion, learn about the impact to industry, as well as how the 2012 Presidential and Congressional election results will likely determine the path for child nutrition over the next four years.