Crunch Pak's Krista Jones Talks Apple Rings for Foodservice
CASHMERE, WA - As more and more operators begin to recognize the tastebud tantalizing power behind value-added apple offerings, Crunch Pak is expanding its foodservice solutions to match. Now adding foodservice-sized packs of its sliced and cored Apple Rings to the company’s growing line, Crunch Pak is providing operators with less labor intensive solutions to give consumers the apple flavors they are craving.
“The days of producing in narrow categories such as bags have changed,” said Krista Jones, the company’s Director of Brand Marketing and Product Innovation. “Today, a tremendous amount of our foodservice business is in ready-to-eat trays ranging from 2.75-ounce single serves to 42-ounce party trays, and we see that demand growing. And because these rings are sliced, cored, and in uniform sizes, the product saves labor and time in the kitchen and helps eliminate food waste.”
Crunch Pak’s Apple Rings are just one of the new product offerings stemming from the company’s 2016 exclusive agreement with Food Service Slicing, LLC. Operating out of a 26,000-square-foot plant in Selah, Washington, Food Service Slicing is a privately held company that produces sliced apples solely for Crunch Pak’s foodservice customers, including Wendy’s, Chick-fil-A, and Alaska Airlines. With this agreement pushing the company forward, Krista says she sees Crunch Pak continuing to grow the foodservice sector of its business even further.
“Operators save labor and food waste with our products and trust us to follow the utmost in food safety demands. Although Crunch Pak has been in business since 2000, we continue to have many opportunities and expect demand to continue to grow from the foodservice channel.”
Crunch Pak’s Apple Rings are available in 10-ounce and 26-ounce trays, as well as a 24-pound bulk RPC. Available in sweet, tart, and a mixture of both, there are a variety of flavor options to match any consumer’s demands. So, what are a few ways foodservice operators can tap into that demand using Apple Rings?
“Apple rings may be used as an ingredient in baked goods, in salads, in savory applications as well as desserts,” Krista explains. “We’ve seen very creative applications where Apple Rings are topped with peanut butter and mini chocolate chips; or treated like a donut and topped with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles; or used as a crunchy layer in sandwiches such as ham and cheese or Prosciutto and cheese.”
As Crunch Pak continues to expand its solutions for foodservice operators looking to save on labor and food waste, AndNowUKnow will bring you the latest. Until then, check out www.crunchpak.com.