The School Nutrition Association show is a great opportunity to provide education to school foodservice users of pears, said Cristie Mather, director of communications for USA Pears, Milwaukie, Ore.
“Over the past two years we have collected over 300 new foodservice contacts that we keep in contact with throughout the year,” she said. At the expo booth, Pear Bureau staff demonstrated pear merchandising practices. Mather said top-performing schools put whole pears or sliced pears in the salad bar and serve them with complimentary items like yogurt, cheese or nut butter, raisins and sunflower seeds.
Next year’s School Nutrition Association show is in Boston. Hattersley said the traffic at the Kansas City show warrants a return for Taylor Farms.
“We will definitely be back,” she said.