Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development

By Flavor & The Menu
August 6, 2019

Mount Franklin Foods, through its Azar Foodservice brand, announced the launch of It’s Nature™ Walnut Crumbles—a culinary plant-based protein that offers foodservice professionals a unique and easy way to incorporate plant-based dishes across their menus.

Created in response to the growing demand for plant-based menu options, Walnut Crumbles bring major appeal to today’s health- and flavor-conscious consumers. An alternative to soy, this superfood product uses walnuts as the base, offering consumers nutritional benefits in addition to an appealing texture and flavor.

“We’re very excited to introduce It’s Nature™ Walnut Crumbles to foodservice operators that are looking to elevate their plant-based offerings,” said Enrique Grajeda, President and CEO of Mount Franklin Foods. “This innovative product is one of many ways we’re helping chefs and operators meet and exceed their customers’ expectations for menu options that are nutritious, flavorful, and feature familiar ingredients.”

Available in two pre-seasoned flavors, Chorizo and Italian, Walnut Crumbles bring an easy, recipe-ready menu component to today’s busy foodservice operations. Chefs simply mix the Walnut Crumbles with chickpeas, vegetable oil and vinegar, then heat to make a plant-based protein that can be used in a variety of dishes.

The product is versatile enough to use across dayparts and menu applications—from tacos to protein bowls, omelets, pastas salads and more. Operators can explore a full range of inspiring recipe ideas at walnutcrumbles.com.

Walnut Crumbles made their debut this past May at the 2019 National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago.

About Azar Nut Company

For more than 100 years, Azar Nut Company has helped foodservice professionals create memorable menu items through quality nut, candy and ingredient items rich in flavor, texture and eye appeal. Azar currently markets and distributes more than 600 national, private label and signature brand items—including raw nuts, roasted and further processed nuts and snack mixes, hard candy, peanut butter and dried fruit. Our best-in-class practices bring product and menu solutions to such foodservice channels as restaurants, healthcare facilities, hotels and schools. For more information please visit www.azarnutco.com.

About Mount Franklin Foods

Mount Franklin Foods, LLC is a leading North American manufacturer of high-quality confections, nut products and mints headquartered in El Paso, Texas. The company proudly serves major retailers, wholesalers, co-manufacturing customers and foodservice distributors through its Sunrise Confections, Azar Nut and Hospitality Mints divisions. For more information please visit www.MountFranklinFoods.com.

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