This year was a big year for us, it marked our 70th Anniversary! In 1951, we had just one product, the Camtray®. Now, 70 years later, we have more than 14,000! We were thankful that 2021 was a better year for foodservice. We saw a surge of new restaurants, new concepts and new ways of providing food to customers, patients and students. While the foodservice industry is still facing tough challenges, we’ve observed a special kind of resilience and tenacity that only chefs possess. Before we look forward to 2022, let’s look back on the best Cambro blogs in 2021.
We have sales representatives across the country dedicated to the Cambro brand who are ready to think creatively and efficiently about how to utilize every inch of your storage space. During the onset of the coronavirus pandemic when foodservice professionals were scrambling, our reps received countless calls asking for help. Our reps were able to analyze their problems and find a Cambro product that would provide a solution. If you don’t know who your local Cambro sales rep is, you’ll want a swift introduction after reading this blog.
It’s a feud as old as time and we wanted to settle the score once and for all. True be told, there is a time and a place for both our Rounds and CamSquares®. Whether you’re trying to maximize your space, promote air circulation, increase identification and organization or mix efficiently, we identify the best container for your needs.
For restaurants, 2020 was about survival. Many of you had to hunker down, cut costs and get by with whatever products you already had. This year it was time to get back to basics and hone your food storage to help you return to pre-coronavirus pandemic success. Cambro is synonymous with food storage. We have something for everything: bulk food, prepped food and cooked food. Storing ingredients correctly from the start encourages higher quality meals and less food thrown in the trash.
When Argyle and William Campbell created the Camtray, we doubt they knew how much of an impact it would have all these years later. A humble tray grew into an iconic foodservice company that can be found in every corner of the world. We looked back at each decade we’ve been in business to reflect on the milestones and products that were created. It’s amazing that some of our products look nearly identical to the day they made their debut! Then and now, Cambro products have made a mark on the foodservice industry. We strive year after year to create products that are innovative and that will stand the test of time.
We’ve already mentioned the Camtray a couple times in this article, but we can’t help it! It’s difficult not to have an overwhelming amount of pride for your first born. If you’re wondering what all the hubbub is about, we explain how the Camtray was developed and how it inspired new, revolutionary trays after it. Argyle Campbell, son of William Campbell and President of Cambro Manufacturing, tells the story about the Camtray from his point of view.
The Cambro Vending Cart made its debut in Sept. 2020 and is a modern take on our beloved vending carts. If you want to attract students, you need a piece of equipment that is both functional and appealing. Kids can be immediately turned off from something if they don’t like the way it looks. Elizabeth Alfaro, Director of Nutrition Services at Collier County Public Schools in Florida, wanted something attractive, but convivence and versatility were also on her wish list for the perfect vending cart. As it turns out, the Cambro Vending Cart checked all the boxes.
Disposable products have been a tempting quick fix for foodservice directors looking for a sanitary meal distribution solution, but they are actually very costly and wasteful long-term. To make matters worse, eventually a shortage of disposable products developed and food service directors were left out to dry. However, we were there to bring them good news we have a variety of trays that are sustainable, easy to clean and save money overtime. Julia Scarborough, Director of Food Services at Blaine County School District, chose our Separator Compartment Trays and noticed a huge difference in her supply and labor costs.
We brought back our Business of the Week series in 2020 to help support and boost publicity for local foodservice businesses. Chicago Culinary Kitchen, located in Palatine, Ill., serves up authentic Texas barbecue. Before the coronavirus pandemic, they were only open two days a week, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 2pm. After Covid-19 started, they diversified and started building a new location within the same village. Owner Greg Gaardbo explains the Cambro products that they depend on most.
The hot box we’re referring to is legal in all 50 states. 😊 Our hot boxes are used to keep food hot during transport and to rest meet. The thought behind resting cooked meat in a hot box is to let it finish cooking and allow the juices to redistribute properly. Cambro has a variety of hot boxes to suit different needs, and it can be confusing to know which one is best for you. Take our quiz to find out which Cambro hot box you are!
TikTok is taking over the world—including our blog! Using our trusty High Heat H-Pan™, we put a twist on a recipe that went viral earlier this year. Some stores were selling out of feta cheese, all because hundreds of thousands of people had seen a video on TikTok. You know Cambro never follows the crowd, so we wanted to do something a little different with our recipe. In lieu of the original feta cheese used, we used camembert, which is a soft and creamy cheese with a bold flavor. This pasta is ready in under 30 minutes and is the perfect companion on a cold evening.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ADRIANA DESIDERIO IS THE DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER AT CAMBRO.
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