Mike Buzalka

Executive Features Editor,
Food Management

Mike Buzalka is executive features editor of Food Management and has served the magazine in this capacity since 1998. Before that, he was executive editor of The Foodservice Distributor magazine. Mike covers news, operations, management and supply chain issues for the magazine. 

High-tech airport concessionaire looking to go public
OTG Experience operates at 10 major airports offering iPad-based concierge services centered around gourmet dining from its own restaurant concepts.
Domestic egg production rebounding, industry says
With supply returning to more normal levels, egg prices are expected to come down in the first quarter of 2016.
Study: USDA regs prompt healthier school meal choices; don't hurt participation 5
Since updated USDA nutrition standards were put in place, K-12 students have been choosing healthier foods.
Teppanyaki grill, wood pizza oven highlight new dining center
A brand new student center complex at California University-Pennsylvania features both upgraded residential dining and new or expanded retail options.
Congress to address child nutrition reauthorization in January
Before then, a number of riders tacked on to a huge omnibus spending bill on its way to passage in Congress may affect school menus, including lessening whole grain and sodium requirements.
UT extends Aramark to 2027
Contract extension calls for investments in dining infrastructure, mandatory minimum meal plan for full-time undergrads at University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Ice cream: There’s an app for that!
An app at Colby College lets students know, in real time, what flavors are being featured at the three dining halls.
Tapingo alliance extends 7-Eleven delivery to college campuses
Arrangement allows students at participating schools access to major c-store chain's inventory, including prepared foods.
TrustHouse adds corrections specialist ABL through acquisition
Deal gives firm some 200 higher ed and corrections accounts, plus aroound $60 million in additional annual revenue.
Chartwells launches comprehensive school garden program
The “eat. learn. live” program designed to help guide educators through the process of successfully developing, growing and sustaining school gardens regardless of space, climate or resources.
NC State first to meet PHA commitment
One of the first Healthier Campus Initiative partners, school has implemented all 23 Partnership for a Healthier America guidelines two years ahead of schedule.
Hospital’s café becomes destination restaurant 
The Lobby Grille inside Montrose Memorial Hospital draws a wide clientele from the area with its food quality and convenient ordering.
Leah Schmidt wins top FAME honor
St. Joseph Schools foodservice director nets 2016 Golden School Foodservice Director of the Year Award in annual competition.
Chinese fruit purchases get district in hot water 1
Sacramento USD purchased canned product significantly cheaper than domestic alternatives, which is now characterized as a "mistake."
Local ranchers beef up K-12 district’s meal program 
No bull. Donations fulfill all of K-12 district's beef needs for the next three years.

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