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What Everyone Ought to Know About Bid Cycles and Forecasts

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November 1, 2023

In this discussion, we will share strategies regarding the timing of your commodity bid, how to properly forecast your upcoming use and discover how to navigate mid-year menu changes.

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Learning Objectives
  • Attendees will interpret current bid practices and learn how to transform their bid schedule to align with the seasonality of commodity allocations.
  • Attendees will learn how to streamline their current projection and forecasting methods into their annual menu plan.
  • Attendees will learn how to adjust due to menu fatigue, declining ADP, etc.

Earning CEUs
SNA CEUs: 1.0

Key Area 2000: Operations
Key Topic 2400: Purchasing/Procurement
Sub Topic 2430: USDA Foods/DOD/Diverted Foods

In partnership with:


  • Della Collins, SNS

    Regional Sales Manager, International Food Solutions

    Passionate about nourishing minds and bodies through delicious and nutritious meals. Della Collins, with extensive knowledge of school food service operations, is here to revolutionize the way students eat. With over a decade of experience in menu planning, culinary training, and food safety compliance, Della is now a Regional Sales Manager dedicated to spreading her knowledge across her region in the Northeast. With her culinary degree and business acumen as guiding forces, Della is on a mission to ensure that every student receives the nourishment they need for success, without sacrificing taste! Join her in this journey towards serving delicious school meals one bite at a time!

  • Shannon Solomon, MS, SNS

    Nutrition Services Director
    Aurora Public Schools Nutrition Services
    Aurora, CO

November 1, 2023
Wed 3:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 15M

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