Centerplate testing gluten-free snack program

Snacksmart product line being rolled out in stadiums, convention centers.

Centerplate is testing a gluten-free snack program in an undisclosed number of the recreation feeding operations it operates.

The experiment coincides with the rollout of a new Snacksmart product line to stadiums, sports arenas, convention centers and other facilities serviced by the Stamford, Conn.-based contract feeder. The array consists of nutrition bars, popcorn, cookies and other packaged snacks bearing brand names a shopper would likely see at Whole Foods or a health food store.

Several are described as organic or all natural, and others promise reduced calorie or fat content.

The same brand names appear in the gluten-free snack line, which Centerplate is marketing as a healthier-for-you choice. At least one product, a bagel, also appears to be targeted at allergy sufferers, with the description noting that it’s dairy, soy and nut free.

Pricing for the gluten-free line was not disclosed.

More From FoodService Director

Managing Your Business
teamwork pack

As summer begins to fade and vacation season comes to a close, it’s time to start thinking about revitalizing staffers’ connections to one another . It’s certainly no secret in the Winsight offices that I’m a bit of a social butterfly, which, in turn, means I’m a rockstar at team building. Can you spot the inter-office activity I haven’t organized from the list below?

• Breakfast Sandwich Fridays: Co-workers rotate responsibility of providing ingredients for customizable sandwiches. Mimosas may have been involved. • “Sound of Music” Soundtrack Singalong Thursdays. The majority of...

Industry News & Opinion
k-12

The School Nutrition Foundation —the School Nutrition Association’s philanthropic sibling—and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign have partnered to launch an initiative called Schools as Nutrition Hubs.

“No Kid Hungry really sees schools as a critical place in the fight against childhood hunger,” says Laura Hatch, director of national partnerships for No Kid Hungry. “Schools are really a no-brainer because they have the infrastructure, they have the experience, it’s a trusted place for families. And being able to maximize their programs and maximize the federal...

Ideas and Innovation
walk-in cooler

The walk-in cooler can serve as a gathering place for more than just produce. When temperatures rise, staff at Empire State South restaurant in Atlanta host meetings in the walk-in and make occasional trips to hang out throughout the day to beat the back-of-house heat.

Menu Development
college students eating

Taste may reign supreme when college students choose their next snack, but operators should also pay attention to factors such as price and portion size. Here are the most important attributes students consider when choosing snacks, according to Technomic’s 2017 College and University Consumer Trend Report .

Taste: 78%

Ability to satisfy my appetite between meals: 67%

Price: 64%

Portion size: 54%

Familiarity: 46%

Overall nutrition value: 40%

Protein content: 36%

All-natural ingredients: 29%

Fiber content: 27%

...

FSD Resources