'Vendors Are Abandoning the School Market'

We were inundated with letters responding to Eric Stoessel’s editorial last month asking school foodservice directors for their opinions on the increasingly public and political debate between the USDA and SNA on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. He wondered what the people in the trenches really thought about the tougher requirements coming this year.

Anyone who follows school nutrition knows the merits of requiring 100% of grain items to be whole grain rich, the increasingly stringent sodium targets and the implementation of new Smart Snack guidelines are the subject of much debate. Whether you agree with these regulations or not, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: requiring schools to buy items that are not traditionally stocked by most distributors is creating a shock wave in school bidding and purchasing. Schools have been m

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