Top 10: School Supply Chain Problems, Hy-Vee’s New COO, Restaurant Menu Prices Swell


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This week’s top 10 were for school nutrition, foodservice, food retail and CPG news, with school nutrition news getting widely read and taking three spots on the list.

The most widely read was the news about school food service directors seeking to maintain federal exemptions to allow continued flexibility for school lunch programs. The move comes as Beth Wallace, president of the School Nutrition Association and executive director of food and nutrition for Jeffco Public Schools of Colorado, and other school nutrition professionals cite the challenges of the chain. supply that affect menu planning this year and next.

In another story, a nutrition services manager in an Oregon school district spoke of her experience with supply chain issues and the creativity of school nutrition professionals, thinking of substitutions based on foods they have on hand, like working with yogurt when they weren’t. no mayonnaise.

Beyond supply chain challenges, news this week about school catering programs facing financial difficulties, according to a survey released by the School Nutrition Association, was also in the top 10 list. Of those surveyed, 38% of districts report that school lunch programs suffered an overall net loss in the 2020-21 school year, and many districts said higher federal reimbursements were not enough to cover costs.

Food retail stories took the second and third most read stories this week, with the announcement of Hy-Vee’s new president and chief operating officer, who began his chain career as as a part-time clerk in 1995, entering at none. 2 on the list, and at no. 3, news of Amazon expanding its same-day grocery delivery service to major supermarkets in the United States and Europe in the coming year, according to published reports.

Kroger’s news eliminating his two-week emergency leave for unvaccinated workers who contract COVID-19 and adding an additional $ 50 each month for unvaccinated salaried employees covered by his insurance plan rounded up the 5 stories the most read this week.

The other top-viewed articles this week covered inflation in restaurant menu prices, chef favorite holiday treats, the FDA’s implementation of a lab accreditation rule, and Kraft Heinz merging its American and Canadian commercial divisions in the North America zone.

Here’s the full list of the most clicked stories this week in SmartBrief’s Food & Beverage briefs:

  1. Maintaining the federal flexibility sought for school meals
  2. Jeremy Gosch appointed President and COO of Hy-Vee
  3. Report: Amazon to expand grocery delivery service
  4. Report: Menu prices continued to increase in November.
  5. Kroger ends COVID-19 leave for unvaccinated employees
  6. SNA survey: school feeding programs face financial problems
  7. Chefs share their best holiday desserts
  8. FDA to implement laboratory accreditation rule
  9. Oregon school’s nutrition director discusses supply chain issues
  10. Kraft Heinz unites U.S. and Canadian divisions under one roof

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