Every Friday, Food Management makes a list of five things you probably missed on the local foodservice news this week and why you should care about them.

Here is your list for the week of January 18th::

  1. USDA Announces New Under Secretary of State for Food & Nutrition Services

The USDA announced that Stacy Dean has been named Assistant Secretary of State for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNCS). She is currently vice president of food policy at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, and led the food team, which publishes regular reports on how federal nutrition programs affect families and communities and develops strategies to improve them. She previously worked as a budget analyst at the Office of Management and Budget, where she worked on policy development, regulation and law review, and budget process and execution for a variety of income support programs.

Continue reading: The Department of Agriculture announced three assistant secretaries for food, rural development, and marketing and regulatory programs

  1. Harvard Law School terminates the contract with Restaurant Associates and brings the food into the house

Harvard Law School is terminating its contract with Restaurant Associates (RA) and moving the management of its food services to Harvard University Dining Services. This means that their 50 employees will become university employees and not face the layoffs of contract workers previously announced by Harvard. Meanwhile, Harvard Medical School also announced it would not lay off 16 contracted restaurant workers, even though they continue to be RA employees.

Continue reading: Harvard Medical School, Law School designed to maintain jobs and pay contract workers

  1. A study shows that US schools have more disc waste than other countries

A study of food waste at a private school in Missouri by an international team of researchers has concluded that American school cafeterias waste more food than other developed countries. The study carried out in the 2018-2019 academic year found that plate waste was between 27% and 53% of the food on offer, compared to 23% in Sweden, between 20% and 29% in Italy and 30% in Spain, based on similar studies in these Countries, according to researcher Christine Costello, assistant professor of agricultural and biotechnology at Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

Continue reading: US school cafeterias waste more food than other developed countries

  1. Aramark announces layoffs at two universities

Aramark has temporarily laid off 433 employees and laid off seven more permanently at East Carolina University (ECU) and 183 employees at Western Washington University (WWU). The COVID pandemic and its impact on the student population on campus have been cited as the reason in both cases, as WWU has announced that most of its spring and summer courses will take place online, while ECU only has 1,900 students on campus, which is why As a result, only one of the two main dining rooms remains to open this semester

Continue reading:: COVID-19: Aramark fires 440 workers in ECU dining rooms and Western Washington University contractor to lay off 183 employees on campus

  1. Compass one of the 10 largest employers in the world

UK contract catering company Compass Group PLC, parent company of Compass Group North America, the largest contract management company in the US according to the FM Top 50is also the eighth largest employer in the world with around 596,400 employees worldwide. Walmart tops the list with around 2.2 million employees.

Continue reading: These are the 10 largest employers in the world

Bonus: Guckenheimer is experimenting with in-home drop-offs

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