Focus Group Members Connect to Discuss Solicitation Process

A little over a week ago, the first official focus group meeting took place. Focus Group Schools agreeing to participate in the focus group gathered on a conference call. While the service cooperatives’ got the group up to speed on what the cooperatives’ have been doing over the summer, there was great discussion in regards … Read more

Provide Your Input through Participation

Join the Focus Groups…Be a Pinnacle Part of the Solicitation Process Many of you might wonder what the roles, duties, and responsibilities of the focus groups are when it comes to the solicitation process. Focus groups are composed of school personnel who are wanting to provide feedback on the solicitation process, assist in developing the … Read more

Cooperative Hosts In-Person Distributor Meeting

Cooperative Provides Free and Open Competition to All Distributors Mid-day Thursday, August 1, 2017, nine (9) major players in the K-12 food service industry entered the doors of Lakes Country Service Cooperative to learn more about the food service program, its members, and the upcoming solicitation process it will be conducting with its committed school … Read more

Is Your School Meeting Buy American Guidelines?

Did you know that all School Food Authorities (SFAs) who participate in the National School Lunch (NLSP) or School Breakfast Programs (SBP) are required to purchase, to the maximum extent practicable, domestic commodities or products according to 7 CFR Part 210.21(d) ? The USDA defines a domestic commodity as either being produced in the United States (i.e. … Read more

Cooperative Continues Outreach to South Dakota

Great conversations at the South Dakota SNA Conference The Southwest West Central Service Cooperative attended the South Dakota SNA Conference held in Watertown, South Dakota last week.  While the hot topic of the season continues to be proper and competitive procurement, SWWC offered up tips and an  overview of the upcoming solicitation process to all attendees.  … Read more

Behind the Scenes of Your Food Service Program

Do you know the difference? Many people don’t know the difference between a manufacturer, a broker and a distributor when it comes to K-12 foodservice.  Sitting down with 20 different manufacturers and brokers these past few weeks reinforced the valuable resources that these companies and representatives hold when it comes to K-12 foodservice.  As I … Read more

CPC Begins Outreach to Food Brokers and Manufacturers

Come mid-July, CPC will begin its outreach to food brokers and manufacturers.  Meetings will consist of learning more about one another, including product lines, how they work with current distributors, new products entering the K-12 market and how the cooperative assists its participating school districts in conducting the food and distribution solicitation. With over a … Read more

Ready to Get on Board?

With last weeks webinars, the Cooperative Purchasing Connection is asking School Food Authorities (SFAs) to band together and join the food solicitation process by signing a Letter of Commitment to participate in the food service and distribution programs for school food nutrition.  Other programs and soliciations will include ware wash (e.g. chemicals, soaps, sanitizers) and small wares (e.g. pots, … Read more