A Closer Look at… Storage Products Cambro Manufacturing offers school nutrition operations its StoreSafe® product line, a wide range of solutions designed to help foodservice employees meet critical threats to food safety. The line includes a variety of storage-specific products, such as Ingredient Bins that store flour, grain and other dry bulk ingredients. The bins ensure freshness, reduce mold and keep pests away. StoreSafe Labels help you ensure items are fresh and properly rotated. They dissolve completely in less than 30 seconds without leaving sticky residue. StoreSafe products also include items for preparation, serving, holding and cleaning. For example, the Hand Sink Cart is a mobile hand washing sink with an internal hot water heater that holds 2 1⁄2 gals. of water and heats in 10 minutes. The two 5-gal. fresh water tanks and two 7 1⁄2-gal. refuse tanks provide up to 70 hand washings. This is particularly helpful for off-site prep and service locations used in summer feeding programs. And the company’s line of insulated Pan Carriers offers size and capacity flexibility. Additional StoreSafe products and guidance for meeting health inspections are available. To learn more, visit www.cambro.com or call (800) 833-3003. Head Start Learning ZoneXpress offers breakfast education materials that can help teachers, nutrition educators and cafeteria team members support the intentions of changes to the federal School Breakfast Program meal pattern (expected to be implemented in SY 2013-14) by helping students and families learn more about the importance of eating a healthy breakfast. Materials include posters, handouts, activity books, participation incentives and more. Learning ZoneXpress is a proud partner of the SNA Emporium. To find out more, visit www.learningzonexpress.com or call (888) 455-7003. What a Delight Sunny Delight Beverages Company provides K-12 foodservice operators with a selection of juices, juice drinks and waters that, varying by package size, comply with Alliance for a Healthier Generation School Beverage Guidelines for elementary, middle and high schools. Applicable products include specific offerings in the Veryfine®, SunnyD® and Fruit2O® brand lines. For more information, visit www.sdbcfoodservice.com or call (850) 429-9681. Merry Dairy When menu planning, consider the healthy dairy selections available from Land O’ Lakes. For example, the company’s 25% Reduced Sodium, 50% Reduced Fat Macaroni and Cheese With Whole Grain is made with less sodium and fat than its conventional offering. Also available are Natural Cheese Cubes, which come in kid-pleasing Pepper Jack and Reduced Fat Mild Cheddar flavors and are pre-portioned in 1-oz. grab ‘n’ go bags. To find more information, visit www.k12.landolakesfoodservice.com or call (800) 898-8113. Jamba Jam JambaGO™ is a new easy-to-operate smoothie blending system used to create made-to-order Jamba Juice fruit and fruit and vegetable signature blends. School nutrition operators can opt to install a single Taylor smoothie machine or multiple units to allow students multiple flavor options every day. Jamba smoothies reportedly meet new federal meal pattern regulations as a reimbursable fruit component, as well as Alliance for a Healthier Generation guidelines. To learn more, visit www.jambajuice.com or call (866) 526-2246. Do the Wave The EatWave EW5000S refrigerated vending machine features an internal commercial-grade microwave cooking unit, allowing it to vend both hot and cold food and drink items. Customers can obtain a complete meal from a single unit at offsite points of service. The product mix can feature both prepackaged and cafeteria-prepared items. The EatWave system is compatible with some K-12 point-of-sale programs. Its VEND-check ™ remote monitoring software allows for online monitoring and reporting of machine data and inventory. To learn more, visit www.eatwave.com or call (877) 269-1919. Scream for YoCream Dannon Foodservice has added three lowfat flavors to its frozen yogurt YoCream® line. Operators now can offer Salted Caramel Corn, Birthday Cake and Chocolate Caramel Turtle, as well as existing flavors in the line, to their student customers. The company also offers suggestions for flavor combinations. To find out more, visit www.dannonfoodservice.com or call (800) 962-7326. Serious About Cereal Available from Kellogg’s Food Away From Home are a variety of breakfast products that are said to be compliant with federal meal pattern regulations for SY 2013-14. Scooby-Doo™ and Cinnamon Flakes Multi-Grain™ Reduced Sugar Cereal Bowl Packs provide 1-oz. equivalent of grain and are whole grain-rich. The company also offers Apple Jacks® Reduced Sugar and Rice Krispies® made with Whole Grain Brown Rice, both of which now can be purchased in new deeper vend bowls. To learn more, visit www.kelloggsk12.com or call (877) 511-5777. Apple of My Eye For a flavorful alternative to butter, jam or peanut butter, try Musselman’s Apple Butter from Knouse Foods. Made with wholesome ingredients, including apples, sugar, apple cider, cinnamon, cloves and allspice, the company’s Apple Butter has only 30 calories per tablespoon. Offer it as a dip for chicken fingers or sweet potato fries. For more menu ideas and product information, visit www.knousefoodservice.com. A Perfect Puff Kids love tater tots, so serve them a healthier variety with Lamb Weston’s Sweet Potato Mini Tater Puffs. Crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, these puffs offer everything students love about tots, with 60% of the recommended daily value of vitamin A and just 130 calories per 3-oz. serving. To learn more, visit www.lambweston.com or call (800) 766-7783. Pear-y Helpful! Boost in-school fruit consumption with the help of the Pacific Northwest Canned Pear Service (PNCPS), which recently debuted its Ripe ‘n Ready Times e-newsletter. Each issue contains the latest information about PNCPS programs, contests and recipes, providing new ideas to use and promote this healthy offering. Subscribe at www.eatcannedpears. com/contact. For more information, call (866) 843-4910. Tell All Once a secret favorite of those who’d lived in or visited Europe, Nutella® is growing in popularity throughout America and is now available to foodservice operators. This hazelnut spread from Ferraro U.S.A., Inc., can be used in place of peanut butter, spread over pancakes, French toast and plain toast in breakfast applications. It’s available in four package sizes, including singleserve portion packs. For more information and menu ideas, or to locate a distributor, visit www. nutellafoodservice.com. It’s Greek to Them Kronos Foods, Inc., has unveiled its Nonfat Greek Yogurt. The plain yogurt flavor offers operators a wide range of breakfast menu possibilities, whether layered with fruit and granola for breakfast parfaits or used to create a pancake batter. Its thick, creamy texture combined with its fat-free, no cholesterol nutrition profile make it a perfect substitute for mayonnaise and sour cream in dozens of recipes. To learn more, call (800) 621-0099 or visit www.kronosfoodsinc.com. Mobile Technology Looking for a transport cabinet that can heat on the go? Metro now offers its C5 T-Series with Transport Armour™, featuring foamed-in-place insulation to keep food safe for five hours or longer. The mobile power system uses battery technology to gently circulate air inside the cabinet, maintaining consistent temperatures while unplugged. Also available is the company’s new C5 R-Series with Refrigeration Armour™, which combines durable construction designed to provide complete cabinet and refrigeration system protection. Call (800) 992-1776 or visit www. metro.com/C5. Set the Bar The latest addition in a line-up of whole-grain snacks, Betty Crocker® Double Chocolate Oatmeal Bars from General Mills Foodservice give K-12 professionals a wholesome snack option that kids will want to eat. The bars reportedly meet federal K-12 regulations, featuring 1-oz. equivalent grain, 16 g of whole grain per serving and no high fructose corn syrup. The products also are available in Chocolate Chip Oatmeal and Butterscotch Oatmeal. To learn more, visit www.generalmillsfoodservice.com. Well Rounded Breakfast The Egg & Cheese Bagel Thin Sandwich from Integrated Food Service’s Hot Off the Grill line is a fun twist on an old favorite. The 3.5-oz. sandwich features an egg patty, reduced-sodium and reduced-fat American cheese on a 2-oz. whole-grain thin bagel. The individually wrapped sandwiches have a frozen shelf life of 12 months. For more information, visit www. integratedfoodservice.com or call (310) 523-3664. Hip Hip Hooray! Inject the nutrition of vegetables into nearly any dish with the help of Hooray Purée, which offers a line of 100% organic vegetable purées. Choose from Carrot, Butternut Squash or Spinach, all of which are free from common allergens such as gluten, tree nuts, soy and shellfish. Each ounce offers an equivalent to a half-cup of vegetables. The product can be added to stir-fries, baked goods, sauces and more; recipes on Hooraypuree.com include applesauce muffins and chunky chili. Call (800) 513-4667 for information. Play It Safe Are you seeking food safety and sanitation training materials for your team? Check out SFSPac’s online training and procedure instruction system. Through an online community, users can take courses, test their knowledge and track progress. Directors can log in to view employee participation, create reports and manage their team’s activities. To learn more, visit www.sfspac.com or call (312) 226-0400. Leveraging a Theme Disneythemed Ready Pac Cool Cuts® salads and mini-meals can help school nutrition operators increase student participation. The new line was created specifically for elementary-and middle school-aged children. Eight items complete the line: four salad varieties (Pizzeria, Taco, Harvest and Caesar) and four mini-meals (Veggies, Chicken and Pretzels; Turkey, Carrots and Cheese; Pizza Bites and Apples; and Ham and Yogurt). Each features a familiar Disney character, as well as a fun surprise! To learn more, visit www. readypac.com/business-channels/ foodservice/school-programs. A Tasty Tour Looking for ways to add Asian flair to your school menus? Precision Foods’ recently introduced Asian Passport, a new line of Foothill Farms® seasonings and sauces, gives school nutrition professionals seven options for menuing Asian dishes. Shelf-stable instant sauces include BBQ Teriyaki, General Tso’s, Mandarin Orange, Sweet & Sour, Sweet Thai Chili, Kung Pao and Original Stir Fry Sauce. For menu ideas and additional information, visit www.precisionfoods.com/foodservice or call (800) 442-5242, ext. 2514. Potato Goodness Penobscot McCrum offers a full range of frozen potato specialties including Pure- Baked™, designed to provide the wholesomeness of potatoes without dairy or other additives. PureBaked potatoes have a homemade taste and appearance and contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol. They are packaged in both foodservice packs and single-serve formats. To learn more, call (800) 435-4456 or visit www.penobscotmccrum.com. Breeze on By School nutrition operators can add another healthy grab ‘n’ go option to a la carte or special needs service with Blue Diamond’s 11-oz. single-serve packs of Almond Breeze® Almondmilk, available in Original, Original Unsweetened and Vanilla Unsweetened. The packs are aseptic with screw tops for resealable convenience. The dairy alternative is lower in calories than 2% milk and contains no dairy, soy, lactose, cholesterol, peanuts, casein, gluten or eggs. To learn more, visit foodservice.bluediamond.com or call (888) 708-2222. No Goosin’ Around Goose Valley Natural Foods offers its Wild Rice and Specialty Rice Fusions to foodservice operations. The wild rice is available in 5-oz. or 10-oz. bags and comes in Natural or Organic varieties. The specialty rice fusions come in 8-oz. to 11-oz. sizes and feature Rice & Bean, Brown & Wild, Basmati & Wild and Arborio & Wild flavors. For more information, visit www.goosevalley.com or call (617) 914-0126. A Taste of Italy School nutrition professionals looking to add something Italian to their lunch menu besides pizza can consider Advance- Pierre’s Italian Style Chicken Fingers and Italian Breaded Chicken Breast. Both products can be used to create sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes or entrées. And both feature portions of boneless, skinless, whole-muscle chicken that has been marinated, lightly breaded and battered and partially cooked. For more information, visit www.advancepierre.com or call (888) 723-8237.
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