Aramark announced a partnership with famed Chicago restaurateur Charlie Trotter in which Trotter would help create menus for executive dining and catering... Genesis Health Ventures acquired Multi- Care Companies, Inc. for $1.06 billion...and Foodservices Director Dean Wright left Utah State to become the new FSD at BYU.
Greyhound Food Management's Restaura Dining Services introduced a new concept called "American Harvest," that "emphasizes the freshest possible ingredients and healthful preparation methods" ... NACUFS moved its HQ to the campus of Michigan State University...Mary Hitchcock Hospital of Hanover, NH, experimented with a new concept—made-to-order deli sandwiches for patient lunches.
A federal appeals court in Grand Rapids fined group purchasing organization VHA $430,000 for contract terms that required members to buy at least $2,000 worth of supplies per bed each year before rebates were paid...Minuteman Regional School in Lexington, MA, was negotiating with McDonald's Corp. to open a fast food restaurant within the school.
Marriott said "shared services are a viable alternative to the budgetary constraints that confront hospitals" as its inflight kitchens in Newark, New York and Boston airports begin to service area healthcare centers...An FM feature explored America's "Super Kitchens" and investigated whether or not huge central commissaries were worth their expense.
An FM case study found that when residents of a Riverdale, NY, nursing home were allowed to participate in planning and preparing meals, complaints about the food took a sharp downturn. In a guest column, Jerry Berkman of then Cedars of Lebanon Hospital extolled the idea of the one-day, multiselect hospital menu.