Top 10 Stories of 2013

Published in FSD Update

Before you ring in the New Year, take a look back at the stories that caught our readers' attention in the past year. Here are our most popular stories of 2013, as determined by readers.

1. Cedric Junearick: Reluctant Star
As a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Cedric Junearick was most comfortable in the kitchen, preparing meals and planning menus. So in 2011, when the director’s position came open, the chef had a hard decision to make.

2. Fairfax, Va., students unhappy with quality of meals
A survey of students at Fairfax County Public Schools shows that 79% of students strongly disagree with the statement, "I usually like the food served in the cafeteria."

3. Miami schools pilot disposable sugar cane lunch tray
The program is part of the Urban School Food Alliance, which includes five other large districts.

4. Unidine rolls out OHSOGOOD wellness program
Unidine Corp., the Boston-based food management firm that provides foodservice to more than 150 healthcare, senior living and corporate accounts, has introduced a new wellness program called OHSOGOOD.

5. Analysis: Much ado about nothing?
Fast food outlets in hospitals might seem nonsensical, but there’s more to these partnerships than just a menu.

6. School recipe ideas worth stealing
These recipes, ranging from pizza to hummus, will help any school operator or chef looking to spice up the menu. 

7.  What You Need To Know: Sodexo goes “In My Kitchen” for new promotional series
Sodexo’s Brand Management division is bringing celebrity chefs to its clients through a new promotional series called In My Kitchen.

8. Six districts form super alliance for school food purchases, best practices
New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Dallas and Orlando band together to improve quality of items served to students.

9. 2013 LTC/Senior Living Census: Ancillary foodservice locations not popular
Culture change, food trends and meal plans also covered in this year's census.

10. Thirty minutes or less
Operators find valuable revenue streams with minimal investment in meal delivery programs.

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