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Manufacturer Spotlight November 2006

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

Veal Chorizo Sausage is a new item that can spice up any casual dining menu. Simply grill and serve it alone or use it in a traditional dish like scrambled eggs or risotto to add hearty flavor. This convenient veal application helps create easy and adventurous dishes while serving your bottom line. Additional menu ideas, chef-tested recipes and the latest information on veal is available on the website.

Entice customers of all ages by dressing up desserts with their favorite candies. Hide a scoop of ice cream inside a bright coating of M&M’s Milk Chocolate Candies or add more color to rainbow sherbet by folding in Skittles sour candies. These treats bring variety to any dessert menu.

Just Perfect, Carolina Turkey’s signature line of pan-roasted turkey breasts, is ideal for elegant, center-of-the-plate presentation or gourmet sandwiches.  This premium product line offers variety in seasonings and flavors, as well as a range of specialty products including mignons and medallions.

Upgrade your knife collection with Dexter-Russell’s Santoku line. Renowned for their sharp edges and versatility in dicing, chopping and mincing, the knives have ergonomic handles, stain-free blades and a graton-edge (scalloped) to slice through wet foods.

USA Rice Federation has launched a new Website in partnership with The Culinary Institute of America. MenuRice.com provides info about the role of rice in international cuisines through recipes and video cooking segments, a chef-to-chef online forum, trend pieces and sourcing guides.

Hatco’s Flav-R-Savor Heated Air-Curtain Cabinet is now available to fit full-size sheet pans. The countertop warmer utilizes a heated air curtain instead of a door, allowing instant access. It works by forcing air downward, forming screens of heated air that are then drawn back through the cabinet to warm each pan. It is ideal for holding burgers, pizza and chicken.

Campbell Away From Home addresses the growing demand for weight-management products by adding two new varieties to its Well & Good frozen soups line—Savory Chicken with Crimini Mushrooms and Orzo Pasta and Tuscan-Style White Bean with Chicken. Each 8-oz. serving contains less than 100 calories, 3 fat grams and 15 grams carbohydrates.
800 879-7687

Crumbled and grated specialty cheeses can be difficult to use; they melt unevenly, fall off food and burn on the grill. New Land O’Lakes Specialty Flavored Cheese Slices solve the problem—they’re available in a meltable, 4-inch slice for easier portioning and greater control. Land O’Lakes Bleu Cheese Style and Parmesan Style Slices make it possible to add bold, cheesy flavor and more complete coverage to burgers, wraps, omelets, salads, subs, pizzas, sandwiches and soups.

Cargill Meat Solutions is running a Cruisin’ and Shmoozin’ Sweepstakes to introduce Jobe’s Tavern Patties—thick IQF burgers that go from freezer to grill. The new patties use a special proprietary process so they cook up tender and juicy with a rich, meaty flavor. Now through December 31, burger purchasers will be eligible to win a five-day cruise for two and $1,000 for airfare. Operators will also receive special introductory pricing that includes a $2 rebate on each case.

Leggett & Platt introduces New Era Shelving—a steel-reinforced storage system that’s tops in cleanliness. The polypropylene plastic cover can be removed from the frame, washed in the dishwasher and snapped back on without tools. And the shelves are coated with anti-microbial epoxy to provide protection against corrosion and bacteria. 800 874-0375

For holiday catering ideas that appeal to sophisticated customers, look for Basic American Foods’ family of free, full-color brochures: Creative Catering—Holiday Menus Made Simple; Bold Inspirations; and Creative Catering—Make Your Toppings Bar the Main Event. Brochures feature menu and presentation ideas to create signature culinary dishes using easy-prep Potato Pearls Mashed Potatoes. Look for Smoked Gouda and Pancetta Mash, fun concepts for a holiday Mashed Potato Bar and festive Scampi & Mash, served with style in a martini glass. 

Hellman’s new Sandwich Sauces jazz up burgers, paninis, wraps and subs with on-trend flavors, including Red Pepper Basil and Sweet Curry. The pouches feature an easy-open, perforated pour-spout.

New Zilo-Soap from Frieling removes tough odors like garlic, fish and cheese. The compact, colorful “soap” is made of plastic with a disc of high-grade stainless steel in the center. The disc reacts with water and oxygen to neutralize odor-causing molecules. A small, comb-like attachment cleans under fingernails.

The new Ewbank MultiSweep by Earlex is lightweight with a high-impact body and extra-wide sweep path. It’s equipped with an adjustable height setting to work on carpets, tile, hardwood and laminated floors. The soft-grip handle allows maneuvering into tight corners and the automatic brush cleaning mechanism makes for easy maintenance. The MultiSweep weighs 3.5 pounds and comes with a 1-year warranty replacement policy.

The Vollrath Culinary Excellence Award recognizes one student at each Johnson & Wales campus who has demonstrated excellence. This year’s winners were Chad Gibson from the Charlotte, North Carolina campus; Deja Walker from Denver, Colorado; Caston Carr from North Miami, Florida; and Harald Rohrmoser from Providence, Rhode Island. Each award recipient is provided a selection of professional quality Vollrath cookware. Vollrath established the award at J&W in recognition of the school’s world-class operations.

Electrolux Professional N.A. has enhanced its SMARTRefrigeration line.  It is Energy Star rated with optional dual temperature controls and under-counter installation ability. For ease of use, pre-set temperatures and humidity levels can be selected by food category, including meats, cheeses, vegetables and dairy products.

As Americans look for protein alternatives, they are discovering duck’s rich flavor and tender texture. According to USDA stats, domestic duck consumption increased by 35 percent between 1995 and 2004. Maple Leaf Farms makes it easy to cash in on this trend with its Duck Education Kit. Included are a sales guide for caterers, menu suggestions ranging from appetizers to action stations in a range of global cuisines and a CD showcasing recipes. Maple Leaf Farms has a broad selection of products that provide a springboard for individual culinary creativity.

Koala Bear Care baby changing stations now feature built-in Microban protection to inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria. This continuous protection will not wash off or wear away. ASTM-compliant recessed or wall-mounted versions are available.

Kids’ menus, nutrition and merchandising take center stage on McCain Foods USA's latest online resource—mccainkids.com. The website is devoted to ideas for creating plate presentations and merchandising programs that help increase family-dining satisfaction and traffic. It includes kid-focused products, nutrition and allergen information, frequently updated menu suggestions, healthy recipes and interactive kids’ placemats and other
merchandising tools.

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