US Foods announces launch of more than 30 new products featuring spicy flavors, twists on traditional favorites; products include ghost pepper jack cheese slices, hot and spicy buns, buffalo-style chicken tenderloins

ROSEMONT, Illinois , March 3, 2014 (press release) – Spring Line Features Bold, Spicy Flavors and New Twists on Traditional Favorites

US Foods is looking ahead to spring with its new product line featuring culinary creations that pack a spicy punch. From fiery Glenview Farms® Smoky Ghost Pepper Jack Cheese Slices to Hilltop Hearth® Hot and Spicy Buns and Spicy Secret Sauce from Metro Deli®, the new offerings feature bold flavors that will delight the taste buds of any spice-seeking diner.

In its 8th Scoop publication themed, “The Patio is Open,” the company introduces more than 30 new products all geared towards celebrating dining outdoors once the relentless winter weather breaks.

“This winter has been brutal throughout most of the country, but it can’t last forever and this new product line celebrates the impending arrival of spring and will inspire chefs to add new, fresh dishes to their menus and announce the patio is finally open,” said Pietro Satriano, chief merchandising officer, US Foods. “With our spicy offerings and twists on classic spring cravings, these products provide everything restaurant operators need to satisfy both the traditional and trend-seeking diner.”

Fiery foods have become more popular than ever with diners over the last year. With inventive new dishes and products that feature spicy notes of flavor, spicy food appears on nearly 70 percent of today’s restaurant menus.

Turning up the heat with new variations on classic bar fare, the new spring lineup includes updates to everyone’s favorite protein – chicken – with the Premium Buffalo-Style Chicken Tenderloin Fritters, Chicken Breast Chunks and Filets from Patuxent Farms® with breading that delivers bold notes of hot sauce and vinegar. For great taste minus the heat, the Beer and Pretzel Cheese Bites from Molly’s Kitchen®, made with cheddar cheese curds from Wisconsin, take the classic pairing of beer and pretzels to new heights and are sure to be a top seller on bar and grill menus across the country.

For a sweet end to spring meals, there are two new premium cheesecake desserts from Devonshire® made with decadent ingredients, such as Greek Yogurt and Ricotta Cheese, and Salted Caramel Ice Cream from Chef’s Line®.

“Our flavorful and bold new products offer US Foods customers items that will not only appeal to diners in every segment, but will keep them coming back for more,” Satriano said.

In addition to great food and beverage options, the spring line introduces the innovative and US Foods exclusive, Simpull Touch™ Cutlery Dispenser. This one-of-a-kind dispenser is fast and easy to load, saves space in the kitchen and thanks to the cutlery cartridges is the most hygienic cutlery dispenser on the market.

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About US Foods

As one of America’s great food companies and leading distributors, US Foods is Keeping Kitchens Cooking™ and making life easier for customers, including independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. With approximately $22 billion in annual revenue, the company offers more than 350,000 products, including high-quality, exclusive brands such as the innovative Chef’s Line®, a time-saving, chef-inspired line of scratch-quality products, and Rykoff Sexton®, a premium line of specialty ingredients sourced from around the world. The company proudly employs approximately 25,000 people in more than 60 locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by affiliates of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

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