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Customer Spotlight: Highland Park High School

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CUSTOMER NAME:

Joan Bayes, Food Service Director, Highland Park High School PTA Food Service

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS AND CUSTOMERS:

We are a high school food service operated by the PTA and have been a Tropical customer for 16 years.  We have 16 to 20 different volunteer parents that serve the students and staff each day. We serve grades 9-12 with over 2200 students and 200 staff.

WHAT TROPICAL PRODUCTS DOES YOUR BUSINESS SELL?

We sell a variety of bulk snack mixes and candy, energy bars and snacks.

HOW DO YOU MERCHANDISE YOUR PRODUCTS FOR MAXIMUM SUCCESS? ANY TIPS & TRICKS?

Students love visiting the Blue Cart to snack with friends and have Barbara make suggestions. We have a separate bulk area next to the cart so students can easily choose some of their favorite snacks for an afternoon energy boost.

PERSONAL FAVORITE TROPICAL PRODUCT?

My personal favorite is anything dark chocolate. For the students, they always reach for the sour candy.

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Pecan Tree Facts

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The United States produces 80% of the world’s pecans.

Because of this, it’s widely considered one of the most valuable nuts in North America since it grows here naturally and worldwide demand has been growing in recent years.

Some interesting facts about pecans:

  • It takes 12 years for a pecan tree to mature. When grown in ideal conditions, it can live and stay productive for over 200 years.
  • Pecan wood is often utilized for the manufacturing of furniture, paneling and flooring.
  • The city of Albany, Georgia boasts of having more than 600,000 pecan trees, earning it the title of “Pecan Capital of the U.S.”
  • Pecans are related to walnuts but are much sweeter in flavor. Because of their oily composition though, pecans can become rancid very quickly in warm temperatures and high humidity. Shelled pecans are best kept inside a glass container in the refrigerator to maintain freshness.
  • The fats found in pecans are classified as monounsaturated and are recommended for the maintenance of a healthy heart. The nuts are also rich in Vitamin E and the mineral zinc. Pecans actually provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc and one ounce of pecans provides 10% of the recommended daily fiber intake.
  • Pecans are so popular in Texas that the pecan tree was declared its state tree in 1919. Butter pecan, a popular ice cream flavor, is a Texas invention.
  • Pecan trees usually range in height from 70 to 100 feet, but some trees grow as tall as 150 feet or higher. Native pecan trees – those over 150 years old – have trunks more than three feet in diameter.
  • Before a shelled pecan is ready to be sold, it must first be cleaned, sized, sterilized, cracked and finally, shelled.
  • The name “pecan” is a Native American word that was used to describe nuts requiring a stone to crack.
  • About 78 pecans are used in the average pecan pie.

Request A Catalog to see a full listing of all of our pecan offerings,

 

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Dispelling Myths about the Nut Industry

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Peanuts and tree nuts are a critical part of our country’s safe and healthy food supply, and they have a major impact on our nation’s economy. The Peanut and Tree Nut Processors Association’s mission is to proactively advance the nut industry through professional networks, advocacy and education. Tropical Foods is a proud member of PTNPA and one of our owners, Angela Bauer, is on the Board of Directors.

The PTNPA recently completed a research study on some of the myths and facts about the nut industry. As with any industry, there are always myths and assumptions associated with it. The PTNPA takes seriously its duty to dispel these myths and promote the valuable role peanuts and tree nuts play in society, health and wellness. A few myths about peanuts and tree nuts are below and you can review the full list of myths and facts HERE.

MYTH:
The agricultural industry is considered to be more focused on crop production than healthy pollinators.

FACT:
Honeybee and beneficial insect health is an issue that tree nut producers care about deeply. Producers understand the vital role that pollinators, including honeybees, play in our food supply. In fact, honeybees and almond trees depend on each other: almond blossoms are a nutritious food source for honeybees, while almond trees rely on honeybees for pollination. For example, when the threat to honeybee health became apparent, almond producers acted quickly to adopt best management practices that protect the health of this valuable natural resource.

These include:
• New guidelines for more careful fungicide applications
• No insecticide applications during almond bloom
• Integrated pest management to minimize agriculture sprays
• Clear communication with all parties, particularly beekeepers

The decline in bee health is a complex issue linked to a variety of factors, and the tree nut industry is determined to find and implement new solutions that support healthy pollinator populations. This commitment is nothing new; since 1995, the Almond Board of California has invested nearly $1.3 million in honeybee health research.


MYTH:

Peanut and tree nut allergies are perceived as common and increasing.

FACT:
All types of food allergies in children are increasing, but fortunately peanut and nut allergies are still relatively rare. The nut industry never intends for anyone to be harmed by its products and takes allergy concerns very seriously. Fortunately, more than 98% of children in the United States can enjoy peanuts and tree nuts without issues — making nut allergies less prevalent than milk and egg allergies in children. But the rise in childhood food allergies isn’t isolated to nuts alone, with total food allergies in children increasing approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011. Scientists are working to determine what causes food allergies and the nut industry is following every development on this topic. For example, the recent LEAP study demonstrates that regular consumption of peanuts starting at an early age can prevent peanut allergy development. The industry is committed to education and promotion of reasonable, responsible management of food allergies.

 

MYTH:
Dieters trying to lose weight may think nuts are fatty, high-calorie foods.

FACT:
Nuts are part of the weight management solution. One out of every three adult Americans is obese, part of an ongoing and very serious health challenge facing the United States. While there is no quick fix for this problem, exercise and healthy eating are key components of reducing weight. Peanuts and tree nuts are part of the weight management solution, fitting the profile of a health food when consumed in recommended portions as great snacking options or healthy culinary ingredients. In fact, peanuts and tree nuts are nutrient-dense foods, with peanuts containing seven grams of protein in every ounce and almonds containing 6 grams per ounce. Nuts are also high in fiber and have plenty of good fats. Research shows that fiber and protein help promote a feeling of fullness, and feeling full can help reduce the excessive snacking that contributes to obesity.

You can read the full list of myths and facts HERE.

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2016 Company Highlights

2016 has been a year of exciting developments for Tropical Foods. As 2017 approaches, we wanted to revisit and share some of the highlights from this past year. A huge thank you to all of our customers and staff for making this such a great year!

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Sodexo Strategic Diverse Supplier Partner of the Year

Tropical Foods was honored by Sodexo North America as their 2016 Strategic Diverse Supplier Partner of the Year. Sodexo is a major supporter of minority and diversity owned companies including women-owned businesses. Tropical Foods has been a certified WBENC business since 2002 when sisters Angela Bauer and Carolyn Bennett became majority owners.

Honored at the awards presentation, Tropical Foods won for demonstrating a strategic and collaborative approach when working with Sodexo by providing innovative ideas to increase product utilization and developing differentiated products that address trends and consumer preferences in our marketplace. Tropical Foods has excelled in the area of customer service and continuously demonstrated our extensive product knowledge and best-in-class deployment processes which has resulted in a 45% program increase.

 

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New Garden Chips™  packaging

York’s Harvest® Garden Chips™ continue to grow in the “better-for-you” snack category and we felt it was time for a brand and packaging refresh. Garden Chips™ debuted a new logo and packaging that better evokes the healthier lifestyle of the brand. The health benefits of the product are highlighted on the front of packaging to appeal to consumers’ cravings for “better for you” snack options. For buyers, the new packaging offers some necessary specifics like a tamperproof seal and the ability for Garden Chips™ to hang on racks or lie flat or sideways on shelves. Consumers are looking for healthier snack options, so Garden Chips™ have been a great growth item for us. We’re happy to see the new branding and packaging match the innovation of the product.

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Customer Spotlight: C-Store at High Point University

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In our Customer Spotlight feature, we’re introducing you to some Tropical Foods customers and sharing how they use Tropical products. Let’s find out more about The C-Store at High Point University.

CUSTOMER NAME:
Rhonda Sawyer, C-Store Supervisor

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS:
The C-Store is located on the campus of High Point University. We offer snacks, drinks, candies, healthy grab n’ go options, household supplies, quick microwave meals and even organic goods! 

WHO ARE YOUR CUSTOMERS?
We service mostly students.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A TROPICAL FOODS CUSTOMER?
I’ve been employed with the company 7 years and we’ve ordered from Tropical ever since I’ve been here.

WHAT TROPICAL PRODUCTS DOES YOUR BUSINESS USE?
We sell York’s Harvest Garden Chips, pistachios, and various energy bars.

HOW DO YOU MERCHANDISE THE PRODUCTS?
We have an organic section as well as a protein bar section. These tend to especially attract our customers.

WHAT ARE SOME SELLING/MARKETING TIPS YOU’VE SEEN SUCCESS WITH?
We do a lot of suggestive selling at the register.

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