Healthier Kids Fare Pavilion to Debut at NRA Show 2012


National Restaurant Association helps trade show attendees identify healthful children’s food and beverage options.

The National Restaurant Association is launching a new Healthier Kids Fare pavilion at its 2012 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show to underscore its commitment to helping its members and Show attendees increase healthful children’s options on restaurant menus. This special area of the exhibit floor at the nation’s largest and most comprehensive industry trade show will make it easy for foodservice operators to find a range of healthful food and beverage products to develop delicious and nutritious children’s menus. NRA Show 2012 will be held at its new dates, May 5-8, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.  

“Children’s nutrition is one of the strongest trends we’re seeing in the restaurant industry right now,” said Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. “The success of our new Kids LiveWell program demonstrates that the industry is on the right track when it comes to highlighting nutritious options on menus nationwide. To further support this effort, we created the Healthier Kids Fare pavilion at NRA Show 2012 so that restaurant operators can explore the newest and most innovative food and beverage products related to children’s nutrition on the market today, and continue to expand such options on their menus.”        

Healthier Kids Fare will feature food and beverage manufacturers showcasing nutritious items for kids, including products with limited fats, sugars and sodium, and items that provide essential nutrients.     

In addition, the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program, which launched this summer, features dozens of restaurant companies with thousands of locations nationwide. To participate in the program, restaurants must provide children’s menu items that meet specific and strict nutrition criteria. Kids LiveWell will be featured in the National Restaurant Association booth #6300 at the concourse entrance to the North Hall on the exhibit floor.    

Exhibitors in Healthier Kids Fare do not have to meet the Kids LiveWell criteria, but must feature products that contribute to a healthier diet.   

The annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is the largest single gathering of restaurant, foodservice and lodging professionals. NRA Show 2012 will be held May 5-8, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The event attracts 58,000+ attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 100+ countries, and showcases the latest products, services, innovative ideas, up-to-the-minute information about trends and issues and other growth opportunities than any other industry event. For more information, visit the Show Web site at

National Restaurant Association

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 945,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a work force of nearly 13 million employees. Together with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Association works to lead America’s restaurant industry into a new era of prosperity, prominence, and participation, enhancing the quality of life for all we serve. For more information, visit our Website at

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