Help Provide Healthy Options for Kids
Tuesday, June 11 | 3:00 – 5:00 pm
The Fresh Festival for School Foodservice changed the way attendees think about feeding kids! Developed to connect the produce industry with leading K-12 school foodservice buyers, this event also appealed to retail and foodservice decision makers seeking new solutions for providing healthy, fresh produce options to kids.
“Prior to the conference I didn't value pre-packaged products, but after discussions with fellow Food Service Directors and vendors during the Fresh Festival, my perspective changed to understand the way fresh-cut produce can enhance our breakfast in the classroom and after-school meal programs.”
Anneliese Tanner, Executive Director, Nutrition and Food Services, Austin Independent School District
- The American Culinary Federation
- Bolthouse Farms
- Borges Branded Foods
- Cambro Manufacturing
- Crunch Pak Sliced Apples
- Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc
- Deville Technologies
- DNO Produce, Inc.
- Duda Farm Fresh Foods
- Gold Coast Packing
- Grimmway Farms
- Mexilink, Inc.
- Mother Raw / Reunion Foods
- Mushrooms in Schools
- Naturipe Farms
- Pear Bureau Northwest
- Peterson Farms Fresh
- The Platinum Packaging Group
- Taylor Farms Tennessee
- US Foods
The Fresh Festival for School Foodservice took place in the registration foyer, adjacent to the main trade show floor, in the McCormick Place Convention Center. Given this high-profile location, wholesaler and retailer buyers, in addition to school foodservice directors, were able to discover kid-friendly produce snacks. The Fresh Festival for School Foodservice was a programming component of the United Fresh Start Foundation’s School Foodservice Forum, a two-day networking and education program that brought K-12 school foodservice leaders to the convention to network with the produce industry, explore new produce, and connect with school nutrition colleagues to share best practices on sourcing, serving and promoting fresh produce in school foodservice programs.
“The United Fresh conference is a great forum to understand new trends and products that are on the horizon. I found it very helpful to interact with the small group of specialized vendors for the K-12 market at the Fresh Festival for School Foodservice.”
Amy Virus, MS, RD, LDN, Manger, Division of Food Services, School District of Philadelphia
For more information about the Fresh Festival and future participation, contact Andrew Marshall, Director, Foodservice Programs & Foundation Partnerships at 202-303-3407.