August 11, 2010

Apples Increase The Versatility and Seasonality of Operators' Menus

Knouse Foods Offers Wide Variety of Prepared Products, Ideal for Any Meal Part

Peach Glen, PA— As foodservice operators and chefs conduct Fall and ongoing menu planning, they are seeking opportunities to incorporate more seasonal items into their meal offerings. From September to November, apples are top of mind for consumers seeking dishes that are "in season." FoodService Director further found that 79% of chefs surveyed wished there were more value-added products related to produce.

Knouse Foods, a leader in the foodservice industry, provides the solution to these needs by offering a variety of apple-related products available all year round. Since they are already prepared and ready to use or serve, there is a real convenience factor that lowers back of house labor and total food costs.

Among Knouse's high-quality apple products offered under the Musselman's and Lucky Leaf brands:

  • Apple Sauce Cups- Add as a more nutritious side choice for kids, a grab-and-go offering, or a featured portion-controlled low calorie option. Great for all ages, the single-serve cups come in many flavor varieties with each containing the minimum daily requirement of one fruit serving.
  • Apple Juice- Include the nutritional benefits without compromising on taste. 100% apple juice, it provides patrons with a refreshing beverage for any meal. Available with Vitamin C and added Calcium.
  • Apple Cider- Serve chilled or hot, this 100% juice is naturally sweetened by the fruit. It is the perfect complement to any food or beverage menu.
  • Apple Pie Filling- Full of rich succulent flavor, use it as a filler or topping to increase the appeal of desserts including pies and cobblers.
  • Sliced Apples- Orchard-fresh and hand-selected by apple experts to ensure quality control. These apples perk up recipes, expand menu offerings and keep customers of all ages coming back for more.

Try the featured Apple Streusel Bread (pictured left above) which uses Lucky Leaf apple pie filling and Musselman's apple sauce.

"Our products are designed to meet the specific needs of the foodservice industry. Chefs and operators rightfully want items made with the highest quality ingredients but provided in a way that maximizes their food investment and minimizes the time and resources required to create a final patron-pleasing dish. Apples are perfect because they can serve as the flavor foundation for any recurring or seasonal item on the menu – beverage, side dish, main dish or dessert," said Todd Michael, Director of Food Service Sales for Knouse Foods.