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Cafeteria Trends

The American School Food Service Association (ASFSA) is continually monitoring the school foodservice arena to explore trends, issues and factors impacting its members. As part of these efforts, the Association conducted its third annual survey to track general trends shaping foodservice operations. Check out the results . . .
Bottled and flavored water is the top choice for new beverage introductions. Most respondents serve a wide range of food categories. Mexican foods, Italian foods and low fat foods are served by more than nine of every ten respondents. More choices/larger menus top the list of changes respondents say they plan on implementing in the 2000-2001 school year.
Most respondents plan to commemorate or promote National School Lunch Week (NSLW).
Most respondents say there has been an increase in breakfast and lunch ADP in the past three years. Staff shortages have increased noticeably since the 1999 survey, with a majority of respondents saying this is a significant issue facing their district's foodservice operation. Respondents report serving a median of two lunch entree choices for elementary schools, four choices for middle schools and five choices for high schools.
Pizza tops the list as the most popular lunch entree currently served at lunch. Most respondents plan on introducing new entrees, vegetables, side dishes, desserts and beverages in the 2000-2001 school year.
Wraps/sandwiches are the the most popular new entree planned for the upcoming school year. New chicken/turkey dishes and pizza varieties are also very popular.
Raw vegetables again top the list as the most popular new vegetable introduction.
Cookies are the most popular new dessert item planned for introduction in 2000-2001.