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Manufacturer Spotlight January 2006

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

Offer customers the ultimate coffee experience with the Nespresso Professional coffee machine. Simple to use and maintain, the Professional Coffee Service includes 24/7 services, 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.

Barilla is launching an entire line of premium multigrain pasta, the first of its kind.  Signifying the future of pasta, Barilla PLUS looks and tastes as good as traditional pasta but has the added nutritional benefits of extra fiber, high-quality vegetable protein and ALA omega-3 fatty acids.  Packed in 1 lb. boxes, Barilla PLUS is available in Penne, Rotini, Elbows, Spaghetti, Thin Spaghetti and Angel Hair.  Bulk availability is set for January 2006.

Mrs. Friday’s Krabbycakes Medallions and Mini Krabbycakes, made with real snow crab, premium imitation crab, fresh cream, butter, herbs and seasonings, are the perfect solution to jazz up your appetizer offerings.  The medallions are available in 0.5 oz. sizes, while Mini Krabbycakes come in 40 ct, and both are great either baked or fried.

Hellman’s has married America’s two favorite condiments to create the new tangy-sweet Mayo Ketchup. Long popular in Latin America and the Caribbean, it can be used as a dipping sauce for breaded shrimp, appetizers and French fries or as an exciting new salad dressing. Handy 1.5 oz. cups make it convenient to use.

Flav-R-Savor Tall Humidified Holding Cabinets are thermostatically controlled to safely keep large amounts of food at uniform temperatures.  The 17-tray capacity with universal slides accommodates sheet, Gastronome or steam table pans.  Optional features include Dutch or stainless steel doors, separate heat and humidity control and right- or left-handed hinges with magnetic latches.

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

C.H. Guenther & Son, Inc. has introduced Pioneer Instant Roasted Gravies in four different varieties: Roast Beef, Roasted Chicken, Roasted Turkey and Pork Roast. The gravies combine the convenience of speedy preparation with a desirable made-from-scratch flavor.

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.

Twinings is celebrating its 300th anniversary with new additions to several lines of teas and updated packaging. Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Black joins the Flavored Black line, which blends black tea with delicious fruit, spices and other flavors. African Rooibis Red and Indian Spiced Chai debut with Origins, which features the finest teas from world-renowned tea regions. For Twinings foodservice range, Pure Green Tea and Green Tea, Orange & Lotus Flower offer new opportunities to meet growing customer preferences for green tea.

Athens Pastry brings traditional baklava to foodservice with Classic Baklava Triangles and Rectangles. For a contemporary twist on this old favorite, there are also Chocolate Almond Blossoms, Chocolate Almond Rolls, Pecan Blossoms, Chocolate Swirl Fillo Rolls and more. Handmade, fully baked and frozen, these pastries have a shelf life of one month at room temperature and can stay in the freezer for up to a year.

Trendsetting Peacock Blue brightens up the popular Fiesta line by Homer Laughlin China Company. The line offers a full selection of dishes, including four- and five-piece place settings and individual plates, platters, bowls, cups, mugs and the signature Disc Pitcher.  Every piece is finished in a high-fire, abrasion-resistant mirror glaze that is entirely lead-free. Enhanced chip and impact resistance, coupled with superior heat retention, make for durable, all-purpose serving ware.

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.

SunStar RCH Series infrared spot heaters are compact, versatile and economic solutions for hard-to-heat areas, such as partially open spaces and large areas requiring supplemental heat. Unlike units from other brands, each of the four models are designed with safety in mind and can heat an enclosed area of up to 2,500 sq. ft. without the use of fans or moving parts.  Choose propane or natural gas, and manual or thermostatic control.  The latter allows the user to set the desired temperature for optimum fuel efficiency.

100 percent natural, authentic wasabi is now available, thanks to Real Wasabi, LLC. Real Wasabi Powder is made from the Japanese horseradish plant, wasabi japonica, and imparts a pleasant heat and sweet finish. The powder can be mixed with liquid and served as a condiment or blended with other ingredients for a uniquely Japanese taste experience.

Choose from trendy or traditional prime rib entrées and signature dishes, both possible with ease from Cargill Meat Solutions.  Pre-seasoned and slow roasted, each boneless rib is beautifully marbled and can be thinly sliced for sandwiches and wraps or used as a topping on entrée salads.  The cooked product also offers higher yields than uncooked alternatives and can be served hot or cold to meet the specific needs of your operation.

54th Street Deli Mini Cheeseburger and Twin Mini Cheese­burgers from the Advance Food Company are fully cooked, individually packed and frozen and ready to heat right in their Mylar wrapping.  The burgers are CN labeled for school use and with their unique size are the perfect snack to fill smaller hands.

Pacifica Culinaria offers a line of infused avocado oils that blends avocado with complementary flavors like citrus, herbs and roasted garlic. The oil is extracted from fresh avocados, a fruit high in monoun­saturated fats. Its high smoke point (500°F) makes it ideal for searing, grilling and sautéing, and its high viscosity lends a light, silky texture to dressings.

Baby Bakers from Simplot are miniature potatoes that offer the upscale charm and plate appeal of a baby vegetable with the full flavor of a traditional baker.  Specially cultivated and harvested young, the potates are roasted, seasoned and frozen to provide outstanding flavor, flexibility and value for foodservice applications.   

Los Angeles-based Chef Yossi has teamed with Drugstore.com to create a battery of products to protect chefs and culinarians from harmful bacteria that lurks in every kitchen.  The National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation attributes up to 40 percent of food poisoning cases to poor hand washing and cross-contamination, both of which could be prevented with the use of proper sanitation products and techniques. Chef Yossi’s line is composed of lotion du CHEF, a shea butter-based lotion that moisturizes while eliminating food smells; moisturizing savon du CHEF a bactericidal soap; and crème contre les brulures, a go-to-solution for kitchen cuts and burns. For chefs on the go, there’s lingette du CHEF, a portable heavy-duty towelette.

The Electrolux air-o-system combines air-o-steam combi-ovens and air-o-chill blast chiller/freezers. Together, they provide an innovative solution for a completely integrated cook and chill process. Electrolux Professional’s more than 25 years of experience in combi-ovens enabled the creation of the air-o-system to help optimize the workflow in the kitchen by increasing food shelf life and reducing waste. The combi-oven offers three cooking modes—convection, steam and combi—for top cooking performance. Patented features control humidity levels, air flow and cleaning. The air-o-chill guarantees the safety of the chilling and freezing cycles and the efficiency of the compressor.

The heritage flavor of traditional Japanese soy sauce is now available from Kikkoman with its introduction of Tamari Soy Sauce. Naturally brewed for six months like Kikkoman’s classic soy sauce, tamari soy sauce is made from a higher percentage of soy beans, making it thicker, darker and stronger in flavor. It adds depth and balance to Asian-inspired salad dressings, sauces and stir-fries, or can be used on its own as a dipping sauce or marinade.

Dawn Manual Pot and Pan Detergent from P&G Professional is an upgraded formula created specifically
for the foodservice industry. It delivers a more powerful grease-cutting blow and has longer lasting suds. One gallon of Dawn can make 640 gallons of dishwashing solution.

Fit Finales desserts from Schwan’s Bakery allow guilt-free enjoyment with a sensibly portioned line of treats that contain less fat and calories. Favorites such as Mrs. Smith’s Old Fashioned Apple Pie and Cherry Pie and Heidi’s Gourmet Cheesecake are sweetened with a sugar alternative and incorporate reduced-fat pastry.

Tangy pomegranate is one of the trendiest ingredients of the moment. Jody Maroni, the Venice Beach Sausage King, has married this juicy fruit with smoked chicken to create Chicken Pomegranate Sausage. It’s the latest addition to the company’s full line of gourmet sausage for foodservice, which includes other unusual flavors, such as Yucatan Turkey & Chicken with Cilantro, Tequila Chicken with Jalapeños and more than 24 other poultry, pork and lamb varieties.

The Cellar Collection Release from Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whiskey is a series of rare, limited-edition bottles that showcase the best of the Glenlivet Distillery. The 2006 release features the Glenlivet Cellar Collection 1972, consisting of just 10 vats, only 800 bottles of which will be available in the United States this spring. The vintage is characterized by a rich, velvety fruitiness and is a definitive example of Speyside single malt whiskey.

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. Canada is a growing market for Florida’s fresh field-grown tomatoes. 

Form is consistently designed to meet function in the Stanley Commercial ErgoServ line of beverage service containers. Each product features ErgoGrip handle, no-drip lips, fingerprint-defeating CleanCoat and superior thermal retention with stainless steel vacuum insulation. Durable and dishwasher-safe, ErgoServe containers ensure beverages are served at optimal temperature while making it safer for waitstaff to handle hot and cold liquids.

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.

Jones Dairy Farm, a family food company, is introducing America’s Best Restaurant Families, a new awards program that recognizes the accomplishments of today’s top family-run foodservice enterprises. Nominating forms, entry applications and contest rules are available on the website (click the contest logo) and can be submitted either online or by fax to 773-334-6228. Nominating forms are due by March 17 and applications by March 31, 2006. Jones Dairy Farm has been producing breakfast sausage, ham, bacon and related foodservice products since 1889.

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