Taste of Italy New for SY 2015-16, Gilardi’s Calzones from ConAgra Foodservice come in two authentic Italian varieties: Three Cheese with Mozzarella, Parmesan and Romano or Meat Combo with Turkey Pepperoni and Turkey Sausage. This handheld, easy-to-eat- item provides 2-oz. grains, 2 meat/ meat alternates and 1⁄8-cup red/orange vegetable. According to ConAgra, the product is Smart Snack-compliant. For more information, call (800) 357-6543. Bevy of Bagels Contemporary production combined with traditional European baking methods allows National Choice Bakery to manufacture a wide variety of bagels, including a frozen version with a shelf life of one year. Packaged 72 per case (bulk or individually wrapped) in 2-2.25 oz. (2 credible grains), flavors include Whole Grain Plain, Cinnamon, Raisin or Blueberry. Contact Gerri Krenner via email at email@example.com or call (651) 554-0200, ext. 30. Shelving Made Easy School nutrition professionals know that walk-in coolers can create special food storage issues. Double stacking and lack of airflow can lead to possible contamination and foodborne illness, so it’s vital that proper shelving is used to ensure food safety. Tournus Equipment offers sanitary, flexible shelving that can be added onto when needed. The company says that with removable and dishwasher safe grids, the shelving is guaranteed from corrosion and rust. For additional information, call (773) 850-3118. Empire State of Grain For school nutrition-appropriate garlic toast and breadsticks that kids will enjoy, look to New York Brand bread offerings from Marzetti Foodservice. Garlic bread options and flavorful breadsticks offer the buttery deliciousness students crave and operators don’t always expect from foodservice brands. All selections come frozen and are heat and serve for quick and convenient prep. Go to www.marzettifoodservice.com or call (614) 846-2232 for inventive recipes, resources and more product information. Grain Is The Name When looking for an organic bread provider, consider Alvarado Street Bakery. This company makes all of its breads from organic sprouted wheat, which results in a unique product that is free from GMOs and is certified organic and Kosher. Alvarado Street Bakery offers 13 different sliced bread options, including Sprouted “No Salt” Multi- Grain and Sprouted Wheat Cinnamon Raisin, as well as a variety of Sprouted Wheat Bagels, Sprouted Wheat Buns and Rolls, Sprouted Wheat Tortillas and Sprouted Wheat Pizza Breads. To learn more, call (707) 283-0300 or visit www.alvaradostreetbakery.com. Shoot for Fruit Do you need a new option for serving fruit—especially to appeal to older students who are on the go? Welch’s Fruit Shot 100% Juices may be just what you seek. Portioned in 5.5-oz. recyclable aluminum cans, it provides a convenient serving of fruit with no added sugar. Flavors include Grape, Raspberry Lime, Strawberry Mango and White Grape Passion Fruit. For more information, visit www. welchs.com. Plants with Purpose Repurpose offers an eco-friendly alternative to traditional foodservice disposables with its line of cups, bowls, plates and utensils made entirely from plants. The plant materials (corn, sugar and bamboo) are annually renewable resources and 100% compostable, which would allow your school nutrition program to lower its overall carbon footprint. All Repurpose items are BPA-, chlorine- and petroleum-free and use only soy-based inks. To learn more, visit www.repurposecompostables.com or call (800) 615-6476. Fruit With a Crunch Crunchies, an allnatural, freeze-dried snack, provides a delicious and different way to enjoy fruit. Unlike traditional heat drying, the freeze-drying method used by Chaucer Food Group ensures that the fresh fruit snack retains its nutritional value while enhancing its shelf life—and creating a satisfying crunch. The product line includes Strawberries, Mango, Pineapple, Blueberries, Raspberries, Grapes, Cinnamon Apple, Strawberry Banana and Mixed Fruit. For more information, visit www.crunchiesfood.com. For bulk ordering information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Well, Hot Dog! State Fair Lite Whole-Grain Mini Turkey Corn Dogs from Tyson Foods, Inc., are a fun new addition to the foodservice circuit. This option is easy for operators, as the product comes ready-to-serve and can be heated in a microwave or oven. They are also easy to make appealing to students when offered with unique and flavorful dipping sauces. Mini Turkey Corn Dogs credit a 2-oz. meat/meat alternate and 2-oz. grain. For more information, visit www.tysonfoodservice.com or call (800) 248-9766. Schwan Song While Schwan’s Food Service has long been a familiar company for K-12 menu solutions, a recent move may come as a surprise to current and potential customers. It has vowed to eliminate four ingredient groups from its broad food portfolio: partially hydrogenated oils and artificial trans fats, artificial dyes, high-fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors. In addition to these new formulations, Schwan’s offers more than 100 K-12 menu items that are free from trans fat, partially hydrogenated oils and artificial dyes. To learn more, go to www.schwanfoodservice.com or call (800) 533-5290. Veggie Overload For vegetables that are 100% domestically grown, look for Flav-R-Pac American Harvest vegetable blends. A brand of Norpac, American Harvest offers 15 versatile vegetable combos, such as Garden Blend, Fajita Blend and Southwest Blend. All options are chock-full of three to seven different types of veggies, and are vegan, gluten-free and low-fat. Visit www.norpac.com or call (800) 733-9311 for more details. Potato Head Cavendish Farms offers a wide variety of potato products for processing your USDA Foods allotment, including Hash Brown Patties, Seasoned Chunky Diced Potatoes, Oven Nuggets (Tater Tots), Straight Cut Fries, Crinkle and Shoestring fries. All selections credit toward meal pattern vegetable counts and the 1 ⁄2 -in. Crinkly Cut fries are low in sodium. For more information on what Cavendish Farms has to offer, browse www.cavendishfarms.com or call (701) 252-5222. Tasty Treasures Sweet treats are easy to provide, thanks to Treasure Mills. This company offers freshly baked, thaw-and-serve products that are individually wrapped and considered “School Safe.” Foodservice selections are made with natural ingredients and are nut-, peanut- and dairy-free, as well as made in a facility free from these allergens. Products available to schools include Mini Loafs, Muffins, Cookies, Bars, Snack Cakes and Granola. To learn more about these products and confirm their compliance with federal nutrition standards, call (905) 503-6455 or visit www.treasuremills.com. Build Clean Menus As more school nutrition operations strive for “clean menus,” you can look to DOLE for high-quality, value-added packaged and frozen fruits and vegetables. The company sources all-natural fruits and vegetables, and its products are non- GMO. It also follows a strict and established Corporate Social Responsibility plan to ensure every DOLE operation follows the four pillars of sustainability: water management, carbon footprint, soil conservation and packaging. For more information, visit www.dolefoodservice.com or call (800) 723-9868. Vegetarian Verified Selections from Dominex Natural Foods make it easy to serve vegetarian options that will satisfy students. Build center-of-the-plate options around products such as Eggplant Cutlets, Veggie Burgers or Meatballs, or provide a healthy complement to meals with Eggplant, Zucchini or Carrot Fries. All products are low-fat, cholesterol-free, made from fresh vegetables and free from preservatives. For more information or helpful tips and recipes, check out www.dominexeggplant.com/foodservice.html or call (800) 228-6098.
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