A Closer Look at… School Nutrition Textbook Whether you’re a school nutrition professional looking for a reference with dozens of topics related to school nutrition in one source, a college student studying about school nutrition, an SNA member preparing to take the SNS credentialing exam or a vendor who does business in the K-12 segment, Nutrition Service Management for the 21st Century, 6th Edition, can serve as a valuable resource. Updated to reflect the latest regulations from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the book, written by respected school nutrition veterans Dorothy Pannell- Martin and Julie A. Boettger, PhD, RD, contains chapters on such topics as the history of the federal school nutrition programs, current regulations, financial management, menu planning and nutrition, equipment and facilities planning, procurement, food safety and marketing. The book concludes with a chapter on resolving financial problems. Also included are study questions for each chapter and a glossary. To order the book or for more information, visit www.sfs21.com. New & Cool K-12 operators spoke and Traulsen listened. After hearing from customers about the need for a reliable, longer-lasting milk cabinet that provides better access for younger students, the company developed the Traulsen Milk Cooler. By placing the cooler’s refrigeration system on top of the unit, the 100% stainless steel cabinet could be dropped closer to the ground, now offering what may be the lowest loading height in the industry— perfect for young customers. The sliding front-door design helps to protect the gasket from normal wear and tear. For more details, visit www.traulsen.com. Red-Letter Products Red Gold is ready to help its customers with the demands of a new school year with a variety of specially developed K-12 products. Redpack’s Nutritionally Enhanced Spaghetti Sauce, Marinara Sauce, Fully-Prepared Pizza Sauce and Low Sodium Nutritionally Enhanced Salsa feature just 70 mg sodium per 1/4 cup serving. Recognizing the popularity of Ranch dressing with youngsters, Red Gold’s new Ranchup Dipping Sauce combines ranch flavors with tomato-based ketchup for a combo that is said to be especially tasty with sweet potato fries, chicken nuggets and more. It’s available in 1-oz. “dunk cups.” To learn more about these and other products, visit www.k12tomatoes.com or ask your distributor for details. Gotta Have Heart ConAgra Foodservice has introduced new varieties to its Heartland(R) product line: Gluten Free and Whole Grain Pastas. The Gluten Free pasta, available in spaghetti, penne, fusilli and lasagna forms, is made from a blend of yellow corn and rice using a proprietary process that yields a product virtually identical to traditional pasta in color, flavor, texture and performance. Heartland 100% Whole Grain Pasta is low in fat and sodium, cholesterol-free and contains more than twice the fiber of traditional pasta. It’s available in spaghetti, penne, elbow, rotini and lasagna forms. To view the entire product line, visit www.aipcfoodservice.com/our-brands/heartland or call (800) 357-6543. Drink Up! You’ll be sure to attract student attention with the latest two flavors in the V Blend 100% Vegetable Juice Blend line from Country Pure Foods. Joining popular favorites Dragon Punch, Wango Mango and Cherry Star are Vampire Red and Sunset Sip. Vampire Red is a “bold” flavor, composed of tomato, carrot, sweet potato and pumpkin pureLe or juices. Sunset Sip is a sweeter blend of carrot, sweet potato and pumpkin juices. The new flavors are offered in 4-oz. cartons , crediting 1⁄2 cup orange/ red vegetable in reimbursable meal programs. For more information, call (877) 99-JUICE or visit www.juice4u.com. Fresh Fusion New from AccuTemp Products, Inc., is the line of Fusion™ Combi control packages, which are tailored to the cooking sophistication and production needs of the operator. Simple, intuitive Level-1 Standard Controls feature cook mode touch-pads, simple dial-set and continuous display of current and set oven temperatures, cook time and humidity; plus six three-stage cooking programs, a three-speed fan and a semi-automatic self-clean system. Sophisticated Level-2 Professional Controls add product holding, banqueting, low-temperature and pasteurization capabilities; a multi-point core temperature probe; 150-program cook setting library; threespeed fan; a choice of four automatic cleaning/descaling programs; and more. The controls are available on a wide variety of AccuTemp combi oven models. For details, call (800) 210-5907 or visit www.accutemp.net. Harvest Season Available from Harvestland Foodservice are a variety of chicken, turkey, beef and pork products. The company also has recently introduced two products to its HARVESTLAND® brand: Fully Cooked Unbreaded Diced Chicken and Fully Cooked Chargrilled Beef Burgers. The product line contains all-natural ingredients and does not include antibiotics and animal by-products. To learn more, visit www.harvestlandfoodservice.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (855) 673-4330. The Grain Game To help school nutrition operations meet the recently implemented whole grain-rich criteria, MARS Foodservices introduces its Uncle Ben’s® line of Whole Grain Brown Rice products. The product line is gluten-free and made with 100% whole-grain brown rice and natural flavors. The company provides sample recipes on its website for such items as Huevos Ranchero Chicken Skillet Bowl and Southwest Breakfast Taco Dipper. To view the recipes and for product details, visit www.marsfoodservices.com or call (800) 432-2331. Whole-Grain Reign Tyson Foods, Inc., has added two new varieties of Whole Grain Crispitos® Filled Tortillas: Chicken and Cheese and Chicken Chili. These menu items are said to provide one whole-grain credit per serving. Also available is an updated version of the company’s Whole Grain Chicken Pepperoni Crispito® Filled Tortilla, now in 1-oz. meat/meat alternate and 2-oz. meat/meat alternate serving sizes. These products are fully cooked for quick preparation. For more information, visit www.tysonK12.com or call (800) 248-9766. Smoothie Operators Teens love portable, flavorful options, so consider offering Naked Juice 100% Juice Smoothies, which are said to meet the new federal competitive foods rules for middle and high schools. The smoothies, which have 2 1⁄2 servings of fruit in each 10-oz. bottle, are free from added sugar and preservatives. They come in five flavors: Berry Blast, Mighty Mango, Green Machine, Strawberry Banana and O-J. For more information, visit www.nakedjuice.com or call (877) 858-4237. Simply Sweet McCain makes serving sweet potatoes easy with its new Harvest Splendor® Sweet Potato Chopped Wedges. Each 3-oz. serving has 90 calories and 40 milligrams of sodium. The wedges make for a simple, healthy side dish to a turkey burger or sandwich. Also available in the Harvest Splendor product line are Deep Groove Crinkles, Thin Stix, Sweet Potato Bites and more. For more information, visit www.McCain4Schools.com or call (800) 938-7799. Fun in the Sun Snacks from Sunrich Naturals are flavorful, healthy options that your students just might love. Choose from Chili Lime Sunflower Kernels, Chili Lime Toasted Corn, Cocoa Sun Popperz and BBQ Soy Poppers, all of which are made with non-GMO ingredients and are produced in a peanut-free facility. Each serving contains between 100 and 260 calories. Sunrich also offers all-natural single-serve soymilk and fruit snacks. To learn more, visit www.sunrich.com or call (800) 727-6663.
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