Manufacturer Spotlight May 2006

Foodservice suppliers provide a look at products designed to make an operator’s job easier.

Hoshizaki’s Tempguard undercounter refrigerators and freezers feature an all stainless-steel interior, top, end, front, door and bottom with a galvanized steel back. A patented control system monitors temperature levels and operating conditions and the evaporator coil is coated for extended life. The refrigerators and freezers are available in single- and double-door models.
800-438-6087; www.hoshizaki.com

General Mills Bakeries & Foodservice began integrating the 60-plus Pillsbury Bakery Flour brands and products into its existing bakery product line on March 1, 2006. Now that General Mills will be marketing the industry’s two best-known bakery flour brands—Pillsbury and Gold Medal—bakery customers will benefit from even broader national distribution and stronger support. Products include bakery flour, dry baking mixes and convenience products such as cinnamon rolls, croissants, puff pastry and other sweet goods.
800-874-1451; www.gmifs.com

Bring some New Orleans spirit to your seafood selections with Tampa Maid’s Dipt ’n Dusted Louisiana-Style Shrimp. The bite-size shrimp are marinated first, then dusted in an authentic blend of Louisiana-style spices for that signature Big Easy taste. The shrimp can jazz up your appetizer list, fill a po’ boy sandwich, pair with an entree or top a salad with style.

Get free recipes developed by chefs from some of the nation’s top restaurants. Sink your teeth into American Lamb Loin Roulade with Olive Tapenade and Arugula, Braised Lamb Shank with Port Wine and more. To order your free “American Lamb. American Menus” recipe cards, write to the American Lamb Board, 7900 East Union Avenue, Suite 1003, Denver, CO 80237 or e-mail Rae@americanlambboard.org.

No more haphazard jumbles of portion control jams and jellies on tabletops and buffet lines, thanks to Smucker’s branded tabletop caddies and baskets. The acrylic caddies display the packs in sleek, compact stacks; woven baskets add a homey touch while still keeping the preserves neatly organized.  Take advantage of the new online ordering system on the Smucker’s website.

For a smooth, creamy texture or a garnish that’s a notch or two above, choose new Stella Freshly Shaved Parmesan Cheese. It’s cut from the heart of the wheel, so you won’t find any rind pieces. Available in convenient 5-lb. packages.

Otis Spunkmeyer helps operators “turn four quarters into some serious change’” with its seasonal cookie program. A new cookie for every season—Strawberry Shortcake; Red, White & Blue; Chocolate with Reese’s Pieces; and Holiday Carnival—will increase yearlong profits. The program includes recipes, POS materials, rebates and a chance to win one of six vacation packages.

Procter & Gamble introduces a cost-effective solution for operators who do not have automated dishwashing equipment. Dawn Manual Pot and Pan Detergent Packets are pre-measured to fill a commercial sink with the optimum amount of detergent. No need for employees to mix or measure chemicals translates to foolproof, efficient cleaning every time. Recommended for use with P&G’s Clean Quick Chlorine Sanitizer Packet. 

May is National Egg Month and to build positive awareness about this versatile food, the American Egg Board is offering foodservice operators a free kit full of merchandising ideas. Ordering is as simple as cooking an over-easy egg—just go to the website and click on the link for the National Egg Month Kit. Get cracking right away to stage a timely menu promotion. 847-296-7043

Adding splash to your menu’s seafood choices is as simple as turning on the oven. Clear Springs has introduced new Parmesan Crusted Fillets to its Flavor Glazed & Crusted Fillet selection. The fillets are guaranteed boneless and come frozen, ready to bake. Also available in the Splash! Rainbow Trout Line are Lemon Herb Glazed and Pecan Crusted Rainbow Trout Fillets. 

See what Globe Food Equipment’s two new slicers can do to fill your kitchen’s production needs. Meet the heavy-duty 3600 Manual Slicer and the medium-duty CG512 Compact Manual Slicer. Both offer stainless food contact areas, a permanently attached knife ring guard and knife cover interlock. If you’re slicing all day every day, the 3600 is ideal for your needs, with a two-year parts, one-year labor and 15-year gear warranty. If you have limited space or budget, the CG512 can step up to the plate, providing reliable results for kitchens that are slicing up to four hours a day. 

Mussels are soaring in popularity, and Hillman Shrimp and Oyster Company has made it easier than ever to add them to the menu. Farm- raised blue mussels are sealed and frozen, without additives or preservatives, in 1-lb. vacuum bags, locking in natural juices. Steam them with bold Asian or Mediterranean flavors as an appetizer, or add to soups and pasta dishes.

Get reacquainted with an old favorite—Kikkoman’s contemporary Teriyaki Recipe Collection is full of mouthwatering ideas that go way beyond teriyaki chicken. Enjoy such inventive fare as Curry-Yaki Glazed Wahoo, from Chef Peng Looi of Asiatique in Kentucky, Teriyaki Lacquered Shrimp Pizza and more when you order the free Kikkoman Teriyaki Recipe Collection filled with recipes, tips and menu ideas.

The #10 can steps into the 21st century with the introduction of the Safe-T-Can™ container. Developed by Basic American Foods for WHIPP Instant Mashed Potatoes, this plastic can has a snap-off cap and sports a built-in handle for easy pouring. No can opener means no sharp edges to cause injuries. The potatoes are available in three varieties: Complete Instant Mashed Potatoes with vitamin C; Instant Mashed Potatoes with vitamin C; and Automash Potato Mix.

Is it time to upgrade your serving trays? Vollrath now makes rectangular stainless steel trays in three sizes. Satin finished rims and mirror finished interiors create an eye-catching contrast that sets the stage for topnotch service. Built-in handles mean safe and comfortable carrying, and heavy-gauge materials mean the trays are durable and dishwasher safe.

For Roth Käse handcrafted specialty cheeses, the next big thing is small. Mix ’n Match Minis are attractively wrapped and labeled 4-oz. portions of cheese available in 11 varieties including Grand Cru Gruyère, Buttermilk Blue, Van Gogh Smoked Gouda, Red Spruce Cheddar, Alp & Dell Pepper Jack and Ostenborg Havarti. Mix ’n Match Minis are ideal for cheese plates or soup or salad accompaniments, providing the ultimate in freedom of choice for customers.
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Now there’s a tidier and safer way to offer your customers the finishing touches for their coffee. The EZ-CREAM chilled cream dispenser keeps cream and other dairy products below the recommended 41°F indefinitely. It uses thermoelectric cooling, a quieter, cheaper alternative to mechanical refrigeration. The dispenser’s tamper-resistant locking top and smudge-proof finish make it perfect for serve-yourself stations.

DayMark Safety Systems, a leading supplier of food safety labels, introduces a new line of personal safety products for the workplace.  Included is a First Aid Cabinet stocked with OSHA-compliant products so it’s easy to provide immediate care for burns, cuts and other common workplace injuries. Operators can tailor the products to their needs, and the at-a-glance Easy Refill system makes it simple to restock.

Imagine a sizzling grilled white meat turkey burger dressed up with rich, spicy chipotle mayonnaise, Pepper Jack cheese, tomato, lettuce and roasted onions and peppers—all on fresh-baked focaccia or ciabatta bread. It’s easy to add appeal to your burger menu with Perdue’s variety of turkey burger flavor profiles. Choose homestyle burgers for a handmade look that really covers the bun or round burgers for a classic appearance.

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) is launching its ServSafe Alcohol course and exam on the Internet. Designed to allow users to complete training and testing online, the program offers total ease of accessibility and flexibility. The comprehensive online course can be completed in less than five hours.

Elevate your dessert offerings with sophisticated takes on classic comfort desserts. Chef Pierre Flavor Fusion Pies are packed with complex flavor from the filling to the crust. Try Wild Berry Blast Hi Pie with Lemon Crust, Country Apple Hi Pie with Maple Crust, Orchard Fruit Hi Pie with Buttery Vanilla Crust, Iced Mocha Layer Cream Pie with Amaretto Crust and Nuts About Fudge Pie with Chocolate Crust.

Chefs, mixologists and baristas have a whole new world of possibilities at their fingertips with Torani Pure Flavor, a line of concentrated herb and spice flavors in an unsweetened liquid form. The initial six flavor varieties include Ancho Chile, Basil, Cilantro, Garden Mint, Lemon Verbena and Thai Ginger. Pure Flavor products free you up from concerns about perishability, extensive prep time and seasonality traditionally associated with these flavors, leaving room to innovate and create the most memorable beverages, sauces and desserts. 

Mrs. Dash salt-free seasonings from Precision Foods are available in ten flavor profiles and four different sizes. Choices include Southwest Chipotle, Tomato Basil Garlic, Chicken or Steak Grilling Blend and the classic blend in Original and Extra Spicy; containers come in 21 oz., 6.75 oz., 2.5 oz. and individual portion control packet sizes. With this kind of versatility, Mrs. Dash is equally at home in the back of the house, adding a special something to signature dishes, or on guests’ tables, inviting them to have fun seasoning their own meals to taste.

Bigger than a cherry tomato and smaller than a Roma, vine ripened Campari tomatoes have a great tomato flavor that’s consistent year round. Campari tomatoes are grown without pesticides in greenhouses and are never gassed to speed up ripening. They are available from three growers: BC Hothouse, Eurofresh Farms and Mastronardi Produce.

Customers are crazy about tender, slow-cooked short ribs, and now you can give them more of what they love without the long prep time. Tyson offers Honey Hoisin, Chipotle BBQ and Slow Roasted beef short ribs in 6-inch and 3-inch sizes for all kinds of menu possibilities—from small plates to large.
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The new lightweight Alexa line from the Homer Laughlin China Company offers a modern and elegant look with its coupe shape and thin, light construction. The line includes 22 functional, stackable pieces. Rounded, square and triangular shapes can be layered for dramatic presentations. A universal saucer design makes a perfect fit for cups, bowls and mugs.

Easy to use, even easier to clean, Ewbank floor sweepers are built to last. Four carpet height settings, an extra-wide sweep path, all-around furniture protection bumpers and natural fiber bristles that don’t get matted down make these sweepers an ideal choice for any restaurant or hotel.

The Redco Wedgemaster II, available from Lincoln Foodservice Products, is a composite wedger offering one-stroke manual operation. Three times faster than cutting by hand, it quickly and consistently divides lemons, limes, oranges, tomatoes, onions and potatoes into six or eight uniform wedges, reducing food damage and waste.

Pickwick Chamomile Caffeine Free Herbal Tea adds a soothing touch to Mother’s Day menus. The finest pure herbs and botanicals create an herbal infusion that brews up a tasty cup of tea for brunch, lunch or dinner. Each tea bag is packaged in foil for maximum freshness and flavor. 800-682-SARA

King & Prince has developed a line of crab cakes designed to deliver quality, versatility, convenience, value and great crab flavor. Choices range from the deluxe 3-oz. Gourmet Crab Cake to the 1-oz. Breaded Mini Crab Cake—an assortment suitable to a variety of menu applications.

The Optio by Lincoln cookware collection is a complete line of stainless-steel products specifically designed for the value-conscious chef/operator. It includes natural finish and nonstick pans suitable for frying, sauteeing and saucing, as well as nonstick stock and sauce pots, braziers and covers. All are constructed of 18/10 stainless steel and feature aluminum-clad bottoms for quick, even heating and use on any type of stove.

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council is offering a free kit filled with ideas for adding value to the menu with blueberries. The information pack includes a CD-ROM featuring recipes, nutrition facts, seasonal availability and more. For a free copy of the leaflet and a bonus CD-ROM, e-mail
blueberries@lewis-neale.com with your name and mailing address.

Saputo has the cheeses you need to add big flavor to your menu. Choose from an extensive line of aged specialty cheeses, including Blue, Gorgonzola, Swiss and Feta, as well as an array of high-quality Italian cheeses such as Asiago, Parmesan, Romano, Mozzarella, Provolone and Ricotta.

Lender’s Stuffed Bagels make it easier than ever to enjoy a bagel on the go. No knives, no mess, just classic bagel flavor with one of five cream cheese fillings: original, cinnamon raisin, onion and chive, blueberry or strawberry. Part of the Grabwich line of on-the-go meals, Lender’s Stuffed Bagels also include individually wrapped Sausage-Egg Bagels—another convenient breakfast option.

A new premium gin has crossed the pond to entice America’s cocktail crowd. Broker’s London Dry Gin is made from triple-distilled grain spirits and 10 natural botanicals (herbs, spices and fruit). The botanicals are steeped for 24 hours in the pure grain spirit, imparting a distinctive flavor and aroma. After the steeping, the gin is distilled a fourth time. Each bottle of Broker’s is capped with a traditional British bowler hat, adding a whimsical touch behind the bar.

New on the market is all-natural Grande Ricotta cheese in four styles: Dolce, Sopraffina, Tenera and Del Pastaio. Each has a unique flavor and texture to meet the demands of any menu application. The ricotta comes in several package sizes. It joins Grande Mozzarella—a traditional cheese that brings delicate flavor and excellent melting qualities to pizza, pasta and other dishes. Purchase it in large loaf form, or choose Grande diced or shredded mozzarella to save time and control portions.

Get smoked meat flavor without fussing over a smoker. Tyson offers fully cooked beef brisket, pulled beef and pulled pork, all naturally smoked for up to 12 hours with a blend of hardwoods and fruitwoods. The meats are seasoned with a signature rub and packaged unsauced for versatility.
800-24-TYSON, ext. 826

Vlasic Prep-Pak offers tasty sliced pickles in a new labor-saving package that goes from case to prep line in no time. All operators have to do is peel the seal and serve. Vlasic offers both Smooth Cut and Krinkle Kut pickles in this convenient packaging, which drops into any sandwich prep line, eliminating messy transfers.


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