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Cashing in on Consumers' Love of Coffee

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Morning. Noon. Night. We love our coffee in all its forms: hot, cold, with cream and sugar, or in a specialty drink, this ever-popular beverage has no seasonality and is in demand ALL day long. After months of takeout and dining at home, consumers are chomping at the bit to get out and enjoy immersive experiences again. Among those experiences will be the renewed joy of lingering after a wonderful meal (prepared by someone else) with great company and a delicious coffee—or simply enjoying a decadent coffee drink while reconnecting with a friend or colleague. Consumers are willing to pay a lot more for an espresso, latte, cappuccino, or cold brew coffee than they would for a regular cup , which presents an opportunity to increase beverage revenue at a time when it’s needed most. The higher price tag of specialty coffees paired with only a slightly higher cost of goods can yield 10-15% higher profits than a regular cup of drip coffee. But don’t you need a barista to make specialty

Accommodating Food Allergies Safely

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As excited as we are that spring has arrived, we’re already being reminded that all those beautiful blooms bring on not-so-beautiful seasonal allergies. Fortunately, we have countless remedies to keep our seasonal sniffles under control, but food allergies are a completely different story. Regularly making foodservice industry headlines prior to 2020, food allergies remain at an historic high. According to foodallergy.org, an estimated 32 million Americans (1 in 10 adults and 1 in 13 children) have them. Considering that allergic reactions can range from mild to life threatening, accommodating food allergies is a serious responsibility. The following foods are considered to be the 9 most common allergens due to the severity of reactions they cause for those allergic to them, with sesame being the newest addition to the list: Peanuts Tree Nuts Milk Eggs Wheat Soy Fish Shellfish Sesame Common as the above foods are, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure—an

Efficient Scratch Cooking with Sammic Food Processors

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The benefits of scratch cooking school meals are many—from increased participation and better test scores to improved staff morale—just to name a few.  The added task of prepping fresh foods can be intimidating and time-consuming, but thankfully it doesn’t need to be. With the right equipment, you can ramp up production and start to reap the many benefits of scratch cooking in a flash. Commercial food processors offer an ideal solution for high production and efficient use of labor. With a minimal amount of training, staff can produce a consistent, quality end product in a short amount of time. Food processors are becoming increasingly popular in K-12 kitchens, with some schools using them for over half of their chopping, dicing, and grating needs. Regardless of your menu, the size of your kitchen, or the number of students you serve, Sammic offers a variety of reliable, continuous feed food processors to suit your specific needs and become a vital part of kitchen production. In fa

Reduce Food Waste with Proper Food Storage

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The future is starting to look a lot brighter, so it’s the perfect time for a fresh start that maximizes profitability in every way possible. How we store our valuable food inventory is an often overlooked means to improving profitability. If your business has ever had challenges with premature spoilage, read on because you’re not alone, and there is a quick fix for saving your greens. According to a University of Arizona study conducted prior to the pandemic, 4-10% of food purchased by full service restaurants across America, an estimated 49 million pounds per day, was getting thrown out. That’s a shocking number, but in this age of social media and news that travels at lightning speed, it’s just too risky to serve food that doesn't look good. If it doesn’t pass inspection in the kitchen, it’s going to get tossed before it ever hits a plate.  Statistics gathered by the National Restaurant Association show that food comprises 28%-35% of the typical, profitable restaurant’s cost

Solving the Breakfast in the Classroom Challenge

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Experts agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day—especially for children who are growing and learning. And for the rest of us, it jumpstarts our metabolism, gives us energy, and helps us focus. Thank goodness for the School Breakfast Program! The program began as a pilot project back in 1966 and was made permanent in 1975. A lifeline for millions of children affected by food insecurity, in 2018 alone, the School Breakfast Program enabled schools to serve over 2.4 billion breakfasts to children nationwide. This week, we celebrate National School Breakfast Week in gratitude of the amazing program and people who have fed bodies and minds to help our nation’s students learn and grow for half a century. The USDA Breakfast Meal Pattern requires all three of the following components for a reimbursable meal: 1 milk: 1 cup of fluid milk 1 fruit/vegetable: ½ cup of fruit, vegetable, or full-strength juice 1 grain/bread: 1 slice of bread; or 1 serving of cornbread, biscuit

Introducing the Wood Stone Start-up Stone Hearth Oven Package

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Looking for ways to reboot and future-proof your business, get into the pizza market, or simply step up your pizza game? We have great news for you! Wood Stone is offering a new stone hearth oven “Start-Up Package” to get you up and running fast. This package is built around their famous Mt. Adams 5-RFG oven, which is the ideal size and capacity for casual dining, bars, pubs, and taverns. With 15 square feet of cooking surface, the Mt. Adams is the perfect artisan pizza oven and an excellent choice for medium to high production applications. This package provides a  convenient   way to get a powerhouse oven with all the bells and whistles at one low price, but with some customization (color choice and custom flame guard) to fit your brand. You get a custom-feeling stone hearth oven that’s up-and-running quickly without the hassle, cost, and time of additional finish work while enjoying a faster return on investment. Each Mt. Adams Start-up Package includes a 5-foot (5-RFG) oven, cu

Enter to win a Cam GoBox for your school!

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I n celebration of National School Breakfast Week and the tremendous efforts that school foodservice professionals make to feed kids every day, Cambro is giving away a free Cam GoBox! If you’re in K-12 school foodservice, we invite you to enter for a chance to win a model EPP180 Cambro GoBox for your school! Simply submit a photo , video , or both of how your school preps and serves breakfast including the food and/ or equipment , for a chance to win a GoBox from Cambro. To be eligible, you must be an employee of a K-12 school in the US. Entries will be accepted by Cambro from now until March 15, 2021. Cambro will notify the winner by March 30, 2021.  Don’t miss this chance to win. Enter today! Click here to enter to win!