Sushi Kits for Campus Eateries
King & Prince Seafood Corp.,
Brunswick, Ga., has introduced Sushi Bob kits for making fresh sushi rolls. The concept is targeted toward noncommercial foodservice operators, especially the college and university segment. Operators can prepare fresh sushi utilizing their current labor force, while providing higher profits than hiring a sushi chef or purchasing frozen, commissary-sourced sushi.

The Sushi Bob kit contains frozen seafood and frozen pre-sheeted rice. Operators can choose from five product kits, including popular flavors such as smoked salmon, tuna, tempura shrimp, imitation crab, and King & Prince’s Lobster Sensations. Each kit yields 32 rolls of sushi, providing the operator the exact amount of ingredients to reduce waste. A starter kit also offers a Sushi Chef coat and hat, bamboo mats, sauce bottles, and a sign available for the roll-your-own sushi station.  

Mini Hot Dogs from the Microwave
Odom’s Tennessee Pride, Madison, Tenn., part of ConAgra Foods, is moving from its core business of breakfast sandwiches to the lunch and snack segment with its rollout of Premium Minis Hot Dogs and Buns. The new product is half the size of regular hot dogs, made from cuts of pork and beef, and come in a soft bun. Each fully cooked mini hot dog is individually wrapped in microwaveable, easy-open packages for minimal handling and quick heating. Consumer research shows that this product is ideal for kids, since the hot dogs are already assembled and easy to heat in the microwave. With the trend of increased on-the-go eating, Premium Minis fit right into the busy lifestyles of families, whether it’s a quick snack, lunch break, or trip to the soccer field. Premium Minis Hot Dogs and Buns come in 4-count and 6-count packages.   
IHOP Partners with Quaker Oats
IHOP, Glendale, Calif., a restaurant chain specializing in breakfast fare, has partnered with Quaker Oats Co., Chicago, Ill., to create a proprietary blend of oatmeal and new breakfast items. IHOP’s new oatmeal blends three different types of oats to offer unique flavors and textures. IHOP offers several oatmeal varieties on their menu made with Quaker Oats, including Super Fruit & Nut Oatmeal, Super Fruit Oatmeal, and Banana & Brown Sugar Oatmeal. “We are excited about our new association with The Quaker Oats Company,” said Natalia Franco, IHOP’s Senior Vice President, Marketing. “By bringing together two beloved food brands, we have created an exciting product that is full of flavor and nutrition.”  

The three oatmeal varieties are part of IHOP’s under-600-calorie SIMPLE & FIT menu. For example, at 290 calories, Super Fruit Oatmeal includes Quaker Oats, lightly sweetened with cinnamon sugar, and topped with a blend of five dried super fruits, including blueberries, cherries, cranberries, raisins, and golden raisins. Banana and Brown Sugar Oatmeal contains Quaker Oats topped with fresh banana slices and served with brown sugar and milk. It has 260 calories.