Menu News

Menu News

Fruit Incentives

Dole Food Company offers operators purchase incentives through June 30, 2009, when they buy Dole Pineapple, Dole Fruit Bowls® and Fruit Parfaits, Dole Pineapple Juice, Dole Fresh Frozen Fruits and more. For details, rebate coupons and forms, call 800-723-9868 or download forms at www.dolefoodservice.com [2].

Go With the Grains

Offer patrons a taste of the exotic with authentic grains from around the world with Uncle Ben's International Grains®. Choose from Basmati Rice, Arborio Rice, Couscous, Jasmine Rice, Yellow Rice and 100% Pure Wild Rice. For information from Mars Foodservices, call 800-432-2331 or visit www.MARSfoodservices.com [3].

Big Wings

Tyson® Magnum8482 Wings hold appeal for customers who want to satisfy big appetites on small budgets. They're the largest wings available and provide good plate coverage. With various flavor options, they're also available cooked or uncooked. For merchandising materials, menu ideas and more from Tyson Food Serice, call 800-24-TYSON or visit www.attheheartofvalue.net [4]

Avocado Wake-Up Call

Help your customers start the day off right with breakfast ideas featuring Fresh California Avocados. For recipes such as California Avocado Eggs Benedict, visit the California Avocado Commission website at CaliforniaAvocado.com/foodservice [5] or call the foodservice hotline at 800-370-3782.

Easy Savory Sides

Enhance your menu with healthful ingredients and unique flavors. UpSides by Simplot® has partnered with celebrity chef Cat Cora to create stylish original recipes such as Three Cheese Polenta with Swiss Chard & Candied Pepitas. For details about UpSides Multigrain Blends, Polenta Cakes and Gourmet Pasta Blends, visit www.simplotfoods.com [6].

Organic Soymilk

Pearl® Organic Coffee Soymilk from Kikkoman Sales USA is its latest addition to the line of foodservice products. It blends concentrated brewed coffee and natural coffee flavors, and is ready to use as an ingredient or serve as a beverage. Pearl Organic Soymilk is now available in six flavors. For recipes and product information, call 800-944-0600 or visit www.kikkomanusa.com [7].

Mashed in Minutes

Potato Pearls Excel® Original Recipe buttery mashed potatoes from Basic American Foods can be made in minutes. Featuring fresh potatoes, butter flavoring and seasoning, they require no mixing or equipment. Just add hot water and stir, then serve in 3 to 5 minutes. For a free sample and details, call 800-722-2084 or visit www.baf.com [8].

How Sweet It Is

If you're looking for a lower-calorie sweetening option for beverages, consider Monin Agave Nectar. It deliciously sweetens cocktails, iced teas, lemonade and more with its clean, fresh and subtly nutty taste. Call 800-966-5225 or visit www.monin.com [9].

Dressing for Success

Get creative with salad dressing. Foodservice professionals have until April 16 to enter the Marzetti Honey Mustard Dressing recipe contest. For an entry form and details, visit www.benghiat.com/marzetti/hm.pdf [10]. The winner receives a 32GB iPod touch®.

When They Want Fries

Tap into the popularity of sweet potatoes with Lamb Weston Sweet Things®.These convenient sweet potato products include medium-thick Crinkle Cut French Fries, Sweet Potato Chips and Battered Dices. For product information, visit www.lambweston.com [11].

Lower-Fat Fried Fish

For your health-conscious patrons, Trident Seafoods offers a new line of breaded fish portions that dramatically reduce the amount of fat and calories per serving without sacrificing the taste of deep-fried fish. Cut from 100 percent pure Alaska pollock fllets, each portion contains less than 3 grams of fat per serving. Call 800-367-6065.

Add Flavor and Crunch

Asian-inspired Fresh Gourmet® Wonton Strips add an extra dimension of taste and texture to your menu items. For product information about these lightly salted wonton strips, call Sugar Foods Corporation at 888-708-2222.

Take Tabletop Pride

Let your customers know at a glance that you offer Smucker's® jams, jellies and preserves. The Smucker's branded caddies and baskets come in an assortment of sizes and are perfect for displaying Smucker's portion control products on your tabletop. For information about complimentary Smucker's caddies, visit www.smuckerfoodservice.com [12].

Rice Boosters

To acknowledge the innovative chefs, restaurant operators and other industry professionals who creatively menu U.S.-grown rice, the USA Rice Federation has launched its Foodservice Recognition Program. To learn more about the program or about serving domestically grown rice, visit www.menurice.com [13].

Create Dessert Drama

Create enticing desserts, attractive platescapes or top your favorite desserts with new Pipeables from Sweet Street Desserts. The product, available in ten flavor profiles, is frozen and shipped in sealed packaging. Visit www.sweetstreet.com [14] for details.

For Chocolate Lovers

Hershey's® Food Service offers recipes that include delectable desserts such as Chocolate Forest Cheesecake and Chocolate Quesadillas, and beverages like Hot Chocolate Mint Tea. Visit www.hersheyfoodservice.com [15] or call 877-772-3556.

New Sight for Light

Beer fans will notice new packaging for Bud Light, which includes the words “Superior Drinkability” and offers new coloring and design elements. For more information from Anheuser-Busch, visit www.anheuser-busch.com [16].

Covering the Bases

If you're looking for all natural bases and the menu versatility they offer, consider Minor's® All Natural bases from Nestlé Professional. Choose from All natural Chicken, All Natural Beef and All Natural Vegetable varieties. For recipe ideas, visit www.nestleprofessional.com [17].