ANC and the Top 10 Trends on School Menus

From July 8th to 13th over 7,000 school nutrition professionals from all over the nation met in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Convention Center. As a first timer attending this conference I was so impressed with how big of a production it was! Oprah’s bestie, Gayle King was the opening keynote speaker and Food Network’s Chef Jason Henderson closed the event on Thursday. I walked the showroom with over 300 vendors and had the opportunity to taste new menu items like pumpkin seed butter, walking tacos and whole wheat steamed bao buns - a Chinese staple made whole grain. They even had an entire aisle dedicated to plant-based foods which, as you’ll see next, is a big up and coming food trend.

I attended sessions on managing food allergies, marketing in a low free/reduced district, and a brainstorming session

Top Trends on School Menus