Monday, July 14, 2014
Favorite menu item revolutionized to meet new requirements
BOSTON – AdvancePierre™ Foods (APF), an industry leader in supplying quality, fully-cooked protein and assembled sandwiches to school systems across the United States, is unveiling its innovative Super Proteins -- Beef & Bean and Beef & Mushroom Burgers -- at the School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Boston.
Replacing approximately 25 percent of the meat in the patties with mushrooms or beans, the Super Protein burgers still deliver the delicious flame-broiled taste students have come to expect, while lowering fat, sodium and cholesterol content. The Beef & Bean and Beef & Mushroom Burgers extend the portion size of a traditional burger and also earn 1/8 cup of a vegetable or legume credit within the meat entrée toward the new, more stringent nutrition requirements outlined by the USDA.
“The Super Protein Beef & Bean and Beef & Mushroom Burgers add key vitamins and minerals to a lunch-menu favorite while reducing the risk of excess waste,” said Jim Clough, president - foodservice at APF. “AdvancePierre has long been committed to providing delicious and nutritious food that will satisfy kids’ discerning tastes. By incorporating vegetables and legumes into something already readily accepted like a burger, the chances that those kids will actually eat those proteins and vegetables is far greater. We want to feed children better so they learn better.”
Foodservice directors win, too. By satisfying a portion of the USDA-mandated vegetable or legume credit within the meat entrée, AdvancePierre Foods hopes to make their jobs easier by reducing “plate waste” and increasing consumption of the vitamins and minerals important to student health.
The new Super Protein product line includes:
- Smart Picks™ Beef & Mushroom Burger
o 68075: 2.40 oz. Pattie
- Smart Picks™ Beef & Bean Burger
o 68103: 3.5 oz. Pattie
For more information, up-to-date product specifications and new qualifying products, visit www.APFk12.com.