Get in Line Galley Line presents its series of dual-temperature buffet/salad bar units. These feature both hot wells that maintain foods safely at 165°F— and are said to use half the electricity of competitors’ products—and cold wells that maintain foods safely at under 45°F temperatures and produce a 3-in. “cold air blanket” to keep cold temperatures at optimal levels. Other features include stainless steel countertops, concealed locking casters, a breath guard, lift-up safety glass and a fold-down plate rest. School nutrition operators do not need to preheat or drain the wells prior to or following service. For more information, call (561) 748-5200 or visit www.saladbars.com. Go for the Grains Indian Harvest offers multiple varieties of grains, beans and legumes for school nutrition operators. Among them is Red Jasmine Rice, a long-grain rice variety with red bran that is designed to pair well with beef, pork, chicken, soups and stews. Also try Tri-Color Quinoa, a medley of white, red and black glutenfree whole grains that can be prepared in 15 minutes or less. In addition, the company offers black garbanzo beans, which double in size when cooking and contain high quantities of carbohydrates, protein and fiber, as well as Greenwheat Freekeh™, a nutritious whole grain. (Freekeh refers to a process in which the grains are harvested while still young, green and soft, then roasted.) For more information on these and other products, visit www.indianharvest.com or call (800) 346-7032. Potato Promotion Idahoan Foods invites foodservice operators to try the company’s mashed potato products and compare them to their current brands for free. Throughout 2012, operators can visit www.cuttasteandtell.com to register for a free kit that will enable their participation in the Cut, Taste & Tell Challenge. After operators perform their taste comparisons, they can revisit the website to leave their comments. They then will receive a special rebate from Idahoan. To learn more about the company’s product line, visit www.idahoan.com. Go the Distance MARATHON® Smart Stuff™ bars are a new healthy snacking option for students from MARS Foodservices. Available in four flavors—Crunchy Multi-Grain, Crunchy Chocolate Chip, Crunchy Honey Graham and Crunchy Trail Mix—the bars contain 140 calories or less per serving. They are a good source of calcium and vitamin C and meet Alliance for a Healthy Generation guidelines. For more product information, visit www.marsfoodservices.com or call (800) 432-2331. School Solutions New to Metro’s product line is the Super Erecta Pro®, a shelving solution that features removable polymer shelf mats that can be cleaned by hand or in a dish machine. The product is said to withstand up to 800 pounds per shelf. The company also offers the C5, 9, 8 and 6 Series of insulated holding cabinets, which have been redesigned to use 24% less energy than previous models. The cabinets allow for the transport of hot food from a central kitchen to satellite locations. To find out more, call (800) 992-1776 or visit www.metro.com. Talkin’ Turkey New from Perdue® Foodservice is a line of Lower Sodium Turkey products, including Sandwich Builders® Sliced Smoked Turkey Breast. Items from this line are said to contain 30% less sodium than other products on the market. Use them to create entrées, sandwiches and salads. For more details, visit www.perduefoodservice.com or call (888) 737-3832. Environmental Champions Champion® Industries introduces its Heat Recovery Rack Conveyor option, which is compatible with the company’s highvolume rack machines. The new option is designed to provide energy efficiency and savings. It captures and transfers existing heat to incoming water; incoming cold water is then preheated as it passes through the heat recovery coil. Also available from Champion is the EnviroPure Solution System, a food waste decomposition system that breaks down up to 800 pounds of food waste per day. The system uses natural biological decomposition processes that are accelerated through the use of BioMix, an all-natural, nontoxic, biodegradable additive. To learn more, call (800) 532-8591 or visit www.championindustries.com. Potato Power On the hunt for an entertaining and educational activity for your youngest students? The United States Potato Board offers the Potato Party coloring book. The free coloring book, which is available online in English and Spanish, can be downloaded in book form or as full-page 11x17-in. spreads to be used as placemats. In addition to illustrations, the book includes kidfriendly recipes (such as Purple Potato Casserole and Potato Fingers) and information about potato types and nutrition. For more information and to download the coloring book, visit www.potatogoodness.com/Kids. Time to Get Dressed Looking for ways to perk up your students’ salad options? Foothill Farms offers its Ranch Salad Dressing Mix. When paired with other ingredients, the mix can be used to create signature salad dressing varieties such as Cilantro Lime Ranch, Roasted Garlic Peppercorn Ranch and Thai Ranch. For more information or to review salad dressing recipes, visit www.precisionfoods.com/foodservice or call (800) 442-5242, ext. 227. Where There’s Smoke The new CHSK Series of cook-and-hold ovens from FWE (Food Warming Equipment) features a brandnew, two-stage “smoker” feature. The “light” stage is a 15-minute smoke, while the “standard” stage is a one- to two-hour smoke. The oven series also features a menu lock-out, allowing operators to enter pre-sets into an oven and lock it, ensuring that they use the predetermined properties. For more information, call (800) 222-4393 or visit www.fwe.com. Master Your Kitchen New from Master-Bilt® is its line of Bottom Mount Open Air Display Merchandisers for grab ‘n’ go items. The merchandisers feature 17-in. deep shelving components. The Bottom Mount Open Air models include lighted, adjustable, two-position shelves. Also available from Master-Bilt are Chef Bases, storage units designed to hold cooking equipment, as well as refrigerated items; each unit has wheels to maximize available space. All drawers can accommodate 4x12x20-in. pans. For more details, visit www.master-bilt.com or call (800) 647-1284. Can’t Beat the Wheat Kraft Foods has added Sundried Tomato and Basil Wheat Thins to its lineup of snack products available for vending machines. The baked cracker snacks can help school nutrition operators add more flavorful wholegrain options not only to vending service but also to their a la carte lines or afterschool snack menus. The crackers are packed with 17 grams of whole grains per serving and come in vendready bags. For more information on how to get Sundried Tomato and Basil Wheat Thins in your operation, visit www.kraftfoodscompany.com. Super Bowl If your team isn’t sure whether to invest in a salad bar, but is still interested in providing salad options to students, then consider Ready Pac Foods Bistro® Bowl salad line. Ready Pac has added three new varieties to the line: Asian Style, Caesar Lite and Mediterranean. The individually packaged single-serve bowls conveniently include dressing and a fork. In addition to the three new varieties, Ready Pac’s salad bowl line also includes Cranberry Walnut, Turkey and Bacon Cobb, Chef, Chicken Caesar, Italiano, Santa Fe Style Caesar, Smokehouse BBQ and Spinach Dijon. All varieties have fewer than 300 calories each. To find out more information, visit www.readypac.com. Hip, Hip… Hooray Bars by Tofutti Brands are frozen dessert bars on a stick, sweetened with all-natural, zero-calorie stevia. As with all Tofutti Brands premium frozen desserts, Hooray Bars are soy-based and dairy-free. The bars were created to appeal to those individuals who are diabetic, lactose-intolerant and/or vegan. The bars have a creamy, rich vanilla center and are covered in chocolate with a crispy brown rice crunch. To learn more about how to get Tofutti gluten-free treats for your school meals program, visit www.tofutti.com. Petite Treats When you’re looking for a dessert to serve your student customers, minisized Otis Spunkmeyer® Cookies are a portioncontrolled option. The small cookies are available in the company’s Supreme Indulgence® line in a 0.7-oz. size and its Sweet Discovery® line in a 0.75-oz. size. Flavors include Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Raspberry Cheesecake and Belgian Chocolate Chunk. Otis Spunkmeyer also offers Bake-Up Brownies, frozen brownie nuggets that are pre-portioned and ready for baking. They are available in Arriba Chocolate and Chocolate Walnut varieties. The 3-oz. Arriba Chocolate brownies come 104 to a case, and the 3.2-oz. Chocolate Walnut brownies come 96 to a case. To learn more, visit www.spunkmeyer.com or call (888) 275-6847. Come Sea About Gluten-free American Pride Seafoods offers several gluten-free products to school nutrition operations, including Blackened Seafood, Roasted Garlic & Sea Salt Tilapia and Bacon Wrapped Seafood. Each variety was developed to ensure that the gluten-free factor does not curb the flavorful taste of the seafood. The products can be cooked without thawing. For more information, visit www.americanprideseafoods.com or call (800) 343-0846. Hold It Inline Plastics Corp. announces its line of tamper-resistant grab ‘n’ go 12-oz. snack cups. The crystal-clear cups are designed to open and close easily and are available with flat or dome lids. School nutrition operators can use these cups for fresh fruits and vegetables, yogurt, parfaits and various snack items. The new containers, which are part of the company’s Safe-T-Fresh® line, are manufactured from 100% recyclable material. For more information, call (800) 826-5567 or visit www.inlineplastics.com. Freedom for All Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods offers a free booklet, The Food Service Companion for Gluten Freedom, to foodservice operators. The booklet is an educational resource guide for creating a safe, gluten-free kitchen, with tips on avoiding cross-contact, advice on safely selecting foods and ingredients, advice on gluten-free storage and preparations and tips for safe gluten-free baking. The booklet also comes with a fold-out “Kitchen Assistant” poster, which can be helpful for ongoing reference. To request a copy, visit www.bobsredmill.com or call (800) 349-2173. Water Works WAT-AAH!, described as a functional water choice for kids and teens, is available to school nutrition operations looking for a healthier alternative to soda and other caloriefilled beverages. Beverages in the product line contain no sugar or calories and are BPA-free. WAT-AAH! is available in the following varieties: Body (contains no sodium), Brain (contains kid-friendly electrolytes), Power (contains magnesium), Energy (contains oxygen) and Z (contains zinc to boost the immune system). Body and Brain are now available in 10-oz. sizes. To learn more, call (866) 928-2241 or visit www.wat-aah.com. Dairy Good Just in time for the new school year, Borden Foodservice introduces its reduced-sugar milk line. The new products have 110 calories, 18 g of sugars and 180 mg of sodium or less per 8-oz. serving and contain essential nutrients for your students’ health, including calcium, protein, vitamin A and potassium, while containing no high fructose corn syrup. The reduced-sugar milks are available in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla flavors and come in 8- and 11-oz. bottles and 8-oz. cartons. For more details, visit www.bordendairy.com or call (855) 311-1583. Mediterranean Mood Looking for some authentic ethnic cuisine items to serve your students? Kronos Foods, Inc., offers an assortment of flatbreads, pitas and hummus. Flatbreads are available in various diameters and package sizes and come in Rounds, Round Thins, Square/Rectangle and Rectangle Thins varieties, and Multigrain Sea Salt pita chips come in 6-lb. or 14-lb. packages. The company’s hummus comes in four flavors: Classic, Roasted Red Pepper, Roasted Garlic and Baba Ganouj. To learn more or for menu ideas using Kronos products, call (800) 621-0099 or visit www.kronosfoodsinc.com. Soup’s On You can expand your whole-grain and vegan menu offerings with two new products from Kettle Cuisine: Aztec Chili With Ancient Grains and Yellow Pea Soup With Roasted Red Peppers. The Chili dish includes cannellini and pinto beans, caramelized onions, red and green peppers and quinoa and other grains, while the soup features yellow split peas, carrots, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions and an assortment of spices. To obtain more information, visit www.kettlecuisine.com or call (800) 969-7687. Just Add Applesauce Knouse Foods presents Musselman’s Applesauce in shatterproof plastic jars that feature recloseable lids and a non-slip grip. In addition to menuing applesauce as a side item, Knouse recommends using it in place of mayonnaise or sour cream for lower-fat dips and dressings and as a substitute for oil and butter in many dessert items. It also can offer more flavor and sweetness to smoothies. Musselman’s Applesauce also is available in single-serve 4-oz. cups for summer, snack and field trip applications, as well as a la carte or vending service. Call (717) 677-8181 or visit www.knousefoodservice.com for more details, including menu ideas. The Ice Stuff New from Follett Corporation are additional “ice-only” models in the company’s line of Symphony™ ice and water dispensers. These products are part of Follett’s 25CI and 50CI Series and can store 25 or 50 pounds of ice, while producing up to 400 pounds of ice per day. The 21-in.-wide icemakers/ dispensers provide hands-free ice dispensing and feature a removable, modular icemaker for ease of cleaning. Receive more information by calling (800) 523-9361 or visiting www.follettice.com. Oodles of Options School nutrition operators can choose from an extensive array of menu options available from Rich Products. Among the company’s newer offerings are Pizza Cheese Crunchers, which feature whole-grain breading and provide fiber, protein and calcium. Look out also for Cinnamon Rolls and Cinnamon Roll Dough and On Top® Non-Dairy Dessert Topping, which can be added to fruit parfaits and other desserts. To find out more, visit www.richsfoodservice.com or call (800) 356-7094. A Closer Look at… Stuffed Chicken Entrées Who says that school meal programs can’t feature something “fancy” on the menu— especially for adult meals or catering applications? Barber Foods Stuffed Chicken Entrées from AdvancePierre allow school nutrition operators to offer unique and flavorful menu items. The four stuffed chicken entrée lines—Homestyle, Signature Supreme™ Premium, Distinctions® and Barber Carvers—each feature multiple size and/or flavor varieties. The Homestyle creations are available in 4-oz., 5-oz. and 7-oz. sizes, and flavor options include Broccoli & Cheese, Chicken Parmesan, Apple Raisin and Classic Sage. The Signature Supreme Premium creations are available in a 6-oz. size, in similar flavors, including Seasoned Mushroom and Seasoned Crème Brie, while the Distinctions line is available in an 8-oz. size in flavors such as Apple Almond and Saltimbocca. The Barber Carvers are stuffed chicken roulades. The entrées have a two-hour holding time, can be frozen and are ready to cook without thawing, saving busy school nutrition operators time and labor. Learn more about stuffed chicken entrée offerings at www.advancepierre.com or call (800) 341-0451.
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