Cooking Made Easier
Alto-Shaam is adding several items to its product lines.
Officials at the Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based company say they are adding
individually-controlled heated shelves that feature their exclusive Halo Heat fanless
technology for precise, even temperature. These merchandisers hold a variety of
grab-and-go products, including rotisserie chickens, pizza, sandwiches and more.
Other enhancements include LED lights to draw attention to the food, a power
switch located at the front of the unit and glass sides for an open view. Countertop
models are available in 24- and 36-inch widths. Floor-standing units are offered in
widths of 24-, 36- and 48-inches. The merchandisers can be purchased separately or
as part of a full system package.
The company will also roll out its newest line of rotisserie ovens designed to make life easier for deli and other
foodservice operators while decreasing cooking times.
The new rotisserie ovens cook up to 21 three-and-a-half-pound chickens and will have several time-saving
options, including automatic cleaning, automatic grease
collection and touchscreen controls.
The automatic self-cleaning rotisserie features a patent-pending water jet design to handle the grease collection
while minimizing water use. The eco-friendly cleaning
system uses 35 percent less water than competitive models and has no moving parts, which increases reliability
and reduces maintenance costs. Options include hands-free liquid injection or tablet-style cleaner.
Alto-Shaam is also introducing the Vector Series Multi-Cook Oven, which
offers up to four ovens in one. The oven controls temperature, fan speed and time
in each individual chamber, and features exclusive Structured Air Technology for
unmatched evenness in cooking, company officials say.
“Alto-Shaam is always looking for opportunities to provide innovative products that meet our customers’ needs,” says Steve Maahs, the company’s president
and COO. “We’re excited to introduce this innovative oven to the market. We truly
believe this oven is going to be a game-changer in the industry.” —Seth Mendelson
By Richard Turcsik
Officials at Thousand Hills have a distinct mission: produce the best and broadest line of
grass-fed beef products and get them into retail stores
across the country.
Now the Clearwater, Minn.-based company is
taking steps to ensure consumers have access to
its products, which include a variety of case-ready
fresh, ground and cooked items as well as shelf-sta-ble beef bars and jerky. In total, the company offers
about 20 SKUs, all of which have no antibiotics, artificial hormones, grain or grain byproducts.
“All of our cattle are sourced from midwestern
family farms and raised to the high standards of our
industry-leading lifetime grazed protocol,” says Matt
Maier, the owner of Thousand Hills. “Our cattle are
raised in the most holistic manner and we believe
that retailers that partner with us will attract those
consumers who want this type of product and who
often are willing to spend more in the supermarket.”
He adds that the benefits of grass-fed beef
include human health and nutrition, soil regenera-
tion, environmental concerns and animal welfare.
While Maier insists that retailers can greatly benefit from stocking grass-fed products like those
available form Thousand Hills, he also says that merchants need to be all-in on the category to catch
the consumer’s attention. “The wrong thing to do is
to carry one or two SKUs in this category,” he notes.
“The right thing to do is offer a wide spectrum of
products so that the consumer will know where to
shop for grass-fed products that will satisfy all eating occasions and will develop a loyalty with that
chain.” —Seth Mendelson