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Volume 3 | Issue 03

March 14, 2017

Clean Cuisine


“Clean cuisine” is a term that means different things to different audiences. Whether it refers to foods that are consumed close to their natural state, products that are free of additives, or items with simple ingredient decks*—clean cuisine is making a major impact on menus across segments. No matter how you define it, the clean labeling movement indicates that consumers are more interested in the story behind their food than ever before. In fact, 54% of consumers are calling for more menu transparency.** Clean label claims, both tangible and feel-good, will resonate with your customers in meaningful ways.



Introducing new True Foundations Bases from Custom Culinary®, developed with the needs of both operators and consumers in mind. These innovative bases focus on flavor, without undesirable ingredients such as added MSG, trans fats, gluten, artificial colors, modified food starches and Big 8 allergens.

  • Clean, simple ingredient decks deliver incredible made-from-scratch flavor
  • Can be used in both hot and cold applications, including sauces, soups and marinades
  • Available in two pack sizes: 6x1 pound tubs and 20 pound pails



Hearty Chicken Soup with Ancient Grains
This rich soup features a vibrant blend of vegetables and grains, the perfect combination of hearty and healthful in a single bowl.
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Linguini with Clam Sauce
Simple ingredients bring out the natural flavor of fresh clams in this classic pasta dish.
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Charred Beef, Vegetables and Grain Bowl
Meals-in-a-bowl are exciting and on trend. This recipe features char-grilled flank steak, an abundance of veggies and flavorful marinated grains.
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Custom Culinary® can help you create a variety of unique items that deliver clean, authentic flavor to your customers’ menus. From completely customized options to ready-to-use products, we do it all!

Chef Talk

Chef Michael Smith recounts his delicious trip to Seoul —from the jaw-dropping grocery stores to BBQ joints to street carts—and share how the memorable dishes he tried can inspire your own menu.

FlavorIQ® enables our customers' growth and success by approaching the creation of customized solutions with a bold mix of expertise, aspiration and curiosity. We develop unique products, menu concepts and "gold standard" flavor delivery systems, meeting the requirements of our customers today and anticipating their emerging needs, too. The opportunities we identify for operators and food manufacturers on a global scale are rooted in a deep understanding of the culinary arts, sensory science, consumer insights and food science. Our ultimate goal? Innovation without limits.


*Tara Duggan, “The ‘clean food’ trend — defining it gets messy,” San Francisco Chronicle, February 1, 2017.

**Technomic, The Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report, 2016


***“Free-from, Organic Leading Wellness Categories,” Progressive Grocer, February 13, 2017.