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How Can Food Distributors Support Schools with Salad Bars? Billi Grossman, R.D., L.D. Sysco NM.

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1 How Can Food Distributors Support Schools with Salad Bars? Billi Grossman, R.D., L.D. Sysco NM

2 186 Distribution Locations Serving 400,000 Customers with 360,000 Products

3 Food Distributors can provide a variety of fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables for breakfast, snack, lunch and salad bar needs Most distributors have a # Case minimum, but this would include all categories of food and non-food You may need to sign an agreement to purchase 80% of food to qualify for delivery Deliver Fresh Produce Weekly

4 Quality Control & Traceability Quality food distributors ensure that the food is handled with the highest food safety and HACCP standards The food is stored and delivered in temperature controlled environment Each food item is traceable from the packer (in many cases from the field) so if a recall occurs we know exactly where it came from

5 Seasonal Availability Information Your food distributor can provide you with information about what is in season and/or available each week/month Seasonal produce is usually less expensive than out-of-season items, so don’t be afraid to make menu substitutions Frozen and canned items may also be appropriate and less expensive

6 Specialty Produce Your food distributor will have a wide variety of produce including unusual and exotic items that you can use for your salad bar, fresh fruit and vegetable program, snacks and more Use these to teach students about new and different foods.

7 Further Processed Produce Many items can be purchased ready to be placed on the Salad Bar with little or no prep Edamame beans Canned beans Baby corn Diced, sliced, or wedged tomatoes Carrot and celery sticks Cantaloupe and honeydew melon chunks Broccoli florets Diced potatoes Sliced mushrooms Prewashed lettuce/salad mix

8 Equipment and Small wares Your food distributor will provide you with quotes, specs, and recommendations for equipment and small wares Steamers, ovens and other large equipment Steam table pans Sheet pans Crocks Spoodles, ladles, scoops Long handled tongs Juice machines Squeeze bottles for condiments

9 Technical & Operational Support Menu ideas Tray line Diagrams Yields Prepping Estimates Recipes Nutrition Facts Labels Training Your food distributor may assist you with technical and/or operational support

10 Questions?


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