Restaurant Daily News • May 24, 2022

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SKECHERS Direct Caters to the Restaurant Industry

Support Hydration with Sustainable Packaging

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Custom Island Suites from The Montague Company

BOOTH #1871

BOOTH #3154

BOOTH #5013

The global market for bottled water is projected to reach $307.6 billion (U.S.) by 2025. People, on average, are drinking more water and now more than ever, people are intrigued by two growing offers: enhanced water that safely supports their hydration goals

An interview with Harold Surabian, National Sales Manager for SKECHERS Direct.

An interview with Joe Deckleman, President, The Montague Company. RDN: What would you say makes your company unique?

RDN: How long has SKECHERS been in this business, offering a line of work shoes?

JD: Montague is well-known for its

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San-J Premium Sauces

Once Again’s Nut Butters Spread Onto Restaurant Menus

BOOTH #3448

BOOTH #487

An interview with Marc Cohen, Food Service Regional Sales Director for the Western Division, San-J.

Once Again Nut Butter’s organic and natural peanut, almond, cashew and seed butters are go-to ingredients for foodservice customers

RDN: What does San-J produce? Continued on Page 67

Magnesol Frying Oil Saver

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ARY VacMaster Offers Products for Cook-Chill

BOOTH #5233

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Fry Today, Filter for Tomorrow BOOTH #5412

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U.S. Cell-Cultured Seafood Maker, Japanese Sushi Company Join Forces

BOOTH #1068

RDN: Tell our readers about The Dallas Group, the manufacturer of Magnesol®.

The restaurant and foodservice industry has seen its share of evolutions in best practices for food safety, guidelines for food preparation and products that

San Diego-based BlueNalu, a leading food company developing a variety of seafood products directly from fish cells, has

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An interview with Kevin Ryan, Director of Foodservice Sales – North America.



Daily RESTAURANTNews

CHICAGO MAY 24, 2022

AN INDEPENDENT PUBLICATION NOT AFFILIATED WITH NRA

SKECHERS Direct Caters to the Restaurant Industry

Support Hydration with Sustainable Packaging

Oser Communications Group

Custom Island Suites from The Montague Company

BOOTH #1871

BOOTH #3154

BOOTH #5013

The global market for bottled water is projected to reach $307.6 billion (U.S.) by 2025. People, on average, are drinking more water and now more than ever, people are intrigued by two growing offers: enhanced water that safely supports their hydration goals

An interview with Harold Surabian, National Sales Manager for SKECHERS Direct.

An interview with Joe Deckleman, President, The Montague Company. RDN: What would you say makes your company unique?

RDN: How long has SKECHERS been in this business, offering a line of work shoes?

JD: Montague is well-known for its

Continued on Page 69

Continued on Page 69

San-J Premium Sauces

Once Again’s Nut Butters Spread Onto Restaurant Menus

BOOTH #3448

BOOTH #487

An interview with Marc Cohen, Food Service Regional Sales Director for the Western Division, San-J.

Once Again Nut Butter’s organic and natural peanut, almond, cashew and seed butters are go-to ingredients for foodservice customers

RDN: What does San-J produce? Continued on Page 67

Magnesol Frying Oil Saver

Continued on Page 62

ARY VacMaster Offers Products for Cook-Chill

BOOTH #5233

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Fry Today, Filter for Tomorrow BOOTH #5412

Oil consumption and the related costs are triggers for daily headaches of chefs and anyone working with fried food. Countless oil changes and a huge amount of work around the deep fryer represent a fixed Continued on Page 73

U.S. Cell-Cultured Seafood Maker, Japanese Sushi Company Join Forces

BOOTH #1068

RDN: Tell our readers about The Dallas Group, the manufacturer of Magnesol®.

The restaurant and foodservice industry has seen its share of evolutions in best practices for food safety, guidelines for food preparation and products that

San Diego-based BlueNalu, a leading food company developing a variety of seafood products directly from fish cells, has

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An interview with Kevin Ryan, Director of Foodservice Sales – North America.




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Corby Hall Tableware Choose Corby Hall for the highest quality foodservice dinnerware, flatware and hollowware. Corby Hall, one of the few remaining family-owned foodservice tabletop companies in the United States, has provided high-quality and cost-effective flatware, dinnerware and hollowware for more than 40 years. All Corby Hall tableware is manufactured in Europe for consistent quality, a quicker lead time and competitive pricing. Corby Hall specializes in longlasting, bright white porcelain dinner-

ware, and 18/10 stainless steel flatware and hollowware. In fact, the 50plus flatware patterns range from modern to traditional, with a variety of finishes including mirror, satin and silverplate; each pattern has a minimum of 13 pieces. Customer service is everything to Corby Hall, which is why the company invests in inventory to ensure that not only your first order, but also reorders, are ready to ship right away. Once you’ve joined the Corby Hall family, they are committed to treating you like family, and will be available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet your needs. That is why you will find them in the best restaurants,

Italian desserts have satisfied the sweet tooth of people all over the world for centuries, and for your restaurant and pizzeria, there’s no easier way to make a big profit than by offering a little extra after the main course has been ordered. If you can imagine, sometimes a dessert, or appetizer sale may not occur. That is the turning point for your business, or the difference between thousands of dollars a year. Cannoli is the most frequently served Italian dessert in

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resorts and casinos in the world. For more information, visit booth #6228.

Sterno Transforms Dining Experiences

Cannoli Products from Golden Cannoli

An interview with Lisa Galvan, Sr. Product Manager, Sterno.

the United States. Cannoli is a Sicilian dessert made from a fried pastry shell sprinkled with powdered sugar and filled with sweetened ricotta filling, custard or ice cream. Continued on Page 73

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Skyra Ice Maker by Vesta Precision Skyra is an Icelandic term that means to clarify or make clear. Clear ice is an innovative approach to showcase masterpiece cocktails and is the direction of ice for the future. The Skyra ice maker, by Vesta Precision, is the perfect tool to help your bar or restaurant achieve a sleek look when adding ice to your signature cocktails. The Skyra is a top-of-the-line icemaker that produces clear ice in fewer than 24 hours. Using molds, each batch

vibrant and clear 2.4” TFT LCD display, multiple sensor and interconnect inputs and integrated wireless connectivity, the CFCM condenses a great deal of power, functionality and value into a reliable and compact package that can be installed effortlessly by a qualified technician in the field. In order to perform in the most demanding foodservice industry environments, RENAU products are fully encapsulated for outstanding protection from extreme temperatures, humidity and shock. All RENAU products are designed, manufactured, and rigorously tested in the United States and come with an industry-leading three-year warranty. For more information, visit booth #3885, go to www.renau.com, email sales@renau.com or call 818.341.1994.

Teasdale Latin Foods: Feeding Consumers Like Family By Vada Liggins, Marketing Coordinator Teasdale Latin Foods provides highquality and nutritious on-trend Latin foods that deliver the best fiesta worthy flavors. Throughout Teasdale, we pride ourselves on our heritage and the diversity of flavors it adds to our product portfolio. Integrity and quality are echoed in our diverse Latin inspired offerings. For more than 75 years, we have been feeding consumers just like family.

water impurities that can lead to ice that tastes metallic and unpalatable while also reducing the dissolved gasses that occur naturally in water, which create the number of air pockets found in your ice cubes. With the removal of water pollutants and dissolved gasses, Skyra creates a denser, more pure, crystal-clear ice form perfect for your customers’ enjoyment. No more carving of “old ice” blocks for your masterpiece cocktails. You can make your own “old ice” on site with Skyra. For more information, visit booth #5431, go to www.vestaprecision.com or email sales@vestaprecision.com.

Award-Winning Mixology Carts

RENAU Brings OEM Quality & Pricing to End Users For over 40 years, RENAU has been the industry leader in innovative foodservice equipment control and monitoring solutions. Now, RENAU continues to blaze trails in order to give customers a competitive edge with the introduction of the CFCM-240 Cooler/Freezer Control and Monitor. The CFCM is an integrated, full-feature temperature monitoring device that can benefit OEMs and end-users alike. Whether integrated in a new design or replacing an existing, limited function controller, the CFCM module is perfectly suited for environmental temperature monitoring and control anywhere in the kitchen. With comparable dimensions to the most common electrical junction boxes, the CFCM consolidates what would otherwise be scores of separate boards, sensors and displays into one powerful, compact unit that incorporates all the industry “must haves” for temperature monitoring, light control and data collection. What’s more, the CFCM provides room for additional scalability and modularity for more specifically tailored needs (such as additional external buzzers, panic buttons, motion sensors, remote connectivity and more). It is precisely this level of integration that sets the CFCM apart from other current offerings. Boasting a

of 70 50mm clear ice cubes or 30 70mm clear ice spheres or a split of each, the Skyra is semi-customizable to the ice shape that appeals to you and your customers. Clear ice is not limited to visual appeal only. There are several benefits to adding clear ice to beverages when compared to the traditional cloudy ice seen in most drinks. Two of the primary benefits of clear ice include enhanced cocktail enjoyment by staying colder longer and a reduction in drink dilution, leading to a more consistent experience from start to finish. The Skyra’s innovative technology uses a filtration process to eliminate

We could not be more proud of the delicious and smart contributions we offer to the foodservice industry. Throughout our history, we have taken great care in sourcing the highest quality conventional and organic ingredients, while offering true authentic flavors. Our Latin inspired lineup includes brined, sauced and refried beans; three types of hominy; a wide array of salsas; corn and flour tortillas; tortilla chips and taco shells in both conventional and

Mixology is the art of creating individualized cocktail experiences that leave lasting memories. It’s the ability to personally connect with each guest through knowledge, technical skills and engaging presentations. Today’s social media is a powerful communication tool that craves unique and compelling content. Content like drinkable art. Now with Mixology Carts by Forbes Industries, hoteliers can create Instagrammable moments their guests are sure to share on their behalf. The word will get out and others will want to see for themselves. Their friends will seek out the experience they’ve seen secondhand on social media, creating viral opportunities for hoteliers worldwide to increase guest satisfaction and keep them coming back for the compelling and unique experience of drinkable art. Forbes designed these Mixology Carts with mixologist expert Chris Adams to contribute to an increase in F&B profitability and elevate the guest experience to a socially shareable level. Bartenders and mixologists will love the ability to wow guests tableside. Forbes’ Mixology Carts are the winner of the organic format. Our products are made in one of six best-in-class, SQF Certified factories across the nation. Still not convinced on why Teasdale Latin Foods is the right partner for your business? We offer proactive solutions when the industry faces challenges. Our bakery offers a shelf-stable line of corn and flour tortillas and pre-cut (RTF) tortilla chips with an array of benefits for the restaurant industry. To provide the freshest masa for our corn products, we grind the corn ourselves. Teasdale

Special Judges’ Award for Food and Beverage at the 2020 Hospitality Design Awards. These mixology carts are built with all the tools a mixologist needs. The top surface level of the carts is equipped with a glass rinser, two customizable ice bins, polyethylene work surface/butcher block, drink presentation shelf, condiment tray and mixology kit tool storage. The body of the carts are adorned with two sliding speed rails capable of holding up to five bottles on each side. The middle of the cart’s body is built with a flip-out amenity drawer to store napkins, stirrers and straws. Below that, the cart is built with shelving guarded with perimeter gallery rails for glasses and cups. Some features are different depending on the cart model, but all carts are built on four swivel casters for tight mobility. Forbes Industries products are built in the USA. Forbes has the capability to customize products to fit your needs. For more information, visit booth #7839, go to www.forbesindustries.com, email solutions@forbesindustries.com or call 800.832.5427. canned beans and hydrated beans will maximize your profit through fast table flip without losing the genuine flavor or taste. We have enabled improved product and labor cost by up to 47% percent. Reduction of cooking time provides even further savings in energy cost. Visit Teasdale Latin Foods at the National Restaurant Association to sample our offerings. For more information, visit booth #5463.










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Specifying the Right Brick Oven Solution Brick ovens have certainly stood the test of time, dating back thousands of years to early civilizations. While the concept of cooking in brick ovens has remained as romantic today as it was centuries ago, the ovens themselves have gone through a metamorphosis in design and technology that has kept pace with the oven technologies considered to be much more modern and mainstream in today’s commercial kitchen. When evaluating equipment solutions for the kitchen, many factors come into play. Ideally, everything begins with the menu. From there, concept and design layout supporting production flow and equipment selection follow. The objective is an efficient execution of the menu with consistent quality and a dynamic guest experience, all while making a profit. If the global pandemic has taught us anything, it is that the best formula for success may involve diversification of the traditional business model. The industry has experienced firsthand that alternative service platforms work. It is

important to understand that, as the popularity of brick ovens continues to grow throughout the foodservice industry, there are many variables that need to be considered when determining specifications. The Right Oven for the Job When specifying a brick oven, there are three areas of consideration: menu, physical and operational. Although everything begins with the menu, consideration should be given at an early stage to the production requirements expected from the brick oven, while acknowledging that versatility of production should be front of mind. Specifically for pizza, there are many styles and dough recipes used, and each reacts differently to temperature and time, so an understanding of the style of pizza and type of dough will assist with selecting the right oven for the job. Physical considerations include, but are not limited to, space where the equipment will be located, clearances, equipment weight and potential floor-

ing support requirements, utilities and associated ventilation (options and restrictions), access to the space (possible rigging and installation requirements). Other considerations should also include local support, parts and service post sale. When it comes to menu application, there is a common misconception that the “brick oven” is synonymous with a pizza oven, and while these stone deck ovens are designed to produce the best quality pizza, the menu applications are limitless. Brick ovens can produce any food that cooks within a temperature range of 450 to 950 degrees Fahrenheit. Centuries ago, everything was cooked in this type of oven, from bread to stews to wild game. Today’s daypart production scheduling allows the client complete flexibility with menu production, from prep to finishing and service. The brick oven has a place in any kitchen, regardless of cuisine or concept.

tank. There is also the option to return the oil to the bottom of the tank and an oil disposal port. Royal has the largest selection of energy efficient fryers available. Backed by a two-year limited warranty, Royal fryer filter systems are available in 35 lb., 45 lb., 60 lb., and 75 lb. shortening capacity. Their powerful 8 GPM filter pump allows the operator to easily filter even the largest fryer in just three minutes. Heavy breading? No problem with Royal’s triple filtration and fine mesh screens. Tired of paying too much for filter paper? Royal offers a paperless filter option. Proper oil filtration can save an operator hundreds of dollars each year

Fresh Whipped Cream That Makes Sense!

for a single fryer. Stop by booth #3862 and let them show you the advantages of a Royal filter fryer.

As restaurant professionals continue to innovate and experiment with new flavors and textures, it is imperative that the tools they use match their innovation requirements while being cost effective. When it comes to fresh whipped cream, the new iSi Eco Series System stands alone, especially against the aerosol can. In a side-by-side comparison of the iSi Eco Series System versus a 15-ounce can of aerosol whipped cream, there is a clear winner. First, the iSi Eco Series System saved the operator 12% on the cost of a dollop of whipped cream. As an example, if an operator owns 50 units and moves from a typical 15ounce aerosol can to the iSi Eco Series system, they can save approximately $32,000 per year. Secondly, the iSi Eco Series system is the first to address climate change. The Eco Series Green Whip is designed to be more efficient with ingredients, resulting in lower climate impact, and the Eco Series Professional Charger is the world’s first climate neutral N2O charger. Each charger is climate neutrally produced in Austria, while use and transportation are compensated with investments in emissions compensation projects in Africa and South America. One of the most important advantages of the iSi Eco Series System is its easy to use, hygienic and sustainable design lasts many years in professional service. Quite different from the “one and done” aerosol whipped cream can that often ends up in a landfill. When it comes to creativity, flavor flexibility, and a commitment to solving climate impact, the iSi Eco Series Whipper and Professional Charger goes the extra mile. It even has the power to perfectly whip up many plant-based products requested today. Better for Earth. Better for Business.

For more information, visit booth #3862, go to www.royalranges.com, call 951.360.1600 or email paul@royalranges.com.

For more information, visit booth #6651, go to www.isiecoseries.com or www .isifoodservice.com.

The Marra Forni Commitment ● Global network of test and demonstration kitchens ● Technical documentation support (specification sheets, CAD, REVIT) ● Customizable design configurations ● Turnkey direct ventilation systems ● Complete production system solutions ● Pre-sale product demonstrations ● Post-sale training and culinary support ● Mechanical startup and preventative maintenance options ● Ongoing customer service and technical support ● Culinary training through Pizza University ● Worldwide shipping and logistics support For more information, visit booth #5218, go to www.marraforni.com, call 888.239.0575 or email inquiries @marraforni.com.

Royal Range Fryer Filter Systems: Engineered for Excellence Built-in oil filtration systems in the Royal fryer line are a game changer for restaurant operators. No more struggling with time-consuming, dangerous manual filtration or the hassle of a messy portable filter. Royal combines ease of operation with unmatched safety features, enabling the operator to save valuable time and money. Available in both single fryers and banked units, Royal filtration is fast, safe and effective. Royal fryer filter systems offer the best oil management solutions in the industry. There are three different filtration options. The operator can select which option best suits their filtering needs. The standard option has a wash down hose for both cleaning the tank, while filtering and filling the

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Operate More Efficiently with Smart Buffet Ware

New ReadyCarved Global Proteins Grecian Delight Kronos Foods, a leading producer of Mediterranean foods, has introduced its new line of authentically prepared, fully seasoned, pre-marinated, cooked and sliced proteins, ReadyCarved® Global Proteins. The new offering is available for tasting at booth #812. Featuring Beef & Lamb Gyro slices, Mediterranean Chicken, Pork Al Pastor and Chicken Shawarma, ReadyCarved Global Proteins build on the rich and exotic flavors of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. “While foodservice operators strive to meet consumer demands, it is nearly impossible to provide true global flavors without significant training, labor time and food costs,” said Thomas Leo, Grecian Delight Kronos corporate executive chef. “Grecian Delight Kronos’ new line pulls flavor profiles from around the globe and gives customers quality meats and spices that are virtually foolproof to prepare and integrate into menu staples and new options like shareable platters or breakfast dishes.” According to a 2021 Mintel survey, Gen Z and millenials are opting for greater diversity in their cuisine, and

restaurateurs are looking for a mix of mainstream and emerging flavors. More than 64 percent of consumers agree that the right marinade can make meat taste great. ReadyServe Protein addresses the operational need of foodservice operators having fewer, younger and less experienced staff. Since the protein is already seasoned, marinated and fully cooked and sliced, there is no staff time needed to prepare this protein – saving time, labor and money. It is estimated that total savings of one hour per day, or five to 15 hours a week of staff time. In addition to its new ReadyCarved Global Proteins, Grecian Delight Kronos Foods is a leading provider of authentic Mediterranean Foods, including gyros, specialty meats, pitas, flatbreads, tzatziki, hummus, spreads, falafel, ready-toeat proteins, plant-based proteins and value-added bakery products. Product offerings can be found via foodservice and retail industries through the United States. For more information, visit booth #812 or go to www.gdkfoods.com.

David Moreland of Smart Buffet Ware says that for more than 20 years, companies have been trying to develop an induction system that could efficiently run on a battery. A couple of manufacturers have come out with similar systems, but with marginal success and huge price tags. Smart Buffet Ware was able to accomplish this when so many others have not. Here is Moreland’s explanation: “First, induction will only work as well as the pan that is placed on top. Fundamentally, most have failed because they start with a poor quality chafer or pan. We partner with Tiger Company based in South Korea, simply because they make the highest quality chafers in the world. The conductivity of the magnetic field of the Tiger cladding is between 30 and 70 times more conductive than other manufacturers. This enables us to establish a far more efficient induction connection. This means our induction will not need to work as hard. It’s quite shocking, really. We have run our system using what some historically have considered the ‘better’ induction chafers on the market, and they required as much as 300% more energy than our chafers. “When we started to develop the new induction, another surprising side of this was most, if not all, induction warmers on the market did not have a real thermostat. When you set the desired temperature, they used a huge amount of power to get to that temperature, but never backed down once it was reached. Without a thermostat, the induction has nothing to tell it to dial back the power. It’s like driving at 70 miles an hour, getting to a stop light but keeping one foot on the gas and the other on the brake. Your fuel economy would be horrible. All our competitors have failed to accomplish both key issues I’ve just

Oxidis (O3) Sanitation Faucet System Oxidis® Patented Aqueous (O3) ensures a safe and effective antimicrobial use. Attractive and ergonomic design fits in any restaurant, grocery or agricultural facility. Effective sanitizer for poultry, shellfish, fruits and vegetables, and will extend their shelf life without leaving residue. FDA (GRAS). Aqueous (O3) can be used as a general surface sanitizer and for direct contact on food. Aqueous (O3) kills all common food pathogens like E-coli, Listeria, Shigella, Salmonella, Norovirus, Legionella and many more. Aqueous (O3) kills bacteria

and viruses within seconds. Aqueous (O3) is non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Leaves no residue of any kind! Change plain tap water into aqueous (O3) that is effective against almost all gram positive and gram negative pathogens, enveloped and non-enveloped viruses, mold and mildew. Patented fully automatic switch sensor on select models ensures effective and safe aqueous ozone concentration and auto-cutoff protection. Aqueous (O3) concentration produced is from .8 to 1.4 ppm is a proven anti-

mentioned. “We totally redesigned our induction to be tuned to the highly conductive magnetic field of Tiger chafers. In addition to this, we have a real thermostat that will dial back the required energy to maintain a proper temperature. “One more exciting element of our design is that we have eliminated the need for a fan on our induction warmers.

The body of our units are cast aluminum. The body will get warm and this dissipates the internal heat. Fans are designed to pull cool air into the body to cool the electronics inside, the same as on a computer. However, in a cooking environment the fan pulls smoke, steam, dust, and dirt – all the things we have been told to keep away from our electronics. “In a perfect world, we can run three of our chafers for 16 hours on the battery system, eliminating open flames and extension cords. The system can be used anywhere and any place you desire, since fire isn’t an issue and you’re not tethered to extension cords. “We also have the AC version of our induction. Since all the same principles apply, we can operate as many as 16 induction warmers and chafers on a standard 20-Amp circuit. Why spend $20,000 to $30,000 to rewire your building when you can simply just operate more efficiently? “Going green was never so easy. The ROI is typically six months or fewer, and that’s not taking into account the savings of not re-wiring. This system is patented, and we are so proud to introduce it to the world!” For more information, visit booth #7821 or go to www.smartbuffetware.com.

microbial and is environmentally safe. (O3) gas overspill is well below EPA safety standards. Faucet produces an abundant volume of (O3) water (1.2 gallons per minute) for practical use in a commercial food or grocery setting. Installation is simple and requires no retro-fitting of existing plumbing. Requires standard 120 volt electric outlet. Eliminates the need for other surface sanitizing agents generating thousands of dollars in cost savings every year. EPA registered. NSF registered. System is guaranteed for one year. Available in a variety of designs. For more information, visit booth #9929.






Tuesday, May 24, 2022

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Accurate Box Remains FSSC 22000 Food Safety Certified By Kristy LeVan, Marketing Manager, Accurate Box Company Accurate Box, a leading manufacturer of litho-laminated packaging in the United States, proudly received its FSSC 22000 food safety certification back in November of 2017 and continues to be certified after an audit in November of 2021. Accurate Box’s facility went through a lengthy and detailed review of its procedures and documentation as it relates to food safety practices. This certification is in addition to Accurate Box’s ISO 9001:2015 quality standards. It ensures Accurate Box’s products are manufactured in a safe environment and minimizes customers’ food safety risks. Lisa Hirsh, President and CEO of Accurate Box Company, stated, “I am very proud of the entire Accurate Box

team for their hard work in receiving this certification. Our number one core value is to be customer focused; we cannot succeed unless our customers do. This wonderful accomplishment will allow us to better service our cus-

tomers, especially those in the food and beverage industry.” FSSC 22000 contains a complete certification scheme for food safety systems and prerequisite programs based on existing standards for certification. It is a globally acknowledged benchmark food safety standard established by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) that integrates the international food safety

management system standard ISO 22000 with the ISO/TS 22002-4 standard. About Accurate Box Company Accurate Box Company is one of the largest family-owned manufacturers of high-graphic corrugated packaging in the United States. It specializes in offset lithography and has the ability to print seven colors plus UV coating in a single pass on both small and large runs. Accurate Box also has the ability to print on two sides of the box with the purchase of its new digital printer. It is an expert in creating high quality packaging for the club store, e-commerce and quick service food industries. In business since 1944 and women-owned since 1998, Accurate Box manufactures in New Jersey and ships competitively throughout all of North America. For more information, visit booth #5524, go to www.accuratebox.com, call 973.345.2000 or email sales@ accuratebox.com.

Hand Hygiene Through Excel Dryer Encourages Growth at the Bean Restaurant Group With more than a dozen popular restaurants across western Massachusetts and Connecticut, the Bean Restaurant Group knows what it takes to build a successful eatery. Their offerings cover the globe, ranging from high-end German cuisine to sushi to hamburgers. But success goes beyond delicious food and excellent service – it also includes maintaining a clean and hygienic environment. “In this industry, hospitality is the benchmark of what we do,” said Andy Yee, principal managing partner of the Bean Restaurant Group. “The restrooms are a high priority. Job number one.” Despite their diverse offerings, all of the Bean Restaurant Group’s restau-

rants have one thing in common—XLERATOR® Hand Dryers in the restrooms. The XLERATOR is the original, patented, highspeed, energy-efficient hand dryer. “Restrooms are very important because it reflects onto the ownership and employees,” Yee said. “And it really reflects on the kitchen. We’ve all seen restaurant restrooms that are a little dicey and you think, ‘They’re not doing their job.’” An XLERATOR Hand Dryer equipped with a HEPA Filtration System offers extensive protection against impurities. Viral filtration efficiency test-

OiLChef: Simplicity & Reliability The cost of cooking oil is up 300% in many regions and there is no reduction in prices on the horizon. Foodservice operators are hurting and the cost to fill a deep fryer now is really painful. The cost of producing staple favorites such as deep-fried chicken, wings, tenders, French fries, fried fish and all your favorite tempura battered delights can only lead to passing on these price increases to the consumer. But how much more is the consumer willing to pay? Is the industry going to start producing the first $10 portion of French fries? Foodservice operators who rely on deep fryers as part of their kitchen artillery have been looking at ways to save money on cooking oil for their

deep fryers. From adding chemicals to the oil, to filtering, to fancy plumbing systems – all of these solutions do help with increasing oil life, but at what real cost? More often than not, there is increased labor involved and increased monthly consumables, which add to the cost of the frying operation. OiLChef is winning industry recognized awards all over the world for its innovative cost savings and for reducing environmental impact. The device is an accessory that you can add to your

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SuperSorb CarbonPads Filtrox’s SuperSorb® CarbonPads have been proven to perform in top foodservice operations, consistently out-performing other types of frying oil filtration media. SuperSorb Carbon flat pads, envelopes and pleated filters extend the useful life of frying oil by trapping damaging particles 500 times smaller than a grain of sand. Among the benefits are less oil usage, fewer oil change outs, cleaner oil, greater savings and more consistent food quality. Food products cooked in clean oil cook faster, absorb less oil and have a crisper texture. Simply drop a SuperSorb CarbonPad into your fryer filter pan today and start enjoying the benefits of cleaner oil. For more information, visit booth #10032 or go to www.filtrox.com.

ing conducted by LMS Technologies in 2020 found that XLERATORs with HEPA remove 99.999% of viruses from the airstream, something paper towels definitely can’t do. In addition to a more hygienic environment and an improved guest experience, XLERATOR Hand Dryers provide the Bean Restaurant Group with a 95% cost savings over paper towels – completely eliminating their labor, maintenance and waste. These deep fryer in less than three seconds and only needs replacing every three years. (The company behind the OiLChef brand, Eco Friendly Chef Corp., offers a free, full three-year warranty). This device is not a chemical, not a filter, requires no wires, has no replacement parts, no complicated software applications, is unbreakable and is virtually maintenance free. Simple, robust, reliable. Easy to use. The OiLChef is best described as a catalytic convertor for your deep fryer. The technology behind this formidable device is FDA approved. By adding the OiLChef device to your deep fryer, you

savings allow them to focus more time and resources on the dining room and the kitchen. “When you’re running 16 operations, paper towels are a big line item,” says Andy Yee. “It’s significant. In my world, it’s a no-brainer to bring XLERATOR Hand Dryers into your facilities.” Explore how the full product line offers the ultimate energy-efficient and hygienic hand drying solution to ensure that your customers will come back for more. For more information, visit booth #1619 or go to www.exceldryer.com. will be able to cook twice as much food per pound/liter of oil and save yourself around 50% on cooking oil purchases. The savings don’t stop there. This device can save you between 4% and 7% on energy and the labor savings on less oil changes. The OiLChef device has a number of different designs, which make OiLChef available for pressure fryers, open pot fryers, gas and electric. It even has an application for some continuous line fryers which are used in the food processing industry and special approved units for the cruise line and marine industry. With a 14-day money back guarantee and a full, three-year warranty, there is no downside. For more information, visit booth #1242 or go to www.oilchef.com.




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Answers to Your Tamper-Evident Delivery Labeling Questions Although the threat of COVID-19 is diminishing, consumers still enjoy the convenience of eating at home. Accordingly, the demand for third-party food delivery hasn’t diminished. With the increase in ordering take-out foods, most restaurant operators and consumers are now familiar with tamperevident labels and seals as a way to secure delivered food. TamperSeal labels feature security slits that cause the label to lose its integrity if someone attempts to open the container. If the seal is broken upon delivery, it is a clear indication that the food may have been tampered with. Given the amount of anxiety surrounding COVID and how easily it is transmitted, customers need to know they can trust their favorite local restaurants. Listed below are some key points about tamper-evident labels that will ease customer anxiety and provide peace of mind about the safety of food delivery services. What is a tamper-evident label? As defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a tamper-evident label or seal “has one or more indicators or barriers to entry which, if breached or missing, can reasonably be expected to provide visible evidence to consumers that tampering has occurred.” What is the “visible evidence” that a tamper-evident seal provides? This may vary by type and manufacturer. TamperSeal labels manufactured by

DayMark Safety Systems and approved for indirect food contact, pair an aggressive adhesive that works on packaging for both hot and cold food items with security slits that tear if someone attempts to open the container. This makes it visibly obvious the package has been opened. Are tamper-resistant and tamperevident labels and seals the same? No, they are not – and this causes a lot of confusion. A tamper-resistant label is designed to deter tampering with a product. However, it does not necessarily provide visual evidence that a product has been tampered with. A tamper-evident label, as described by the FDA, provides visible evidence that a product has been tampered with if the seal is broken in any way. Can people expect to see more tamper-evident labels and seals in the future? With the increase in third-party delivery, consumers are already seeing more and more tamper-evident labels and seals on food delivery products delivered from restaurants and other food service outlets. Recent news about delivery people helping themselves to the food they are delivering as well as the anxiety surrounding COVID have helped fuel the increase; however, the primary reason is that restaurants and food service outlets want to make sure the food they prepare for their cus-

tomers is delivered intact and safe. Is there anything written on these labels? This can vary, depending on the product. With DayMark’s MenuPilot™ platform, tamper-evident labels can include information such as a company logo, a web address, safe handling instructions, date and time the food was prepared, marketing information and nutritional and other customized information. What are the key benefits of tamper-evident labels? Safety and peace of mind. Especially when it comes to food delivered to a home or office, consumers want to make sure their food tastes good, is delivered within a reasonable amount of time, and is safe to eat. Above all, they want to know that the food has not been tampered with in any way from the time it leaves the food service kitchen to the time it arrives at their door. For more information, visit booth #806, go to www.daymarksafety.com, call 800.847.0101 or email info@daymarksafety.com.

Spotlight on Vertullo Imports’ Greek & Italian Items Vertullo Imports sources high quality specialty items from all over the world, leveraging longstanding supplier relationships and robust networks. While the company truly is all over the map, a high concentration of its items are sourced from Italy. To ensure attention to craftsmanship, quality, authenticity and taste, Vertullo Imports even has overseas staff headquartered in Italy to help source and interface directly with Italian suppliers. With all of that being said, it’s no secret that Vertullo Imports loves Italy and its fantastic cuisine. Every region has its own distinctive style of cuisine and the company's goal is to bring a myriad of authentic Italian flavors to your dishes. Italy is synonymous with pasta; however, Northern Italy is actually known for its rice and polenta. Vertullo Imports offers Arborio and Carnaroli Rice, Pearled Italian Farro, Quick Cooking Polenta and more. Vertullo Imports certainly can’t talk about its Italian ingredients without men-

tioning its Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. Add an extra layer of depth, acidity and brightness to dressings, sauces, marinades, stews and more with its flavorful line of vinegars and glaze. Head south to Sicily and enjoy Arancini rice balls. Each is blended with local mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and rolled in Italian breadcrumbs, creating the perfect crunch. Beyond Italy, Vertullo Imports also offers a line of Greek olives, and is excited to introduce its newest Greek items: Smoked Greek Kalamata and Green Conserviola Olives. These large, pitted Greek Black Kalamata and Green Conserviola olives are traditionally cold smoked with natural beechwood smoke. The authentic, natural smoking process preserves the attributes of these meaty olives while infusing a deep, smoky aroma and flavor. The olives are then packed in a blend of sunflower oil and extra virgin olive oil, adding a subtle flavor that

doesn’t overwhelm the natural smokiness of the olives. Enhance the depth and flavor of a variety of cocktails, antipasto and main dishes with these unique and delicious olives. Currently available in 12oz jars and 2kg bags. If you’re looking for authentic specialty ingredients from around the world, look no further. Vertullo Imports offers a line of high-end imported specialty items that are guaranteed to enhance any meal and these new olives are no exception. For more information, visit booth #1640, go to www.vertulloimports.com, call 516.222.6220 or email customer service@seviroli.com.





















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CPI Provides New Cleaning Standards By Dave Maurer, Founder

What’s New with BOHA! WorkStation The BOHA! suite of apps and hardware has changed commercial kitchen productivity and food safety forever. Some of the top kitchens in the country rely on BOHA! to print customized labels on-demand, increase HACCP compliance with timers and temperature monitoring and enforce brand standards with digital photos and recipes – all managed in one cloud-based system. To meet the ever-evolving needs of the restaurant and foodservice industry, BOHA! is constantly adapting to deliver new solutions. So, what’s new with BOHA! WorkStation? The Single Printer Mechanism BOHA! WorkStation Does your foodservice location only use one label size – for example, expiration/date-code labeling on prepped food? Or, do you run a smallscale restaurant that needs to enhance processes before scaling? If so, the BOHA! Single Printer WorkStation could be a better fit over the endlessly flexible double printer version. You’ll still get all the great features of the advanced WorkStation. All the functionality of menu management and 300 DPI wireless printing from a tablet. It’s absolutely ideal for when your operation uses one type of label more than any other. In fact, on the right side, where there is no printer mechanism, there’s room to hold a spare roll of labels. And, of course, BOHA! also offers a printer mechanism upgrade kit – so if you need to print two label sizes later, you’ll have that option. BOHA! efficiency and adaptability at its best! The BOHA! WorkStation Wall Mount Commercial kitchen operators have asked for a wall-mount solution to the popular BOHA! WorkStation and BOHA! has proudly delivered. The space-saving wall-mount kit takes your WorkStation to the next level. With the hardware unit raised above your countertop, now you’re able to expedite food safety date-code labeling and print sharp, FDA-compliant grab ’n’ go labels at an industryleading 300 DPI. For more information, visit booth #6657.

Creative Products International, Inc. (CPI) has been the world leader in microfiber innovation for more than 20 years, holding many patents on manufacturing and applications of 4D Clean Systems™ relating to intelligent i-fiber®. At CPI, we believe quality products will always cost the end-user less by lasting longer, being safer and making the work seem effortless through innovative design. Join the leaders in infection prevention cleaning by

trying our many revolutionary products in your facility. We pride ourselves on training and showcase this at the CPI Innovation Center, a GBAC Star Facility. We help your facility provide a new cleaning standard by implementing the eTROWEL® with ifiber where you will clean a table in seconds with a higher level of sanitizing. Your associates will be delighted when using these products along with the 4D Clean system, Pre-Treat™ where they do not touch any dirty cloth or cleaning solutions. Clean with clean is

Serv-A-Charge Phone Charging Equipment An interview with Joe President, Intuitive Concepts

Hennessy,

RDN: Tell our readers how to increase profits. JH: We have products that keep customers happy and spending more. Our Serv-A-Charge line of products keeps your customer’s phones charged. This is the way to reduce waiting line frustration while increasing extra spending. RDN: What is Serv-A-Charge? JH: Serv-A-Charge is our line of phone charging equipment that can be deployed on any tabletop without the need for 120V outlets. Imagine that your customers can charge their phones in the middle of any dining area and they won’t have a need to seek out a wall outlet or bother your wait staff to find a way to charge their phone.

Instead, the phone charger is right there in front of them as part of the centerpiece. RDN: How does this work without a wall outlet? JH: Basically, our chargers are like table-tents that contain a high powered battery. The battery inside of the tabletent will charge five or 10 completely dead phones. Essentially, your customers are just looking to get a quick boost of maybe 20%. This means our chargers can service about 20 to 40 phones between refresh. So, these can be deployed for days on end. All you need to do is refresh the charger perhaps once or twice a week overnight

Energy Star Building Certification Awarded to Ardagh Group Indianapolis-based Ardagh Group was awarded an Energy Star building certification for superior energy performance from the Environmental Protection Agency for its distribution center in Fairfield, Calif. The Fairfield distribution center primarily serves Ardagh’s packaging distribution needs in the West Coast to better service the wine industry. “As a leading global supplier of infinitely recyclable, sustainable glass packaging, we closely monitor our energy consumption and strive to reduce environmental impact

in the communities in which we operate,” said John Sadlier, chief sustainability officer at Ardagh. Energy Star certified buildings and plants are verified to perform in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account occupancy, hours of operation and other key metrics. Energy Star is the only energy efficiency certification in the United States that is based on actual, verified energy performance.

our motto and your customers will notice a difference. Our i-fiber products are guaranteed for over 1,000 launderings, so they will last years while performing at a high level. Quality is just one of the important factors in our company. Our team is at the forefront of Innovation, Quality, Trust and Health. Through these key initiatives, we believe we can help everyone have a cleaner, healthier facility for better living. Stop by our CPI Innovation Center or visit our website for the latest technologies. Thank you for taking a look at our innovations. We look forward to serving you. For more information, visit booth #371, go to www.creativeidea.net, email info@ creativeidea.net or call 616.335.3333. and your customers will be extremely pleased. RDN: What makes your company unique? JH: We are committed to innovation and customer satisfaction. We continually develop new products and strive to over deliver on any promise. This can be seen by our ever evolving product line that always includes features and benefits that improve the bottom line for our customers. RDN: Do you have any new products this year? JH: Absolutely, yes. Please visit our booth at the NRA show. For more information, visit booth #9342. “Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the Energy Star Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s Energy Star certification.” On average, Energy Star certified buildings and plants use 35 percent less energy, cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are less expensive to operate than their peers. In 2021, Ardagh Glass Packaging – North America’s two glass manufacturing facilities, located in Bridgeton, N.J.; and Madera, Calif.; were awarded Energy Star plant certifications. In addition to the Energy Star certifications, 13 of AGP – NA’s facilities are ISO 14001 certified, making Ardagh an environmental leader in the packaging industry.






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New RAK Stone Collection By John Marino, President & CEO, RAK Porcelain USA RAK Porcelain USA is all set to unveil a bouquet of dining solutions at the NRA Show. Exhibiting at one of the most popular tabletop fairs of the U.S. region, post pandemic, we are all set to take our game a notch higher for enthusiasts, admirers and solution seekers of the HORECA dining segment. This season, we officially unveil our groundbreaking collection – RAK Stone. It is an amalgamation of the best of both worlds as it flaunts the look and finish of stoneware and yet is fully vitreous and edge chip resistant like porcelain. A first in the market, which is distinctive and ideally suited for the HORECA industry’s precise requirements, RAK Stone collection comprises two newly developed ranges, Ease and Spot, which offers din-

ers and chefs exceptional durability and aesthetics. Ease reflects unrivaled luxury. The interplay of speckled colors and the durability of stoneware results in distinct porcelain pieces that adorn dining tables with novelty. Available in dazzling shades of Cobalt Blue, Clay and Honey, metallic finishes of Rust and Caldera and a grainy textured Dual. Spot defines timeless elegance, a hand-painted artisan series featuring abstract and unique patterns that lend visual perfection on to plated meals. The grit and grace of natural stone is presented in shades of Emerald, Peridot, Sapphire, Garnet and Jade. Youngstown, our latest series in the commodity dinnerware segment, will also take center stage this season. We are solidifying our proposition of being a one-stop shop that delivers

Quality & Customer Service from Rotella’s Italian Bakery Family Owned Partnering with clients to exceed their customers’ expectations – that’s something Rotella’s Italian Bakery takes incredible pride in. From its beginnings in Calabria, Italy, to its present-day, state-of-the-art campus in La Vista, Nebraska, the Rotella’s tradition has always remained the same: a commitment to its products, its employees and its loyal customers. The company’s sense of integrity and purpose as a business stems from its sense of integrity

and purpose as a family. Plant Growth Grounded in a commitment to quality and exceptional customer service, Rotella’s Italian Bakery is built on five generations of tradition. Its campus currently spans 40 acres in La Vista, just southwest of Omaha. Its diverse team of more than 500 – the Rotella’s Bakery family – works in five separate production facilities; 500,000 total square feet, including 15,000 square feet dedicated to gluten-free products.

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dinnerware, flatware and glassware to cater to a wide variety of dining solutions. Our landmark partnerships with glassware stalwarts Stolzle and flatware experts Sola Netherlands have bolstered our portfolio and resulted in a competitive synergy, which immensely benefits our customers and partners. Further, visitors have much to be excited about as we globally launch our iconic Le Ballet Bone China dinnerware collections, Bravura and Fedra, amidst industry fanfare. Light as a feather, yet sturdy as a bull – the Vegan ranges possess unmatched strength, luminosity and ethereal beauty. With this, RAK Porcelain earns yet another distinction of being the indusProduct Line To ensure the company’s national and regional clients always have the supply they need, Rotella’s state-of-the-art, high-speed production lines run almost non-stop, churning out seven main product lines. Its R&D team is continually evolving its formulas and techniques, leading to new product introductions and efficiencies. In 2016, Rotella’s created a test kitchen and hired an executive chef, a corporate chef and a scientist to serve clients’ growing desire for custom menu ideation.

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try’s only dinnerware manufacturer to offer fine porcelain; bright white high alumina porcelain; colored, formulated stoneware and bone china variants produced through a single factory. Additionally, we are also exhibiting several new collections in custom decor, cutlery and glassware. We look forward to an exciting event at the NRA and eagerly await to meet and greet our longstanding fraternity partners to showcase an array of lifestyle products, exclusively developed to serve the evolving demands of the HORECA industry. Join us at our booth, as we ensure to make it worth your time and Make Sure It’s RAK. For more information, visit booth #7218, go to www.rakporcelain.com/ us-en, call 866.552.6980 or email info@rakporcelainusa.com. A Century of Pride in Every Slice Rotella’s Italian Bakery reached a milestone and celebrated its 100 year anniversary based on three principles: quality products, great service and a fair price. Now, in 2022, the company looks forward to serving you for the next 100 years with the same principles it started with from the very beginning. For more information, visit booth #9924, go to www.rotellasbakery.com or call 800.759.0360.

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PriceAdvantage Provides Business Intelligence PriceAdvantage™, a division of Skyline Products, is demonstrating how its Market Share Business Intelligence software can help QSRs and other retail convenience locations make strategic business decisions based on solid analytics. Market Share is a cloud-based solution that provides critical information without the need for IT resources. Marketing and real estate departments can gain valuable insight into consumer behavior by analyzing foot traffic to their sites, compared to foot traffic to their competitors’ sites. “Our customers’ business decisions are becoming more data driven every year and they have expressed a desire

for reliable and accurate market share data,” shared Chip Stadjuhar, CEO of Skyline Products, parent company of PriceAdvantage. “This Market Share Business Intelligence offering helps retailers quickly discover how market variables, including store promotions, pricing and seasonal trends, impact customer behavior. They can compare site visits to those of coffee shops, quick-serve restaurants and any other place of business they would consider a competitor or a point of interest.” The Market Share Business Intelligence pre-configured data can be drilled down in selected markets from the county level all the way down to a specific address. Location visit traffic can be sorted and analyzed to assess competitive intelligence, current site performance and future site selection. Historical year-over-year, month-overmonth, and week-over-week dashboards track trends and seasonality against the competition. Learn traffic behaviors as they relate to peak travel times, promotions and pricing strategies. Identify the best areas for new growth based on under-served areas and avoid areas that are oversaturated. Historical data can predict potential

foot traffic for any new sites. Located in the Lakeside Center in booth #8337, the PriceAdvantage team from Skyline Products can demonstrate the power of its Market Share Business Intelligence software analytics. Can’t make it to the booth? Visit www.price advantage.com to request a demo. Make better-informed decisions for business based on reliable data. About PriceAdvantage PriceAdvantage creates Software to Fuel Your Pricing Strategy™. The easyto-use, highly configurable, patented solution allows fuel marketers to execute their unique pricing strategy faster and more accurately by reducing manual processes and human errors. The software enables customers to make rapid, informed pricing decisions based on their unique business rules, automatically post new prices to their POS systems, fuel pumps and price signs, and then receive price change confirmation – all in just minutes. PriceAdvantage is a division of the privately held U.S. company Skyline Products that produces software solutions and thousands of American-made electronic price and transportation signs annually. About Skyline Products Skyline Products helps convenience stores and fuel retailers differentiate themselves and increase automotive traffic through electronic LED and scroll price signs that are Designed to be Bold, Engineered to Last. Since 1970, Skyline has invested heavily in research and development to create the industry’s most legible and reliable price signs. Fully designed and manufactured in Colorado Springs, Colorado, its industry-exclusive technologies provide superior display feedback, unmatched brightness control, exceptional full-bodied digits, advanced energy efficiency and military-grade durability. Additionally, Skyline provides customers with price-change confirmation and the most advanced sign diagnostics on the market. For more information, visit booth #8337, go to www.priceadvantage .com and www.skylineproducts.com, call 866.961.4084 or email price advantagesales@skylineproducts.com.

Uncommon Threads: Durable, Fashionable, Professional Are you tired of waiting on your chef uniform supplier to ship your order? Are they even answering the phone? Uncommon Threads offers quality chef apparel and aprons ready to ship today! Uncommon believes that your chef uniform should be durable, fashionable and professional, and you shouldn’t have to wait weeks to get your order. With nearly a million products in stock at all times and a 24-hour shipping guarantee, Uncommon delivers your order when you need it, and that’s a promise. You have more important things to worry about than when your staff’s uniforms and aprons will arrive. Uncommon has over 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry, so you can count on it to deliver quality, durable apparel with great customer service – and, yes, your order can ship today. Find Your Look Imagine wearing a chef uniform that reflects your style. At Uncommon Threads, you’re sure to find a coat that expresses your personality, whether it’s bright orange with a dedicated cell phone pocket (the Venture) or a slight twist on the classic white coat (the Murano).

With different colors, styles and fabrics to choose from, the chef coats at Uncommon are as varied as the clients they serve. Make sure you also check out Uncommon’s coat with moisture-wicking Pro Vent mesh, which keeps you cool and comfortable when the kitchen gets hot. Unlike most other manufacturers, Uncommon’s Pro Vent mesh coats include color matching, so you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. The mesh comes in the same vibrant colors as the fabrics. More Than Coats Uncommon Threads also offers aprons, shirts, chef pants and hats for your entire staff, so they look and feel their best. All these products are made to last. You perform your best when you’re not worried about stains, spills or fraying fabric. Let Uncommon Threads handle all your chef apparel needs, so you can focus on what you do best: serving up unforgettable food and experiences for your guests. For more information, go to booth #1668 or go to www.uncommonthreadschef apparel.com or @utchefapparel.

France Tops List of Best Wine-Making Countries in the World France makes the best wine in the world, according to a study by Maxima Kitchen Equipment experts, as judged by the international wine awards the country has earned. Spain is the second best at making wine, followed by Italy in third, according to the survey. The top three countries have won more than 60 percent of the awards over the past three years. France earned 851 top awards at the ceremonies, 24 percent of all medals won by countries on the list. France earned 29 percent of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles awards, 692 of the 2,389 given out. French wine comes from all over the country, with the region Bordeaux being famous for red wines such as Merlot, and the region Champagne producing the famous sparkling wine, Champagne. Spain won 22 percent of the top awards. Out of the 794 medals Spain earned, 677 of them are from the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles ceremony, more than 85 percent of their total

awards won. Famous wines from Spain include Cava, Rioja and Grenache. Italy received 512 top medals, 14.5 percent of awards earned by countries on the list. Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is the award that Italy earned most, with 392 coming from the ceremony. Italy is well known for red wines such as Chianti and Barolo and its sparkling wine, Prosecco. At fourth on the list is Portugal, which has won 12.6 percent of the highest awards earned by the countries on the list. Portugal performed well at all the ceremonies, placing in the top five medal earners in three of them. The first non-European country to appear on the list, the United States, comes in at fifth. The country won 352 awards, just below 10 percent of awards given to countries on the list. The United States earned most awards from the Sommelier’s Choice Awards, with 97 percent coming from the ceremony. The rest of the top 10 is Australia, Chile, South Africa, Greece and Argentina.





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Commercial & Residential Ovens from Forno Bravo Inspired by old-world design principles, but 100% made in the USA, Forno Bravo, LLC, has been in the business of making and selling high-quality, artisan pizza ovens since 2003. With worldclass factories in California and Colorado, the company is focused on consistency. From sourcing the best components and incorporating advanced engineering into its oven cores to handcrafting its finishes with detail, precision and creative customizations, Forno Bravo strives to produce the best pizza ovens on the market. Forno Bravo’s commercial oven line is chef-tested and approved! It offers both front-of-house showpieces and back-of-house workhorses. With a classic, wood-fired only option for purists or a powerful, modulating gas burner option for flexibility, these ovens are capable of cranking out and maintaining 800 to 900°F temperatures for baking both true, Neapolitan-style pizzas and the popular Pizza Classica style through the busiest service periods. Fuel efficient, fast recharging fire brick floors and great heat retention are favorite features. Forno Bravo’s commercial ovens come in five sizes to fit the volume needs, space constraints, and various price points required by restaurant, bistro, bakery, brewpub and winery owners. Forno Bravo even offers modular kits and knock-down versions for restaurants with narrow doors or stair-

way entrances. For businesses that have a catering arm, or want to skip the storefront and go purely mobile, Forno Bravo has mobile drop-in ovens and modular kits that work smoothly with most food trucks and trailers. With thousands of wood-fired ovens successfully working out on the road today, its mobile designs have proven themselves reliable, time-tested and profitable for their owners. Forno Bravo recognizes that wood-fired cooking at home can be an enjoyable lifestyle choice as well. It is the perfect opportunity for fun and easy entertaining, and for spending quality time with your family and friends. With that in mind, Forno Bravo designs and constructs its residential ovens with the same technology, materials and quality as its commercial ovens, just scaled down for home use. The variety of Forno Bravo’s residential pizza ovens and modular kit options is extensive to fit any style or preference. They come in seven sizes, multiple body types and several finishes – including seven standard stucco colors and a wide assortment of glass tile choices. The kits allow customers and installers an even greater opportunity to customize the oven’s exterior

Faire La Fête Expands Distribution Footprint Los Angeles-based First Growth Brands’ flagship brand, Faire La Fête, has reached new heights in its national distribution partnership with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Now sold in 22 SGWS markets, Faire La Fête saw sales increase by more than 272 percent in 2021 vs. 2020, according to the company. The French champagne is known Once Again (Cont’d. from p. 1)

across the country. Sold in 5lb, 9lb and 35lb tubs, the versatile and flavor-packed lineup is used in everything from classic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at fast casual restaurants to sauces, soups and desserts in fine dining establishments. Made with simple, straightforward ingredients and rich in pure, nutty flavor, the company’s certified organic and natural products are each NonGMO Project Verified, certified glutenfree, vegan, kosher and part of the brand’s Honest In Trade Program. Here’s an overview of the company’s

for its quality, reduced sugar level and price point. As part of this expansion with SGWS, Faire La Fête has added Arkansas, Hawaii, Kentucky, Oklahoma and South Carolina to its list of markets. “For years, consumers have loved champagne, but always saw it as a special occasion drink,” said Edward Holl, high-quality foodservice offerings: ● Peanut Butter: organic or natural, lightly salted or no salt, creamy or crunchy and no stir, which is lightly sweetened ● Almond Butter: organic or natural, roasted or lightly toasted, creamy or crunchy ● Cashew Butter: organic or natural, creamy ● Sunflower Seed Butter: organic only, creamy, lightly sweetened with salt or without ● Sesame Tahini: organic or natural Since 1976, Once Again Nut Butter has been paving the way in ethical and sus-

New Products from Sigma Foodservice

design, while saving construction time and maintaining optimal baking performance. They come in wood- and gasfired options, stand or countertop models, built-in or stand-alone installation and small, single-pizza sizes or plenty of room for making multiple pizzas at once! Forno Bravo’s home ovens are also designed to cook a variety of foods. From roasts, steaks, bread, fish and vegetables to desserts, you can definitely think outside of the pizza box!

Sigma Foodservice is a part of a global food company dedicated to bringing local, favorite foods to communities everywhere. In 18 countries worldwide, Sigma offers quality food at a range of price points and across diverse categories. It exists to be the indispensable go-to partner for customers across the food industry that consistently satisfies the cravings for their consumers. Current top sellers range from Hispanic hand-rolled burritos, premium franks and sausages in a variety of flavor profiles and sizes, and classic corn dogs. Sigma offers innovative new product solutions, such as plant-based alternative proteins in multiple formats for health-conscious consumers. New to the Sigma Foodservice portfolio is a line of avocado pulp and guacamole products, perfect for applications in large batches or convenient, on-the-go formats. Sigma Foodservice supports your business by leveraging its global capabilities, data-driven insights, cutting-edge technology and personalized expertise that you won’t find anywhere else.

For more information, call 800.407.5119 or go to www.fornobravo.com.

For more information, visit booth #4176.

chairman and CEO of First Growth Brands. “Faire La Fête is changing that, providing amazing quality at an accessible price point – making it the perfect champagne to drink any day and at any time.” Consumers can find Faire La Fête in 34 markets, including these 22 markets with SGWS: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, South Carolina and South

Dakota. Faire La Fête, which is French for “to party with friends,” was introduced in the United States in 2015. Faire La Fête is France’s answer to making champagne affordable by offering consumers the same traditional quality of $60-plus champagnes at a third of the price. Faire La Fête is produced by First Growth Brands in Limoux, France, the birthplace of champagne in 1531. Faire La Fête is sustainably hand-harvested, bottle aged and has half the sugar of tank-fermented prosecco.

tainable business practices, while simultaneously producing incredibly highquality and delicious products. In 2016, Once Again Nut Butter opened a stateof-the-art dedicated peanut facility that has earned and maintained the highest level of food safety through SQF. To prevent the cross contamination of allergens, the company’s tree nut and seed butters are produced in a separate facility nearby. Once Again has a robust quality assurance program and the plant protocols they have in place for cleanliness are unprecedented. Embraced by foodservice customers for its clean, simple and whole-

some ingredients, Once Again’s nut butter lineup is packed with plantbased protein and brings a smooth, roasted flavor to both sweet and savory applications. The company’s premium offerings appeal to both health-conscious consumers who value the nutrition nut butters bring to the table, along with foodies who recognize the spreads’ perfectly balanced taste. For more information, visit booth #487, go to www.onceagainnutbutter.com, call 612.413.1454 or email kwood@oanb.com. Follow @OnceAgainNutButter on social media.






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Cardiovascular Health Benefits of Potatoes Research suggests that diets rich in potassium and low in sodium reduce the risk of hypertension and stroke. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that adding 1,600 mg of potassium a day can lower stroke risk by 21 percent. While those carefully watching car-

bohydrates have been avoiding potatoes, potatoes are considered good for cardiovascular health. A single serving of potatoes has 620 grams of potassium, which is more than a medium-sized banana. Skin-on potatoes rank highest for potassium content among the top 20 top-selling fruits and vegetables. Accumulating evidence also sug-

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non-GMO verified. It has a richer, bolder flavor and takes up to six months to brew the finished product. Add a few splashes of our Tamari to your sauce, soups, dressings and gravies. Our Tamari gives a rich, full flavor to any food without taking over the taste. That is a technique called kakushi-aji (hidden flavor) used by culinary professionals and skilled home chefs.

MC: San-J manufactures premium Tamari soy sauces and Asian cooking sauces. All products that we make contain no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. These clean label sauces are gluten free, vegan and even kosher! We have reduced sodium options for those looking to limit salt intake. Organic options are available as well.

gests that increasing dietary potassium can negate some of the adverse effects of dietary sodium on blood pressure. Reducing sodium along with increasing potassium provides greater heart disease protection than intervention alone. For cardiovascular health, the American Heart Association recommends foods that are limited in fats and sodium and a source of naturally occurring nutrients. Potatoes are naturally free of fat, cholesterol and sodium. A 5.3-ounce

serving of potatoes has 15 percent of the daily value of potassium and 30 percent of vitamin C, provides 3 grams of plant-based protein and has 2 grams of dietary fiber. “Being heart-healthy doesn’t necessarily mean having to give up our favorite things,” said RJ Harvey, director of culinary at Potatoes USA and a registered dietitian. “Potatoes are delicious, affordable and a crowd-favorite. They’re the perfect vehicle for people to take care of their hearts while also delivering flavor.”

own Tamari.

in Richmond, Virginia, was built to produce Tamari and Asian cooking sauces domestically. Eight generations later, the Sato family is still running the company using the same time-honored brewing method.

RDN: Where can they be used? MC: There are so many options beyond the traditional stir-fry. They are great for sandwich toppings, cheesesteak and burger ingredients, tossing wings, dipping sauces, salad dressings and marinades. We even have chefs use them on pizza.

RDN: What are the cooking sauces? RDN: Why is San-J unique? MC: Most soy sauce manufacturers use soybeans and wheat. Our Tamari is made exclusively from soybeans. All are Magnesol (Cont’d. from p. 1)

KR: The Dallas Group of America (DGA) is a family-owned company, started by our founder Robert Dallas in 1989. DGA manufactures products for the filtration of edible oils, both for industrial manufacturing and foodservice applications. We operate multiple manufacturing and packaging facilities in North America, Europe and China. RDN: Magnesol is a unique means of oil filtration. What is it and how does it work? KR: Magnesol is a safe, food-grade powder that removes both solid and dissolved impurities from used frying oil to provide extra oil life and enhance food quality. Our product is trusted and used globally in over 115 countries every day, thanks to our valued distributors. RDN: There are many oil filtration sysVacMaster (Cont’d. from p. 1)

help get the most out of their budget. The cook-chill process is one example of food prep best practices that continues to see rapid growth among restaurants and restaurant groups. Cook-chill aids in delivering consistent results, streamlining the preparation process, reducing food and labor costs and benefiting food safety best practices. Cook-chill is a simple process in which a food product is cooked following food safety guidelines, bagged, sealed, then chilled immediately for storage. When it is needed, the bagged food is brought up to serving temp in a

MC: We offer Teriyaki, Teriyaki Lite, Korean BBQ, Szechuan, Thai Peanut, Sweet and Tangy, Orange, Mongolian and Hoisin. These are made using our tems on the market. Why should someone choose Magnesol? KR: Magnesol continues to be the industry standard that all other filter media are compared to. We service the world’s largest restaurant chains, and they continue to recognize Magnesol as the most effective, economical and simple way to ensure the highest quality fried products and tremendous cost savings. We also provide extensive oil testing in our laboratories that are staffed by AOCS-certified chemists. RDN: What kind of savings would an average restaurant see using Magnesol? KR: There are many variables (volume of oil, type of products being fried, hours of operation, cooking temperature, etc.) when it comes to savings, but we typically see a 40% or greater extension of frying oil life. This could mean a savings of $500 water bath and then added to the line for plating. Chefs, prep line teams and kitchen managers will quickly see the benefits of cook-chill, from the consistency customers expect, reduced labor hours and food waste to the improved storage capacity. VacMaster has several products to assist with the cook-chill process, most notably the BS116 bag sealer. This bag sealer, with a 16” wide seal bar, quickly seals gallon-sized retherm pouches for immediate introduction to the chill process. This countertop machine can be easily set up in your prep production line and matched with the VacMaster Bag Holder to increase productivity.

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RDN: When did San-J start making Tamari? MC: The Sato family started producing Tamari in 1804 in Japan. In 1987, a plant for a small single fryer or up to $20,000 annually per store for a large volume chicken restaurant. We will be conducting oil savings analyses onsite at the NRA Show in booth #5233 for any attendees interested in seeing how much Magnesol could benefit their operations. RDN: Is this product simple to use? Is training necessary? KR: It couldn't be easier! Simply add the Magnesol powder during the filtration process. The powder remains in the filter box and acts like a magnet to attract and remove impurities from used edible oils. Plus, we have a full team of oil management experts strategically located around the globe to assist you with onsite training, if needed. RDN: Is Magnesol safe to use? Does the powder remain in the oil? KR: Magnesol is food grade and comWith the BS116, soups, sauces, mac and cheese, and more can be prepared in large quantities, chilled and stored for later use. VacMaster chamber vacuum sealers and sous vide circulators also provide a variety of options, not only for cook-chill but for food storage and preservation. The chamber sealers from VacMaster can be used to lock in flavors of marinades or seasoning before the cooking process. Powerful, commercial-grade sous vide immersion circulators are perfect for cooking to precise temperatures for the ultimate culinary experience. These circulators are ideal for

RDN: Anything new in the near future? MC: Yes, we watch industry trends and monitor customer preferences. There will be a new sauce coming out soon. Stay tuned for details. For more information, visit booth #3448, go to www.san-j.com/food-service or email sales@san-j.com. pletely safe. Our product meets all the food grade specifications of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) and the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the World Health Organization (WHO). Frying oil passes through Magnesol filter powder during the filtration process. The filter powder does not remain or dissolve in the frying oil. These findings have been third-party verified. RDN: How does Magnesol improve sustainability? KR: By using Magnesol, restaurant operations will reduce oil consumption and waste, resulting in a positive impact on our environment and a safer workspace for employees. For more information, visit booth #5233, go to www.magnesol.com, call 800.367.4188 or email magnesol@dallasgrp.com. retherm of your chilled stored food, leaving little guesswork on proper serving temps. The team at VacMaster has a longstanding presence in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Providing a holistic solution for the cook-chill and packaging process, they offer a wide range of BPA-free, FDA-approved bags that can accommodate the needs of any busy kitchen. VacMaster continues to develop and deliver equipment that exceeds the needs of customers on a commercial grade level. For more information, visit booth #1068 or go to www.vacmasterfresh.com.



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Agritech start-up Future Crops has created a pure, high-yielding basil variety it successfully adapted for cultivation in the company’s primarily solar powered vertical farm in the Netherlands. The advanced, cleanfarming technique for this aromatic basil variety has product with a long shelf life and will secure a steady supply of locally grown, pesticide-free herb to the European market. The proprietary seeds were developed at the Israeli Agricultural Research Organization by Nativ Dudai, professor and head of The Unit of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. Dudai is considered a

prominent global figure in the mapping, breeding and development of basil varieties. His research team was the first in the world to sequence the whole sweet basil genome. Designated the “king of herbs,” basil is one of the leading three herbs marketed in Europe, alongside mint and coriander. Its distinct aromatic qualities make it a favorite of the culinary world, yet because of its soft delicate leaves, it is unusually demanding to cultivate. Basil requires a minimum of five hours of sunshine daily and thrives in warm, temperate subtropical climates. It is highly sensitive to

cold, making northern Europe a less than ideal spot for growing basil. Basil also carries a characteristically short shelf life, as its tender leaves blacken and wilt easily. Basil seeds harboring all the desired traits were selected and brought together via a process of natural breeding in order to create the perfect seed for cultivation in a vertical farm without genetic modification or editing. The team developed a number of different herb seed varieties via this method. The startup has finalized negotiations with the ARO Institute to buy exclusive licensing rights to these seeds for commercialization worldwide. Future Crops developed ideal climate conditions for its basil, allowing it to thrive year-round even during the

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oceans has forced us to look at the footprint of many of these wasteful products we consume daily. Addressing how we drink water is one way people can begin to take control of single-use plastic waste. Of all the environmental issues we face today, plastic waste, in particular, is an issue people feel capable and empowered to solve. In order for a product to reach a point where it’s making a positive impact on the actual environmental

issues it’s attempting to solve, it must be accessible so that more people can adopt it. Accessibility means everyone has their chosen form of hydration (often water) close at hand, in a refillable bottle. Walk into your local convenience store or market to pick up some water, and what will you see? A sea of singleuse plastic. PATH has come to fill a needed gap in our throwaway society. “We are pushing for reuse with a

bottle that can quickly and economically be turned right back into another PATH bottle if and when it’s time to be recycled. With a little math, even the most economically stressed will notice that PATH’s sturdy, refillable bottle can be more affordable than even the cheapest of those less than healthy plastic water bottles,” said Ali Orabi, cofounder of PATHWATER.

United States or Canada. It’s a cost-free program with no minimum purchasing requirements, no setup fees – no costs whatsoever. Your employees simply buy direct from SKECHERS and get 30% off year-round on our SKECHERS slipresistant work shoes and other great styles. Companies with fewer than 200 employees can still take advantage of our 25% discount program year-round.

would be okay to wear to work. That’s the beauty of our program compared to many of our competitors.

HS: Yes. Our slip-resistant shoes come with a $5,000 Slip and Fall Warranty that helps protect your company from the expensive consequences of slips and falls in the workplace. Plus, your employees will enjoy our quarterly friends and family day events, which allow them to extend their 30% discount on SKECHERS shoes for the entire family. This includes kids shoes, sandals, casual shoes and our performance line of running and walking shoes, and we have now added apparel and accessories to these events (over 3,000 styles to choose from). This is another employee benefit that our competitors can’t offer, as they only make work shoes.

High-Yield Basil Variety Created by Startup

and sustainable packaging that’s better for the future of the planet. Enter PATH, offering the best of both worlds. Increasingly, people are becoming aware of the ecological damage single-use plastic poses and are looking for alternatives to ease their negative impact on the planet. The popularity of bottled water and the undeniable harm of plastic waste on SKECHERS (Cont’d. from p. 1)

HS: SKECHERS originally started in 1992 as a utility footwear company, so this goes back to our roots from day one. Most people are really surprised to see the vast assortment of work shoes that SKECHERS makes. You can see in our booth that we provide a lot of options for restaurant employees who want to look stylish, stay safe from slips and falls and be comfortable throughout their shifts. RDN: Tell our readers about the SKECHERS Direct Corporate Shoe Program. Who can join? HS: Our Corporate Shoe Program has been out for about 10 years now, and it’s available to companies with 200 or more employees who are based in the The Montague Company (Cont’d. from p. 1)

craftsmanship, reliability and customization. We are proud to say we have been making cooking equipment for 165 years. All our products are made in the USA with parts, mostly sourced locally. RDN: Montague is famous for designing and building custom island suites. What is something new being added to island suites? JD: Every island suite is a custom design to meet the unique cooking and cooling needs of the operation. Montague works with the customer to design the best product to meet the ever-chang-

RDN: Can you accommodate companies with uniform requirements that include shoes? HS: Yes. Purchases can be made online on our SKECHERS ecommerce site that is customized to the uniform needs of your company. If you require black slipresistant shoes, your employees won't see a brown boot on the website, so they can’t purchase it thinking that it ing needs of the kitchen. Two new elements chefs are requesting in island suites are pass-through finishing ovens and induction burners. The passthrough finishing allows the food to be finished directly on the plate right before serving. The oven has a cast-iron plate at the bottom and a 650°F thermostat, providing excellent heat retention, even when both doors are being opened. Chefs love the pass-through oven for its ability to streamline service and increase food quality. RDN: What equipment have you developed for the non-commercial market? JD: Montague has always had a strong

RDN: How long does it take to get the shoes ordered through the website? HS: Orders usually ship within 48 hours and online orders receive free shipping and free returns. If you have an employee you hire and they need shoes immediately or would simply like to try on their shoes before purchasing, they can also shop at any of our 500-plus SKECHERS retail stores nationwide and in Canada. We have a SKECHERS retail store in every major city in the U.S. and this is an enormous benefit that none of our competitors can touch. RDN: Are there any other benefits? relationship with the K-12 segment, specifically with our K12 Series School Cooking Equipment. Our Vectaire Pro 115 Convection Oven was designed to be used in the school market, but is an efficient piece for any high-volume operation. The “muffled” design has been a favorite school oven for years as no flue gasses enter the kitchen when the oven doors are open. This design is safer and healthier for the staff. The Pro has all the power and durable stainless construction, with 11 side rails to accommodate more sheet pans and a sixth rack. It comes standard with a two-speed, half-horsepower fan for even browning and faster cooking. Pilot relight is added to make lighting a

cold Dutch winter. Equipped with precision agricultural technology, this signature basil crop is grown on a nutrientenriched soil-like substrate, with all cultivation parameters – including light, temperature, wind, and humidity – fully controlled. Future Crops’ vertically farmed basil has almost tripled its yield over the last three years and boasts a shelf life that stretches over two weeks under optimum storage conditions. It also possesses a distinctive, appealing flavor and fragrance that captivates chefs and is completely free of pesticides. Future Crops grows a range of basil varieties, including cinnamon, lemon, lime and Thai basil. With a focus on the retail and foodservice sectors, the company is also targeting food producers, especially makers of pesto.

For more information, visit booth #1871.

For more information, visit booth #3154, call 855.759.7463 or email info@skechers direct.com. breeze and allow the oven to be used in an emergency or disaster. This oven is not just for the school market; any facility looking for quality and performance in a convection oven will love it. RDN: To what do you attribute your company’s success? JD: We carefully listen to the needs of our customers, then employ proud old traditions in new designs and new ways to make equipment offering exceptional quality, reliability and performance. For more information, visit booth #5013, go to www.montaguecompany.com or call 800.345.1830.





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formed a collaboration with leading multinational sushi restaurant operator Food & Life Companies. As a Japanese foodservice leader, Food & Life Companies operates brands such as Sushiro and Kyotaru and more than 1,000 restaurants across Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Mainland China. The agreement focuses on developing a supply-chain solution for bluefin tuna and other sushi-grade products for the multinational sushi restaurant operator in the Asia-Pacific region, where seafood consumption is VITO (Cont’d. from p. 1)

component of the daily operation in every commercial kitchen. How can you cut down on costs and workload while being more sustainable at the same time? The solution: the VITO oil filter system and the VITO FT440 frying oil tester. Used daily, VITO oil filter system removes food particles and carbon from your frying oil, shortening or any Sterno (Cont’d. from p. 4)

as someone who dines out a lot. You know what’s a balm for my spirit? Joining my friends for a glass of wine or a cocktail. Lingering over small talk. Asking for another round. There is a certain way that makes you feel – a bright burst of laughter or a roll of the eyes can strengthen ties of friendship. A shy smile or knowing look can rekindle something with someone across the table, or even within ourselves. I imagine, for a lot of us in this industry, the art of that experience is at the heart of why we’re here. Giving people the joy and comfort of food. The thing is, in every single one of these visions, the ambiance has a certain quality. A glow. A personality all its own. That’s where Sterno can help. During the last two years, operators Golden Cannoli (Cont’d. from p. 4)

Golden Cannoli Company celebrated its 52nd year in business and is the world’s largest cannoli manufacturer. Located in Chelsea, Massachusetts, this second-generation family business has a variety of cannoli products, from a traditional shell filled with sweetened ricotta to the sinful hand-dipped chocolate covered shells flooded with chocolate chips and sweet ricotta cream. Golden Cannoli is the premier supplier of cannoli chips and dip nationally, an incredible innovation to the foodservice industry. This creative solution provides the cannoli experience in a deconstructed version in platters, grab and go cups and in bulk to create your own dessert nachos. You already know they’re delicious,

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highest. The companies plan to collaborate on product development and marketing as well as supporting a regulatory framework to accelerate BlueNalu’s commercialization in Japan. BlueNalu and F&LC will focus on the belly portion of bluefin tuna, called toro, as an initial commercial product. Bluefin tuna is a prized species in Japan, where an estimated 80 percent of the global supply is consumed, and commands premium pricing for its delicious flavor and unique sensory characteristics. “Cell-cultured seafood is a supplychain solution that will have the taste, texture and nutrition that consumers

expect,” said Lou Cooperhouse, president and CEO of BlueNalu, “and will not be susceptible to environmental contaminants like mercury and microplastics. “By centering our initial efforts on the high-quality toro portion of bluefin tuna, we aim to demonstrate culinary excellence with the most prized portion of the most soughtafter fish in the most iconic marketplace for seafood.” “With the uncertainty of natural marine resources in the future, it is important that we secure a stable supply of seafood in a more sustainable manner,” said Koichi Mizutome, president and CEO of Food & Life

Companies. “We have already been promoting the use of farmed seafood as one of the ways to achieve this, but as seafood demand increases in the future, there will be increasing challenges with our global supply chain.” Global seafood consumption is at an all-time high and continues to increase, particularly in Asia. The United Nations projects global population and consumption growth will require 28 million metric tons of new seafood production by 2030. In addition to wildcaught and farm-raised seafood, cellcultured seafood is seen as a third production method that can help meet that demand.

other frying medium. Frying in clean, filtered oil will result in a better-tasting and better-looking fried product. Oil life increases and workload decreases due to fewer oil changes and fryer cleanings. You will save up to 50% of your spendings on oil, labor, storage space and delivery costs with VITO. Clean oil in 4.5 minutes and less effort is what you get with VITO. Place the oil filter in the fryer at service tem-

perature, push the power button and you are done! Benefit from the highest work safety and easy handling. Suitable for every kind of deep fryer. Combined with the VITO FT440, which quickly measures the quality and temperature of the oil, the VITO product line guarantees the optimal frying oil management. Businesses not only reduce costs, but actively minimize their carbon footprint by cutting down on natural resources,

waste and emissions caused during oil production, transport and disposal. The VITO product line became a standard in more than 50,000 commercial kitchens because of the indispensable customer benefits and a constant quality assurance of the frying oil.

have made difficult, business defining choices when it comes to finances, labor and so much more. Ambiance was put on the back burner for a lot of businesses. We’re looking to reignite the passion for creating that joyous experience for customers. That emotional connection. People want to dine out more, to seek those experiences. What better way to give them what they want, than by ensuring their vision is in your dining room? Transform your dining experience and show them the light.

your chance to create an environment that will delight your customers even more. Your customers have to be excited and engaged in order for your business to leap ahead. Ensure you are checking every box off of their wish list. We can help with that. RDN: Why Sterno? Isn’t Sterno a fuel company?

LG: There are only two things at your tables 100% of the time: your customer and table lighting. In addition to your great food and excellent service, now is

LG: At Sterno, we want to make this experience as simple as possible. From the decorative lamp, which we do carry a beautiful assortment of, to your fuel source … we’re here to simplify. Don’t know which lamp to pick? Check out the Research Assistant: SARA on our website. Through a series of quick questions, we can narrow down our assortment to your needs and guide you to a

so let’s talk about the advantages and methods of offering cannoli at your restaurant. Golden Cannoli offers four sizes of cannoli in multiple flavors, so they could be served in quantity or as a stand-alone dessert. As a first-time buyer of cannoli, you may wonder how many you need to get started. Valerie Bono, owner and chief sales officer of Golden Cannoli, suggests ordering a case of the traditional large and a case of the chocolate-covered large cannoli and the filling, but says it’s imperative to let people know you have them. “I’ve seen a lot of our customers place small flyers on the box tops of every pizza that goes out for delivery customers, and I’ve also seen them sit a filled shell on the countertop with a little sign that says, ‘Try our fresh filled cannoli,’” she suggests.

Because the unfilled shells have a 12-month shelf life when stored in a cool, dry place and filling in the freezer for a year until you defrost to fill, you shouldn’t have any worries that your stock will go bad before they’re sold. The profit margins on Golden Cannoli products depend on where your location is, but profits will always be higher than any other dessert you can offer. There is no waste and there is no breakage when working with Golden Cannoli. Valerie says that some areas, such as the Midwest or Southwest locations where cannoli are not commonly found, often have the highest profit margins because they are a rarity. The large chocolate cannoli could sell from $3 to $4, and cost much less than one dollar each, including the filling to create. “I have not heard of one restaurant

RDN: What recommendations can you make to operators who are unsure?

For more information, visit booth #5412, go to www.vitofryfilter.com, call 847.859.0398 or email info@vitofryfilter.com. solution. Not sure what fuel to use? We’re the experts; let us ensure that the investment of your most precious resource – time – has a value and ROI. RDN: Many people feel like they can’t cover the cost. What would you say to them? LG: The cost is less than a quarter per table per day. It is easily paid for by one dessert, one recommendation to a friend, a second visit or one extra glass of wine. How can you afford not to? Be sure to stop by booth #7012 at the show. We’d love to show you how we’re helping our customers transform their dining spaces. For more information, visit booth #7012, go to www.sterno.com or call 951.682.9600. or pizza shop that didn’t have customers raving over them,” Valerie said. Golden Cannoli has distributors throughout the United States, but if they’re not in your area, they will gladly ship the cases directly to you and help arrange for a distributor in your area to start carrying the product. Along with a case of shells and chips, you can also receive premium cannoli cream filling, which comes in six 2.5-pound easy-touse pastry bags. To find out more about Golden Cannoli prepackaged, ready to serve and bulk items and ingredients, or to place your order, visit www.golden cannoli.com or give them a call at 617.868.2826 and ask for sales. For more information, visit booth #1485 or go to www.goldencannoli.com.