Hope You Made it to The Georgia Equipment Academy!

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In a normal (non-pandemic) year our industry gears up for school show season. Naturally, we travel from state to state, participating in each state association’s school nutrition conference. Indeed, it involves catching up with industry peers, mingling with customers, and trying to drum up business. But we find that state shows often focus more on food than hardware. Of course, it’s understandable. Food is the largest expenditure for school nutrition operations.

The Georgia Equipment Academy

However, the Georgia Equipment Academy is different. It’s a three-day biannual conference. Notably, it focuses solely on equipment and technology.

Each conference is broken up into categories. Subsequently, presenters conduct five 30-minute sessions over the course of the academy. Twenty or so decision-makers attend each session. Naturally,  we educate about our equipment and perform live demonstrations. Dealers, reps, manufacturers, and the Georgia School Nutrition Association work hand-in-hand to make the conference a unique experience. Honestly, it is one of our best shows. In fact, it provides directors a distraction-free opportunity to learn about technology that can advance their programs.

Winston Foodservice is proud to participate in the Georgia Equipment Academy. Most recently, we debuted our CVap RTV Retherm Oven in the Hoodless Cooking category. Our partners at The Hansen Group continue to support this incredible show. We hope you have the opportunity to participate!

Retherm Oven at the Georgia Equipment Academy

School Nutrition Association’s Equipment Academy

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Unique to Georgia is Their School Nutrition Association’s Equipment Academy

As school nutrition professionals, it’s important for us to stay on top of the trends, standards, and challenges that affect school nutrition. The Georgia School Nutrition Association’s Equipment Academy is one of our GO-TO sources!

The Equipment Academy is unique to Georgia. It takes place in Perry, Georgia during non-NAFEM years. The Equipment Academy like a scaled-downed NAFEM Show with a school foodservice focus. Five equipment dealers are chosen to lead classrooms, and manufacturer’s representatives (similar to brokers) are there to represent the relevant factories. Operators come from all over Georgia to see what innovations they might bring to their districts. These can range from temperature management systems to precision ovens, like Winston’s CVap Cook and Hold Oven, shown here in the CITISCO dealer booth.

The Academy offers two and a half days of intense learning. Making school cafeteria programs more efficient is the goal.

Pictured below (left) are Candice Sisson and Emily Hanlin, School Nutrition Directors in Fannin and Douglas Counties, respectively.

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Pictured above (center) is Winston’s Southern US Regional, Corey Ainsworth. This was his first Equipment Academy, and he loved it!

I love to take a selfies with people I’ve worked with for a while. This is James Camacho of Camacho and Associates. James’ design consultancy builds awesome schools and does great remodels. He came to the Equipment Academy to teach a class on equipment specification for school kitchens. It was great to have him there.

The Equipment Academy would be extremely beneficial for any School Nutrition Association.

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