June 30, 2022 Washington DC and Newark, DE. – International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) BB#:378962 The foodservice conference scheduled for July 28-29 will have the highest buyer turnout in 42 years with more than 800 buyers.
For the first time, this year’s conference will include a large group of K-12 school menu planners, chefs and procurement officers.
“K-12 school buyers are an important and unique group of attendees that we are thrilled to have with us at this year’s Foodservice Conference,” said Andrew Marshall, Liaison Officer. IFPA staff for wholesaler-distributor members and team leader for engagement with the K-12 school nutrition community.
“These restaurant professionals plan daily menus for the next generation of fresh food consumers. They want to see new produce, talk to growers, fresh produce processors, and distributors, and discuss how best to source, serve, and promote fresh produce on their menus. We can’t wait for these foodservice operators to join us! »
Every day, 31 million children take part in the National School Lunch Program. Students must be offered a fruit and a vegetable, and they must also walk out of the queue with a serving of produce on their plate. These days, schools are looking to offer entree salads, fresh vegetable sides, take-out fruits and vegetables, and some are returning to self-serve salad bars.
In addition to lunch, many schools also offer breakfast, fresh fruit and vegetable snacks in the classroom, and an after-school, weekend, and summer meal program.
Attendees from K-12 at this year’s food service conference will be in attendance, not only from California and local school districts in Monterey, but the IFPA will also host directors of school nutrition from major school districts. K-12 across the country as part of the association’s K-12 School Foodservice Forum program.
The main sponsors of the Forum are Grimmway Farms, the Healthy Family Project, PRO*ACT and Taylor Farms.
As part of the program, school menu planners will have the opportunity to network with members of the produce industry, visit local farms to better understand how produce goes from field to plate, and participate in a report that will provide valuable feedback and shared resources to help strengthen partnerships between industry and K-12 schools in the future.
School students will also explore the Expo and participate in restoration sessions, including the Keynote session with Robert Irvine, as well as the Monterey Bay Live! General session featuring innovative leaders such as Bruce Taylor, Michel Nischan and Vincent Huyn.
School districts participating in the K-12 School Forum at the Food Services Conference include:
About the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA)
The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) is the largest and most diverse international association serving the entire fresh and floral produce supply chain and the only one to seamlessly integrate global advocacy and industry support. We exist to bring the industry together to create a vibrant future for all. We increase the prosperity of our members by carrying out advocacy actions; connecting people and ideas; and offering guidance that empowers us all to act with determination and confidence. Although IFPA builds on the legacy of the United Fresh and Produce Marketing Association, it’s not just a combination. It’s transformational. Recognizing that the industry needed an even more powerful and unified voice, the leaders of the former United Fresh and Produce Marketing Association chose not to merge, but rather to create an entirely new organization to replace their organizations, to from January 1, 2022.
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