New Products from Rancher’s Legacy and more
Rancher’s Legacy Meat Co. has always prided itself on not looking at where its partners (customers) are now, but where they will be. To that end, management invested in a $1 million piece of equipment that helps decrease labor costs and increases portion control for the upscale burgers that diners are demanding. The new line, which goes through 2,000 pounds of ground beef an hour, shapes consistent hamburger patties that look like the ones cooks spend hours forming by hand. “The rough edges say hand patty,” says Jeremy Turnquist, vice president of operations. The benefit of the hand patty, he adds, is that by not putting pressure on the meat to press it into a patty, the juices remain intact. In addition, there’s a health safety benefit because no hands touched the raw meat. Rancher’s hand-crafted line cost 20 cents more a burger, Turnquist says, but it saves by ensuring that all the “hand-patties” are the same weight for cost-control consistency. In addition, restaurants can charge a bit more for a hand-formed patty (even when a machine does it), because the customer’s perception is that it’s a higher-quality product.
Rancher’s also invested in a state-of-the-art packaging machine for its hand-cut steak line. The new packaging is vacuum sealed for longer shelf life, but it also looks more upscale. In essence, the packaging finally looks as superior as the meat inside, Turnquist says.
The Homer Laughlin China Company announced its 51st shade of Fiesta lead-free commercial dinnerware: Meadow, a soft, medium shade of green, that will be available this summer. At any given time, Fiesta has 14 or 15 colors in its spectrum. With the addition of Meadow, Sage is retiring. Fiesta’s 2019 colors will include Ivory, Slate, Scarlet, Poppy, Daffodil, Sunflower, Lemongrass, Shamrock, Meadow, Turquoise, Lapis, Cobalt, Mulberry and White. Meadow lends itself to a variety of color combinations for chefs looking for mix-and-match tabletops. For a vintage diner feel, pair Meadow with Scarlet; Meadow with Mulberry gives a French countryside feel. The full line of Fiesta can be found on the company’s website at www.hlcdinnerware.com.
The standard uniform for most people in the food industry involves some type of headwear to prevent hair and sweat from rolling down onto the prepared items, but most of the time the hat becomes smelly and stained from hours on the job. NoSweat liners stick to the inside of any hat and instantly wick away sweat to prevent stains, odors, burning eyes and other distracting, and sometimes dangerous, side effects of sweat. Depending on the person and activities being performed, the liners can last up to two weeks before needing to be replaced. Website: nosweatco.com.
Epson American Inc, a leading supplier of POS solutions, added three new branded MAXStick products from the company, which is a leading provider of liner-free, repositional thermal label products. Shown here is the MaxStick Media. Its features include being able to print self-adhesive labels in a variety of sizes that can be removed and restuck numerous times. For more information, www.maxstick.com.
Power Knot’s LFC-70 biodigester uses a mix of natural microbes and enzymes, along with infusions of hot and cold water and oxygen, to aerobically convert biodegradable food waste into greywater that drains into municipal waste lines. The biodigester can process up to 280 pounds (125 kg) of waste every 24 hours. The process is relatively odor free, with one customer claiming it smells faintly like cantaloupes. As a result, the unit does not attract pests and can be installed in the kitchen rather than in a special area. In addition to reducing disposal costs, a machine that can divert roughly 14 tons of food waste from landfills reduces CO2 emissions by about 51 tons per year. Information on drum temperature, door openings, water volume, water temperature, CO2 emissions avoided, service reminders, and weight of the food waste digested by hour, day, week, month and year can be accessed on the unit’s touch screen or a smart device, laptop or computer via the cloud. The biodigester is produced in seven sizes. For more information, www.powerknot.com.