Manufacturer Spotlight February 2006

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

Advanced Closed System from Convotherm provides consistent oven temperature and humidity control and allows the amount of steam used during cooking to be tailored exactly to the food type and size. Special features decrease cooking time while improving the final product, save water and lower drain-line temperatures. Crisp and Tasty, a new and exclusive feature of the system, creates a larger vacuum inside the cooking compartment. This quickly forces out additional moisture produced during cooking, allowing the food’s exterior to become crisper while the inside stays moist—ideal for French fries, casseroles and baked items.

Made with real Sam Adams Boston Lager, Mrs. Friday’s Beer Battered Cod Fillets are hand-cut and lightly coated with natural hops and brewer’s yeast.  The robust flavor of these English-style fillets offers made-from-scratch taste and appearance for a fraction of the labor.

“Celebrate the green” this St. Patrick’s Day with Miller. Unique St. Patrick’s Day merchandise, table tents, string pennants and imprint banners featuring the company’s ambassador of the day, the leprechaun, are available to help you and your customers get into the spirit with Miller Light and Miller Genuine Draft.

Sarah Lee’s new Wholesome Indulgence muffins and bagels are great-tasting, healthful breakfast options. They contain zero grams trans fats and are a good source of grains and fiber.  Choose from Blueberry, Banana Nut, Cinnamon Pecan Coffeecake or Apple Cranberry muffins or Wheat, Cinnamon Raisin, 100 percent Whole Wheat or Whole Grain Plain bagels.

The latest addition to Torani’s line of premium-flavored syrups, Torani Toasted Marshmallow, is perfect for lattes, mochas, blended drinks and more. Tempt your guests with custom-made winter warmers or frothy, flavored chilled beverages.

Every Tyson ham delivers quality, consistency and great taste with each bite. Perfect for hot or cold applications, choose from pit, carving, slicing and shaving hams to suit your menu needs.
800-24-TYSON, ext. 574

Organic coffee is now grown in 30 countries, including the United States, according to the Organic Coffee Collaboration. Varieties include French roast, decaffeinated and coffee/soy blends. The Organic Trade Assoc- iation projects organic coffee sales to grow about 20 percent annually through 2008.

New Square Beehive Double Wall Insulated Serving Bowls from Vollrath feature heavy-guage, stainless steel double walls that are ideal for maintaining food temperatures without preheating or chilling.  The bowls are all dishwasher safe, while the square, beehive shape and mirror finish add beauty to function.  Choose from 1.8-, 5.2- and 8.2-qt. sizes.

High-quality video security solutions can be had without breaking the bank with Bosch Security Systems’ new additions to its flat-panel LCD monitors. The ergonomic, compact MON150CL 15-inch and MON170CL 17-inch color models will blend right into any restaurant space. Each features composite video, audio and Y/C that are compatible with today’s security applications that use PCs and digital video devices and offer user-friendly on-screen menus in multiple languages.

Offer customers the ultimate coffee experience with the Nespresso Professional coffee machine. Simple to use and maintain, the Professional Coffee Service includes 24/7 service, regular scheduled maintenance visits, telephone assistance with operation and loaner machines during repairs.  Nespresso also offers a variety of premium coffees in their Grand Crus line, featuring several categories: Ristretto, Italian Espresso, Lungo (100 percent Arabica) and Decaffeinated. Pre-measured pods make it simple to brew a perfect cup of coffee or espresso every time.

Visions: The Art of Flavor, a new savory guide from Knorr, is packed with easy-to-prepare recipes and menuing ideas—fresh for spring. There is something to appeal to everyone, from Caribbean-inspired Jamaican Jerk Shrimp & Beef Skewers, to lighter options such as Thai Lettuce Wraps and Macadamia-Crusted Mahi-Mahi with Coconut Curry Cream Sauce.

The winning entry from the 16th annual Florida Tomato “Best of the Best” recipe contest for culinary students held in November, 2005, was the Florida Tomato and Tapenade Gateaux with Chive Goat Cheese, from Stuart Tracy of Johnson & Wales. The 2006 contest begins in February and will again include students from both U.S. and Canadian culinary schools. For more information, e-mail

Liquid Ice Cream is a revolutionary product from Maui Beverages that helps foodservice operators save time and space while making high-demand frozen treats such as ice cream shakes. Packaged in aseptic 32 oz. cartons, Liquid Ice Cream is vanilla based and made with quality ingredients.  It is formulated for a shelf life of up to nine months and can be safely stored in liquid state at room temperature.  The product is simply poured into a blender with ice, instantly transforming into a thick, creamy ice cream that’s great on its own and perfect for mixing with fruit purees, candies, cookies or nuts for more decadent creations.  No scooping necessary.

Almonds make a tasty, crunchy, nutritious addition to all categories of products. To discover new ways to use these versatile, cost-effective nuts to their full potential, the Almond Board of California is offering a free CD. It’s filled with ideas for bakers to add flair, flavor and more profit to their repertoire. Included is product information, recipes, nutrition and consumer research and more.

Promise has reformulated its popular spread. Heart Healthy Essentials blend is low in saturated fats and high in unsaturated fats; it also has no trans fat or cholesterol. The new Promise also contains vitamins and Omega- 3s essential to maintaining a healthy heart. This healthy alternative does not sacrifice rich, buttery taste and is available in convenient 5g portion control cups.

Silestone Leather with Microban from Cosentino is the first and only countertop in the world with built-in anti-microbial product protection.  The non-glossy leather texture is a first in quartz surfacing and the Microban ensures it stays less dirty between cleanings by fighting the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew. Select from a wide range of colors from Beige Olimpo, to White Zeus.

Bonici Pizza Ingredients is a quality line of doughs, crusts and toppings from Tyson Foods designed to make it easy and economical to create signature items such as pizzas, calzones, sandwiches and lasagna without having to start from scratch. Toppings include Bonici pepperoni, Italian sausage, beef, Canadian bacon and Tyson chicken and bacon. Personalized recipes and menuing ideas are available at 800-24-8976 ext. 253

The Pacific Northwest Canned Pear Service is offering a free Best of the Northwest CD on canned pear versatility.  The short course features eight new recipes, a complete menu tool and 20 quick-fix solutions for appealing dishes, a canned pear buying guide and helpful Web link.

Fully cooked Brakebush Buffalo Wings and BBQ Wings are designed with operator convenience in mind. These tender and zesty products are ideal for use in appetizers, snacks, buffet items and entrees. 

Tyson Crispitos, tortilla-wrapped minimeals or snacks filled with a fruit or protein filling, come fully cooked—just heat and serve.  This great lunchtime option is available in many varieties, including indulgent Ham & Cheese, Barbecue Pork, Apple Cinnamon, Very Cherry and more.
800-24-8976 ext. 253

Versatile Mandarin Orange Sauce from Lee Kum Kee can be used as a sauce, baste or glaze on all types of meat, seafood and vegetables.  Packed in easy-to-pour 5-lb. containers or 5-gal. pails, Lee Kum Kee’s wide range of authentic flavors is a great way to incorporate Asian and Asian fusion tastes to your menu.

Gourmet Pretzel Rolls from J&J Snack Foods give ordinary sandwiches a creative new twist. The rolls are pre-sliced, thaw-and-serve buns available in two sizes: 4-in. Medium Bavarian and 5-in. Giant Bavarian. Surprise guests by serving a ham and cheese melt or cheeseburger on a soft pretzel instead of the standard bun. Recipes cards are available on the website.
888-JJSNACK ext. 750

Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale from Anheuser-Busch is a rich, full-bodied seasonal draught, carefully brewed with dark roasted caramel malts and imported hops.  Aged on toasted bourbon oak casks and Madagascar vanilla beans, it’s perfect for taking the edge off long winter days.  Second in Anheuser-Busch’s series of seasonal beverages, it will be available nationwide through the end of February. Look for Michelob Marzen and Michelob Pale Ale as well—two more Anheuser-Busch specialty brews.

The free Rice…Always Right! brochure from the USA Rice Federation contains business-building and promotion ideas for menuing rice throughout the year, as well as nutrition information and rice factoids. Complete rice cooking instructions are included to ensure that your rice dishes turn out perfectly. Recipes such as Floridian Citrus Rice Salad, Tokyo Rice and Minter Brown Rice Tabbouleh Salad are just a few ideas to help you fit rice into your menu.

The Pressure Braising Pan from Electrolux gently and quickly cooks food under the pressure of saturated steam rather than water.  Efficiency is advanced by reduced cooking times of up to 50 percent, leading to energy and water savings.  Less cleanup is involved as the number of appliances and utensils necessary are reduced.  Additionally, this cooking method retains the vitamins, nutrients, flavor and color of the food, ensuring a quality end product.

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