ConAgra Seeks School Lunch Edge with Healthier Pizza Quesadilla

According to a report on Omaha.com, “ConAgra Foods Inc. is testing a pizza dish for schools made without partially hydrogenated oil and may expand the product nationally in response to demand for healthier student lunches, according to a company executive.”

“The company sold its Max Whole Grain Pizza Quesadilla to a U.S. school district and will sell it to more by year’s end, said Chris Meinerding, ConAgra’s school food-service marketing director. She declined to identify the district. Partially hydrogenated oil contains trans fat, which has been implicated in heart disease, according to the American Heart Association. ConAgra, also the maker of Egg Beaters and Healthy Choice frozen dinners, is addressing calls for more whole grains and no trans fats in the 31 million lunches served daily on average at public schools. Industrywide sales of food sold to U.S. schools will rise this year, while the recession cuts revenue in other areas of food service, according to Technomic Inc.,” the story said.