Recent Texas Tech University research shows that 1,440 consumers polled placed more value on beef flavor than tenderness. While tastes vary, Certified Angus Beef professionals say marbling is a key factor in beef flavor. For more information, circle 155 on reader service card.
Now through June 30, 2008, Dole® Food Company is offering foodservice operators incentives to increase menu appeal while saving on their bottom line. The company is offering free case rebates on first orders and case purchase refunds up to $500. For details, call 800-723-9868, or visit www.dolefoodservice.com.
Mrs. Friday's CRISPerfect Shrimp offers a unique, lighter coating that's crispy with a burst of flavor. The lighter coating gives guests more flavorful, tail-off shrimp in every bite with all the crunch of traditional breaded shrimp. Two varieties are available, including Sea Salt & Pepper. The shrimp can be sautéed, baked, stir fried or deep fried. Call 800-564-1557, or visit www.kpseafood.com.
Perdue® Turkey Burgers offer a third less fat without sacrificing taste. The burgers are available in a variety of flavors, including Mediterranean and Woodfire Grille. Menu applications include Caribbean-style burgers topped with fruit salsa. For more information, circle 156 on reader service card, or visit www.perdue.com.
National coffee manufacturer S&D Coffee recently added its 100 percent Columbian coffee to its growing list of Rainforest Alliance ™ certified coffees. The Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting ecosystems and the people and wildlife who depend on them. It also guarantees good working conditions, fair wages, access to medical facilities and schools for farm children. For more information, circle 157, or visit www.sndcoffee.
New Hellmann's® Real Whipped Salad Dressing from Unilever Foodsolutions is made with 100 percent canola oil. It contains no high-fructose corn syrup and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. For more information, visit the website: www.unileverfoodsolutions.us
Fresh and Fast
The experienced team of chefs at Harry's Fresh Foods uses quality ingredients cooked in small, hand-stirred kettles. Each batch is then packaged and quickly chilled to lock in freshness. For more information about these fresh soups, chilies and stews, visit the Basic American Foods website: www.baf.com.
Wontons to Wow ‘Em
Add crunch and flavor to Asian menu items with Fresh Gourmet® Wonton Strips from Sugar Foods Corporation. For details about how the crispy texture and lightly salted taste can enhance your specialties, call 888-708-2222.
Land O'Lakes recently introduced a sauce base that makes it easy for operators to create scratch-quality sauces for use across their menus. New Chef's Signature™ Butter Sauce Base is made with real dairy ingredients and has a mild, buttery flavor. Call 800-328-1322, or visit www.landolakesfooodservice.com.
Aranciata and Limonata Sparkling Fruit Beverages from San Pellegrino® are made with 16 to 18 percent fruit juices, and offer a premium aternative to traditional soft drinks. For more information, circle 158 on reader service card.
McManis Family Vine-yards recently released its 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah wines. In addition, the company is looking forward to its 2007 harvest and the surprises it holds. Call 209-599-1186, or visit www.McManisFamilyVineyards.com.
The new Eco-Shape™ half-liter bottle from Nestlé Waters® is made with 30 percent less plastic than traditional half-liter bottles. By year's end, the bottle will be available in all of the company's brands. For more information, circle 159 or visit www.nestle-watersna.com.
During Super Bowl week events, celebrities such as Matt Leinart, Ashlee Simpson, David Spade and Stacy Keibler seemed to appreciate My Fries, ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston's new french fry with 25% less fat. My Fries was the premier food sponsor of five celebrity gatherings. Call 800-766-7783 or visit myfriesadvantage.com.
Olive and Herb Flavor
Add a savory, rich and slightly sweet note to a wide range of menu items with Minor's® Signature™ Flavor Olive and Herb sauce. The sauce comes in convenient squeezable bottles. For more product information from Nestlé FoodServices, call 800-243-8822 or visit the company's website at NestleFoodservices.com.
Otis Spunkmeyer Shortbread Cookie Dough is the newest addition to the Supreme Indulgence super premium cookie line. The cookies offer an indulgent flavor and flaky texture with zero grams trans fat per serving. For more information, call 888-ASK-OTIS, or visit www.spunkmeyercom.
Uncle Ben's® offers a wide variety of healthy whole-grain products recognized by the Whole Grains Council's Whole Grain Stamp. Varieties include Uncle Ben's naturel™ Golden Harvest, Uncle Ben's Infused® Chicken & Wild Rice Pilaf, Whole Grain Brown Rice and International Grains® 100 percent Pure Wild Rice. Call 800-432-2331, or visit www.MARSfoodservices.com.
It's not too early to plan for National Egg Month this May. The American Egg Board offers a collection of recipes from three of its Chef Ambassadors, including Jennifer Jasinski, Executive chef-owner of Rioja in Denver. Recipes include Salmon Galette, Vegetable Frittata, Salad Lyonnaise, Sunny Shrimp Fried Rice and more. To order, call 847-296-7043, or visit www.aeb.org/Foodservice.
Transform your dessert menu with Smucker's® PlateScapers® dessert toppings. Create Easter egg cakes using several flavors, or trim shamrock cookies in chocolate. Flavors include Chocolate, Vanilla, Chocolate Fudge, Caramel and Raspberry. Visit www.smuckerfoodservice.com for details.
Hormel has introduced four new bulk Natural Choice® selections to its line of natural, presliced deli meats. The line now includes oven-roasted turkey, hardwood-smoked ham and deli roast beef. For details, visit www.hormelfoodservice.com.
For the discerning customer who demands bold chipotle flavor, Tabasco® Chipotle Pepper Sauce infuses the mild red jalapeño with a rich, smoky flavor. The sauce joins the McIlhenney Company's line of hot sauces including Tabasco Pepper Sauce and Tabasco Jalapeño Sauce. For more information, call 888-HOT-DASH, or circle 160 on reader service card.
McCormick®'s Flavor Forecast™ features the latest top ten flavor pairings for 2008. Couplings include Oregano and Heirloom Beans, Chile and Cocoa, Red Burry and Masa, and Poppy Seed and Rose. Recipes are available. For more information, circle 161 or visit www.mccormick.com.
Three new “super fruit” teas are now available from Two Leaves and a Bud. Organic Tropical Goji Green, Organic Açai White Tea and Organic Pomegranate Herbal are full-leaf teas with the handiness of a tea bag. For more information, circle 162 or visit www.twoleavesandabud.com.
Kraft Foodservice has added two new varieties to its recently launched line of Easyprep pouches. Kraft Real Mayonnaise and Miracle Whip Salad Dressing are now available in the portion-sized bags. Each 32-ounce pouch makes a standardized batch of bound salad or fills two 16-ounce squeeze bottles for sandwiches. Circle 163 or visit www.kraftfoodservice.com.
New Budweiser & Clamato Chelada and Bud Light & Clemato Chelada are now available from Anheuser-Busch.The drinks combine the company's classic American-style lagers with the spiciness of Clamato Tomato Cocktail. For more information, circle 164 or visit www.anheuser-busch.com.
The new Goodness Pack of cereals for General Mills combines great taste and nutrition for health-conscious patrons with a mix of cereal brands, including Cheerios®, Fiber One®, Raisin Bran Clusters® and Curves® Honey Crunch. The assortment focuses on a variety of nutritional benefits, including heart health and fiber intake. For more information, call 800-874-1451, or circle 165.
The Clorox Company recently introduced Green Works cleaners, a line a natural cleaning products designed to be as effective as traditional cleaners, but made with plant-based ingredients. The products are ready-to-use and dilutable. The products are biodegradable and non-allergenic and are not tested on animals. For more information, call 888-797-7225, or visit www.cloroxprofessional.com.
Stir, emulsify, cream, whip and more with Robot Coupe's MP Turbo Combi Power Mixer. The combination units feature cutter blade and whisk attachments and are portable. The mixers come with a one-year replacement warranty. Call 800-824-1646, or visit www.robotcoupeusa.com.
New Artizan™ FRP wall panels from Marlite are available in a full array of decorative finishes, including abstracts and faux woodgrains, as well as custom designs. The panels are made of a special formula which enables them to be printed by a rotogravure process yielding an endless possibility of prints. For more information, circle 166.
The Merco MHC-22-GEN and MHC-1 holding cabinets keep food hot, fresh and ready to assemble. The cabinets allow more flexibility in holding options for greater menu variety. Call 260-459-8200 or circle 167.
Electrolux Professional North America introduces SMART Refrigeration to the North American market. Each Electrolux Smart Reach-In Refrigerator or Freezer is fully-equipped with a revolutionary control system to ensure back-of-house efficiency. Visit www.electroluxusa.com/professional or circle 168.
The G3 Primo Cappuccino (PCGT) system from Curtis feature a large, easy-to-read, lit digital display for easy setting changes. The Euro-Styled unit prepares gourmet-quality cappuccinos in seconds with just the push of a button. Carefully designed electronics monitor time, temperature and dispense ratios. For more information, call 800-421-6150, or visit www.wilburcurtis.com.
Operators can improve the effectiveness of dish washing by blasting away grit and grime with Fisher Manufacturing's pre-rinse units. The units are available in a wide variety of configurations, including deck, wall, or backsplash models with single or dual controls and more. The units feature stainless steel seats and internal, spring-loaded valves. Call 800-421-6162, or visit www.fisher-mfg.com.
Bon Chef announced it will hold its current pricing through 2008. Pricing will remain at the 12/1/2006 pricing throughout the year. In addition, new Bonsteel flatware will soon be available to replace the company's existing stock of 18/10 flatware. Once the 18/10 stock is depleted, Bon Chef will only stock and ship Bonsteel. For more information, call 800-331-0177, or visit www.bonchef.com.
David Richard Mouck has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Robot Coupe U.S.A., Inc. Mouck, employed in the foodservice industry for more than ten years, has been Robot Coupe's V.P of Sales/Marketing since 2006.
Lincoln Elevates Execs
Melinda Gilbert has been promoted to director of marketing for Lincoln Foodservice Products. Gilbert is responsible for all marketing activities. Also, Beverly Coolman has been promoted to director of marketing for Lincoln Smallwares. She will manage all marketing efforts for the Wear-Ever® and Redco® brands.
Tomlinson Mourns Chernak's Passing
John A. Chernak, former President of Tomlinson Industries, died on Jannuary 22, 2008. Chernak served as President from 1957 through 1994. In 1995, he became Chairman of the company and was a Senior “Special” Advisor from 1996 until his retirement in December 2003.
Oneida, Spiegelau Announce Partnership
Maximilian Riedel, CEO for Spiegelau U.S.A., has appointed Oneida Global Foodservice as its exclusive sales, marketing and distribution partner for its foodservice segment throughout the United States. The move was designed to enable a high level of market penetration in the foodservice and lodging industries.
Tyson's New Labels
Tyson Foods and the USDA agreed to new and more informative labeling for the company's Raised Without Antibiotics chicken program. The new language, “Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics that impact antibiotic resistance in humans,” was approved after six weeks of consumer research and discussion.
Industry Vets Acquire Rankin-Delux
Rankin-Delux was recently acquired by two industry professionals. Ed Stephenson, former Rankin General Manager of Operations and Vasan L., current owner of Royal Range, Inc. acquired the company from Owner/CEO Peggy Jones. Jones took over the company in 2005 from her late husband, Bill, who founded the company in 1996.
Enodis Promotes New Leadership
Caitlin Rodgers has been promoted to director of marketing for Enodis USA. She is responsible for developing the company's integrated marketing strategy and directing all related activities, including new product launches, advertising, promotions and public relations. In addition, Maribeth Kelly has been promoted to marketing coordinator. She will manage marketing and trade show communications.