Monterey Mushrooms to Introduce New Product Offering at PMA Foodservice
- by Jordan Okumura
MONTEREY, CA – Set to capitalize on an emerging trend, Monterey Mushrooms has announced a new finely-diced mushroom product for foodservice customers, set to debut at the PMA Foodservice Expo in Monterey, California, July 28th to the 30th.
“Finely-diced mushrooms blended with meat creates a delicious and healthier way to enjoy favorite meat dishes,” said Lindsey Roberts, Marketing Specialist.
The company’s latest foodservice offering is a two-pound bag of finely-diced white and brown mushrooms with an extended shelf-life. According to a company press release, the pre-diced mushrooms are ready to be blended immediately with ground meat and cooked to create a delicious, nutritious, and sustainable burger, meatball, taco, or similar menu item. The diced mushrooms can also be used as an ingredient in several applications such as scrambles, omelets, sauces, soups, and other dishes.
Additionally, the company noted that the Mushroom Council has created a website, www.blenditarian.com, that includes recipe ideas, chef stories, and details about the benefits of blending. Monterey Mushrooms’ new two-pound bag of finely diced mushrooms works just the same as when blending with fresh mushrooms, but it eliminates labor-intensive steps like chopping, sautéing, and setting aside to cool.
The company will be serving traditional Italian meatballs featuring ground meat blended with the finely diced mushrooms, and conference attendees are invited to visit Monterey Mushrooms’ booth, #304, to taste.
The company’s frozen GrillaBella meat-alternative line which includes burger patties, meatballs, breakfast sausage patties, and Italian sausage patties will also be featured at the expo. Made with the primary ingredient of fresh Monterey Mushrooms, GrillaBella mushroom products are, according to the company’s press release, packed with protein, fiber, vitamin D, and minerals, and are a delicious meat alternative.
“The demand for meat alternatives is growing and that is why we developed a mushroom-based meat alternative line," Roberts said.
The company will also feature fresh-focused 5 lb bulk boxes of organic white mushrooms and organic baby bella mushrooms—new additions to its foodservice offerings. Monterey Mushrooms’ Foodservice Manager Sandy Malouff-Quintana noted that the introduction of these additional offerings is due to the growth of the organic segment at foodservice. Malouff-Quintana is serving her second year on the PMA Foodservice Conference Committee.
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