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Who's News in Catering for July 3, 2021

Hot Off the Presses

Just in time for the 4th of July - the American Lamb Board's contest in partnership with Outdoorsy is now live! Enter for a chance to win a $2,000 Outdoorsy credit to plan your dream outdoor adventure. Take a photo or shoot a short video of an outdoor adventure. Then share how you would incorporate American Lamb into your outdoor adventures when filling out the entry form, before uploading your photo or video. All submissions will be judged by our expert panel of judges - click here to learn more.


Sysco Corporation (NYSE: SYY), the leading global foodservice distribution company, just announced an exclusive partnership that will deliver SAVRpak’s patented food preservation technology to independent and local chain restaurants nationwide. Through their agreement, Sysco will add SAVRpak “freshness packs” to its Cutting Edge Solutions platform, making this technology immediately available to order. Developed by a rocket scientist, SAVRpak is a frozen peel-and-stick patch that removes moisture from the air of a food container keeping it away from food and ensuring hot and cold food stays fresh and crisp in transit. 


Beginning July 7, Chatham University in Pittsburgh will host its second annual Grain Box program as part of its Center for Regional Agriculture, Food, and Transformation (CRAFT) initiatives. This year’s box is a “Breakfast Box” featuring a variety of locally sourced and produced grain products, including a the Taste of PA biscuit mix developed by graduate student workers in Chatham’s Food Studies programs and the Falk School of Sustainability. CRAFT’s grains-related work, funded by the USDA Local Food Promotion Program grant, supports local grain processors and producers in seizing a currently untapped market opportunity to grow and sell local grains and grain products in Western Pennsylvania. 


Upfield US today announced a new grant program, Plant Grants, aimed at promoting plant-based eating through charitable funding, education, and mentorship. This first year is being sponsored by Violife®, an Upfield brand and portfolio of 100% vegan cheeses and spreads, in collaboration with legendary hip-hop artist and long-time vegan, RZA. The 2021 Plant Grants program will focus on helping community-based Black-owned restaurants recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic recognizing that these businesses are often the economic and cultural centers of their communities. The program will provide funding to support re-investment in the business, an introduction to plant-based ingredients, and coaching on menu development from two plant-based chef pioneers, Lemel Durrah and Laricia Chandler to inspire Black-owned restaurants to add more plant-based dishes to their menus or convert well-loved recipes to plant-based.    

Products on the Market

EW Lightlife® Plant-Based Chick’n Tenders, Fillets and Nuggets are the perfect partner to meatier menu items. Offering a crunchy breading outside and mouth-watering whole muscle-style protein inside—available with either soy-based or pea-based protein—this product delivers the ideal chicken experience, with no guilt and zero chickens. Lightlife® Plant-Based Chick’n offers family-appeal and is perfect for all menu parts, whether as a center-of-plate protein, the star of a sandwich, a dippable snack or chopped into a salad. 


Veroni, the beloved maker of Italian deli meats and specialty products, offers the opportunity to celebrate Independence Day in the best way possible. From the so popular Italian Prosciutto to a selection of Italian traditional salami such as Salame Milano, Salame di Parma, and Salame Calabrese, to Italian regional specialties such as Coppa, Speck, and Mortadella, Veroni’s charcuterie is a great addition to craft an impressive and delicious charcuterie board that looks as delicious as it tastes. 


Within months of its launch, Rosa Vodka strikes Double Gold & Best Of Class at 2021 San Francisco World Spirit Competition, Platinum at the 2021 SIP Awards with Best Vodka & Platinum at 2020 Las Vegas Global Spirit Awards awarded in January of 2021.Rosa Vodka's a rare stand-alone spirit and the only 80-proof vodka on the market made with the world's finest flower, the rose. Distilled and bottled in the Pacific Northwest for its pristine Cascade Mountain water, exclusive three-day filtering process, and proprietary organic roses.



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