Campbell’s Foodservice launched its V8 +Hydrate line to give operators a healthy drink option for their guests. It’s non-GMO, gluten-free and vegetarian and has no added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Unlike other plant-based beverages, V8 +Hydrate is 50 percent sweet potato juice, which provides natural electrolytes and glucose to aid in muscle recovery and restoration with a clean, crisp taste. In addition it has an isotonic formula that replenishes nutrients and fluids quickly and is also a good source of vitamin C. Now available for foodservice in Strawberry Cucumber and Orange Grapefruit flavors, each 11.5-ounce can contains one full serving of vegetables and only 70 calories. For more information, www.campbellsfoodservice.com.
Beneo, a functional ingredients manufacturer, is promoting its healthy, natural toffees with their functional carbohydrate ingredient Palatinose. This toffee replaces 30 percent of high glycemic sugar for a lower blood glucose response. Palatinose (isomaltulose) is derived from sugar beets and has similar technological properties as sucrose. The toffee and fudge category shows continued growth, according to the company, citing independent research that shows that category has increased faster worldwide than the overall confectionery category in the past five years, with a compound annual growth rate of 6.4 percent compared to 0.9 percent. For more information, www.beneo.com.
Frutarom Natural Solutions Ltd., a division of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., received organic certification to use its product for its natural annatto color. The ingredient was granted organic certifications from both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and The European Organic Certifiers Council. Annatto seeds and extracts have been used for more than a century in Europe and North America to provide a yellow to reddish color to foods and beverages, thus becoming the second most economically important natural colorant worldwide. Organic colors are becoming an integral part of the established clean-label trend. For more information, www.iff.com.
St. Croix Brand Pure Vanilla Extract is locally produced in a small batch process, which amplifies the distinct flavor profiles of vanilla. Harvested by hand, vanilla beans are the cured fruit of orchids. St. Croix Brand Extract features Madagascar-grown vanilla planifolia. It has a traditional, deep vanilla flavor and aroma profile. St. Croix Brand is suitable for any application calling for pure vanilla extract. They offer foodservice clients the ability to customize pure vanilla extract batches or integrate numerous attributes such as USDA Certified Organic. It is also available in one-gallon jugs and five-gallon pails, made in their production facility in Lakeland, Minnesota. For more information, www.vanillabeanproject.com.
To answer the call for the end to plastic straws, ServeWise by FOH is offering durable and sustainable paper straws that maintain their shape for four-plus hours and are certified biodegradable and compostable. The paper straws are also certified compliant with FDA, EU and LFGB regulations, and are also BPA-free, unlike plastic straws.
Vollrath Company’s InstaCut 5.1, has been upgraded to slice, dice, wedge and core everything from limes to onions three times faster than cutting by hand. With its clean, quick cuts, the manual operating system reduces bruising and raises the overall quality of food presentation—especially with the new serrated blades, which require up to 50 percent less force than straight blades. The InstaCut 5.1 comes standard with one pop-in, pop-out blade assembly, but is designed to accommodate additional blade accessories that can be easily changed between dicing, slicing, wedging and coring. It is designed to fit 1/6 and 1/3 pans up to 6-inches high, and it also includes a full 5-inch square cutting area ideal for fruits and vegetables in a variety of sizes. The sled-leg aluminum base design with stainless steel rods is lightweight, durable and offers resistance to breakage. For more details, visit vollrath.com.