Cheese, Please Stuffed with melted mozzarella, Gilardi® Cheese-Filled Breadsticks from ConAgra Foodservice ® contain 51% whole grains and are available in two sizes to meet operators’ specific nutrition requirements. The 6-in. breadstick counts as one grain and one meat alternate, while the 7-in. variety counts as two grains and one meat alternate. Branded merchandising bags are included. To learn more about the Gilardi line of breadsticks and self-rising stuffed crust pizzas, visit www.gilardiitalianfoods.com or call (800) 357-6543. All the Envy If your school nutrition operation is looking for healthy drink options for your Smart Snacks program, Envy Foods has several selections. The company’s 100% juice lineup includes Cosmic Smoothies, as well as sparking juice and non-carbonated juice options. Smoothies are all-natural, non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan; juices are free from artificial colors and sweeteners and added sugars; and they include vitamins A, C, D and calcium. For additional information, navigate to www.drinkcosmic.com or www.drinkenvy.com or call (877) 451-6541. Protein Power As you begin to plan for SY 2015-16, you’ll have a new protein choice to consider from Shady Brook Farms®. The Cargill brand will provide USDA Process Verified turkey for bulk USDA Foods processing specifically for National School Lunch Program purchases. To secure the use of a USDA Process Verified seal in mid-2014, Cargill’s turkey business was required to create a program that meets the following criteria: The turkey is raised by independent farmers, producers are trained on animal handling practices and no antibiotics are used for growth promotion. For more details, visit www.cargill.com or call (800) 373-6515. Cut Above School nutrition operators will find it easier to serve more fresh fruits and vegetables with Robot-Coupe’s CL 60 Complete Vegetable Preparation Workstation. The CL 60 is equipped with a multi-cut pack of 16 discs to chop produce items into a wide variety of shapes and sizes, while three feed heads allow the user to process items in large quantities. The mobile trolley workstation is also outfitted with potato ricer equipment. Clean-up is simple, as all machine parts in contact with food can be removed. Call (800) 824-1646 or visit www.robotcoupeusa.com. Brain Food Kitchen Brains just released two new apps meant to further encourage paperless solutions for the foodservice industry. SCK Food Safety Manager (FSM) is geared to increase HACCP compliance and operates from standard tablets or smartphones to sense, collect and record critical data points, so paper HACCP forms can finally be eliminated. The SCK Smart Energy Manager (SEM) assists with managing energy and water costs by providing detailed monitoring and innovative analytics. To learn more about these useful tools, visit www.kitchenbrains.com or call (800) 327-8766. Keep It Cool With all the latest snack and drink options you can offer, it’s important to have a way to keep items fresh and accessible for student customers. Masterbilt makes this possible with its new line of vertical and horizontal open-air merchandisers. There are a total of 16 different models comprising the HOAM and VOAM series, all designed to meet 2017 Department of Energy standards and hold a constant temperature while also effectively showcasing products. Go to www.master-bilt.com or call (800) 647-1284 to learn more about this new refrigeration system. Wheat Treats Foodservice staff may want to stock up on whole-grain Wheat Thins Popped from Mondelez International, Inc. Each bag contains 7 to 8 grams of whole grains and only 90 calories, without adding any partially hydrogenated oils, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors or colors. Wheat Thins Popped are available in Sour Cream & Onion or Sea Salt flavors and come in single-serve 0.8-oz. bags, making them an easy grab ‘n’ go snack or lunch addition. Check specific nutrition details to confirm compliance with federal nutrition standards. Visit www.foodservice-snacks-desserts.com or call (855) 202-3913 for more details. Store ‘N Serve For those who work in high-volume kitchens, finding the holding equipment that has sufficient capacity to meet your needs can be a challenge. CresCor offers a wide range of merchandising cabinets, with both hot and refrigerated options, to keep food prepped ahead of time, fresh and ready to serve. Merchandising cabinets come in insulated or non-insulated options, with most holding a variety of pan sizes for maximum transport and storage abilities. Go to www.crescor.com to find out more. Better With Cheddar Looking for a way to add intense cheese flavors to certain recipes or processed USDA Foods products without overloading fat, sodium and certain byproducts? CheddarChroma™ now joins the line of dairy powders from Land O’Lakes Ingredients. Made without FD&C colors, its vegetable extracts lend a bright orange color to CheddarChroma, complementing its sharp cheese flavor. Check specific nutrition details to confirm compliance with federal nutrition standards. For application ideas, particularly in using with USDA Foods processing, nutrition compliance and more, go to www.landolakesfoodservice.com or call (800) 328-1322. Menuing Possibilities Tortillas from Mission Foodservice offer quality and versatility for your school nutrition program, and now the company’s recipe ideas will open up more fresh, flavorful possibilities, too. Mission’s culinary team developed a variety of recipes for all ages and menus, including a BBQ Sloppy Joe Panini, Ham & Cheese Breakfast Quesadilla and Roasted Turkey Wrap with Fruit. Check out Mission Hearty Grains Ultra Tortillas, which exceed the whole grain-rich requirements for the K-12 segments, with two sizes meeting separate requirements for pre-K-6 and middle/high school grades. They also feature 40% less sodium than conventional whole-wheat tortillas. To learn more about Mission’s products and access its collection of school nutrition recipes, visit www.missionfoodservice.com/k-12/. Treasure Trove of Snacks Baked rice and corn puff snacks from B&G Foods’ Pirate’s Booty-brand provides a healthy alternative that contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. It is also free from gluten and cholesterol and has 50% less fat and fewer calories than regular fried potato chips. Flavors include Veggie, Aged White Cheddar, Sour Cream and Onion and Fruity Booty. Certain varieties also come in “treasure” shapes appropriate for elementary school students. Check specific nutrition details to confirm compliance with federal nutrition standards. For more information, call (973) 401-6500 or visit www.bgfoods.com. Cold Moo for You A recently introduced Milk Cooler from Traulsen features a top-mounted refrigeration system and forced-air design. The new Milk Cooler was designed after extensive conversations with K-12 operators about the challenges they face in the kitchen and on the serving line. The unit was developed to satisfy the need for a reliable, longer-lasting milk/beverage cabinet that provides better access for younger students. The Cooler features a sliding front-door design, is manufactured with a 100% stainless steel cabinet, reinforced exterior bottom and heavyduty dunnage racks. Navigate to www.traulsen.com for additional details. Veggie Disguise Fruitables Plus from Apple & Eve provides a healthy way for students to get both real fruits and vegetables—in a single beverage product! This 100% fruit juice adds real vegetables and is available in two flavors: Power Punch and Tropical Twist. The 4.23-oz. size counts as 1⁄2 cup of reimbursable vegetable, says the company, noting that it can be menued at breakfast or lunch. The larger 6.75-oz. size reimburses as 3/4 cup of vegetable, making it an option for an afterschool snack. Find more details at www.appleandeve.com/school-nutrition or call (800) 969-8018. More than Pie-tastic Lucky Leaf fruit fillings from Knouse Foods provide options for delicious menu items other than just pie. If your school nutrition operation offers catering services, this may be a perfect fit. Available in fruit, creme or lite options, the sweet and savory recipe possibilities are almost endless. The company’s website includes a searchable recipe database; check out such offerings as Simple and Sweetie Blueberry Cobbler, Apple Fire BBQ Chops and Cherry-Chocolate Macaroon Pie. Visit www.luckyleaf.com for more information. How Lo Can You Go? The Tilting Skillet from LoLo is an easy way to add versatility to your kitchen. Models are available in electric or gas, and each tilting skillet has a 37-gal. capacity, adjustable feet and a convenient pouring lip to make cooking in huge batches as efficient as possible. For more information and recipe resources, go to www.getlolo.com. Mediterranean Madness A simple solution to serving up healthy snacks and a la carte items in schools is now offered by Tribe Mediterranean Foods. Options include Tribe To Go, a pre-packaged combo featuring both hummus and pita chips, as well as Hummus Snackers single-serving hummus cups. Each product contains at least 3 g of protein, with some varieties, such as the Roasted Red Pepper flavor, boasting a 1-oz. equivalent meat alternative or 1/4 cup vegetable. Check out www.tribehummus.com or call (800) 8-HUMMUS to learn more. Apple-licious Musselman’s Apple Butter from Knouse Foods is now available in new 2.25-oz. individually portioned cups. Use it as a healthy dip for items such as sweet potato fries, French toast sticks and chicken fingers, a spread for toast, bagels and biscuits or as a topping for oatmeal, pancakes or yogurt. Musselman’s Apple Butter is gluten-, fat- and cholesterol-free. It is available in 17-oz. and 28-oz. jars, as well as 120-oz. cans. Visit www.knousefoodservice.com/applebutter or call (717) 677-8181 to learn more. Tortilla-y Delicious Create a better-for- you school menu without sacrificing flavor with Mission® Hearty Grains™ Ultra Tortillas—containing 40% less sodium than whole-wheat tortillas. They are available in 6-, 8- and 12-in. sizes to offer foodservice directors multiple menu possibilities. Mission’s K-12 program provides school nutrition directors tasty recipe ideas, such as Crispy Flatbread Sausage Pizza. Visit missionfoodservice.com/k-12 or call (800) 443-7994. Rational Thinking The SelfCooking- Center® 5 Senses from RATIONAL now takes all the guesswork out of cooking. Available in multiple sizes, the SelfCookingCenter® is capable of grilling, roasting, baking, steaming and poaching, and has the iCookingControl feature that recognizes user preferences and is able to identify the size, load quantity and condition of food to achieve the proper desired effect. To find out more about this innovative product, call (888) 320-7274 or visit www.rational-online.com. Grime Be Gone Cleanup is usually the most dreaded part of the meal service process—especially in a busy, high-volume foodservice kitchen. Kafko International, Ltd., makes this step a little easier with Oil Eater Floor and All-Purpose Cleaner. This eco-friendly cleaner comes in 1.5-oz. premeasured packets that produce 2.5 gallons of cleaning solution, making it simple to measure and mop large cafeteria areas. Bilingual instructions are provided. To learn more, go to www.oileater.com or call (800) 528-0334.
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