Fry Days If your school nutrition team is looking to add a sweet but healthier French fry option to menus, consider Simplot Sweets® Sweet Potato Fries. The company has added three new cuts to the product line: Gems, Shoestrings and Slims Skin-on. The Gems are formed, bite-sized sweet potatoes, the Shoestrings are 1⁄4-in. and the Slims Skin-on are 3⁄16 x 3⁄8-in. sweet potatoes with potato skin. Simplot Sweets, which contain vitamin A and are trans-fat free, are available in six cuts and can be prepared baked or fried. To get more information, visit www.simplotfoods.com/sweets or call (800) 572-7783. Serious About Cereal Ralston Foods, manufacturer of ready-to-eat and hot breakfast cereals for the foodservice market, announces a partnership with Dots Foods for the delivery of cereal products to its foodservice distributors. Ralston’s full line of cereals is now available without minimum order quantity limitations. This can be helpful to smaller school nutrition operations. To find out more about Ralston’s product line, visit www.ralstonfoodservice.com. Rainbow of Options Clear Springs Foods can help add something different to your school menu with its Rainbow Trout Burger. The burgers are made with 100% farm-raised rainbow trout and seasoned with jalapeños, lime juice, parsley, garlic, cilantro and chives and topped off with Monterey Jack cheese. If you are looking to try a new protein option, the rainbow trout burgers are a good source of protein and rich in omega-3s. They are gluten-free and can be grilled or baked. To get more information and discover recipe ideas, visit www.clearsprings.com or call (800) 635-8211. Variety Rules Providing school nutrition programs with an even wider variety of quality food products, JTM Food Group and Culinary Standards have joined forces. Together, the companies are producing nutritious “kettle” items that allow school nutrition operators to create different menu options, such as Taco Filling, Sloppy Joe with Beef, Baked Ziti, Turkey Stew, Seasoned Pork Roast and Seasoned Cooked Beef Tips. For more information about the products offered through JTM Food Group and Culinary Standards, visit www.jtmfoodgroup.com or call (800) 626-2308. Get Crackin’! New from the Foodservice Division of Snyder’s-Lance is its 51% Whole Grain Saltines. The crackers, like all Snyder’s- and Lance-branded products, contain no high-fructose corn syrup. Also available from the company are Breadsticks, Wheat Twins and Crushed Saltines, among other offerings. To learn more, visit www.snyderslance.com or call (800) 233-7125, ext. 25696. Greek to Me Yoplait® Greek Yogurt varieties are now available to school nutrition operations from General Mills Foodservice. Each 6-oz. cup of yogurt contains at least 12 grams of protein and zero grams of fat and is gluten-free. Yoplait Greek Yogurt is available in four flavors: Strawberry, Blueberry, Honey Vanilla and Plain. To find out more, visit www.generalmillsfoodservice.com. Dare to Prepare School nutrition operators interested in a new food preparation tool can look into the CL50E Vegetable Preparation Food Processor from Robot Coupe. The CL50E is a continuous feed unit designed to slice, dice, shred, grate, French fry and julienne in a variety of sizes. Featuring two hoppers, the large feed can hold a half head of cabbage or lettuce or 10 whole tomatoes. The unit comes with 39 different processing discs, including a new potato ricing attachment that can produce up to 20 pounds of mashed potatoes quickly. To find out whether the CL50E is a good fit for your operation, visit www.robotcoupeusa.com or call (800) 824-1646. Countertop Effect New to the Vollrath® countertop cooking line is the Cayenne® Heavy-Duty Thermostatic Griddle. The welded steel griddle is a polished 1-in. thick plate that provides even heat distribution and retention while reducing grease that can become trapped during cooking. The embedded thermostatic probe is positioned 3⁄16-in. from the cooking surface, allowing the operator’s settings to maintain a consistent surface temperature for continuous use. The griddle features stainless steel burners and a durable all-stainless exterior to help prevent corrosion. The Vollrath Heavy Duty Thermostatic Griddle is offered in five sizes from 24 inches to 72 inches. To learn more about Vollrath griddles, visit www.vollrathco.com. Motion for Snacks Welch’s Fruit Snacks and Sunny Fruits Fruit Snacks are available to school nutrition professionals from Promotion in Motion®. Both product lines are fat-free and offer 100% of the daily value of vitamin C. Welch’s Fruit Snacks are made with real fruit and are available in nine varieties, including White Grape Peach, Tangy Fruits and Reduced Sugar Mixed Fruit. Sunny Fruits Fruit Snacks are made with 1⁄4 cup of real fruit per 1.5-oz. pouch and are a good source of fiber. Find out more about Promotions in Motion offerings at www.promotioninmotion.com/school-food-service or call (440) 572-5188. Smooth Operators Cool fruit smoothies can bring both nutrition and enjoyment to students in summer school feeding programs. Consider adding Monin Gourmet Flavorings Fruit Smoothie Mixes to summer school menus. The pre-sweetened mixes are made with real fruit. The 46-oz. resealable aseptic containers have a 12-month shelf life without the need for refrigeration. The smoothie mix flavors—Mango, Peach, Wildberry, Strawberry and Strawberry Banana— can be enjoyed in a single mix or combined with another Monin syrup flavor. To learn more, visit www.monin.com or call (800) 966-5225. Raising the Bar Granola Gourmet’s 4Real™ Ultimate Energy Bars are low-glycemic energy granola bars that can be marketed, in particular, to student athletes, diabetic students or any student with glycemic concerns— while being enjoyed by all customers. The 4Real bars are made with whole grains and are available in Ultimate Berry, Mocha Fudge, Fudge Brownie and Cran-Orange varieties. Each bar is individually wrapped for grab ‘n’ go convenience. To learn more about how to get 4Real bars into your program, visit www.granolagourmet.com or call (888) 447-1249. Pizza Perfection Offer your students a healthier version of one of their favorite foods with pizzeria-style products from Giorgio Foods. The company’s pizzas are made with whole-grain wheat crusts and include toppings such as turkey pepperoni that contain reduced levels of fat and sodium compared to traditional pizza toppings. For more information, call (800) 330-5705 or visit www.giorgiofoods.com. Heat of the Moment Carter-Hoffmann’s line of hotLOGIX products features ENERGY STAR®-certified heated holding cabinets whose carefully controlled holding conditions lock in fresh flavor. Among the available product options are insulated, stainless steel, heated, humidified holding cabinets; heated, humidified pizza holding cabinets; and insulated aluminum heater proofers. The heated, humidified cabinets are designed to hold moisture-sensitive foods, such as pasta, vegetables, sauces, burgers and chicken. Call (800) 323-9793 or visit www.carter-hoffmann.com for more product line information. A Hold on Efficiency School nutrition professionals seeking new oven options can consider Vulcan’s Cook & Hold line. These ovens use gently recirculated heated air that moves uniformly and consistently around meats, seafood, poultry, vegetables and more. Vulcan’s Cook & Hold ovens are designed to operate at a lower temperature compared to standard or convection ovens, while still cooking thoroughly. The ovens are designed with a stainless steel interior and exterior for durability and longevity. Find out more by visiting www.vulcanequipment.com/Vulcan/products/k12 or calling (800) 814-2028. Grains on the Go J.S.B. Industries presents a line of Smart Choice grab ’n’ go whole-grain baked goods. Smart Choice Muffins, Muffin Tops and Snack’N Loaves are 30-10-30 compliant and meet the nutrition criteria for the HealthierUS School Challenge. Muffins and Muffin Tops are available in Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Blueberry, Apple Cinnamon and Banana flavors. Snack’N Loaves can be ordered in Blueberry, Apple Cinnamon, Chocolate Chip and Banana flavors. Additional details can be found at www.muffintown.com or by calling (877) 683-3461. Correction In April’s On the Market column, an “A Closer Look at” item about Pinnacle Food Service’s Lender’s® White Whole Grain Bagels included incorrect contact information for more product details. To learn more about the product, readers should call Joe Saporito at (856) 969-7135, visit http://foodservice.pinnaclefoods.com or contact your Pinnacle Food Service sales representative. School Nutrition regrets the error. A Closer Look at… Educational Books Brainfood Garden creates and publishes children’s books that highlight the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables while entertaining students with bright pictures and fun rhymes. The company hopes to “plant the seeds in children that…will ultimately grow into healthy choices and habits.” There are four books currently available. In Broccoli Brad Goes Completely Mad (also available in Spanish), a chef and his friends convince a disgruntled stalk of broccoli that eating broccoli can be fun. The Pirate’s Parrot Stole the King’s Carrot features a hero chef and his magic-collared dog who teach a thieving pirate to grow his carrots instead of taking them. Nate’s Big Hair and the Grapefruit in There and Fred the Fish and the Squash That Goes Squish also teach lessons about the healthy rewards of eating produce. Free lesson plans are available on the Brainfood Garden website. To learn more about how to get these books for your school nutrition program, visit www.brainfoodgarden.com or call (310) 606-1493.
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