The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Food Exhibits at the School Nutrition Association’s Conference

 

Diane Wagner

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) just held its Annual Nutrition Conference in Boston. Over 6,000 school nutrition professionals and industry members attended.

According to Politico’s Helena Bottemiller Evich:

In fact, the convention’s 180,000 square foot exhibit hall featuring food companies large and small showed few signs of the bitter fight in Congress over new mandates to lower sodium and fat and increase fruits, vegetables and whole grains … More than 400 exhibitors showed off their innovations designed to meet the Department of Agriculture’s new regulations, some of which kicked in July 1.

In an earlier report, Bottemiller Evich revealed that the White House was asked to stay away from the  school nutrition conference this year due to bitter differences on how to proceed with the roll out of the nutrition standards:

Michelle Obama’s food policy czar, celebrity chef Sam Kass, was once so in with the lunch lady crowd that he landed a guest judge spot on a tearful school lunch episode of Food Network’s “Chopped” and handed out awards at the School Nutrition Association’s convention in Denver.

Two years later, when he asked to speak at the group’s annual convention this week in Boston, the answer: “No.”

Scouring tweets from the conference hashtag, #ANC14, I created a Storify (including Tweets and photos) highlighting the types of foods being exhibited at the conference, which tells an interesting story of what your child may be eating at school this fall.

To read my Storify recap, click here:   #ANC14: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Food Exhibits