Clean & Lean J.T.M. Provisions Co., Inc., just upped its game by welcoming Clean Label Beef Taco Filling to its K-12 product line. The filling is allergen- and gluten-free, and each 3.26-oz. serving provides 2-oz.-eq. meat/meat alternate. This product aims to help operators meet the demand for clean label products with solutions that are also budget- and labor-friendly. Visit www.jtmfoodgroup.com or call (513) 367-4900 for more information. All About the Chicken Are you looking for a breaded chicken sandwich to entice your students? AdvancePierre Foods recently launched two new options that deliver variety that’s on trend with kids and meet nutrition regulations. The Breaded Chicken Sandwich is a single whole-grain breaded chicken patty on a signature hearthbaked, whole-grain bun. Additionally, Mini Twin Breaded Chicken Sandwiches are available as a lunch menu solution. Both are packaged in ovenable film, making them easy to heat and serve. For more details, visit www.apfk12.com or call (800) 969-2747. Modular by Design Multiteria’s Essence™ Series provides modular serving stations with design flexibility and easy installation. The 12 standard sizes are designed to fit your operation dimensions and service, as well as save your program time and money. With interchangeable graphic panels, it’s easy to refurbish your serving station, update themes, motifs and messages—no tools required! The patented Tight Link locking system locks counters together for a stationary, custom-looking serving line or unlocks for flexible, modular use. Visit www.multiteriausa.com or call (630) 585-1369 to learn more. Timely Temps For speedy temperature-taking, ThermoWorks has introduced its Thermapen Mk4®. It’s an affordable solution that delivers three-second readings and accuracy within 0.7 degrees, while being immune to splash back from liquids or foods. The Thermapen also features an “auto on/off” design, meaning no buttons and easy use. To learn more about this and other culinary thermometer options, visit www.thermoworks.com or call (800) 393-6434. Hoppin’ in K-12 General Mills’ Annie’s® Organic Bunny Grahams, Honey Bunny Grahams and Friends Bunny Grahams are now available for K-12 schools nationwide. Annie’s is one of the first natural and organic brands to make its way into cafeterias under the USDA’s recent standards, according to General Mills. Both varieties are available in single-serve 1.25-oz. snack pouches. For more information on these products, call (800) 767-5404 or visit www.generalmillscf.com. Pick a Stick Bosco® Sticks from Tyson Food Service offer whole-grain items that are just right for K-12 operations. Suitable for meals or grab ’n’ go snacks, flavors include Mozzarella Cheese, Pizza, Apple and Pretzel with Cheddar Cheese. The product is offered in bulk with serving bags or boxes included for easy merchandising. Go to www.tysonfoodservice.com to learn more or call (800) 248-9766. Fun, Festive Potatoes Did you know that potatoes are America’s favorite vegetable and the fourth most-popular crop on the planet? Southwind Farms produces a wide variety of fingerling potato types, including Russian Banana Fingerling, Purple Fiesta Fingerling, Red Thumb Fingerling and Mixed Medley Fingerling. The heirloom shapes and textures can make for fun, unique preparations and colorful dishes for your K-12 school foodservice program. Navigate to www.southwindpotatoes.com for more details or call (208) 436-8164. Breakfast in a Pouch Are you looking for a way to improve participation? Kellogg’s Eggo® Bites Mini French toast, waffles and pancakes may be a viable option. Eggo® Bites are single-serve pouches that just need to be heated and served—no preparation, tableware, syrups or jellies are needed. Flavors include Original Mini French Toast, Chocolate Chip Mini French Toast, Blueberry Fla vored Mini Pancakes, Maple Flavored Mini Pancakes, Cinnamon Mini Waffles and Maple Flavored Mini Waffles. Call (877) 511-5777 or visit www.kelloggsspecialtychannels.com for additional details. Pick a Pita Chip Made with 51% whole grains, Kangaroo® Pita Chips from ConAgra Foods, Inc., may be just the snack your students desire. Pita chips are an on-trend snack that students are familiar with and offer an appealing substitute for tortilla or potato chips. Additionally, Kangaroo’s pita chips meet the USDA Smart Snacks requirements and are available in Sea Salt, Garlic Herb, Zesty Cheddar, Multi-Grain Garden Herb, Salt ‘n’ Pepper and Multi-Grain Sea Salt. Visit www.conagrafoodservice.com or call (866) 344-6970 for more information. Favorite Flavors Knouse Foods has introduced four new “patron pleasing” additions to its Musselman’s unsweetened Natural Apple Sauce line: Cherry, Cinnamon, Peach and Strawberry. These new flavors inject more variety into foodservice fruit solutions, with every 4.5-oz. cup satisfying the minimum daily fruit requirement. Call (717) 677-8181 or check out www.knousefoodservice.com for more details. Taste of the Island For a unique and flavorful addition to the same old menu, Truly Caribbean introduces Montego Bay Dipping Sauce. It has 0 grams of fat per serving, as well as only 50 calories, making it a surprisingly delicious yet healthy condiment. It was also an SN Secret Shopper pick at ANC 2014. Visit www.trulycaribbean.com for more information. Wise Up Rather than racking your brain for ways to convey the importance of healthy eating to students, let The OrganWise Guys, Inc., help. This company offers The Foods of the Month Club Kit, an informative and fun tool that comes with a bevy of products specifically designed to teach students how healthy eating positively affects the body. Marketing materials for school cafeterias, activity sheets and web-based information is included, as well as themed MyPlate and Organwise posters and aprons. For more information or to check out other resources offered, go to www.organwiseguys.com. Fresh Menu Ideas As school nutrition professionals, you know that motivating kids to eat well takes inspiration. Jennie-O Turkey Store offers up creativity with online USDA-formatted recipes that provide a wide selection of menu ideas designed to perform well in your kitchen and your lunchroom. From Jalapeno Turkey Meatloaf to Fiesta Mac to Buffalo Turkey Tacos, you can check in regularly for fresh menu ideas. Navigate to www.jennieofoodservice.com/K12. Easy Does It Two staples from Basic American Foods—Potato Pearls® Mashed and Santiago® Beans Smart Servings—allow you to meet USDA guidelines with vegetable products that are also quick and easy to prepare. The products are gluten-free and low in sodium and can be used to create unique and filling entrée and side dishes. For more information and to request a sample, visit www.baf.com or call (800) 722-2084. Rockin’ Rice Consider adding whole-grain rice products recommended by USA Rice Federation to your school lunch menu. The organization’s suggestions include sprouted brown rice (which has a mild nutty flavor), wholegrain aromatic rice, ready-to-heat whole-grain brown rice (which takes just 45 seconds in single-serve cups and 90 seconds in a microwaveable pouch), parboiled brown rice, rice blends, flavored brown rice and colored rice (which comes in red and black hues). USA Rice Federation’s education website also includes nutrition education handouts in English and Spanish. For more information and recipe ideas, visit www.menurice.com. Peary Nice Visit the Pacific Northwest Canned Pears (PNCP) website to access school-specific materials for your cafeteria. Along with a colorful infographic about canned pears, PNCP offers coloring pages, word searches, quizzes and more for students. Additionally, school-specific recipes are available, including Sausage and Pear Breakfast Rolls, Pear and Chicken BLT Salad and Northwest Nachos. Visit www.eatcannedpears.com/schools.
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