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Spotlight on produce offerings in K-12 school foodservice

United Fresh releases Fall 2020 Fresh Insights for Foodservice

The Fall 2020 issue of United Fresh’s Fresh Insights for Foodservice is now available. Sponsored by Produce Alliance, this quarterly report highlights on-trend foodservice applications for fresh produce in restaurants, at retail, in meal kits and more.

“The ongoing pandemic continues to create challenges for foodservice operators and supplier partners, and pivoting to meet the evolving needs of consumers is essential,” said Andrew Marshall, Director of Foodservice & Foundation Partnerships, United Fresh. “Produce-centric meals are positioned well to meet consumers’ desires for healthier options, as well as meal solutions for the entire family.”

The Fall 2020 issue provides insights into the latest in-season fall trends, highlighting cranberries and sweet potatoes, two items frequently found on holiday menus. With colder weather on its way, the report spotlights curry, a warming, globally-inspired dishes that can serve as a vehicle for a variety of fresh items. Thinking ahead, the "On the Horizon" section covers the trends that will impact foodservice next spring, with deep dives into blueberries, celery, and fresh fruit tarts. This quarter’s "Chain Report“ explores the latest national account introductions, while the "Kids’ Table" section looks at how cauliflower is being featured on kids' menus.

With Fall being traditionally focused on ‘Back to School’, the "View from Above" section features a report on how K-12 schools have pivoted to continue serving students, whether in-person or remotely. The section features insights from K-12 operators, shining a spotlight on their efforts to continue offering a variety of fresh produce, despite current challenges.

“The leadership of school nutrition professionals during the pandemic has been nothing short of extraordinary,” said Sarah Grady, Manager, U.S. Strategic Supply Chain, McDonald’s Corporation and Chair of the United Fresh Retail-Foodservice Board. “We’re pleased to highlight several K12 operators in the latest issue of Fresh Insights, showcasing their continued commitment to offering fresh fruit and vegetables.” 

To further explore the Fall issue content, the United Fresh Retail-Foodservice Board will host an interactive webinar on Wednesday, December 2 at Noon EST / 9:00 am PT. Registration for the webinar is available here.  

This issue of Fresh Insights for Foodservice is available here and can be downloaded free of charge for United Fresh members.

For for information:
Andrew Marshall
United Fresh Produce Association
Tel: +1 (202) 303-3407 
Email: [email protected]

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