This year we introduced two new versions of the Cook’s Brand Marathon Tray. The Marathon is our most popular insulated meal delivery tray for corrections. The specially formulated solid material is exceptionally durable to withstand the abuses of correctional foodservice. The one-piece design is also easy to clean and it has a jail & prison menu-friendly layout with one large entree compartment, a compartment that holds up to 3 slices of bread, a flatware compartment and then three remaining compartments to hold a vegetable/side, a starch and a piece of cake or sweet.
Shown above on the left is the new Cook’s Brand Raised Compartment Marathon Tray with the original Cook’s Brand Marathon Tray, shown on the right for comparison. We introduced the new Raised Compartment Marathon Tray to improve the presentation of meals by elevating food so portions appear heartier. Raising the bottom of the compartments makes them shallower than in the traditional tray and makes portions look larger. We also coved the underside of the compartments so that you won’t have food sticking to the tray above when you stack trays for delivery. This improves meal presentation and sanitation.
Along with the Raised Compartment Marathon, we are introducing the new Cook’s Brand Extra-Deep Marathon Tray. We developed the Extra-Deep Marathon tray for customers that have issues with food sticking on the underside of the tray above when stacked. Some menus in corrections have larger portions that required a compartment with more space so we dropped the marathon compartments down as much as we could giving you more room for a more sanitary and appealing meal delivery. Less mess; more appetizing meals.
To see how these meal delivery trays all compare to each other, watch Jeff Breeden; CEO of Cook’s Correctional, walk you through each of the trays in the 1 minute video posted below:
Examples of complex custom fabrication jobs that Cook’s completed.
Custom serving lines and tables can be extremely difficult to replace. Generally, it requires a site visit to take field measurements, approval of engineered drawings and then installation. Cook’s can help. We routinely make custom serving lines, tables, sinks; even wall coverings, and we guarantee our products are built for corrections.
Our process is simple.
A call to understand the objective
Visit the facility to take measurements and confirm scope
Provide drawings and quote, including turn-key install
Along with replacement of existing customized work, we can create new custom solutions when an off the shelf product won’t meet your needs.
Not sure what we can customize? Here are some of the custom fabricated solutions we’ve provided to jails and prisons across the country:
Customized Tray Assembly Lines
Single or double lines
With or without a tray slide/roller
Over shelves, sneeze guards, landing shelves
With or without drains and individual or manifold
Blind Tray Assembly line
Clean Tables in any size or configuration
Dirty tables with custom troughs, pre-rinse , scrap baskets
Custom sinks in any depth
With protective bumpers
Any length or width
With built in sinks
With can opener mount
Double sided or single
With or without undershelves
Hot beverage wall or table mount
Other custom products
Tool lockers or cabinets
Protective wall paneling
Recessed or elevated floor troughs
If you can imagine it, we can create it. We have the experience and the expertise in custom fabricated solutions to take your idea all the way to install.
If your facility needs custom stainless steel work, give us a call at 800-956-5571 and we can talk about scheduling a site visit.
Last year we introduced the Rhino M-102 tray delivery cart, a smaller version of our Rhino M-150. When we introduced the original Rhino in 2015, we had a lot of interest in the cart along with requests for a smaller version. Customer feedback is great for product development, so we asked more questions and found that there were customers who loved what they saw with the Rhino Cart but needed a smaller version for jails and prisons looking to transport 100 trays or less. There were also customers who wanted a shorter meal delivery cart that they could easily see over.
These were our top priorities and the Rhino M-102 delivers. The first thing you’ll notice when you see the two carts side by side is that the Rhino M-102 is a full 14” shorter than the original. It doesn’t block your view and because it’s shorter, smaller quantities of trays fit better inside. Fully loaded the Rhino M-102 holds 102 Marathon trays where the original Rhino will hold 150 Marathon trays. Hence the names; M-102 holds 102 & M-150 holds 150, we want to keep it simple. For facilities using the Gorilla tray, the smaller Rhino holds 84 trays and the larger Rhino holds 120.
When we designed this cart, we had the benefit of a year’s experience in the field. We kept all the features that our customers loved and we refined anything that we could make better, but why read about it when you can see it? Watch our video demonstration of the Cook’s Brand Rhino M-102 Meal Tray Delivery Cart presented by Jeff Breeden, CEO of Cook’s. In less than 4 minutes you can learn why the Rhino M-102 is a great tray delivery solution for corrections.
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!
We 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 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 email@example.com.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!