Retail Foodservice

Retail Foodservice: Beyond Chicken Salad

Think about it; the supermarket deli is really a take-out restaurant.  And in the ever-changing world of foodservice, retail operators are well-positioned to gain a greater share of America’s food dollars. The key to success is to focus on “fresh” by using fresh ingredients, incorporating fresh new flavors, and presenting a fresh take on familiar foods.  

California Grapes Deliver

California grapes deliver on all aspects of fresh: colorful, plump and bursting with juicy flavor, they are delicious on their own, or when paired with other flavors and textures in salads, sides, and entrees.  Grapes are naturally healthy.

Embrace Options

Chicken Tandoori and California Grape Brochettes

Consumers are embracing the growing options available to them for finding fresh, healthy, convenient food whenever they want it.  To capture this market, retail operators should capitalize on these needs and deliver restaurant-quality, fresh, prepared meal solutions with a range of grab ‘n go items that are better for you, customizable, ready to eat now or to assemble, heat, and eat at home.

Get the Chicken Tandoori and California Grape Brochettes recipe here.

Add Variety and Appeal

Fresh Fruit Pizza

Grapes from California offer an easy way to add more variety and fresh, upscale appeal to deli offerings:

  • Fresh grapes packed in to-go containers provide convenient on-the-go snacks.
  • Use grapes in salads and sandwich fillings to make them signature items.
  • Weave global flavors throughout the menu: in seasonings, salad dressings, and ingredient combinations.
  • Swap in grapes for tomatoes or for dried fruit in salads during the summer and fall to upgrade offerings and offer beautiful color and a fresh juicy burst of flavor.

Get the Fresh Fruit Pizza recipe here.

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Californians have been cultivating grapes for more than two centuries. Today, 99 percent of U.S. table grapes are produced in California's warm, dry climate that is ideal for grape growing. With more than 90 grape varieties grown, California grapes come in three colors—green, red and black—and are in season from May through January.

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