Manufacturer Spotlight September 2006

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

Sip into decadence. The chocolatiers at Bellagio pride themselves in fashioning products in the venerated Italian, Swiss and German style. This method requires a longer refining period but produces a more luxurious and smooth finish in a chocolate beverage. Bellagio’s sipping chocolate is an experience to be savored.

Hoshizaki introduces the AM Cuber Series ice maker. This model produces up to 100 pounds of ice in 24 hours, and the top-hat style cubes eliminate clumping. The airflow system allows the unit to be built into cabinetry without additional ventilation. The AM Cuber Series makes a smart fit for many foodservice locations.

The 3-Tier Stand from American Metalcraft makes maximum use of precious table space by elevating dishes of different sizes to varying heights. Measuring 221⁄2 by 111⁄2 inches, the wrought iron stand features five curled feet and three sturdy round frames that are the perfect size for the company’s Prestige Ceramic Bowls. This versatile stand can also dramatically display a variety of standard-sized plates and platters.

Hatfield Quality Meats offers Ribeez, a fully cooked, wing-style pork appetizer created to enhance the menu with a zesty product that can be quickly prepared. It’s available in two varieties: Plain and Seasoned Dry Rub, both of which can be served with any flavor sauce. Ribeez makes a welcome alternative to the usual chicken wing appetizer.
800-523-5291, ext. 7158

The “Inspiration in a Can” recipe contest, sponsored by The American Iron and Steel Institute’s Steel Packaging Council, is open to student and professional chefs. Contestants may enter recipes in one of two categories: All-American Regional or Classic with a Twist; there will be one professional and one student chef winner in each category, with a $1,000 cash or scholarship prize awarded. Entries will be accepted from September 1-November 30, 2006, with the winning recipes to be selected by a panel of chefs and industry professionals.

Dawn Heavy Duty Floor cleaner is the latest addition to the Dawn Grease Fighting Arsenal—a full
line of products designed to tackle tough grease both in and out of the sink for a virtually grease-free kitchen. The non-corrosive, non-flammable formula is specially developed to clean the grease messes on professional foodservice kitchen floors. Dawn Heavy Duty Floor Cleaner is available in a 1-gallon bottle and comes standard with a convenient dispensing pump, which ensures proper usage and value. This product is available through local foodservice distributors across the country.

Hershey’s brings new, thicker, richer fudge to your dessert menu. Hershey’s Food Service is reintroducing Hershey’s Special Dark and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate fudge toppings. Operators can count on Hershey’s fudge toppings to solve many menu and operational needs. These reformulated fudge toppings are more durable, last longer and have true chocolatey taste. Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate fudge topping has a deep, dark color and semi-sweet flavor. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate fudge topping delivers the classic taste found in the candy bar with the same name.

3M introduces a gentler, more durable alternative to metal scouring pads—the Scotch-Brite Purple Scour Pad. The pad’s open coil-web construction helps rinse out food debris, and the melamine mineral abrasive scours faster with less scratching. Because it is metal-free, there are no sharp particles falling off to damage skin and pans. The purple scour pads come 24 to a case.

Square One introduces the world’s first vodka made from certified organically grown rye and produced with a unique organic fermentation process. The water is drawn from aquifers in Wyoming, resulting in rich, pure taste and smooth texture. Square One will appeal to the discerning vodka customer.

Phillips Foods, Inc. has created a new, quick-prep way to increase appetizer sales. Phillips Crab Slammers deliver bold, on-trend flavors and a satisfying crunch in convenient 1-ounce portions. Flash-frozen to lock in the quality, Phillips Crab Slammers are perfect for buffet service, catering and light-fare menus and go from freezer to fryer to plate in just 4 minutes. The crunchy Japanese-style breadcrumb coating seals in the soft, creamy filling, extending hold-time and creating a satisfying balance of textures to entice your customers. Available in three flavors: Jalapeño, Chili Lime and Italian. Packed (80) 1-ounce slammers per case. 

McCain Foods’ Sweet Classics Desserts by the Bite come in four popular flavors: Bananas Foster Cheesecake Bites, Double Chocolate Brownie Bites, New York Style Cheesecake Bites and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites. The mini sweets are ideal for those who want a small taste instead of a full dessert.

Put seafood on the menu quickly and easily with Tampa Maid’s Oven-Ready seafood line. Each variety (Popcorn Shrimp, Butterfly Shrimp, Shrimpees and Poppers) is fully breaded with a unique batter-breading combination and ready to bake. Only 10 minutes in the oven produces shrimp that are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, without deep-frying. 

Unilever Foodsolutions is offering a free copy of the Knorr culinary guide, Visions: A Global Kitchen, featuring recipes from around the world. Included are classic Indian dishes, such as Chicken Vindaloo and Mulligatawny Soup, Mexican favorites like Fish Vera Cruz en Hoja, and hearty fall dishes, such as Roasted Vegetable Lasagna.

Now even patrons who are watching their sugar intake can get a sweet start to the day with Smucker’s Sugar Free Blueberry Syrup, sweetened with NutraSweet. It’s perfect for pouring over waffles or pancakes, or swirling into oatmeal. The syrup is available in portion-controlled packaging with a bold design to enhance breakfast service.

Don’t miss the opportunity to invite your customers on a journey for regionally inspired foods from the Mediterranean. The American Egg Board has a merchandising guide to get you started. Combining eggs with a variety of Mediterranean ingredients can give your menu intriguing new flavor. With this guide, foodservice operators receive a selection of promotional ideas plus a variety of egg-rich Mediterranean recipes.

Looking for a way to improve management staff communication and follow-up, while saving time, money and frustration?  Try CommLog—the manager communication log created by and for hospitality professionals. The customizable format of CommLog helps management teams stay in touch by guiding note-takers through all aspects of their specific business. These notebooks feature a durable, flexible plastic cover and coil binding, and are available in two sizes: letter (8.5 x 11 inch) or legal size (8.5 x 14-inch). 

ScaleGuard HT is a new system from Cuno that prevents lime scale formation caused by hard water in high-temperature water applications such as coffee brewers, steamers and espresso makers. The system works by first filtering water to reduce sediment and chlorine, after which small amounts of a proprietary scale inhibitor are administered, Attached wall mounting brackets make installation easy. 

King & Prince Seafood brings several tantalizing seafood options to the menu. Breaded Calamari Rings go through an all-natural tenderization process before being coated in crispy breadcrumbs for a delicate crunch. Bay and Deep Sea Scallops (pictured above) and Breaded Shrimp add irresistible flavor to your menu without adding extra work. Popcorn Shrimp is available in three fun flavors: Buttermilk with fresh cracked pepper, Bold Baja with tortilla chips and a three-chili spice blend and Maui Munchers laced with real coconut flakes.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and International Paper have teamed up in their commitment to environmental stewardship with the revolutionary, all-natural paper hot beverage cup made from fully renewable resources. The cup is lined with a bio-plastic made from corn and is totally leak-proof. After use, and under proper conditions, the paper hot beverage cup will break down into water, carbon dioxide and organic matter.

Operators can add excitement to the specialty coffee lineup by blending Nestle Carnation Malted Milk with iced coffee. It can also add rich taste to malt shop favorites such as milkshakes and smoothies. Nutritious and water soluble, Nestle Carnation Malted Milk has a shelf life of up to one year.

Sunkist’s foodservice Website is a strategic marketing tool for chefs and menu planners, from fast-casual to fine-dining. The Citrus in Season page is a critical tool to ensure availability of seasonal items at the most profitable price, when introducing new menu items. The innovative Flavor Wheel describes in detail the appearance and taste of 17 citrus varieties—a helpful aid in planning new flavor pairings or writing menu descriptions. With every citrus variety, Sunkist offers an array of on-trend recipes. Also available is the Sunkist Signature Recipe Card set, which brings together 10 of the best recipes featuring Sunkist fruit. 

Add color, crunch and irresistible chocolate flavor to desserts with Hershey’s newest confectionary ingredient, Kissables Candy Coated Mini Kisses. These are miniature Hershey Kisses coated with a colorful candy shell; they can be used as mix-ins or toppings for ice creams, pies, cupcakes, brownies and other sweet treats. The mini-candies have the same shape and milk chocolate goodness as classic Hershey Kisses.

Globe Food Equipment’s performance-driven slicers are designed for precision and consistency. The Globe 3600 manual slicer glides through the toughest meats and cheeses with minimal waste.
800 347-5423

Beef can take you anywhere—from breakfast to dinner, Beijing to Barcelona, hearty to health-conscious. It can be slow food or fast food, fine dining or kids’ stuff, classic or cutting edge. To help you profit from beef’s appeal, The Beef Checkoff has created a colorful new booklet of menu inspirations exclusively for foodservice operators. It’s filled with innovative beef ideas featuring versatile new cuts like the Flat Iron, Ranch Steak and Petite Tender that expand your steak options, add a new dynamic to your menu and bring in the traffic that can boost your bottom line.
800 922-2373

Hatco’s electric Compact and Imperial Booster Water Heaters have been awarded NSF 4 certification. This allows them to be used in hot beverage dispensing and commercial cooking applications. All Hatco water heaters feature a stainless steel front and 6-inch legs.

With the holiday catering season coming up soon, it’s time to consider disposable wire chafer stands instead of the traditional stainless steel. Skorr wire chafers are sturdy, well-balanced and economical, able to hold over 11 pounds of hot or cold food without tipping over. In laboratory testing, they were found to be four times safer against tips and spills than imported wire chafers. Skorr chafers fit standard rectangular aluminum pans.

Dole Fresh Vegetable Company is launching its new Restaurant Ready Lettuce Cups. With the rise in popularity of lettuce wraps on appetizer and entrée lists, Dole took the opportunity to cut kitchen prep time by offering pre-trimmed lettuce cups. The fresh produce company worked with its foodservice customers to improve the yield of iceberg lettuce in a pre-made cup without sacrificing quality. The lettuce cups are available in a 32 count case.
800 356-3111

McCain Foods USA announces two new varieties of Anchor cheese products—Pesto Mozzarella Medallions and Southwest BBQ Jacks Cheese Wedges. Both feature bolder, spicier flavor profiles combined with the familiar crispy coating consumers crave. Use these cheesy Anchor products to zip up menu applications, including appetizers, sides, toppers and combination platters.

Otis Spunkmeyer has developed a premium cookie dough called Supreme Indulgence. The convenient, pre-portioned dough is available in eight flavors, including Buttery Pecan Decadence, Chunky Chocolate Supreme, Cranberry White Chocolate Duo and Honey Nut Chocolate Buzz. Each turns out larger cookies with generous quantities of inclusions.


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