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Operations

Buying shellfish

Shellfish is a broad term that includes any type of aquatic animal that has a shell of some kind. A few popular names that make their way onto our menus include: crabs, lobster, shrimp and clams.

Operations

Pasta possibilities

"We were losing customers on payday so a couple of years ago we started a pasta bar on Fridays. Now I don't dare remove it," says Mary Kimbrough, dir. of nutrition services at St. Paul and Zale Lipshy Univ. Hospitals in Dallas.

Check out the top 10 beverages, starting with hot chocolate at number 10.

At Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, manager/executive chef Alan DelRosso utilizes a variety of prepared products for patient meals, the cafeteria and catering. And he's not alone: Operators continue to turn to food manufacturers for such products as vacuum-packed, ready-to-cook marinated salmon filets or pre-cooked meat for burritos and tacos.

Move over, soda. Water and other beverages are looking to knock you off your throne as king of the vending machine.

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