Grilled vegetables, pre-prepared and ready to use straight out of the pack.
According to Mimmo Lubrano, the chief of Sandhurst Fine Foods, the new range of chilled tray packs are specifically for foodservice.
The Fresh Tray Packs are portion controlled, are ready to use out of the pack and have a shelf-life of 3 months. "[The] product is completely ready to use, with no preparation required and no waste saving time and resources," he explained.
Its format has been compared to the IQF packaging within frozen categories, in that users get 100% yield and the product is much more usable. In addition, the packs are 100% Australian made from Australian growers and are virtually oil-free, appealing to health conscious end users, particularly to women, Lubrano pointed out.
The vegetables in the line up include Semi-dried tomatoes, Grilled zucchini, Grilled eggplant, Grilled peeled pumpkin, and Grilled sweet potato. This initial line up was chosen based on what suits cafes based on ingredient needs and is also a reflection of Sandhurst's top performing antipasto products.
"These vegetables represent the best combination of the preferred vegetarian choices in foodservice. Eggplant, Zucchini, Sweet Potato and Pumpkin are all favourites and allow for flavour enhancement whilst having great taste and texture on their own."
Sandhurst is currently looking into expanding the range, noting that the next addition is likely to be Australian char grilled capsicum, supported by the growth of this segment within the retail business Lubrano noted, "we are developing Capsicums but recommend that customers purchase our Fat Free Fire Roasted Red Peppers in 4.2kg cans as they provide taste, texture and consistency at a budget price."
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