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their own oven- and grill-ready pan and can be cooked in 15 minutes in
the oven or 8 minutes on the grill, Gay says.
Blount Fine Foods spotlighted a new side dish and two new soups at
On-trend with clean label, the product contains no HFCS or artificial
flavors or preservatives.
It's more common for retail foodservice products to get their inspiration from foodservice, but in the case of Blount's new Asiago Mac
and Cheese with Fire-Roasted Tomatoes, it's the other way around,
company president Todd Blount said at the show.
In the par-baked category, meanwhile, Rogers, Minnesota-based Nestle
Professional was highlighting its new Stouffer's brand 11.5 oz Chicken
Pot Pie, which Corb Fister, national account manager, said is the only
par-baked chicken pot pie in the marketplace. "It saves deli operators
time," Fister says. "You just open the box and display. Literally everyone
who's come by the booth has liked it. Flavor, convenience, comfort
food, price - everything lines up."
Also in ready-to-eat, Mediterranean foods specialist Grecian Delight
introduced its new line of Opaa! branded sliced meats that ship frozen
to grocery prepared foods departments and are then heated for readyto-eat hot bar sales, says Erin Dolan, a senior associate brand manager
for the company. The resealable bags are similar to microwaveable
vegetable bags, Dolan said. Product takes three minutes to heat.
The new side and the two new soups, Southwest Corn Chowder and
Minestrone, all ship under Blount's Panera at Home line. The soups are
new twists on old favorites, Blount said. The Minestrone, for example,
features chickpeas and kale to give it not only a unique taste but also
appeal for health-minded consumers.
Tradition with a twist
Offerings from deli salad and side specialist Reser's Fine Foods at
IDDBA '18 include new twists on old comfort food favorites. Beaverton,
Oregon-based Reser's unveiled a new formula for its popular egg salad,
says Nathan Roe, category manager. The company removed garlic
Placon's HomeFresh® Entrée containers are made from microwave-friendly
polypropylene so they can go from the store, to the car, to the microwave,
And with the optional PET lids made of high-clarity recycled material,
HomeFresh Entrée containers are also perfect for cold case prepared food.
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