Nutrition Robotics The CL52E Vegetable Prep machine from Robot Coupe U.S.A., Inc., is designed to quickly process large amounts of vegetables—up to 1,200 servings in less than 3 hours. A cylindrical feed tube allows for the uniform cutting of long, thin vegetables; other shapes are handled by two hoppers in a single head. It comes with 42 different processing plates, allowing for continuous slicing, dicing, shredding and grating, plus French fry and julienne cuts. For more details, visit www.robotcoupeusa.com or call (800) 824-1646. Step Forward Payless ShoeSource offers its safeTstep™ shoe line to school nutrition employees. These shoes are said to be slip- and oil- resistant with a patented tread designed for safety. Each shoe has a thick heel padding for comfort and a lightweight durable EVA outsole to absorb impact. The line is available in men’s and women’s styles. To find out more, visit www.safetstep.com or call (800) 231-9415. The Eco Angle Do you taste-test? Consider EcoTensil’s EcoSpoon 6, a full-sized paperboard spoon made from sustainable materials. The company’s spoons take up one-fifth the space of plastic or wood utensils, making shipping and storing easier. EcoTensil’s product line is compostable, recyclable and made from sustainably forested material. To learn more, visit www.ecotensil.com. Brand With a Plan The large family of Unified Brands foodservice equipment brands (Groen™, CapKold™, Randell™ and Avtec™) offers a wide range of products, including refrigerated serving lines, hot and cold dropins, combi ovens and more. Options are energy- and space-efficient, and the company offers a 2-year warranty for schools, along with maintenance training. For more details, visit www.unifiedbrands.net or call (888) 994-7636. Rice With Spice McCormick for Chefs has released five new Zatarain’s 100% whole-grain brown rice mixes for foodservice operations, offering more whole-grain goodness with reduced sodium. These mixes boast the Whole Grain Council’s 100% stamp and contain less than 500 milligrams of sodium per one-cup serving. For more information, visit www.mccormickforchefs.com. Color-riffic! Color Crunch, The Original Tortilla Chip Crumbs from Azteca Foods, Inc., is a gluten-free alternative to bread crumbs that helps break up the “sea of brown” created by multiple breaded items on the menu. Color Crunch is available in gold, blue and red varieties and comes in 25-lb. cases. Contact (708) 563-6626 to learn more, or visit http://tinyurl.com/colorcrunch. Fresh and Fruity Help students boost produce consumption by serving Fruitables Plus 100% fruit and veggie juice from Apple & Eve. The newest juice box flavor, Tropical Twist, joins already-popular options such as Apple Carrot, Berry Banana and Pear Peach. Each serving contains the equivalent of a half-cup of vegetables. For details, call (888) 271-8022, ext. 282, or visit www.appleandeve.com. A Closer Look at… Bite-Sized Ices Child nutrition teams and K-12 educators looking for a healthy snack to add to the menu or to serve as a classroom treat may want to consider LifeIce. LifeIce bite-sized ice “cubettes” offer a healthy alternative to traditional frozen treat snacking. The “cubettes,” which come packaged 24 per tray, are fat-free, glutenfree, Kosher-certified and low in calories and sugar. Their small, cubed size makes them an ideal portioncontrolled snack. A hydrating and nourishing treat, LifeIce doesn’t freeze like plain water freezes into ice. Rather, it freezes with a texture more akin to popsicles. LifeIce is available in four different flavors: Citrus Chomp®, Berry Bite®, Green Grind® and Chocolate Crisp®. Each LifeIce flavor has a base blend of coconut water and agave. The product is sold shelf stable at room temperature and offers freeze-and-eat convenience. To learn more about LifeIce and how to get it for your cafeteria or classroom, visit www.lifeice.com or call (855) 543-3423.
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