The Central Kitchen brought in a new food packaging machine this week. The new machine gives the Central Kitchen the ability to package foods in smaller, single-serve containers, designed for both hot and cold items. With smaller containers comes more flexibility to package items for K-5 and K-8 schools as well as Early Childhood classrooms. Individual servings of hot vegetables, hot breakfast, fresh deli sandwiches, cold salads, healthy snack items, fruit items and vegetarian entrees, among other things, can be packaged at the Central Kitchen for school delivery.
The new machine also allows for more efficient Central Kitchen production operations when preparing staples for lunchrooms like deli sandwiches and salads. Less time spent preparing these items will allow staff and labor more time for innovation, developing new recipes and more from-scratch cooking.
The new packing is expected to reach schools by November.