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New & Noteworthy: Sally, Good Spirits and Trucking

Sally, the salad-making robot, is one of the first front-of-house robots that’s been put into operation, says Joe Klosterman of Apex, the only rep in the upper Midwest for the Chowbotics invention. The 3-by 3-foot bright green cabinet holds 22 canisters with fresh ingredients that can make 1,000 different combinations in around one minute. About 50 to 100 meals can be dispensed, before the machine needs to be replenished. The ingredients have a better shelf life, Klosterman says, because they are inside a sealed container. In addition to side and dinner portion salads, Sally can make grain bowls and yogurt snack bowls. The units are a good fit for  offices, food courts and institutional settings. For more information, contact Klosterman at 515-451-6796 or joek@apexworx.com.


Tattersall Distillery’s latest offering is a Monongahela-style whiskey distilled from 100 percent rye. Perfect for rye purists, it’s aged for at least two years in charred white oak sourced and coopered in Minnesota. Think of it as bourbon’s bolder cousin. It can be served neat or in classics like an Old Fashioned or Manhattan. Tasting notes: Aromas of vanilla, maple, and mellow oak. Robust and peppery on the palate with lingering notes of caramel.





Garden-Fresh Foods, one of the nation’s leading suppliers of fresh deli salads, salad kits, dips and desserts, has expanded its Grandpa’s Signature Salads line, now offering premium items in 16-ounce grab-and-go packaging in addition to bulk. 

Recipes are inspired by hearty, traditional favorites, with unique and flavorful twists, and are hand-crafted in the Garden-Fresh Foods kitchen with unique preparation methods to create products that truly taste like they were made at home. 

To learn more, visit www.garden-freshfoods.com


Kellogg’s Morningstar Farms Signature Protein Blend is a versatile, recipe-ready platform that reimagines the veggie experience. Hand-formable, seasoned and ready to cook, it enables operators to come up with their own creative menu ideas. More than half (59 percent) of consumers say they eat meatless meals at least once a week. The Signature Protein Blend gives operators a way to offer a meatless protein without sacrificing flavor. Available in Tomato Basil & Mozzarella and Spicy Red Bean.

 For more information and to learn more, visit www.KelloggsCulinaryCreations.com


There are hundreds of ways to make zahtar, the new ”It spice,” and hundreds of ways to use it and it’s showing up everywhere from pita and pizza to matzo balls and cocktails. This collection of herbs and spices (sometimes spelled Za’atar, Zatar, Zaa’tar, Zahatar, and Zatar) has been a staple of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries. Pereg zahtar is a blend of 100 percent pure hyssop, parsley, sesame seeds, ground chickpeas, coriander, salt, and olive oil. All ingredients are fresh, natural, gluten-free, vegan, and OU kosher-certified. 

For more information: www.pereg-gourmet.com


Post-it Extreme Notes, the latest innovation from Post-it Brand, were designed to improve communication and efficiency in the kitchen. HACCP International Certified, Post-it Extreme Notes are safe to use in food facilities, supporting the integrity and safety of food as demanded by industry expectations, legislation and Global Food Safety Initiative. Made with Dura-Hold paper and adhesive, Post-it Extreme Notes withstand the most extreme conditions—including heat, cold, wind, and water—and stick to a range of surfaces found in kitchens sites, including stainless steel, brick, stone and more.


Carrier Transicold has just introduced the versatile new VectorTM 8611MT, a multi-temperature trailer refrigeration unit that enables a trailer to be divided lengthwise into two refrigerated compartments. The Vector unit incorporates two evaporators and fans for two-zone cooling without requiring a separate remote evaporator. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.  “The Vector 8611MT unit will especially appeal to food service and grocery distribution operations for the flexibility it offers in creating center-divide configurations,” the company said. Their split evaporator design creates a 15-inch-wide area for center-wall placement, providing a more efficient accommodation of pallets that allows up to 17 percent more cargo than competitive systems requiring trailers to be divided precisely down the middle.


McCain Foodservice’s Brew City IPA Beer Battered Gouda and Mozzarella Cheese Bites are a perfect blend of malty, hoppy flavor with smoky, buttery cheese in a crispy golden bite. Operators can pair these bites with a cold brew and signature dipping sauce to add premium appeal.  Excellent as an appetizer, snack or topping on a sandwich or a spicy bowl of chili. For more info,  www.McCainUSAFoodservice.com/BrewCity

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