Anneliese Tanner, food services director at the Austin Independent School District in Texas, says schools could serve organic produce and grass-fed beef if more students purchased school meals. Tanner did an analysis and determined that the district could serve all organic fruits and vegetables if each student who doesn't currently eat a school lunch did so twice a week.
State and federal guidelines requiring schools to serve a certain number of grains and types of vegetables mean greater meal variety for students, says Sandy Kotson, cafeteria manager at John Marshall High School in West Virginia. A farm-to-table program in Marshall County schools also allows students to grow vegetables to be included in school meals.
Every student in a Michigan school district can get a free breakfast and lunch this school year through the Community Eligibility Provision. The program covers a high school, the middle schools and all elementary schools.
A study in Pediatrics found providing overweight or obese pregnant women with antenatal dietary and lifestyle advice did not affect their child's growth, adiposity or neurodevelopment at 18 months, compared with providing standard prenatal care. Researchers called for continued follow-up of the children because of the association between high infant birth weight and later obesity, and the prevalence of overweight, obesity and obesogenic behaviors at a young age.
Iowa passed a law banning schools from identifying students with lunch debt through measures such as hand stamps, wristbands or separate seating areas. The legislation also requires schools to provide the alternative lunch option -- usually just for students with meal debt -- to any student who requests it.
McDonald's and its franchisees will invest about $6 billion to update restaurants with modern design features and new technology over the next two years, the company said Tuesday. In California, the chain and its operators will spend $390 million to upgrade 550 units with digital menu boards, ordering kiosks and other new features.
Ahold Delhaize will update the format of stores under its Stop & Shop banner this fall with an emphasis on fresh and ready-to-eat meals, said CEO Frans Muller. The updated format will be in place in at least 20 stores by the end of the year, according to Muller.
Thomas Keller has returned to his South Florida roots with the opening of the Surf Club Restaurant, the high-profile chef's first eatery in the Sunshine State. Keller, who began his restaurant career as a Palm Beach dishwasher, has eschewed his usual tasting menus in favor of a classic Continental a la carte menu.
Chef Rey, a maker of flavored cheesecakes from Sugar Land, Texas, took top prize in the annual Texas Best competition held by H.E. Butt Grocery. The annual contest, with $70,000 in prizes, drew 700 entrants this year and is credited with adding more than 400 Texas products to H-E-B shelves since it began.
Coca-Cola is acquiring a minority share in BodyArmor, a seven-year-old sports drink brand backed by retired NBA great Kobe Bryant. As part of the deal, Coca-Cola may start distributing BodyArmor via its bottling system, and it has the option of taking complete ownership of BodyArmor in the future.
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