The Nourish to Flourish Database Brings GDSN® to a Broken K-12 Supply Chain

The game has changed for planning school meals.  Supply chain issues are front and center now more than ever.  It’s one reason why operators are moving to a new paradigm that is anchored in industry standards.  The core of the system is the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN).  While GDSN “raw data” as published is standardized, it is not user friendly for many of the purposes that K-12 Operators care most about. Critical product attributes including variable portion and pack sizing and scaling, meal pattern credit, nutrients, allergens, USDA Foods content, country or state of origin and potentially unacceptable ingredients are not easily accessible.

In 2017, at the Nourish to Flourish industry summit, work began on a collaborative effort known as the K-12 Data Sharing & Analytics Initiative.  K-12 stakeholders formed a community of Suppliers, Distributors, Operators, and Government Agencies adopting GDSN to standardize product data ​ focused on the key attributes that operators require.  GDSN Connect was created for operators to access the Nourish to Flourish Database, a singular, unified data warehouse with over 185,000 GDSN published product specifications and thousands of non-branded “generic” foods.

inTEAM’s founders literally wrote the book on managing Child Nutrition Programs, issuing the 1st edition in 1974.

Fast forward to today and inTEAM has adapted our founder’s guiding principles into the digital age:

  • Menu Planning Drives Everything
  • Standards and Training are Essential
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Drive decisions

The GDSN Connect application provides Operators easy access to up to date, accurate, and comprehensive product specifications for over 185,000 K-12 items ​in a single industry wide database:

  • Easy Setup Wizard
  • Fixed format Data Export to Other Applications
  • “Week of Review” Product/ Recipe Specifications Report
  • Electronic Procurement Specifications for Approved Products and Identified “Or Equal” Equivalents 

CN Central is a set of technology tools to leverage and re-purpose basic menu planning data to drive other applications:

  • Menu Planning & Production Records
  • Just-in-Time Purchasing/Inventory Management
  • Meal Counting/POS
  • Mobile Pre-Ordering

Choosi allows students to pre-order and customize their meals for pick-up in the cafeteria or anywhere on campus:

  • Drive Student Participation & Increase Revenue
  • Easily import your schools existing menu directly into the app
  • Reduce Food Waste with Pre-Ordered Meals
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inTEAM’s catalog of courses meet 100% of the USDA Professional Standards requirements for Directors, Managers and Cashiers:

  • USDA Compliant Reporting
  • Custom Learning Paths for Corrective Action
  • Transcripts, Learner Certificates and More