New Product Introductions

New hope for damaged steam table pans!

CaterSeal Steam Table Pan Gasket

CaterSeal Steam Table Pan Gasket

If you are tired of damaged steam table pan lids raise your hand!

If you are tired of noisy pans rattling as you transport them through the kitchen Raise your hand!

If you are tired of your portion utensils falling into your pans of food, one more time, Raise your hand! 

We are pleased to introduce you to the new CaterSeal Food Pan Gasket!  New to Cook’s Correctional, the CaterSeal Food Pan gasket is here to help and solve this problem for you.  Just wrap the CaterSeal gasket around your steam table pan and lid and your operation has improved instantly.  No more mess from spillage and easier clean up in your foodservice operation.  You’ll also improve the efficiency of your serving line because the gasket is a barrier to steam escaping from the gaps between pan and well. 

You can now put your hands down, no more rattling, denting, spilling or noisy pans!

Brian Richardson

Brian Richardson

 

The new Correctional Buyers Guide is out!

Cook's Correctional Buyers GuideWe recently mailed the 2014 Correctional Buyers Guide for August and if you’re on our mailing list, you can be looking for that in your mailbox!  We publish our Buyers Guide three times a year – and in this version you’ll find mid-year product introductions and updates.

Some of the exciting new products that you’ll find in this catalog include the new Cook’s Brand 16 oz. Correctional Tumblers and the

Cook's Brand 16 oz Tumblers

Cook’s Brand 16 oz Tumblers

Cook’s Brand Reusable Meal Tray.  The tumblers are a new addition to our popular Cook’s Brand tumbler line and have all the features that you’re accustomed to in these products.   Available in Orange Copolymer or Clear or Transparent Blue Polycarbonate, these tumblers have a thick-wall construction to provide durability in the correctional environment.  They are textured to minimize surface scratches and designed for easy stacking and separation.  The Reusable Meal Tray was designed specifically to replace disposable Styrofoam trays for a positive environmental impact and a significant cost reduction in operations that utilize disposable trays for meal delivery.

We’ve also introduced the Caterseal Food Pan Gasket, which is a rubber gasket in sizes to fit half or full size steam table pans.  This rubber gasket fits around the edge of your steam table pan providing a tight seal between the well and the pan surface.  This also allows for staff to more easily remove the pans from the steam table.  And this gasket works with bent and dented pans.

There’s more to see in the catalog too.  We continue to strive to put together a collection of products that are appropriate for the correctional kitchen which includes heavy-duty equipment, smallwares and supplies designed to withstand the day-in day-out abuse of the jail and prison kitchen as well as cost-effective alternative commodity products as alternatives to higher priced brand names.   You can view the new 2014 catalog at http://www.cookscorrectional.com by clicking here:  2014 Correctional Buyers Guide.  If you would like a copy of the catalog mailed to you, please give us a call at 1-800-956-5571 or send an email to customerservice@cookscorrectional.com.

Marketing Manager, Cook's

Candace Meneou

 

New high security mop buckets from Geerpres

Geerpres 511 High Security Combo Mop Bucket

Geerpres 511 Mop Bucket

As a specialty foodservice equipment and supply distributor that focuses on the correctional market, we are continually looking for products that offer security features with the goal of incorporating them into the Cook’s Correctional Buyers Guide and our website – so they are easily accessible to you.    When we came across the Champ 35 Qt mop bucket from Geerpress we were impressed with the design and production quality and added it into the 2014 catalog.

Testing has proven that the Geerpres Champ 35 Qt mop bucket is the best choice for high security areas.  It is the smoothest, cleanest, most stable plastic bucket in its class to hit the floor.  The Champ bucket is incredibly stable with casters positioned outside the bucket rim and extremely durable with unique double-wall design. The smooth, one-piece plastic design promotes better sanitation.  And without any easily removable parts in the heavy-duty ultra wringer, this mop bucket is perfect for use in corrections.

You can find the Geerpres High Security Mop Bucket at Cook’s Correctional in under Floor Cleaning Supplies in the Janitorial category on Cook’s Correctional.

Claudia Santangelo, Product Merchant

Claudia Santangelo

  

Innovation. Helping me to help you.

 

4S-CP Co-polymer Tray from Cook's Correctional

4S-CP Co-polymer Tray from Cook’s Correctional

Often when we are speaking with customers we will ask “Is there an item you have been looking for that you can’t find?” If the answer is yes, we frequently discover that the item does exist, but isn’t readily available to the correctional marketplace.  In situations like this we can usually locate the item through our vendor network and provide this to our customer. However, there are those moments when there really isn’t an item on the market made to do what they need.

That’s when we go back to what started Cook’s…Innovation.

630-200SS Sentry Series Spork

630-200SS Sentry Series Spork

We take our knowledge of your operation and begin to brainstorm with you about how or what can achieve your goal.  This is how many of the Cook’s Brand products have come to market.  In solving your problem, we’ve designed and manufactured a product that does what you need it to do.  If you take a look at our Cook’s Brand Catalog, you’ll see that it’s filled with products that were created from customer input; items like the 8 oz. Disher, the Full-Tang Dough Cutter and the flexible Sentry Series Spork.

However this is not the only instance that we go into our brainstorming sessions. Just recently we worked with a customer that was spending a large amount of money on disposable trays. They, like every other customer, were looking to cut costs wherever possible. So as we assessed their situation we were able to design a tray called the 4S-CP tray that would replace their disposable tray while reducing their cost and becoming friendlier to the environment. The ROI on this product is 3 months and the customer will save approximately $100,000 their first year on disposables. That’s a pretty good solution, don’t you think?

That tray is now in place at the facility and they are very happy with the results.  It took some work from all of us – as you know, implementing a change to your feeding process is a big deal no matter how small the change.  There were issues regarding the cleaning of the trays would work with their specific ware washing equipment but we worked through that issue too.  But these are the situations where we really get to do what we do well and we enjoy helping our customers to meet their goals.

Max Lecaros, National Sales Manager, Cook's

Max Lecaros

New to Cook’s Correctional: Useco Tray Drying Racks

TGS48-3-C-AF SS HD Tray Drying Rack from Useco

TGS48-3-C-AF SS HD Tray Drying Rack from Useco

We are continually looking to add new kitchen equipment products that fit the requirements of the correctional kitchen so that we have more options for our customers.   This year, one of the more exciting additions are Useco’s Stainless Steel Tray Drying Racks in a variety of sizes. Useco, a division of American Foodservice, is well-known for their superior meal delivery systems, which include banquet carts, hot and cold carts, holding cabinets, and conveyor systems. American Foodservice, is located in Savannah, TN and is part of the Standex Foodservice Group.  The Savannah facility has over 250,000 square feet of manufacturing space.  I believe that our customers will like that all of their products are manufactured to UL and NSF standards and are labeled with the regulatory seals of approval, because we know how important NSF is to the correctional industry.

These heavy-duty welded stainless tray drying racks are designed to position trays, pans and lids to accelerate drying. Laser cut openings provide paths for air circulation to promote drying. Stainless steel construction will put your mind at ease with no rust and years of durability.

Claudia Santangelo, Product Merchant

Claudia Santangelo

You can see our Useco Delivery Cart and Tray Drying Rack offering by visiting the Useco page in our Shop by Brand section on Cook’s Correctional.

Sneak Peek: a 16 oz. Cook’s Brand Tumbler is Coming

Cook's Brand Co-polymer Tumblers

Cook’s Brand Co-polymer Tumblers

In 2005,  Cook’s Correctional launched their own Cook’s Brand Co-Polymer Correctional Tumblers and Cook’s Brand Polycarbonate Correctional Tumblers. When these were launched, we rolled out three different sizes:  the 8 oz., 9.5 oz and 12 oz. size tumblers.

Our customers have been very happy with the quality of our co-polymer tumblers and how well they hold up in the harshest of correctional environments.  During the design process, we spent reviewed many of the products that were in the market currently.   As with all our Cook’s Brand products, our goal wasn’t to just introduce a new tumbler that was the same as the other tumblers on the market — we wanted to introduce one that was better and designed specifically to stand up to the abuse of the correctional environment.  That’s why we engineered the Cook’s Brand Tumblers to have a base and rim that are thick-walled for longer life.  We also textured the surface slightly to hide scratches and minimize everyday wear.  The smooth lip of the tumbler ensures it is comfortable to use.

Cook’s has sold over 1 million correctional tumblers in the last 9 years. In July 2014 Cook’s will launch a new size to the popular product line in a 16 oz capacity. We are making this size, because our customers asked and we listened. The new 16 oz. Cook’s Correctional co-polymer and polycarbonate materials will be available for sale in the August 2014 Cook’s Buyer’s Guide.

Brian Richardson

Brian Richardson

Need a lighter weight food transport solution? Meet the Kanga Box.

Kanga Box Transport Carrier

Kanga Box Transport Carrier available at Cook’s Correctional

Does your staff complain about the food transport carriers being too heavy? “I can’t lift the top loader when the pans are full of food”? I need another worker to help me lift the End Loader so we can load the pans correctly?

If these are all comments your staff has made in the past, then we have a new product that we want to introduce to you. Say Hi to the Kanga Box Transport Carrier product line.

This innovative new food storage and transport product line of pan carriers is available in four different styles, and all of these are available in six different eye-catching colors. What makes these carriers so unique is the material that these are made from is lightweight yet strong.  You’re staff will love that the Kanga Box is a durable, lighter solution to standard pan carriers.

Not only are these very light weight, the Kanga box has a perfect closing lid, is totally impermeable to liquids and hot steam, and has ergonomically shaped handles for easier lifting and carrying. The Kanga box is dishwasher safe to 176 degrees Fahrenheit.

Brian Richardson

Director of Merchandising, Cook’s

If you require a food transport option that is durable for your correctional kitchen, consider the Kanga Box as a new solution!

New 20 Gauge Steam Table Pans from Vollrath are here!

Have you been looking for  a heavier duty steam table pan and lid?  Then look no further than your 2014 Cook’s Correctional Buyers Guide!  In this year’s catalog, the new Vollrath 20 Gauge Steam Table Pan and lists made their debut on page 3 of the New Product Section.

Vollrath Super Pan 20 Gauge Steam Table Pans and Lids

Vollrath Super Pan 20 Gauge Steam Table Pans and Lids

Vollrath has introduced a 20 gauge Steam Table Pan under the Super Pan product family. This heavy-duty product is 300 series stainless steel and is the perfect choice for the correctional kitchen. Currently available in 3 sizes and 3 depth levels of 2.5”, 4” and 6”, we have a 20 gauge pan for every correctional application. What is even more exciting about these pans is the 20 gauge Solid Lids that are part of the line. A major security risk in the correctional kitchen for many years has been the steam table pan lid. The 22 gauge lids have historically been a risk because the handle

Brian Richardson

Director of Merchandising, Cook’s

could easily be snapped off and turned into a shank. Now with these innovatively designed ‘handle less’ 20 gauge transport lids, you have a very durable secure heavy-duty steam table pan and lid that will see extended life in your correctional kitchen.

Custom Colors are Getting People’s Attention!

Custom Color products from Cook's

Custom color products from Cook’s

You can always count on Cook’s for new innovative ideas to the Correctional Market. One of our latest initiatives is our new custom color program for trays, tumblers, and flatware.  While custom colors programs exist from other vendors, we launched our custom color program on Cook’s Brand products to allow for very low minimum order quantities. Cook’s understands that a facility may have the need for more than the standard 2 or 3 color choices. Having a variety of colors available for your meal serving needs allows you to offer different color choices for Segregation units, Special Diet, or just a different color for a specific housing unit. Whatever the reason, Cook’s has provided you with the flexibility in your operation to use a variety of colors for all your dinnerware needs.

We have had over 20 of our customers purchase our custom color meal serving products since we began this product offering in 2013. Some of our customers include the Rivers Correctional Institute in Winton, NC, Dallas County Correctional Facility, and a new color co-polymer tray concept for the Cook County Jail in Sioux Falls, North Dakota.

Claudia Santangelo, Product Merchant

Claudia Santangelo

 

Custom colors are available in all Insulated, Sentry Series and Co-polymer trays and lids, co-polymer and polycarbonate tumblers, flatware, and Flex trays. There is no minimum order requirement for special color orders on Flex products and a 10 case minimum order

Sick of fighting Fruit Flies in the Kitchen?

Fruit Fly Defender

Fruit Fly Defender

Fruit Flies are a problem for every Correctional Kitchen. While Fruit Flies are primarily nuisance pests, they also have the potential to contaminate food with bacteria and other disease-producing organisms so it’s important to get rid of them – but it’s not easy! Fruit flies are especially attracted to ripened fruits and vegetables in the kitchen. But they also will breed in drains, garbage disposals, empty bottles and cans, trash containers, mops and cleaning rags. All that is needed for development is a moist film of fermenting material. Infestations can originate from over-ripened fruits or vegetables that were previously infested and brought into your facility. The adults can also fly in from outside through inadequately screened windows and doors.

Whenever we’ve talked with our correctional customers, they most often find them in floor drains, kitchen sinks and in hard to reach areas like “behind trash cans”. But we’ve got a solution for you!

The Fruit Fly Fighter product line from Defender will eliminate your fruit fly population, even in all those hard to reach places that they like so much! It is available an easy to use Fruit Fly Fighter Starter Kit or in the concentrated liquid only. Once you have any existing fruit fly populations eradicated, you can use the Sink Defender to keep your drains fresh and to prevent fruit flies from coming back.  Sink Defender comes in tablets which go in a plastic holder that you insert into your floor drain and sink, or in an easy-to-use spray bottle, that you can spray onto all non-food contact locations. These commercial chemicals are effective, but also environmentally friendly.  Both the Fruit Fly Fighter and the Sink Defender are made from proprietary, bacteria based, eco-friendly product.

Brian Richardson

Brian Richardson

Everyone knows how annoying fruit flies can be. They cause kitchens to become very unsanitary. What’s great about the Fruit Fly Fighter is, that it is Eco Friendly for the environment, made from a bacteria based concentrate that helps wage war on dirt, grime and grease, which attract our fruit fly friends into the commercial kitchen.