California Avocados Celebrated at Peak Season Foodservice Events

  • Jul 24, 2018

In June, members of the California Avocado Commission’s foodservice team attended  foodservice events on both coasts in order to engage with product innovation and R&D executives about advancing healthy menu options for consumers.

From June 18 – 19, members of the Healthy Menu R&D Collaborative (HMC) met at the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, New York to discuss how they can promote healthy menu options by fostering innovative supplier-operator partnerships focused on critical health and wellness initiatives. The Commission’s foodservice team joined these select high-volume foodservice representatives at a series of collaborative workshops focused on plant-forward menus, process and ingredient purity, protein quality, policies and promotion. The CAC team also participated in activities assisting culinary, marketing and industry leaders with developing healthy menu choices.

California avocado menu items also were showcased at the International Corporate Chefs Association (ICCA) summit in Napa, California that was held June 24 – 26. R&D/Production Innovation Executives and Executive Chefs from the top 200 restaurant chains had the opportunity to sample a variety of fresh California avocado menu items that demonstrated the versatility of the fruit, including a California Avocado Smoothie, California Avocado Maria, California Avocado Chimichurri, California Avocado Toast, California Avocado Margarita Cream Parfait, California Avocado Elote and California Avocado Grilled Cheese. The Commission foodservice team held meetings with key contacts during which they were able to confirm returning and new fresh California avocado menu items on partner menus.

The Commission solicited 13 new contacts at HMC with 7-Eleven, Aramark, Black Angus, Culver’s, Dunkin’ Brands, Harvard, Panera Bread, Red Lobster, Sodexo, Sonic Drive-in, Subway, Wendy’s and Yale. In addition, the Commission secured 10 new contacts at ICCA/GCIA with Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries, Eat ‘n Park, El Pollo Loco, Logan’s Roadhouse, Kona Grill, Sizzler, SONIC America, The Cheesecake Factory and Wawa.

Menu ideation exercise to build healthy bowls. CAC foodservice team members Kim Kurata and Alexi Rudolf, center, with Lanette Kovachi (Subway) and Lisa Feldman (Sodexho).

Renate DeGeorge, SSP America, samples the California Avocado Smoothie during the afternoon break.

Stan Dorsey, Beef O’Brady, prepares his California Avocado Toast.

Wawa’s Farley Kaiser enjoys her California Avocado Elote.

Shona Jonson, Chick-fil-A, demonstrates the versatility of the fruit by building her own version of California Avocado Toast.

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