Spring Forward with Our Newly Refreshed Mango Soft Serve

Refresh your menu with DOLE Soft Serve’s newly reformulated Mango. It’s bursting with more true to fruit flavor just in time for soft serve season. Plus, the tropical fruit is on trend as the hottest flavor of the new year.

Mango is described as “the king of fruits”. Its flavor sends taste buds into pure tropical bliss. In the reformulation, our goal was to achieve a smooth, succulent fruit flavor without the use of artificial colors or flavors and WE DID IT! The improved taste doesn’t compromise our soft serve’s steadfast attributes – vegan friendly, dairy free, nut free, gluten free, fat free, and cholesterol free.

Expand applications outside of the traditional cup or cone. Consider adding tropical floats and smoothies to your menu. Mintel’s Menu Insights for January 2017 illustrates that consumers are showing strong interest in fruity beverages featuring mango and peach. Also, mango and strawberry flavor combinations have grown by 67% on smoothie menus over the last two years[i].

Please request a sample of new DOLE Whip mango. Your customers will vouch for the sweet, delicately tart, incredibly good, new and improved flavor.

[i] Mintel. Menu insights: Beverage Favor by time period. Mintel Reports database. January 2017. Accessed January 11, 2017.

5 Best Gifts for Pineapple Lovers

The tropics are trending right now. And the subcategory that’s taken the world by storm? Pineapples. They’re popping up everywhere—from popular recipes to fashion items and even interior décor. If you have a pineapple lover in your life, or just want a reminder of warm weather, check out this quick list of troptastic pineapple gifts.

1. This 3D shoulder bag.

Purse
If it’s bright and sparkly, yes I want it.

 
2. This classy lampshade.

Lampshade
Let your pineapple shine.

 

3. This garden pineapple that says “welcome to paradise.”

Garden Pineapple
So much better than a garden gnome.

 

4. This motivational bathroom scale.

Scale
Keep your summer body all year long.

 

5. This pineapple-shaped thumb drive.

USB
Saved by the pineapple.

 

6. BONUS ITEM! This delicious pineapple soft serve mix.
Soft Serve

DOLE® Pineapple Soft Serve Mix is always in season. Not only is it bursting with sweet pineapple flavor, it’s better for you than most frozen treats. Low on calories and made without artificial colors, your customers will love the refreshing taste as much as the health benefits.

 

Hit Summer Hard

With the meteoric rise of microbreweries and craft cocktails, it’s no wonder that boozy desserts are hitting the foodservice scene. And why not? According to Mintel, consumers are clamoring for creative flavor combinations, and adding alcohol gives gives you a reason to upcharge your otherwise affordable soft serve. If you have a soft serve machine and a liquor license, it’s never been easier to offer signature desserts. The familiar flavor draws customers in, but the unique twist keeps them coming back for more.

To answer this trend, DOLE® Soft Serve and its expert chefs have created a series of alcoholic soft serve options, using popular flavors Lemon & Strawberry. By adding wine or liquor to the soft serve mixing process, you can easily create deliciously boozy infusions for your operation. With these recipes on your menu this summer, the over 21 crowd won’t have to choose between an after-dinner cocktail or dessert – they get the best of both.

KPF1540 Dole Beverages Recipes (4)

For an even more premium experience, consider offering your alcoholic soft serve in a cocktail glass, with a salt or sugar rim. You can even upcharge for an additional shot of liquor and pour it over the top.

If you’re interested in expanding your bar offerings to customers with a sweeter palate, or adding other soft serve-inspired desserts to your menu, download our Strawberry or Lemon recipe brochures and contact us for ordering information.

 

 

 

How To Engage Brokers to Drive Innovation

As you may know, DOLE® Soft Serve is manufactured and marketed by Kent Precision Foods Group. We want to share an exciting company-wide initiative that furthers our commitment to serving the needs of not only our customers, but our customers’ customers.

At Kent Precision Foods Group, we regularly gather insights from leading foodservice research groups and organizations to stay ahead of flavor, consumer and industry trends. A focus on what’s coming next has helped us evolve our business with more innovative products and processes that benefit everyone who interacts with our company and brands.

That’s why we have formed the KPFG Insights Foodservice Broker Advisory Board. The board includes a regional cross section of industry leaders with extensive experience, drawn from the country’s top brokers, including:

  • Al McGarity – Gilbert Foods
  • Phil Schmidt – Floyd B. Case Inc.
  • Elizabeth Klingman – Acosta
  • Ed Brink – Herspring-Gibbs
  • Kyle Moen – Synergy Enterprises
  • Dori Bilbrey – Menu Marketing

By more directly engaging with the broker community, we hope to gather industry insights, learn more about competition, discover cross-merchandising opportunities, test promotion ideas, identify product gaps, ideate on new products, and collect operator feedback, including overall business insights and trend impact. KPFG will use this information to serve as a source of market intelligence for the entire foodservice industry and to create future product and marketing plans for our brands.

The KPFG Insighters Foodservice Broker Advisory Board meets every six weeks via conference calls and at least twice a year face to face. Input from the first meeting, held in November, is already being incorporated into the KPFG Foodservice plan for 2016.

For more information about the Broker Advisory Board or about KPFG, please visit precisionfoods.com.

DOLE Whip™ vs. DOLE® Soft Serve

What is DOLE® Soft Serve? And What is DOLE Whip™?

As the manufacturer of DOLE Soft Serve, this is one of the most common questions we get. Allow us to clear up the confusion.

One of our strongest emotional connections with consumers is the iconic DOLE Whip treat, sold at Disney® parks, commonly in the form of a delicious float. Anyone who’s enjoyed DOLE Whip will instantly recognize the delicious taste and tropical flavors of DOLE Soft Serve – because they are, in fact, the same product! We just call them by different names, and here’s why.

Originally, the Dole Food Company made the DOLE Whip soft serve mix themselves. As demand grew, DOLE strategically licensed the brand to Kent Precision Foods Group, the leader in dry mix foods, who now exclusively produces the magical mix that makes DOLE Whip.

Outside of Disney Parks, the mix is sold and marketed as DOLE Soft Serve. Around the country, independent frozen yogurt shops (like Menchie’s) and tourist attractions (like Dodgers Stadium) serve DOLE Soft Serve. And since the name “DOLE Whip” is so familiar among consumers, we encourage the use of this alternate name on store signage, on menus or even for advertising.

However, “Disney” is a trademarked brand, and all its properties are protected by copyright. So when using the DOLE Whip or DOLE Soft Serve name, operators must avoid referring to or implying a connection to Disney to avoid pesky trademark infringement.

To sum up, the names “DOLE Soft Serve” and “DOLE Whip” can be used interchangeably. The pineapple flavor is most popular at Disney Parks, but a total of 6 bold, refreshing fruit flavors are available for purchase—Pineapple, Orange, Strawberry, Raspberry, Mango and Lemon. And since it’s dairy-free, fat-free and vegan, DOLE Soft Serve appeals to more customers than ever.

If you want to get a sense for just how popular this treat is, just search “DOLE Whip” on Twitter or Instagram – then contact us when you’re ready to purchase.

Frozen Treat Definitions: What’s the Scoop?

The world of frozen treats can be a daunting place. With so many options, you could get a brain freeze trying to make sense of it all. Ice cream, gelato, custard, sherbet, sorbet, frozen yogurt, soft serve, the list goes on. So what’s the best option for your customers? And what are the differences anyway?

If you’re looking to open an ice cream or frozen yogurt shop, or want to add frozen treats to your restaurant, amusement park or convenience store, this quick reference guide is the key to your frozen treat education.

Ice Cream:
Like the name suggests, ice cream is a frozen product made from cream. Milk is often added to the mixture, as well as other flavorings and sweeteners. Ice cream contains at least 10 percent milk fat[1].

Gelato:
While gelato and ice cream generally contain the same ingredients, authentic gelato uses more milk and less cream than ice cream, reducing its milk fat content. Gelato is also churned very slowly, making it much denser than regular ice cream. Another factor that makes it taste creamier is the fact that it is served at warmer temperatures[2].

Custard:
The key ingredient to this delicious dish is egg yolk. All other ingredients are the same as regular ice cream, but the yolk creates a thicker product. It also contains a minimum of 10% milk fat, as well as at least 1.4% egg yolk solids[3].

Sherbet:
Unlike ice cream, which is based on cream, sherbet is based on fruit puree. It contains a maximum of 2% milk fat[4].

Sorbet:
This frozen dessert is also made from fruit purée, but it contains no dairy ingredients[5]

Frozen Yogurt:
In contrast to ice cream, frozen yogurt is made with cultured milk (yogurt) instead of cream. The freezing process does not kill any significant amount of the yogurt’s cultures. When frozen, the cultures go into a dormant state, but when returned to a warm temperature within the body, they become active again. There are three types of yogurt: regular, lowfat and nonfat. Regular yogurt is made from whole milk and contains at least 3.25% milk fat. Lowfat yogurt is made from lowfat milk or part skim milk and has between 2 and 0.5% milk fat. Nonfat yogurt is made from skim milk and contains less than 0.5% milk fat[6].

Soft Serve:
This sounds super obvious, but only because it is. Soft serve is a frozen treat that’s…well, soft. It can contain the same ingredients as any of the treats listed above, but comes from a machine that results in a smoother texture. The machine incorporates more air and doesn’t allow the mixture to harden as much[7].

There are pros and cons to each of these frozen treats. For example, while ice cream may be the most well-known frozen treat in the U.S., it’s often ruled out by health-conscious customers due to its fat content. And while gelato and custard are known for their richness and density, they’re off limits to customers who are vegan or lactose-intolerant. From among the many options, you have to decide which frozen treat is best for your operation.

If profitability, waste reduction and lower labor costs are important to you, consider DOLE® Soft Serve. It’s creamier than sorbet and doesn’t have the tartness of frozen yogurt. The result is a truly unique soft serve that satisfies customer cravings with intense fruit flavor that’s sweet and refreshing. Operators love that it’s not only popular with patrons, but also easy to prep.

Because its shelf-stable, DOLE Soft Serve doesn’t tie up valuable space in the cooler or freezer. And unlike frozen yogurt, it requires no thawing prior to use. All six delicious fruit flavors come in a dry mix that’s machine-ready when combined with regular cool tap water.

Customers will be happy to know that DOLE Soft Serve is vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, fat-free, soy-free, nut-free and egg-free, and low calorie. There’s something for everyone with this delicious treat, even the most dessert deprived.

 

[1] http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm?fr=135.110

[2] http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/glossary/g/Gelato.htm

[3] http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm?fr=135.110

[4] http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm?fr=135.140

[5] http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/glossary/g/Sorbet.htm

[6] http://aboutyogurt.com/index.asp?bid=27

[7] http://www.thefreedictionary.com/soft+serve

DOLE® Soft Serve Mixes Offer Solutions for Commercial Soft Serve Machines

DOLE® Soft Serve mixes operate in ALL commercial soft serve machines as well as the Rival™ home ice cream maker. ElectroFreeze, SaniServe, Stoelting and Taylor are just a few of the available brand-name machines that create perfectly frozen, delicious soft serve everyday!

Yummy DOLE®  Pineapple Soft Serve

Yummy DOLE® Pineapple Soft Serve

Soft serve machines are self-contained units that will store, churn and freeze soft serve mix into a delectable, frozen treat. If you require a medium or high volume machine for production, the machine must be able to freeze additional product to replenish what is being dispensed. Two types of commercial machines are available: gravity-fed machines and pressurized machines. Gravity-fed machines require staff to pour liquid soft serve mix into the top of the hopper and gravity pulls the mix down into the freezing cylinder. Pressurized machines follow the same loading process but an electric pump transfers the soft serve mixture into the freezing cylinder. An added benefit of a pressurized machine is the location of the hopper – usually underneath the dispensing head in a refrigerated cabinet. This location reduces spillage and physical strain when compared to the design of a gravity-fed machine.

Many factors go into the purchase of a soft serve ice cream machine.  You will need to know your budget, projected sales volume, space allowance, desired mixing features, and whether you want to buy new or used. Soft serve machines vary in price, service, and reliability. The Frozen Yogurt Review has compiled reviews and a comparison chart of some of the top commercial soft serve machines. Another useful document is from Foodservice Equipment Reports. It contains an in-depth review of soft serve ice cream including history, commercial machines and health department inspections. http://www.fermag.com/sr/v12i02_sr_softserve.htm.

Purchasing a soft serve machine is an investment and requires diligent research. As with any significant purchase, it is always best to shop and compare! Make sure to read customer reviews, compare warranties and identify a point of contact in case you experience difficulties with your machine. Whether you are just starting out, replacing an old machine, adding an additional machine, or just curious about dry mix; we are excited about your soft serve plans! Please let us know if you want to sample DOLE® Soft Serve mix. We can assure you that your customers will love the taste and your business will love the profitability and usability of our mixes.

Swirl Won’t Curl? Seeing Ice Crystals? Let’s Fix That!

Problem: Product is too soft. Symptoms: Cones won’t stand up. The soft serve looks wet. The product starts melting almost immediately.

Treatment: First, check that your machine’s temperature settings. We recommend setting the temperature between 18 and 21 degrees and the temperature inside the hopper be at 41 degrees. Since your soft serve seems too soft, try setting it more towards 18 degrees. If this checks out, move on to examining your scraper blades. Plastic blades should be replaced every three months and stainless blades every six. If your blades are in good shape, reexamine the mixing instructions on the bag and on the bucket. The amount of liquid you add will directly affect your soft serve texture. (Our complimentary mixing bucket has premeasured lines to help you get the mixture perfect!) If all of that is okay, we suggest contacting your soft serve machine representative for a service call. There are other mechanical issues that can cause soft serve machines to malfunction or work less efficiently.

Problem: Product is too firm. Symptoms: Soft Serve texture is icy and firm.

Treatment: First, check that the machine’s temperature dial is set properly. We recommend setting the temperature between 18 and 21 degrees and the temperature in the hopper be at 41 degrees. Since your soft serve seems too firm, try adjusting the temperature more towards 21 degrees. Next, confirm that your machine’s air holes and lines are clean and open. If they seem blocked, please refer to your machine’s owner’s manual for cleaning instructions. If you are still reading this, we assume you are still troubleshooting. Check the sharpness and life of your scraper blades.  It is recommended that plastic blades be replaced every three months and stainless blades every six. Lastly, review the steps and measurements in our product instructions. If you think that you didn’t add enough liquid or didn’t whisk the mixture long enough, try the mixing steps again and add the new mixture to the other side of the hopper. Lastly, if you still have icy soft serve, please contact your soft serve machine representative to schedule a service call. There are other mechanical issues that can cause soft serve machines to malfunction.

Troubleshooting The Perfect Swirl

DOLE® Soft Serve The Perfect Swirl

Recommended Storage Procedures For DOLE® Soft Serve Mixes

DOLE® Soft Serve dry mixes are stable for up to one year when stored unopened in a cool dry place.

Once the soft serve product has been mixed with water, the mixture should be immediately poured into your soft serve machine or refrigerated in the complimentary mixing bucket with affixed lid. The recommended shelf life of the refrigerated mixture is a maximum of 48 hours. The FDA requires the reconstituted product temperature to be reduced to 41°F within four hours inside the hopper or within the refrigerator and remain at or below 41°F.

DOLE Soft Serve Mixing/Storage Bucket

DOLE Soft Serve Mixing/Storage Bucket

Make Your Operation a Destination in Just A Few Easy Steps

What is creamier than sorbet and doesn’t have the tartness of frozen yogurt?  Yep, you guessed it (wink)…DOLE® Soft Serve! Now, let’s make sure you feel comfortable mixing, pouring and serving!

First things first, the mixing and pouring

Dole Mix Instructions Image

Step 1 – Fill a clean DOLE® mixing bucket with cold tap water to the 1 gallon line (indicated on the bucket)

Step 2 – Add the entire bag of DOLE® dry soft serve mix

Step 3 – Stir with wire whisk until completely dissolved (about 2 minutes)

Step 4 – Add additional cold water to bring the mixture to the 2 gallon line (indicated on the bucket)

Step 5 – Stir again with wire whisk until completely mixed (about 30 seconds)

Step 6 – Pour the mixture into your soft serve machine OR cover and place in your refrigerator for up to 48 hours (FDA requires product temp to reduce to 41° F within 4 hours)

Now the serving…

Depending on your soft serve machine’s freezing times (refer to your owner’s manual), you should have eatable, cone ready soft serve in about 10 minutes! The liquid yield for each mix is 2 gallons per bag or 8 gallons per case.  You can get about 89 – ½ cup prepared servings per bag and about 356 – ½ cup prepared servings per case. That’s a lot of soft serve!

Dole OrangeStep 7 – Plan for Crowd Control. We hear that DOLE® Soft Serve is addictive! Our recipe attracts repeat business!:) Check out The Tiki Juice Bar at Disneyland! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReQL0bzXbFM