Progressive products showcased at the National Restaurant Association Show represent leading food trends in the industry.
Elizabeth, N.J.-based Atalanta Corp., a food importer specializing in cheese, charcuterie, deli meat and more, snagged two FABI Awards at the show for ready-to-eat quinoa products. Del Destino Pre-Cooked Quinoa requires no additional cooking or preparation and is available in red and white varieties. Del Destino Ready-to-Eat Quinoa Salad is shelf-stable and includes pre-cooked quinoa and premium vegetables. Varieties include savory artichokes and hearts of palm, green asparagus and zesty piquillo pepper, crunchy piquillo pepper, sweet mango with hearts of palm and piquillo, and crisp zucchini and sharp onion. The packaging is microwave-safe and includes a spoon.
Refreshing and light, the Fever-Tree Hand-Picked Elderflower Tonic Water from Brands of Britain, San Ramon, Calif., contains elderflower from the United Kingdom, quinine from Africa and pure cane sugar. The mixer is bottled in artisan-crafted glass to preserve freshness and high levels of carbonation.
Perfect for pairing with premium spirits, the Culinary Cocktail Mixers from Bungalow 23, Winter Park, Fla., feature complex flavors from such ingredients as Willamette Valley blueberries, French lavender, lemongrass and ginger-root. Using little added sugar, these craft mixers are free of concentrates, preservatives and artificial ingredients.
For use in hot or cold beverages, Liquid Sugar from New York-based Cane Simple dissolves instantly in a chilled drink, unlike granulated sugar. The only individually packaged simple syrup on the market, according to the company, Cane Simple is available in original, mint and vanilla flavors.
Cheatin’ Wheat, Littleton Colo., received two FABI Awards for its gluten-free offerings. Made with a proprietary flour blend, the Gluten-Free Whoopie Pie is a defrost-and-serve, cream-filled treat with a light and fluffy texture and rich devil’s food cake flavor. The Gluten-Free Pancake Mix creates light and fluffy pancakes, crispy waffles, biscuits or scones with little preparation time needed.
From the Atlanta-based beverage giant comes the Coca-Cola Freestyle 7000, an ice-cooled countertop dispenser of more than 60 beverages. Offering the same benefits of consumer engagement and access to consumption data as the original Freestyle, the new model saves space and retrofitting costs for food service operators.
The Gluten-Free Wholesome Flour Blend from Cup4Cup, Napa, Calif., contains ground golden flaxseed and rice bran, delivering 4 grams of fiber, 1,200 mg of omega-3 fatty acids and 14 grams of whole grains per serving. The multipurpose cup-for-cup flour replacement is gluten-free, dairy-free, kosher and Non-GMO Project verified.
A pair of gluten-free offerings from Dawn Food Products, Jackson, Miss., received FABI Awards. Gluten-Free Cookies are fully baked and individually wrapped in chocolate chip, candy and oatmeal raisin varieties. Individually wrapped Gluten-Free Muffins include three flavors: blueberry, banana nut and double chocolate. Both product lines are trans-fat-free.
Offering a light caffeine lift from sustainable coffee fruit, Energized Hot Cereal Cups from Earnest Eats, Solana Beach, Calif., feature organic quinoa, oats, amaranth grains and coconut oil. Varieties include A.M. Trail Mix, Cherry Almond and Mocha Nut. The product line is wheat-free, U.S.D.A. Organic and UTZ Certified.
Explore Asian Inc., Red Bank, N.J., offers Organic Black Bean Spaghetti, a gluten-free alternative to conventional pasta with 25 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber per serving. Vegan and kosher, the product cooks to al dente in seven to eight minutes.
New from Hail Merry, a Dallas-based maker of refrigerated desserts, is Nut Hummus, made from macadamia nuts and cashews instead of garbanzo beans. Free of dairy and gluten, the dips come in three flavors: sriracha, red pepper macadamia and hatch green chile. Nut Hummus may be used as a sandwich spread, pasta sauce or vegetable dip.
The BrewLock Draught Beer System from the New York-based beer maker dispenses Heineken Lager and Newcastle Brown Ale without the need for mixed gases, offering a fresh taste and ideal carbonation to the final pour. The 100% recyclable draught system’s 20-liter kegs are 25% lighter than sixth-barrels and yield considerably more beer than traditional draught systems, the company said.
From Mr. Bey Foods Corp., Pompano Beach, Fla., the Petit Gateau Chocolate Lava Cake features a warm chocolate filling and may be prepared in a microwave or conventional oven for a quick and cost-effective dessert option.
The product of 10 years of research, Nice Fruit technology from Barcelona, Spain, freezes produce while maintaining the cellular structure, resulting in the retention of vitamins, flavor, texture and organaleptic properties of fresh-picked fruits and vegetables for up to three years.
The Traditional and Bordeaux Maraschino Cherries Food Service Pouches from Salem-based Oregon Cherry Growers are packed with 25 crunchy and colorful cherries in easy-to-open pouches that have been pasteurized for safety and require no refrigeration.
Available in eight varieties, Fruit in Hand Original Pourable Fruit from Salem-based Oregon Fruit Products offers a healthier alternative to syrups for beverages, cocktails, smoothies, desserts, toppings and breakfast applications. Manufactured using a cold process to maintain flavor and color of fresh-picked fruit, Fruit in Hand flavors include blueberry, mango, marion blackberry, mixed berry, peach, raspberry, cherry and strawberry.
Made with Belgian white chocolate, strawberry filling and chocolate ganache a pair of gluten-free desserts from The Original Cakerie, Delta, B.C., feature layers of dark chocolate sponge cake or light and moist shortcake. Inspired By Happiness Gluten-Free Two Layer Dreamin’ Cakes are available in pre-cut formats and have a nine-month shelf life in the freezer.
Fully Cooked IQF Gluten-Free Pasta from RP’s Pasta Co., Madison, Wis., uses brown rice flour, starch and egg, resulting in the same al dente texture and taste of premium pastas, according to the company. The individually quick frozen pasta is fully cooked and portioned in 8-oz bags to save restaurant operators time and prevent cross-contamination.
Sweetened with agave nectar, U.S.D.A. Organic certified Sipp Sparkling Organics bottled beverages from Sipp Eco Beverage Co., Chester Springs, Pa., contain no preservatives, artificial flavors or coloring. Varieties include ginger blossom, lemon flower, mojo berry and summer pear.
Pre-sliced and heated in less than a minute, the Vegetarian Gyro from Whitestone, N.Y.-based Taft Foodmasters is a seasoned, plant-based alternative with 21 grams of protein per serving. The product is vegan, Non-GMO Project Verified and kosher.
A new offering for the single-serve beverage market, Teart from Santiago, Chile, consists of a patented conic disposable infuser that may adapt to paper cups of any size to steep 3 grams of loose-leaf tea.
Netting two FABI Awards for its sustainable seafood products is Seattle-based Trident Seafoods, which offers easy-to-prepare frozen items for food service. Suitable for today’s snacking and small-plates trend, SeaFusions Pacific Cod Bites are available in crunchy potato and spicy sriracha varieties with 13 grams of protein per eight-piece serving. The Alaskan Whitefish Burger, available in 3.2-oz and 4-oz sizes, is made from wild-caught, certified sustainable Alaska Pollock and seasoned with a blend of garlic, pepper and chives.
The Authentic Raw Spanish Iberico Chorizo from Wagshal’s Imports, Washington, is frozen in convenient 1-lb packages for easy portion control. The chorizo features nitrate-free Spanish Iberico pork that is coarse-ground and spiced with Spanish pimento.
Set to erupt in the beverage marketplace is Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water from Culver City, Calif.-based Waiakea. Snowmelt and rain in the peak of Hawaii’s active Mauna Loa volcano are filtered through 14,000 feet of porous rock, creating alkaline, carbon-neutral and sustainable hydration that is naturally enriched with magnesium, sodium, silica, potassium and calcium. For every liter sold, the company donates 650 liters of clean drinking water to those in need through its partner Pump Aid.