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President Logo with tagline BLACK 72DPIWhen you think of spring, what comes to mind? Perhaps you think about sunshine, blue skies, and the occasional thunderstorm. Or maybe warm weather pops into your mind.

Sure, the elements of nature likely flood your thoughts, but others may think FOOD; multi-colored Spring fruits and vegetables at farmers markets and produce stands, and the aroma of hot dogs and hamburgers sizzling on a hot grill.

Can you guess what else people love about Spring? CHEESE! Yes, springtime is for cheese lovers.

Remember nature’s elements mentioned above? When working together, they produce bright green, more flavorful and abundant pastures for animals to graze on. Those fulfilling pastures not only affect the quality of milk produced, they also affect the quality of the cheese – the milk of the animals gets richer, with a higher fat content.

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Now that we’ve piqued your interest, let’s talk about the soft cow’s cheese that’s perfect for the springtime – Brie.

Brie, aka “The Queen of Cheeses”, according to igourmet.com, is named after the French region Brie, in which it originated. The runny, soft-ripened cheese is awesome, no matter how you slice, melt, or spread it.

Brie is so versatile. It can be dressed up to adorn a cheese platter, be the center of attention in a puff pastry, or turned into a late-night snack that you can’t seem to resist. But the fun doesn’t stop there.

Foodservice Promos has teamed with Président Cheese, the #1 brand of Brie in France, to bring you three gourmet recipes, as well as a money-saving rebate worth up to $500.

Click here to view or print any one of the following recipes - Grilled Président Brie w/Saba & Plums, Président Brie, Ham & Fig Sandwich, and Bacon Burger w/ Président Creamy Brie.

We know you’re excited to try these Brie recipes, but don’t forget about the Président Brie Cheese rebate offer. It will save you up to $500 on Président Brie Cheese varieties.

To download this offer, simply login to your FoodservicePromos.com account or sign up for FREE. This offer ends June 30, 2017 (must be postmarked by July 31, 2017).

 

fish during lent fish fillet 1280px fe1849257b044bffb542033ae836085bLent, once just a four-letter word for restaurant-goers, is no longer oven-baked fish sticks or tuna sandwiches.

Nowadays, the more savvy, transparency-thirsty consumer wants more from their favorite restaurants. Not only do they want quality seafood selections during Lent, they may also have questions about its origin or about its preparation.

Over the past few years, seafood consumption has spiked as a whole and it continues to surge. This is due to a number of factors, including the growing “foodie” community with daring palates and seafood being viewed as a healthier option when compared to other foods. 

Let’s not forget, many people choose seafood for religious reasons, as well.

During the Lenten season, the 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, several restaurants woo their diners with special promotions and limited-time menu features.

A few examples of restaurants offering up seafood for Lent include, but not limited to, Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar serving a Ahi Tuna Burger; Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen serving Texas Striped Bass, Quiznos serving a Lobster & Seafood Scampi Bake, and Krystal serving a Shrimp Po’ Boy.

Krystal took it a step further this Lenten season. Teaming up with King & Prince, Krystal is offering a chance to win a grand prize Golden Isles Getaway to the King and Prince Resort and a chance to win 1 of 25 $10 Krystal gift cards. Participants can enter to win when they try the new Shrimp Po’ Boy.

So what do you have in store for your diners this Lenten season?  This is the perfect time to tweak your menu to offer unique seafood alternatives. To get started, download King & Prince’s free e-book and receive a special double down coupon (save up to $1500 on popular King & Prince seafood products) as a gift.

For more King & Prince rebates, interesting blog posts. and access to valuable, downloadable foodservice rebates and offers, visit/register at Foodservicepromos.com for FREE.

restaurant alcohol bar drinksOver the past few weeks, we’ve shared info about King & Prince’s latest seafood rebate and how it can be used to enhance your menu during Lent, catering to observers.

Today, we want to speak to seafood, Lent, and engaging 80 million millennials, who continue to shape the food industry, and possess aspending power equaling nearly $200 billion.

Due to their constant use of social and digital media, millennials are one of the most informed consumer groups, as they demand real-time, consistent information about the goods and services they’re interested in purchasing. 

When it comes to restaurants and dining out, millennials eat out more than any other consumer group, and bring along their purchasing power. Not only that, they happily engage with their favorite establishments beyond the dining room.

Check out a few facts from Technomic and Prepared Foods 2016 about this special group, regarding seafood consumption. This and more are included in King & Prince’s new toolkit e-book, designed to help you menu more seafood and capture the millennial generation. 

  • Once a week, 61% eat seafood for dinner.
  • 30% eat more seafood during Lent.
  • 67% consider and choose seafood as a healthier option.
  • 62% are looking for more seafood varieties from restaurants.

This presents a unique opportunity for restaurants to gain the trust of millennials, during Lent and thereafter.

The e-book also contains tips that will help you get millennials through your doors and keep them coming.  

We’ll look at a few below:

  1. Engage them while they’re dining in your establishment. Ask for opinions about your menu, specific entrées, or even ask the for rewards ideas.
  2. Ensure your restaurant information and any communication is up-to-date across all platforms – website, social platforms, review platforms…Also, make sure your website is responsive, having the ability to render correctly, no matter the type of device used.
  3. Provide value by offering deals and running promotions, starting with King & Prince seafood deals. 

It doesn’t stop there. For more menu tips and advice from King & Prince chef Johnny Carino, download your free toolkit, and receive a special double down coupon (save up to $1500 on popular King & Prince seafood products) as a gift. 

For more interesting blog posts and access to valuable, downloadable foodservice rebates and offers, visit/register at Foodservicepromos.com for FREE.

Represent your Region Header A tight deadline is fast approaching for Barilla's "Represent Your Region" contest, but there's still time to enter!

Any U.S. chef can enter the contest for a chance to represent their region by completing the online entry form and submitting it by Feb. 17th.

Those selected to move forward and compete will receive a shipment of Barilla pasta to explore and create an original, regional recipe entry.

Completed recipes must be submitted between Feb. 22nd - March 17th, and will be judged on creativity and presentation.

Winners have the opportunity to receive the following:

  • Chef Garden veggie boxes (semi-finalists)
  • Handmade NORA knife courtesy of Barilla (finalists)
  • A coveted spot on Barilla's annual Modern Casual retreat, taking place at Farmer Lee Jones' Culinary Vegetable Institute in Ohio. (grand prize winner)

Put your region on the map by entering today!

For more interesting blog posts and access to valuable, downloadable foodservice rebates and offers, visit/register at Foodservicepromos.com for FREE.

 

lent17Starting March 1, 2017, millions of people worldwide will begin observing Lent, a religious tradition starting 40 days before Easter.

Although people celebrate as they see fit, one of the most common practices is abstaining from meat and meat products on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent.

Instead of meat, many opt for the protein of the sea – fish.

While there are many religious and historically related reasons why observers eat fish during Lent, we’ll focus on the nutritional aspects and its versatility.

Fish (and seafood), also referred to as ‘brain food’, is loaded with high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals, which are vital for a healthy functioning body. Fish is also generally low in saturated fats and in total calories.

Additionally, fish is a very flexible food, as it can be prepared the following ways:

  • Cooked by poaching, grilling, frying, baking and steaming.
  • Cured by pickling, smoking and marinating.
  • Eaten uncooked (sashimi).

In thinking about preparations, as a restaurant owner and/or chef, you should be on getting ready for an influx of requests for fish and seafood entrées during Lent.

This means tweaking your menu, just a little, to accommodate your Lent-observing customers.

Here at Foodservice Promos, we understand the task of changing a menu, so we’re here to help! We have an awesome rebate offer from one of the largest seafood companies in the United States - King & Prince Seafood. Can anyone say, “perfect timing”?!

Save up to $750 on King & Prince’s broad seafood portfolio, including but not limited to, shrimp, fish and calamari. To download this offer, login to your FoodservicePromos.com account or sign up for FREE. This offer ends April 30, 2017 (must be postmarked by May 31, 2017).

4769Aside from those who are allergic, who doesn’t like seafood?

It’s not only versatile and nutritious; it’s profitable as well. An article, published in The Guardian last year, stated that there was an influx in demand for seafood with sustainable certification, accounting for 14% of the global market.

Additionally, the global sustainable seafood market grew ten times faster than the market for conventional seafood, hitting $11.5 billion in retail sales.

Any way you look at it, seafood is and remains a popular choice for palates around the world. With that said, let’s take a look at a few 2017 trends, some of which are very interesting.

1. Seafood towers get a facelift.
Away with the traditional iced-drowned oysters, crab that has the texture of rubber, and mediocre cocktail sauce. Chefs are creating seafood towers loaded down with more offerings, including bowls of tuna poke, clams and lobster with pasta shells, salmon roe, and more. Not only will the seafood be delectable, so will the display.

2. People continue to take a vested interest in their health this year.
According to Whole Foods, consumers will embrace more personalized versions of healthy, “flexible” diets that are less rigid. At the top of the list is pescetarianism – one eats a vegetarian diet while adding in fish and shellfish.

3. Salute to Sardines
2017 will be the year of sardines. High in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and umami flavor, sardines are rising in popularity. A few brands from Portugal are re-branding the old SRG17SnackinSardinesEmbeddedimage of sardines, and adding interesting flavors and smoked varieties in the can.

4. Fish eggs are on the upswing.
Caviar has trickled down to the everyday foodie. This trend not only helps diversify the consumption of seafood, it also helps with food waste. Consumers will see everything from salmon and trout roe to herring roe on menus this year.

5. An emphasis will be put on recycling and reusing.
This year, we will see an uptick in innovative “food” companies that are solely focused on creating products from byproducts (edible and non-edible). Companies, such as Iceland Ocean Cluster, are researching and looking into methods for retaining and finding uses for fish and shellfish byproducts.

2017 has just begun, and as it moves along, we’re sure to see more exciting and inventive seafood-related themes and trends.

Perhaps you want to experiment or create a viral trend in your establishment’s kitchen. If you’re up for the challenge, we have an awesome rebate offer from one of the largest seafood companies in the U.S. – King & Prince Seafood.

Save up to $750 on King & Prince’s broad seafood portfolio, including but not limited to, shrimp, fish and calamari. To download this offer, login to your FoodservicePromos.com account or sign up for FREE. This offer ends April 30, 2017 (must be postmarked by May 31, 2017).

For more interesting blog posts and access to valuable, downloadable foodservice rebates and offers, visit/register at Foodservicepromos.com for FREE.

Thursday, 29 December 2016 12:19

SeaShare: Combating Hunger One Fish At A Time

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seashare icon512We’re FoodservicePromos and we’re all about food. We love sharing everything from awesome rebates and promotions to the latest kitchen tips and tricks (check out the FSP blog). We also love sharing news about great causes. And we’ve found one to share.

Ever heard of SeaShare?

SeaShare, founded in 1994, is a nonprofit that helps the seafood industry donate to hunger-relief efforts in the United States. It all started with a small group of selfless commercial fishermen in Alaska. Instead of throwing back their bycatch, which is required by law, they gave those fish to food banks; a vital, healthy protein source.

Over the last 20 years, SeaShare created a bycatch donation program, which led to changes to the National Marine Fisheries Service regulations in Alaska – allowing the retention of bycatch solely for use by hunger-relief agencies. Thus far, over 200 million seafood servings have been distributed. Additionally, SeaShare accumulated a constantly-growing list of fishermen, processors, freight companies, food banks, and financial donors across the country.

A handful of companies helping SeaShare combat hunger have awesome rebates available, which are housed on our site – King & Prince Seafood, High Liner Foods, Tampa Maid, and Trident Seafoods.

If you’re interested in donating (each $100 donation = 800 servings of seafood to food banks) or becoming a partner, visit the SeaShare Donation page

It’s time to pull out all of the stops and win $50,000 for you and your community! General Mills has just announced their 3rd Annual Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest!

Follow in the footsteps of 2015’s and 2016’s grand prize winners, Beylka Krupp and Christina Halstead, respectively, and take your chances. If you’re an independent restaurant operator, foodservice operator, and chef or line cook who develops recipes for menu items served to paying guests at an independent, commercial restaurant operation as your primary form of employment, you’re eligible to compete. And, it costs nothing to enter.

GM recipe contest

Simply choose ONE of the many eligible General Mills Foodservice products, create your $50,000 one of a kind recipe (useful recipe planning template), and submit it between January 5, 2017 to February 28, 2017. Then, it’s up to the judges. Whether you create a breakfast, entrée or dessert, your recipe will be judge on taste, appearance, creativity, and foodservice viability. To review the contest rules in-depth, click here.

Good luck from your friends at FoodservicePromos.com! And remember, for more awesome blog posts and access to valuable, downloadable foodservice rebates, register at Foodservicepromos.com for FREE.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 11:00

Simple Hacks To Keep Your Diners Happy

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restaurant 690569 960 720Hello FSP readers! Our last blog post focused on your food business in the 21st century, which included tips from using technology to capturing new customers. Today’s post will focus on consistently keeping customers happy (especially now with the holidays just around the corner).

A customer’s experience in your restaurant or food establishment can make or break you. It is one of the most important drivers of a successful business. These days are diners are quick to share their experience, whether good or bad, by word of mouth, on their social media profiles and food-related review platforms. The burden to provide an overall awesome experience falls on you, the owner, and your staff.

Here are four hacks to keep your customers happy and coming back for more.

  • Great businesses start with a team of great people. From the owner to management to store level employees, your food business will not be successful without investing in your employees. Think of your employees as your brand ambassadors; they are the face of your business, and likely to be the first point of contact for your customers. It’s only right to arm them with the necessary training, tools and resources.
  • Another “no brainer” is to determine what the perfect customer experience looks like. Meaning, your vision as the owner, as well as through the eyes of the customer. The easiest way to do this is to place your feet in the customer’s shoes.
  • Let your customers take the lead sometimes. Design new food and drink pairings with the help of your customers, and add them to the menu. Ask your customers to complete a short survey (this is also a great way to build a contact list for future promos) that includes a variety of choices. Next, discuss the results with your chefs and staff, consult your budget, and decide what combinations work best. This is a perfect way to show loyalty to your customers. After all, you have heard their voices and have taken action.
  • Use technology to your advantage by streamlining common processes and entertaining your customers. Whether you decide to add self-serving order/pay kiosks or tabletop video games, offer the fastest WiFi, implement engaging digital menus, or arrange weekly or monthly events (game nights, wine tastings, themed nights…), your customers will appreciate the extra mile you’ve gone for them.

It goes without saying that a little goes a long way. Next to your bottom line, customer happiness should be of the utmost importance. What strategies have you implemented to keep a smile on your customer’s faces?

For more awesome blog posts and access to valuable, downloadable foodservice rebates, register at Foodservicepromos.com for FREE.

National Seafood Month king princeIf you missed it, October was National Seafood Month. It’s the month to recognize our sustainable fisheries and the nutrient-rich seafood they provide.

The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) enforce and monitor marine fisheries within 4.4 million square miles and 95,000 coastland miles of the U.S. exclusive economic zone. In turn, the U.S. has some of the most valuable fisheries, supplying nearly a fifth of the seafood we consume (Americans eat an average of 14.5 lbs of seafood annually).

As we’ve all heard before, seafood is brain food, offering a source of high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals. Seafood is typically low in calories, as well as in total and saturated fats. Although some types of seafood contain naturally higher amounts of cholesterol and sodium than others, most are still well below the recommended per day intake. 

Now that you have the lowdown on seafood, it’s time to spruce up your menus! FoodservicePromos.com is featuring a great rebate offer from King & Prince Seafood, one of the largest seafood companies in the United States.

In continued celebration of National Seafood Month, and the upcoming holidays, save up to $500 on King & Prince’s broad seafood portfolio, including but not limited to, shrimp, fish, calamari, crab, surimi, and seafood blends. Whether you’re a chef, restaurant owner, wholesale food buyer…, login to (or sign up for FREE) FoodservicePromos.com to download your rebate form. This awesome offer ends November 15, 2016 (must be postmarked by December 15, 2016).

For more awesome blog posts and access to valuable, downloadable foodservice rebates and offers, visit/register at Foodservicepromos.com for FREE.