All posts by Ryan Robichaud

Key Account Manager - Foodservice Industry

Product Information and the Impact on Childhood Nutrition

1WorldSync’s Foodservice Key Account Manager, Ryan Robichaud discusses the importance of product information and the impact on Childhood Nutrition with Leslie R. Otts, MS, RD, LDN, SNS – Region 1 Nutrition Specialist with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).

1WorldSync: What are the expectations you’re encountering for accurate nutritional information from school nurses, parents, physicians, students, and healthcare professionals?

Leslie: School nurses contact school nutrition directors to determine the allergens in food. These may be the top eight allergens that cause 90% of the allergic reactions that could even lead to a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction or an ingredient that is less common, yet may still cause an allergic reaction. We have had to search through hundreds of ingredients labels for those common eight, but also for yellow dye, red dye, pineapple, strawberries and many more. Nurses are often asking for grams of carbohydrate in food items. With the increase of juvenile diabetes there is a high demand for very accurate carbohydrate counts.

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Don’t Put the Accuracy “Cart” Ahead of the Completeness “Horse”

Throughout time, grandiose aspirations have seemingly convoluted processes and procedures.  What exactly do I mean by this? The Foodservice Industry has been struggling with this balancing act for a number of years now. The balance between reaching an Ultimate Goal vs. Ability to Execute towards that goal. That balancing act has never been more tested than with the concept of Data Quality. On a daily basis, I’m constantly having conversations with some of the largest Foodservice manufacturers and they all have the same aspirations around Data Quality: be Complete (be seen as 100% “phase 2” attribute requirements across their entire product offerings) and Accurate (provide the most accurate product information as possible).

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