Long gone are the days of the "freshman 15" from burgers and fries- welcome to the land of Instagram worthy sushi and snacks.
Students also care more than ever about the environment. “Hundreds of colleges have removed trays from their dining halls, allowing students to eat what they can carry. The result has been a 20 to 50 percent reduction in food and beverage waste—great news for the environment.”

Berkeley College boasts the country’s first certified-organic college dining hall. Others manage organic farms on campus, such as Cal Poly, College of Marin (CA), Dartmouth College and Pomona College (CA). Evergreen State College (WA) donates unfinished food to the local food bank, and scraps are composted.
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The biggest trends in college food right now: 

• Breakfast comfort foods reflecting a wide range of cultures, available all day
• More authentic and varied international offerings, especially Mediterranean, Southeast Asian, Korean and Middle Eastern
• Fresh, local and farm-to-table offerings
• Sustainable seafood
• Hot, spicy and more adventurous flavors
• Healthier grab-and-go and late-night options
• Plant-based menus
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The olive harvest has begun in the Mediterranean and Egypt. For three out of the last five years, severe weather has affected olive oil production in the Mediterranean region. Spain, Greece, and Italy have seen a sharp fall in production due to unusually hot, dry conditions. A predicted drop of 14 percent in world output has been forecasted. 

Along with climate conditions, the exchange rate for the Euro is higher than earlier in the year, which has caused overall prices to increase. With the fluctuation of the exchange rate and the late November harvesting of crops, Atalanta is maintaining tight inventory levels.


The summer crop was significantly better than the last two years, with an estimated
1 million tons. The winter crop starts up this month and is expected to be at the same levels as the summer crop, which will result in maintaining fruit prices. 

High nitrate levels continue to be a challenge, but there should be a steady improvement into 2018.  Another issue was the "marbling disease" which is caused by sudden heavy rains followed by extreme heat. This has affected the quality of slices and chunks. Packers hope to catch up with production during the winter harvest.
The exchange rate will play a significant part in pricing for this coming season. The Thai Baht has appreciated by 7%. Packers will need to take this into account to calculate production costs and new offers.   

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