A Closer Look at… Convertible Table Units Does your school use the cafeteria for various purposes other than breakfast and lunch service? SICO America, Inc., ConverTables can serve multiple needs with a school’s financial bottom line in mind. The ConverTable is a three-in-one seating bench that can be packed away easily when open space is needed. If a demonstration or video is being presented, the seats can be set for bench-style sitting. If a test or a seminar is held in the cafeteria, the bench seats can transform into tabletop seating. (Both the bench and tabletops allow students in wheelchairs to sit with their peers.) Need your cafeteria-style tables back? Push the tabletop seats together. Repositioning the length of the table’s caster beam allows for more tables in a smaller space and easier access in and out of aisles. The ConverTables come with a 15-year warranty on components and a lifetime warranty on welds. To learn more about SICO’s line of multi-function seating, visit www.sicoinc.com or call (877) 629-6032. Just in Time Globe Food Equipment has added a new electronic digital timer on its SP62P 60-qt. pizza and SP80PL 80-qt. mixers. The new digital control allows the operator to select a precise mixing time. Operators can record and save mixing times for future batches. Both the SP62P and the SP80PL come with a heavy-duty stainless steel bowl, spiral dough hook and bowl truck, and the SP80PL also includes a flat beater and wire whip. Both models also feature an automatic safety shut-off function. For more information, visit www.msglobe.com or call (937) 299-5493. Main Squeeze Squeezable Fruit Tubes from Del Monte® are now available in a larger size: 2.2-oz., which provides one serving of fruit per tube. Offered along with the original flavor, Strawberry, a new Mixed Berry Flavor features strawberry, blueberry and raspberry purées. This healthy grab ‘n’ go snack can be chilled or frozen and is a good source of vitamin C. School nutrition operations can earn up to $500 with a rebate offer on the Squeezable Fruit Tubes, through June 15, 2012. Visit www.delmontefoods.com/foodservice, or call (800) 463-8932 for details. Ethnic Excitement Nueva Cocina presents a line of all-natural Latin foods that are said to be lower in sodium than many conventional offerings. The products also are gluten-free and contain no saturated or trans fats or artificial colors. Operators also can choose from Mexican Rice Mix, Red Beans & Rice, Latin Lentil Soup, Black Bean Soup and ground beef and taco seasonings. For more information, visit http://nuevacocina.com or call (305) 891-9900. Chips Ahoy Popchips are a different kind of potato chip—the product is neither fried nor baked. Heat and pressure produced during the creation process result in an all-natural snack that is healthier than typical potato chips. Popchips contain less than half the fat of fried chips and come in Original Potato, Barbeque Potato, Sour Cream and Onion Potato, Cheddar Potato, Salt and Pepper Potato, Sea Salt and Vinegar Potato and Parmesan Garlic Potato varieties. For more information, visit www.popchips.com or call (866) 217-9327. Scoop up the Savings Through June 30, 2012, Dole Food Company offers school nutrition operators a variety of incentives to purchase from its product line of fruits and vegetables. Among the offers are a year-long direct rebate, up to $500 in savings on case purchases and frozen and packaged fruit trial coupons (available to those making first-time orders of a minimum of two cases). To learn more about Dole’s products or savings programs, visit www.dolefoodservice.com or call (800) 723-9868. EXCELlent Option School nutrition operators can offer students new blends of sweet potatoes using Potato Pearls® EXCEL® Sweet Potato Mashed from Basic American Foods. The product is a blend of sweet potato and white russet potato. It is available in a 20-oz. pouch, can be prepared quickly, contains 100% of the daily value of vitamin A and is a good source of fiber. To learn more, visit www.baf.com or call (800) 722-2084. Fruity Fun The Luigi’s Sherbet product line from J&J Snack Foods features eight varieties: Raspberry, Mango, Lemon, Orange, Chocolate, Lime, Grape and Rainbow. Each 4-oz. cup contains 100% vitamin C and no trans fat. Also available from J&J Snack Foods are Whole Fruit Premium Frozen 100% Juice Cups. Featuring Wild Cherry, Orange Pineapple, Strawberry Pomegranate, Watermelon, Orange Pineapple & Cherry Swirl and Mixed Berry & Lemon Swirl flavors, each is student-approved and contains 100% juice and no added sugar. For more information on these and other products from J&J Snack Foods, visit www.jjsnackfoodservice.com or call (888) 557-6225. The Incredible Bulk Help keep whole grains a regular source of nutrition in your school meals operation with bulk cereals from General Mills. General Mills Big G cereals are all whole grain and offered in bulk sizes. conducted the Whole Grain Check Up study to better understand individual attitudes regarding whole grains and found that 81% of respondents linked whole grains with breakfast menus. Every Big G cereal contains at least 8 grams of whole grains per serving. Brands available to school nutrition operations include Cheerios®, Kix®, Golden Grahams®, Chex® and Wheaties®. To learn more, visit www.generalmillsfoodservice.com or call (800) 882-5252. Do the Mash Revolution Foods has expanded its Mashups™ squeezable fruit snacks line with vegetable and fruit combinations. Mashups Fruit and Veggie smoothies, which are certified USDA organic, are blends of 100% real fruit and vegetable purées in an on-the-go pouch that requires no spoon or fork. Students can simply twist off the cap, squeeze and eat. Mashups can be enjoyed chilled, but do not require refrigeration. Available flavors are Carroty Chop, Blueberry Blitz and Beetbox Berry. Revolution Foods provides healthy meals and nutrition education to schools across the country. Learn more at www.revolutionfoods.com. Green Guide The Organic School Project offers its Grow Teach Feed Collection as a curriculum to inspire healthier lifestyles in schools. Tailored toward school nutrition professionals, as well as parents and teachers, the curriculum includes content on beginning a school garden, conducting nutrition education activities and preparing healthy recipes. For more information, visit www.organicschool project.org or call (312) 492-8800. To order one or more copies of the curriculum or individual volumes, contact email@example.com. Top of the Pops Popcorn, Indiana o ffers multiple healthy snack alternatives for your students, including Original Kettlecorn and Touch of Sea Salt Popcorn, which qualify as wholegrain snacks. Also available are the company’s chip’ins®-brand popcorn chips, which come in Sea Salt, Jalapeño Ranch, Hot Buffalo Wing and White Cheddar varieties. All the products are glutenfree. To learn more, call (800) 707-4444 or visit www.popcornindiana.com. Energy Savers Manitowoc Foodservice manufactures ENERGY STAR®- rated equipment in multiple categories, including, but not limited to, dishwashers, solid-door refrigerators, steam cookers, griddles, hot-holding food cabinets and ovens. Among the brands of ENERGY STAR products that the company carries are Cleveland, Delfield, Garland and Manitowoc Beverage Service. Manitowoc Foodservice received designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2011 for the second consecutive year. To learn more, visit www.manitowocfsusa.com or call (877) 375-9300.
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