John Lawn

Editor-in-Chief / Associate Publisher,
Food Management


John Lawn has served as editor-in-chief /associate publisher of Food Management since 1996. Prior to that, he was founding and chief editor of The Foodservice Distributor magazine, also a Penton Media publication. Arecognized authority on a wide range of foodservice issues, heis a frequent speaker to industry groupsand has been active in a broad range of industry associations for over two decades.

B&I Innovator of the Year: Eaton 
Eaton has demonstrated that service coordination across a facility and enterprise can better leverage wellness and sustainability programs
RFID Technology Provides Another 'Third Shift' Solution 
Combination of radio frequency tags and payment system turns a commercial display refrigerator into a 24-hour, grab-and-go vending platform.
Aramark Names Gary Crompton to Head Healthcare Unit 
Former head of the company's B&I unit will oversee all of the retail and patient foodservices, environmental services and plant operations and maintenance services the company offers to the healthcare segment.
Mass General Refines a Top-Grossing Concept 
After more than 15 years, the high-volume Coffee Central unit was overdue for an upgrade.
Know When It’s Your Time 
As I write my last column as FM’s editor, I find myself thinking back to 1995, when I first assumed this role.
Parental Perception Gaps Key to K-12 Participation Opportunities 
Developing strategies for addressing parental mis-perceptions about school food may be the biggest opportunity K-12 FSDs have to grow their programs and participation rates, says Datassential.
In Praise of the Quantified Selfie 
New personal health management tools are enhacing traditional strategies with interfaces that encourage behavioral modification
FM FYI: Further Readings on Trends Affecting B&I Foodservice in 2014 
Foodservice operators in the business dining segment are seeing the health of their programs improve and their responsibilities widen. They're also keeping a close eye on workplace trends ranging from more sophisticated wellness programs to an increased interest in micro markets.
The Onsite Outlook for 2014 
Onsite segment growth will be some of the best in foodservice, but segment-specific issues will complicate the year ahead.
Outlook 2014: What's Trending in Business Dining 
B&I dining directors increasingly are taking on added roles, often in cooperation with HR departments
Laura Watson, system director of patient support services, Intermountain Healthc
Outlook 2014: What's Trending in Healthcare 
Impacts from the Accountable Care Act, cost management and the importance of top-drawer clinical and retail operations dominate healthcare foodservice operators concerns for 2014.
Outlook 2014: What's Trending at Colleges & Universities  1
Foodservice operators in higher ed are feeling the heat as colleges face up to financial realities.
FM FYI: Further Readings on General Trends Affecting Onsite Foodservice in 2014 
Onsite operators are concerned about a segment spanning range of issues that range from the use of GMO ingredients to the Sysco-US Foods merger. Here are background articles on these and other issues to help you be more informed about them.
FM FYI: Further Reading on Trends Affecting College Foodservice in 2014 
These stories and reports provide more detail on trends described in FM's 2014 Outlook piece for the college and university segment.

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