Former Aramark Food & Support Services President John Zillmer has been named chairman and CEO of Allied Waste Industries, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ., one of the nation's largest trash hauling firms. He succeeds another foodservice industry veteran, former Sysco Corp. CEO Charles Cotros, who had served as Allied's interim CEO since last October. Cotros will remain on Allied's board.
Lawmakers in the Connecticut House have moved to ban soft drinks and junk foods from schools. The bill would forbid corporations from marketing and providing non-diet soft drinks and "junk" food to students in public schools including cafeterias, vending machines and school stores.
Aramark has been awarded a 10-year contract with the state of Indiana to oversee food operations at 30 prisons statewide. The company hopes to reduce cost per meal by 42 cents, as well as reduce labor costs. The change is effective June 1.
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) has named Cathy Schuchart vice president of government affairs. She succeeds Barry Sackin, who departed in January. Schuchart will direct SNA's regulatory and legislative programs and lead the association's child nutrition advocacy efforts with SNA's Washington counsel, Marshal Matz.
Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) is releasing a commemorative book, Foodservice Consultants Society International: Fifty Years of Service 1955-2005, that documents the organization's history. For more information visit: www.fcsi.org 
Aramark has named Bruce Fears executive vice president for its Parks and Resorts unit. He will report to Norm Miller, president, Aramark Sports & Entertainment Services. Lawrence E. Honig has resign as chairman and chief executive officer of Centerplate, Inc. The Board of Directors named one of the directors, David Williams, as acting chairman and company president Janet L. Steinmayer as acting CEO while a search for a permanent replacement is conducted.