Need For Speed For those in need of a speedier way to prepare school meals, Alto- Shaam has just released its energy-efficient Xcelerate Hi-Speed Oven. It is said to have the ability to cook food up to 10 times faster than a conventional oven, without impairing the taste, texture or appearance. The oven can be used for defrosting, reheating, cooking, baking or browning. Visit www.alto-shaam.com or call (262) 251-7067. By George! School nutrition operators have a wide range of whole-grain menu choices with branded products from Giorgio Foods, including its Empanadas, Italian Breaded Mozzarella Sticks, Three-Cheese Crescents, Three-Cheese Turkey Pepperoni Crescents, Toasted American Cheese Sticks, Pierogies and several pizza items. Giorgio’s selections are developed to help schools meet national child nutrition standards. Preportioned servings are individually wrapped in Mylar film for convenience and safety in handling and preparation. Call (610) 926-2139 or visit www.giorgiofoods.com to learn more. Bundles of Fundles Heat-and-serve Fundles from JTM Food Group provide a tasty solution to a lackluster breakfast. These whole grain-rich stuffed sandwiches are available in Savory Sausage Gravy, Breakfast Skillet, Fiesta Bean & Cheese and Fiesta Taco & Cheese varieties. They are individually wrapped and help cafeterias meet the national grain requirements. Call (800) 626-2308 or visit www.jtmfoodgroup.com/schools. Cheers for Chicken Perdue Foodservice now offers several chicken products in its “no-antibiotics-ever” line for school lunch programs. These include kid favorites such as nuggets, a sandwich patty, chicken rings and chicken popcorn. The company also has committed to converting additional school lunch products, sold under the Kings Delight® , Clux Delux® and Perdue® labels, to no-antibiotics-ever meat over the remainder of SY 2014-15. Head to www.perduefoodservice.com/ Segments/K12 or call (888) 737-3832 for details. Steam Team Vulcan Equipment now offers the Vulcan C24EA LWE, the first ENERGY STAR qualified countertop generator-based convection steamer. It uses 90% less water than comparable models and 30% less energy, which means reduced scale build-up, less frequent cleaning and maintenance and reduced costs for operators. It’s available in 3- and 5-pan capacities. Check it out at www.vulcanequipment.com or call (800) 814-2028. Rockin’ With Flavor Packaged in a convenient grab-and-go pouch, Sargent Foods’ Rockin’ola is a healthy granola snack made especially for kids. The 100% whole-grain granola contains no peanuts or tree nuts. It is low in sodium and contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, as well as no cholesterol, saturated fat or trans fat. It also meets the Smart Snacks nutritional standards and complies with HUSSC and Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s guidelines. It’s available in chocolate and strawberry flavors, with or without mini marshmallows. To learn more, navigate to www.rockinola.com or call (941) 456-1346. Bread Head With ongoing changes in nutrition requirements, school nutrition operators may find it difficult to find compliant sweet treats that students crave. Reward your favorite customers with flavored breads, mini-loafs and muffins from Super Bakery. Each one boasts a 2-oz. grain equivalent, can be served with meals or a la carte and comes in a variety of flavors, such as Dreamy Orange, Very Berry or Cinnamon Burst. For details, visit www.superbakery.com/foodservice.cfm or call (800) 722-6841. No Sodium, No Problem Strict sodium regulations are a significant challenge for many school meal operations. John Morrell Food Group hopes to be a solution, offering a new twist on a classic kid favorite. Its new Lower Sodium All-Beef Franks contain 40% less sodium than standard hot dogs without sacrificing that savory hot dog flavor. Each 2-oz. frank provides a full 2-oz. equivalent meat toward meal pattern requirements. Visit www.johnmorrellfoodgroup.com/foodser vice-page. Crazy for Crackers They come in all shapes and sizes, but if you’re looking for all-natural whole-wheat cracker options, Westminster Cracker Company may have the choices you seek. Its line of non-GMO crackers is baked without any preservatives or trans fats, is low in salt and contains no sugar. Both Whole-Wheat Snack Crackers and Whole-Wheat Squares meet the SY 2013-14 whole grain-rich requirements. Learn more at www.westminsterbakers.com or call (802) 773-8888. Easy Peasy, Super Cheesy Grilled cheese is one of the top comfort foods for kids. Integrated Food Service offers whole-grain options of this timeless sandwich as part of its “Hot Off The Grill” line. With a reduced-fat and reduced-sodium nutrient profile, it can provide yummy vegetarian options for students. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are available in variations such as American Cheese & Mozzarella and Reduced-Fat American Cheese. Whole-grain sourdough options are also available. Sandwiches come individually wrapped in colorful oven-safe packaging; two varieties are offered for bulk purchase. Call (310) 523-3664 or visit www.integratedfoodservice.com. Versatile Veggies Chef-Ready Vegetable Purees, now available from Dole Foodservice, make it easier for operators to incorporate vegetables in lunch and breakfast dishes. The product is packed in shelf-stable pouches and ready to use for soups, sauces, baked goods and beverages. Available purees include Carrot, Sweet Corn, Mirepoix (carrot, onion and celery), Sofrito Blend (onion, red bell pepper, poblano pepper and tomato) and Trinity Blend (onion, celery and red bell pepper). Visit www.dolefoodservice.com or call (800) 723-9868 for details. Fishy Fridays High Liner Foods recently launched its Thank Goodness It’s Fish Friday (TGIFF) campaign to promote awareness of the health and sustainability benefits of eating seafood. The initiative encourages foodservice operators to menu seafood on Fridays, to help students develop a habit of incorporating seafood into their diet. TGIFF aligns with the USDA’s recommendation to eat at least two servings of seafood per week. The campaign includes marketing tools to promote the goodness of seafood in schools at least once a week. Visit www.TGIFF.org or www.highlinerfoods.com.
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