US Foods offers choices to consumers with new products

by Rebekah Schouten
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 Summer
US Foods is unveiling its Summer Scoop 2017 product lineup "It's a Matter of Choice."

 
ROSEMONT, Ill. — US Foods is unveiling its Summer Scoop 2017 product lineup “It’s a Matter of Choice,” designed to help restaurants meet the demands of the “discerning diner,” the company said.

Stacie
Stacie Sopinka, vice president of product development and innovation for US Foods

“From socially conscious consumers to the specialized diets of food tribes, it’s becoming harder for groups of diners to visit a restaurant and find something on the menu that appeals to each of them,” said Stacie Sopinka, vice president of product development and innovation for US Foods. “Within a party of four, it’s not uncommon to find at least one diner who is gluten-free or vegetarian while the others want to explore bolder, trending flavor combinations. When restaurants can expand the choices they offer consumers with a few simple additions to their existing menu, they win.”

US Foods’ Summer Scoop features 24 products that target evolving consumer preferences, from meatless wings to gluten-free pizza crust to paleo pasta.

“Whether it’s meat vs. meatless; traditional vs. adventurous; healthy vs. indulgent; or anything in between – our Summer Scoop lineup caters to your customers’ opposing tastes,” Sopinka said. “We’re featuring products that have wide-spread appeal, including sustainably sourced meats; items for gluten free, vegetarian or paleo diets; global flavors; shareables; portables; and simple indulgence.”

 Chickarrones
Patuxen Farms Chick-Arrones
 

Picking a protein

US Foods’ Summer Scoop includes a variety of meat and meatless options to help restaurant operators deliver on protein trends.

Patuxen Farms Chick-Arrones are made from chicken thighs and chicken skin that is fried to give it a crispy texture. Designed to soak up sauce, US Foods said the products may be used as an alternative to chicken wings or in dishes such as Korean BBQ chicken with vegetables fried rice.

 Meatless
Molly's Kitchen Meatless Breaded Boneless Wings and Meatless Crumbles

 
Molly’s Kitchen Meatless Breaded Boneless Wings are 100 percent vegetarian and feature a meat-free protein that delivers the texture and flavor of chicken, the company said. US Foods is also offering Molly’s Kitchen Meatless Crumbles, which mimic ground beef.

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