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:
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.
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
Cook’s recently launched a new product designed specifically for correctional meal delivery in our 2014 Correctional Buyer’s Guide, the Cook’s Brand Special Diet label.
Over the last 5 years, we’ve had many customers looking for a way to designate special diet meals for their inmates. Those requests lead us to begin work on the Special Diet Label. We started the process by talking to our customers and uncovered that the most common special diets were Kosher, Halal and low sodium, and that it was important to accommodate all of these because not all inmates have the same dietary restrictions. In our design, we included each of these three different special diets with a check box as well a check box for ‘other’. We also included a line to use for notes, for example to specify what ‘other’ means, or as a place to identify the inmate or location that the tray needs to be delivered.
Cook’s Brand Special Diet Label #630-SPD2
Under our Cook’s Brand private label you can now purchase these Special Diet labels to help you designate what type of meal you are serving so you do not mix up your special diet meals with your general population meals. The best thing about this label is it’s dissolvable. After the inmate is through with their meal and the tray is sent to the dish room, the label will dissolve during the dishwashing process. No more paper or gummy residue left on the tray or the lid from using a regular label – which was another concern uncovered in discussions with our customers.
As with all of our other Cook’s Brand products, we’re able to customize an item to fit your specific needs. If you have a label size requirement that you don’t see available for sale, call us, we can make any size label you need. We can make labels that are for a specific special diet, in different colors or in different sizes. We’re always interested in hearing from our customers!