Prepared Foods showcases new products hitting restaurant and foodservice channels in October 2020.


Plant-Based Burger

Nestlé’s Sweet Earth Foods brand introduced its Plant-Based (PB) Triple Play, billed as “the first fully plant-based bac’n cheeseburger” in foodservice. It debuted at The University of Massachusetts Dining Program.

The Sweet Earth PB Triple Play recipe contains 27g of protein and includes three plant-based alternatives: the Sweet Earth Awesome Burger, Sweet Earth Bac’n, and Sweet Earth Cheeze.

The Sweet Earth Awesome Burger was developed by the Sweet Earth culinary team with Nestlé R&D support. It uses yellow pea protein and non-GMO ingredients. Officials add that Sweet Earth Bac’n features a special blend of plant-based oils to help deliver crispy and juicy texture. Additionally, Sweet Earth’s new American-style Cheeze slices are made with a proprietary blend of plant-based fibers to deliver an authentically stretchy and melty texture and mouthwatering taste.


Vegan Soups

Fortun Foods Vegan Soup

Fortun’s Finishing Touch Soups and Sauces, Kirkland, Wash., introduced a new line of vegan soups.

Varieties include Tom Kha, Thai Coconut Lime, African Peanut, Broccoli & Cheese, Creamy Mushroom, Butternut & Sweet Potato and Loaded Potato.

“Plant-based options have grown exponentially in the last year,” officials note. “Fortun Foods has been asked by customers to offer more vegan options to round out their soup catalog. Fortun Foods went a step further and produced a full line of flavors for a wide audience to enjoy. Always known as ‘The Fresh Soup Company,’ it was a natural fit to introduce this line.”

All soups are fresh with no added preservatives, additives, or MSG. They come vacuum-sealed for freshest soup with an industry-leading shelf-life, the company says.

“We are not for everyone, but we are for that customer who is looking to offer the best on their menu or offering a fresh premium soup in their store,” says Mary Shepard, director of sales. “Competition is fierce; you have to be outstanding in your field.”


Take-Out Tastes

Monarch Portioned Fire Roasted Corn and Poblano Pepper Blend With Onions

US Foods Holding Corp., Rosemont, Ill., introduced several new products in conjunction with its Fall Scoop 2020, titled “On Point With Off-Premise – Designed To Make It.”

With more than 60% of diners interested in ordering a take-home DIY meal kit from restaurants, the Fall Scoop lineup provides a variety of pre-portioned, prepackaged ingredients ideal for creative takeout options in the form of DIY meal kits and offers operators labor savings, versatility and waste-reduction benefits.

New offerings include Monarch Portioned Fire Roasted Corn and Poblano Pepper Blend With Onions (pictured), which is highly versatile as a side or DIY nacho, taco or burrito meal kit to go. Other new offerings are Chef’s Line Portioned Cilantro Lime Riced Cauliflower, Patuxent Farms All Natural Sliced Fire Grilled Chicken Breast and a Chef’s Line Gluten-Free Italian Pizza Crust.