Get Cooking Are you experimenting with custom prep on the serving line or in the dining area? Vollrath’s new Downdraft Vent Module (DVM) might be just the ticket to meet all required safety codes. Designed with a sleek futuristic look, DVM is an efficient induction cooking station that offers a fire containment and suppression system, as well as proper venting. It is available with one or two induction ranges, and as a stand-alone station or as a module in the company’s V-Class Custom or Signature Server® line-up. Navigate to www.vollrath.com for additional details. Smart Cart The Easy Cart line from Duke Manufacturing offers simple solutions to address mobile serving needs. Available in three styles and sizes (1-, 2- and 3-sections), which can be used alone or together, the carts allow operators to menu hot or cold options with versatility and easy maneuverability. The smallest module can be a simple addition to serving lines, while the two larger carts have space for a separate POS station to accommodate higher volume sales, as well as flat and slanted shelving options. To learn more, visit www.dukemfg.com or call (800) 735-3853. In the Cloud Horizon Software recently released cloud-based Point of Sale (POS) and School Meal Program Accountability software. Solana was designed from the ground up to be optimized for the web, removing the need for district IT staff to handle server maintenance, backups and upgrades. All school nutrition operations need to use the system is a computer, POS terminal or device with an Internet connection. The new system reduces upfront costs, provides faster and easier implementation and eliminates manual upgrades. Solana is available for “on-demand scalability,” allowing operations to subscribe to only the functions needed and requested. For more information about Solana or to schedule a demonstration, visit www.horizonsoftware.com/solana or call (800) 741-7100. Let’s Get Vertical Many students seem to need an extra push to eat fruits and veggies at meal time. With new shelf-stable fruit cups from National Food Group, it may get a little easier to encourage students to make healthy choices. Get Vertical Mandarin Slices and Get Vertical Pineapple Tidbits come in 4.5-oz. cups that satisfy the federal ½ cup fruit requirement. Packed in 100% juice, the fruit features eyecatching packaging, and the shelf-stable individual packages allow students to save items for later, if desired. Find out more at www.nationalfoodgroup.com or call (800) 886-6866. How Smooth Knouse Foods, a grower-owned fruit cooperative, recently launched a new product line capitalizing on the smoothie craze. Musselman’s Smoothie Mix allows consumers to mix up smoothies by hand, without special equipment or blenders. In schools, this would be a good approach for trying smoothies with small taste-test groups, as nutrition education lessons or merchandised in a combo-pack with yogurt or apple juice as a potential a la carte item in high schools. Available in three flavor varieties—Strawberry Banana, Blueberry and Tropical—the Smoothie Mix comes in packs of four 4-oz. shelf-stable cups. Each is a great source of fruit, with the added benefits of kale and carrots. To learn more about Musselman’s Smoothie-Mix, visit www.knousefoodservice.com. Cup O’ Salad Foothill Farms® encourages operators to use its brand of dry-mix salad dressing as a key element in a grab ‘n’ go Salad Cups concept that can work for both a la carte offerings and reimbursable meals. The company has developed five salad recipes, including Cobb Salad Cup With BBQ Ranch Dressing, Taco Salad Cup with Fiesta Salsa Ranch and Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad Cup. The company supports the concept with free merchandising artwork available to download and print on standard oval stickers. Build the salad upside down with Foothill Farms dressing and heartier vegetables placed on the bottom and lettuce and meats placed toward the top of the cup; this prevents wilting and spoilage. Foothill Farms positions this concept as an alternative to traditional salad bars, controlling portions and minimizing waste. Go to www.foothillfarms.com/k12 for the free label artwork, recipe details and nutrition information. The Grape Escape When looking for fresh fruit for your operation, check out the grape options from HMC Farms. Grapes are always a fun and delicious fruit that kids enjoy, and HMC Foods offers a variety of packaging and serving options for your cafeteria. Choose from The Lunch Bunch®, which offers on-stem 2-oz. to 4-oz. bunches; Grape Escape®, featuring 2.25-oz. ready-to-eat single-serve bags; or ONEders® ready-to-serve, off-the-stem grapes in bulk to be served portioned or as an ingredient. Explore all HMC Farms offerings at www.hmcfarms.com/food-service or by calling (559) 897-1025. Bread With a Boost A new option from General Mills Foodservice can be used for both reimbursable lunch menus and to help drive a la carte revenue. Pillsbury™ Cheesy Pull-Aparts are single-serve portions of oven-baked bread filled with real cheese in a fun pull-apart format. The heat-and-serve item comes individually packaged for easy merchandising and is available in two flavors: Mozzarella & Garlic and Spicy Buffalo. It meets both reimbursable meal and Smart Snack entrée requirements and is free from artificial colors or flavors. Call (800) 767-5404 or visit www.generalmillscf.com for more information. Save Me a Seat Whether your cafeteria must accommodate dozens or hundreds of students, SICO America can meet your table and seating needs. New TC-65 Associate tables offer three different-shaped options, including rounded rectangle, rectangle and “D” shape. They each come with durable SICO ARMOR-EDGE sides, which prevents damage from high-traffic abuse. Each table also features a high-pressure laminate, available in a variety of colors and styles, to give your dining area equipment that is both functional and visually appealing. Browse all table options available at www.sicoinc.com or call (800) 328-6138 for more information. Beef Up Power Snacks Sticks from Highland Beef Farms offers a savory snack for students that contains protein, is low in fat and meets 2016 Smart Snack requirements. The gluten-free snack sticks come in Honey Peppered, Mesquite BBQ or Spicy BBQ flavors and are available in turkey or beef, giving students more variety when it comes to jerky-type products. Head to www.hbfpowersnacks.com or call (800) 869-6320 to learn more.
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