About 60% of school districts are serving locally produced fruits and vegetables, and about 48% are part of a farm-to-school program, according to a survey of 1,550 districts by the School Nutrition Association. "School nutrition professionals are determined to find new ways to ensure students enjoy the healthy options available with school meals and benefit from all the nutrients they provide," said SNA President Gay Anderson.
CPG firms should bring their most powerful products to store shelves rather than trying to deliver a wide range of SKUs, said Steve Bratspies, chief merchandising officer for Walmart US, during a panel at the recent GMA Leadership Forum in Colorado. "The one challenge I would throw out is the ability to make tougher early decisions on breadth of assortment," he said.
Beverage producers including Starbucks' Evolution Fresh and Full Sail Brewing are bringing new kombucha offerings to store shelves. Townshend's Tea expanded its Brew Dr. Kombucha line with the addition of a Harvest flavor for autumn.
Three Twins Ice Cream created a $60,000 organic ice cream experience that includes five-star accommodations, first-class flights and a trip up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. At the heart of the process is harvesting ice from the glacier and watching as company founder Neal Gottlieb makes the ice cream by hand.
HBO's new advertising campaign, "Because of Her," puts the spotlight on women behind the scenes of some of today's most popular shows. The campaign -- which is available on HBO, HBO Go, HBO Now and social media -- comes as the network has boosted the diversity of its directors.
Life is more challenging for persons with invisible disabilities, such as those who have hemophilia or epilepsy or are in the early stages of pregnancy, because they often experience discrimination for not "looking sick," writes Alliah Czarielle. The conditions of persons with invisible disabilities are not easily recognized, and as a result, benefits due them are not as easily granted, she adds.
Leaders should take responsibility for biased thoughts and actions and understand that unconscious bias affects everything, writes leadership coach Rosalie Chamberlain. Company executives should opt to develop self-awareness over unconscious bias education, adds Chamberlain.
Executive chef Ashley Eddie created an eggplant parmigiana dish for New York City's Santina that highlights the restaurant's coastal-Italian concept with its light textures and flavors. The deconstructed dish features lightly cooked tomatoes, burrata and eggplant slices coated in rice flour for a delicate crunch.
Dry rubs made with salt, sugar and spices can add flavor to meat without contributing additional moisture that can interfere with the searing process. A glaze or sauce can be added after cooking to build another layer of flavor.