A Closer Look at… Energy-Efficient Equipment Already a reliable staple in many productive, high-yielding kitchens, the Alto-Shaam CT PROformance Combitherm 7-20G just got even better by earning an ENERGY STAR rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This independent certification system was created to alert consumers to equipment that helps to protect the environment by reducing harmful pollutants that result from inefficient uses of energy without sacrificing performance. The PROformance Combi Oven is specially engineered to provide speed while minimizing resource consumption, leading to expanded menu offerings and increased versatility and reliability. It is said to operate up to 80% faster than conventional cooking devices, and boost energy efficiency by 40% while using 80% less water. It is marketed as an all-in-one alternative that replaces other technologies, such as convection ovens, steamers, fryers, smokers and dehydrators. For more information about the CT PROformance and its many benefits in the kitchen, visit www.ctproformance.com. See (Tasty) Food Do your students crave the cheesy goodness of mozzarella sticks? How about the tasty crunch of potatocrusted pollock nuggets? High Liner Foods offers a wide range of regulation- compliant entrees for K-12 school meal programs, including many that are seafood-based, whole-grain rich and low in sodium. Products in the company’s Viking, FPI and High Liner lines feature different proteins, coatings and configurations, including a hot-dog-shaped fish portion! The company participates in the Cool School Café points system, which makes serving products rewarding for both operators and students. For more information, check out www.highlinerfs.com. Gone Fishin’ Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers offer an answer to the Healthier U.S. School Challenge’s call for an increase of lean proteins served in schools. Alaska pollock is a once-frozen, lowfat fish option that contains multiple essential nutrients beneficial to child development. Breaded products meet whole grainrich requirements. Pollock can be served on sandwiches, as fish sticks or as the base of other value-added seafood entrees. Go to www.greatfishforgreatkids.org for recipes and more information. Save a Lot Save time and boost kitchen efficiency with PanSaver Ovenable Pan Covers from M&Q Plastic Products. The Pan Covers become tight-fitting covers when placed in a hot oven for just seconds. They are ideal for transporting food and allow pans to be stacked, saving valuable space in your refrigerators. Pan Covers are available for full-, half- and third-size pans, as well as in three size options for rounds. Visit www.pansaver.com for more information, including instructional videos and samples. Squish Away For operators seeking nutritious kid-friendly snacks, Dole Packaged Foods, LLC, offers DOLE® Fruit Squish’ems™, which provide 100% all-natural fruit in a convenient, grab ‘n’ go squeezable pouch. Available in Apple, Apple- Strawberry and Apple-Mixed Berry, the snacks are free from artificial flavors, high fructose corn syrup, added refined sugar and GMOs. Each pouch is said to qualify as 3⁄8-serving of fruit for reimbursable meals and is portable and resealable. Call (800) 723-9868 or visit www.dolefoodservice.com for more information. Be Honest The makers of Honest Tea introduce Honest Kids, a line of juice pouches specifically made for the younger generation and healthy vending programs. Each 6.75-oz. pouch contains only 9 g of sugar and 100% daily value of vitamin C and is USDA-certified organic, gluten-free and made without high-fructose corn syrup. Choose from Appley Ever After, Berry Berry Good Lemonade, Goodness Grapeness, Super Fruit Punch or Tropical Tango Punch, all of which come in easy-to-open recyclable pouches. For more details, go to www.honesttea.com/kids or call (800) 865-4736. Growth Spurt The U.S. Department of Agriculture has introduced the Grow It, Try It, Like It! Nutrition Education Kit Featuring MyPlate, a garden-themed education kit that introduces young children in preschool and childcare programs to various fruits and vegetables. The kit includes seven booklets featuring fun activities set in an imaginary garden. Each set of lessons includes hands-on activities, planting activities, recipes and nutrition education activities that introduce MyPlate. Additional activities and resources are available on an accompanying CD and DVD. Order free copies of this resource at http://tn.ntis.gov. Sounds Super Extend the portion size of a traditional burger with beans or legumes by menuing brand-new Super Proteins available from Advance Pierre Foods. Smart Picks Beef & Mushroom Burger and Smart Picks Beef & Bean Burger replace 25% of the meat in the patties with mushrooms or beans while still delivering a flame-broiled taste. Earn 1⁄8 cup of a vegetable or legume credit when using for reimbursable meals. Learn more at www.apfk12.com. Under the Sea Celebrate 100 years of Phillips Foods, Inc., by trying one of the company’s six new flavor cakes: Dungeness Crab Cakes, Salmon Cakes, Zesty Tuna Burgers, Lobster Cakes, Spicy Shrimp Cakes and Latin Cakes. Each product is available in three sizes, and they don’t require thaw time before baking or pan-sautéing. To learn more about Phillips Foodservice products, call (888) 234-2722 or visit www.phillipsfoodservice.com. Going Greek Kronos Foods, Inc. has just added four new products to its expanding line of Mediterranean menu items and ingredients for foodservice operations: Chicken Shawarma, Falafel Batter, Tahini Sauce and 6x6-in. Flatbread. All four options make it easier to mix up the weekly menu while still providing healthy meals for students. Kronos also has introduced a new Fiery Hummus with Feta and Roasted Red Peppers and a Chipotle Hummus, both of which can be used to spice up the average sandwich or provide a savory veggie dip. To learn more about the new products, visit www.kronosfoodsinc.com.
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