Canadian Pizza Magazine

Meat and soy meet

By Canadian Pizza   

Products Back of House New Products

Chris and Tal’s Better Foods recently announced the
launch of its full line of meat and soy blended products. Following the
introduction of its Better Burger, the
company is releasing its Better Meatball, Better Sausage and Better Ground.

Chris and Tal’s Better Foods recently announced the launch of its full line of meat and soy blended products. Following the introduction of its Better Burger, the
company is releasing its Better Meatball, Better Sausage and Better Ground.

Many of the products are available in foodservice packs, said Chris Bower of Chris and Tal’s.

“We are particularly excited about the pizza business. Our beef and soy blended Better Ground makes an easy alternative to traditional ground beef and it’s individually quick-frozen, so it’s completely pour-able from the frozen state, aside from having 65 per cent less fat,” added Bower.


All of Chris and Tal’s new products are frozen and precooked, making them easy to store and prepare.

For more information, visit

New demi-glace
Famous French chef Georges-Auguste Escoffier’s demi-glace involved a day’s work: buying and roasting bones and vegetables, simmering, watching, straining, and cleaning up.

While the laborious and expensive traditional preparation of demi-glace is far from practical, the trend towards upscale dining and slow cooking methods means operators can expect a push for this posh menu addition from patrons.

Developed as an easily storable, dehydrated format, it replicates from-scratch preparation with the perfect balance of rich, beef flavour and complementary notes of wine and spices. The format frees up cold storage space for operators, in addition to saving the labour and food costs required to prepare demi-glace from scratch.

The new demi-glace is available in a 300g pouch (that yields two litres) and is easily prepared in three steps: just add water, heat and stir.

For more information call 800-387-4367, or visit

New SpeedLine POS release
Operational efficiency and ease of use are the focus of the newest release from pizza POS maker SpeedLine.

With efficiency enhancements to everything from order entry and tip handling to credit card security and driver cashout, the refinements and new capabilities in SpeedLine 5.6 address nearly 200 specific customer requests.

Automatic driver cashout on return simplifies cash control and improves coupon-tracking accuracy. Streamlined tip handling makes the system easier to use in a table service environment. Hourly statistics provide managers the information they need at a glance to control costs.

Inventory improvements speed up purchasing, receiving, and inventory setup tasks.

Other enhancements include order entry improvements for carryout and delivery orders, expedited kitchen monitor settings for quick-service restaurants, shortcuts for creating coupons, and new additions to SpeedLine’s extensive set of back office reports.

POS Plus
Intura Solutions, LP, supplier of point-of-sale and business management software for quick service, fast casual and delivery restaurant concepts, announced a new version of its POS solution with the addition of a complete accounts receivable system. The accounts receivable features built into the Intura Vision POS system extend the order taking system with a mechanism to charge customer orders to an account.

The system provides the ability to generate customized invoices, print monthly statements, assess finance charges, print summary and detailed aging reports and enter payments, credits and debits.

For more information, e-mail, call 866-405-9250 or visit

Clean counters
With the hundreds of cutting boards on the market today, what sets the Chop Keeper apart is that it is the only cutting board that has sides. These 1/2-inch raised sides keep juices and crumbs from spilling out onto |the countertop and getting between the countertop and tray.

The cutting board is a uniquely shaped tray made from FDA approved plastic. The innovative design and shape also allows the board to flex and form an easy funnel guide so food will slide right into a bowl, plate or cooking pan. Lightweight yet
sturdy, it can also double as a serving tray.

Three dishwasher-safe Chop Keepers are included in each package: Choice of Luminescent Midnight, Copper or Stainless or a combination to match any kitchen decor. The product sells for $14.99 US for three trays at, or by calling 800-449-3030.

Pizza supplies
Neptune Food Services, a Gordon Food Service company providing to foodservice operators across Canada has topped up their pizza offerings with some new meat toppings and pizza supplies.

GFS-brand cooked, crumbled Italian sausage is made with 100 per cent pork and no animal byproducts. The company said the consistently steam-cooked pieces are great for pizza coverage with the benefit of less total weight used. The new product is formulated to retain moisture in high temperature ovens.

Neptune’s latest premium meat product, San Daniele sliced prosciutto is air-dried and cured and aged for 12 months with a 180-day shelf life.

Aside from a pizza topping, suggested uses for sliced prosciutto include Italian bread sticks wrapped in prosciutto and provolone, or a lemon, rosemary and
garlic marinated chicken breast, grilled, then wrapped with prosciutto.

For more information, call 800-663-1695 or e-mail,

Optimize storage
Shrinking spaces, expanding menus and more visible kitchens are forcing modern foodservice operators to re-examine the layouts and storage practices employed in their kitchens. Leggett & Platt Storage Products Group helps foodservice operators optimize their use of space with ISS Wall Trax, a full line of adaptable, wall-mounted storage accessories designed for a long-lasting, customizable storage solution for the food items and equipment.

The system is comprised of grids and aluminum tracks that accommodate a series of accessories including baskets, hooks and holders. The base system and accessories are fully adaptable to the specific needs of individual foodservice operations. The system can be configured and reconfigured without the use of tools to accommodate the menu, space and personnel changes that impact the food preparation process.

To see the shelving options and accessories catalogue, follow the link to shelving systems at

New shelving
Leggett & Platt Storage Products Group recently introduced its latest line, International Storage Systems (ISS)-brand New Era Shelving System for support strength and easy cleaning.

New Era is appropriate where shelving cleanliness is particularly important. The steel-reinforced shelf features a grey polypropylene plastic cover that can be
easily removed from the frame, washed in the dishwasher and snapped back on without tools or hardware. In addition, all shelves are coated with an antimicrobial epoxy to provide superior protection against corrosion and bacterial growth.
New Era can be used in all environments from 190 F to –20 F.

The system is available in a variety of heights, lengths and widths; and as an added benefit, its shelves can be intermixed with other ISS shelving styles and can fit onto any standard ISS post.

For more information, please visit

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