Q. What challenges you do see currently facing K-12 foodservice?
Gina Fero: I think the biggest problem is that we don’t know what the new administration’s going to do with current [school lunch] programs. There’s a lot of talk about block grants, which could really negatively affect the program because every state would be running their own program. The new meal pattern is also tough. We need to be feeding the kids food that we know they’ll eat and that’s always a challenge. You need good equipment to be able to do that.
GF: Kids have been to the local malls, universities and stadiums. They have a more sophisticated palate and they know what they like.
Q. Are you seeing more schools do their prep and cooking ahead of time and rethermalizing later?
GF: I see more and more districts creating a few “fast-scratch” signature items, and that sometimes involves rethermalizing and holding. There’s no way that you could make something fresh in 20 minutes for anywhere from 300 up to 800 students.
Q. How can FWE products help K-12 foodservice work more efficiently?
GF: Having a good rethermalizer and good holding cabinet are key to every K-12 operation. It’s essential to get the quality food out. FWE can look at a district’s menu and help fit the right piece of equipment to meet the district’s needs. FWE has the right staff to ensure you’re going to get a quality product.
CELEBRATING & RECOGNIZING OUTSTANDING FWE EMPLOYEES Jason Gregory Earns Award for His Hard Work & Commitment to FWE
Please join us in congratulating Jason Gregory – our newest recipient of the Extra Mile Award!
He was nominated by Arturo Perez. Jason has demonstrated the spirit of the Extra Mile Award by being willing to tackle any challenge put in front of him. He helped us get an assembly line up and running. Jason has served several stints in Inventory Control. In between, he has done Final Assembly, built doors, and done Small Part Assembly in Electrical, just to name a few. Recently Jason has become a proficient operator of the Artos Wire machine.
Keep up the good work, Jason!
About Food Warming Equipment
Food Warming Equipment Company, (FWE) was founded in the 1940s in the suburbs of Chicago, pioneering the “HOT-SERVE” line of Food Warming & Conveying Cabinets and Portable Bars for Pepsi-Cola. The Company incorporated in 1953. FWE offers Low Temperature Cooking – Holding Ovens, Full Line of Heated Serving products and cabinets, Utility Cabinets, Mobile Refrigeration / Freezers, Portable Bars and the “PHTT”…the advanced and Intuitive Climate Control™ technology that automatically maintains the set levels of heat and humidity for short or long term holding. For more information, visit www.FWE.com
The School Nutrition Association ANC 2017 is here and your solutions for essential foodservice equipment have just arrived. This is your opportunity to custom configure, from available accessories, to suit your specific needs at no extra cost to you. CLICK HEREto view more.
If you are attending the 2017 SNA Annual National Conference (ANC) in Atlanta, Georgia this week, please visit us at BOOTH # 1642 and check out our models, on hand, for Essential for School Foodservice.
FREE Accessory Upgrades are now available, for a limited time, on Universal Heated Holding Cabinets and Humidified Holding Cabinets. Take advantage of our Special Offer before it expires on September 30th, 2017. CLICK HERE to view for more details or contact FOOD WARMING EQUIPMENT CO. (FWE)directly to speak with a School Foodservice specialist to see what works best for you.