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New Products & Restaurant Openings

The Dixie Ultra Insulair Hot Cup was designed to help improve efficiency, reduce costs and deliver a better, more branded customer experience. The cup is a single-wall paper cup with an interior lining made of a low-density polyethylene film. When a hot liquid is poured into the cup, a thin heat-activated air pocket expands within the cup’s lining, replacing the need for an external sleeve. The air pocket adjusts to the temperature of the beverage, meaning the hotter the liquid, the greater the air pocket. It’s available in 12-, 16-, and 20-ounces, with actual ounces dependent on the heat of the liquid and the size of the air pocket. By eliminating the need for an external sleeve, the Insulair Hot Cup uses less material than other hot beverage cups. For more information, contact Dixie Foodservice.


Oregon-based Lilly’s Foods has a new product, 3.5 ounce and 12 ounce salsas in grab-and-go and resealable containers, in four tried-and-true flavors: Original, Mango, Black Bean & Corn and Pineapple Salsa. Like its hummus, they are organic, non-GMO and vegan. For more information, go to lillysfoods.com.



A pressurized growler from GrowlerWerks, uKeg, keeps craft beer fresh, cold and carbonated for off-site events. An easy-to-use regulator cap, equipped with a low-cost, food-grade CO2 cartridge, partners with the vessel to make the uKeg’s unique benefits possible. Its sturdy design allows the uKeg to go on the road. It also fits in the refrigerator and is attractive enough to be seated at the table. In addition, glasses with lids, called uPints, keep beer cold, and prevent wasting precious beer via spills. Visit GrowlerWerks.com, for more information.


Mi Rancho, a Bay Area food innovator in the production and distribution of tortillas and Mexican foods, has introduced a new low-calorie corn tortilla product, Mama Carol’s THINcredibles. They’re made with the same traditional methods as all Mi Rancho tortillas, using whole kernel corn cooked with lime which is ground into fresh masa with hand-carved lava stones. What makes THINcredibles different is they’re thinner, so each tortilla has only 35 calories, while still offering the supple freshness, performance and flavor that distinguish all Mi Rancho tortillas. For more information, go to www.mirancho.com.



Kelvin Slush Co. is toasting the end of summer with a new flavor that builds on the frozen wine cocktail trend and popularity of Frosé. Organic Frosé Blanc is made with tropical flavors often found in new world white wines, such as guava, passion fruit and citrus. The new product is Kelvin’s seventh base slush flavor. For more information, go to www,kelvinslush.com 

Have a new product or service you’d like to see profiled here? Send a product description and photo to nancyw@foodservicenews.net. 




Restaurant Openings

Trio, the vegan soul food restaurant from a trio of people, Sarah and Dan Woodcock and Louis Hunter, who came together through the Black Lives Matter movement, opened in Lyn/Lake, according to Eater. They currently only serve dinner, but plan to add lunch hours. It’s located at 610 West Lake Street in Minneapolis.


Keg & Case’s anchor tenant, In Bloom, has finally opened its doors.  The fine-dining restaurant is part of the Twist Davis restaurant group led by Nick Rancone and chef Thomas Boemer, the group that also owns Corner Table and three Revivals. Seating surrounds the 20-foot hearth where all the food will be prepared using fire, rather than conventional ovens or stoves. The group’s third Revival Smoked Meats restaurant is also located in the retail and food hall in St. Paul.


Another Keg and Case tenant has also opened. MN Slice was dreamed up by one of the founding partners at Keg and Case, Dean Perlman, and chef John Kraus of Rose Street Patisserie, who also has a shop there. Sold by the slice, the pizza will be both the popular pepperoni and cheese varieties, plus MN-inspired ones.

Odeon Café and Bar is going into the St. Paul Building on Fifth and Wabasha streets. Food offerings will include sandwiches and pastries, along with coffee, tea and a full bar. 


Longtime pizza place Taylor’s Roadside Pizza near Larpenteur and Interstate 35E in St. Paul is no more. The new kid on the block is Casaminga, which features a menu of Mexican favorites in a refreshed space. 


What longtime Midway residents knew as the Asian Buffet on Snelling south of Minnehaha Avenue in St. Paul is being extensively renovated. The building had sat vacant and neglected for years, much to the consternation of neighbors. Word is that a new pho restaurant is coming in.


Krungthep Thai has opened in a new building at Rice Street and Geranium Avenue in St. Paul, where Kuby’s Bar stood for decades. It’s owned and operated by the same folks who brought up the popular Bangkok Thai Deli on University Avenue. 

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