MUNDELEIN, Ill., July 22 Z Trim Holdings, Inc.(Amex: ZTM) is exhibiting and providing samples of healthier burgers,dressings and snack bars to an estimated 7000 food service directors andschool nutrition professionals at the School Nutrition Association's 2008Annual Nutrition Conference (ANC) July 20-23 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The exhibited products, made by a host of small to large foodmanufacturing firms who sell their items to school food service, represent anincreasingly broad array of marketplace goods that are made healthier with ZTrim's unique natural corn bran fiber.
Multi-functional Z Trim improves nutritional profiles while at the sametime contributing other benefits, such as helping one of the top privatelyheld meat processors in the United States to sustain juiciness in the leanestof meats throughout cooking.
"American Foods Group has been investing in the development of nutritiouslean meat products for many years," said Vincent Degrado, Corporate VicePresident of Technical Services for American Foods Group. "Our new turkeyburger has only 120 calories and 7 grams of fat per serving, plus a gram offiber," he said of the turkey burger containing the Z Trim natural corn branfiber. "Child nutrition is a major focus of our R & D department and we havemany ideas for other better tasting, low calorie products to keep Americankids healthy," he added.
A varied list of food producers selling to both retail and to schools isrealizing the benefits and attributes of Z Trim. Z Trim's successes withinthe school districts of Florida gained the attention of one of the topdressing manufacturers for retail and food service. That same company, whichhas since become a customer of Z Trim, now makes and sells a line of reducedfat dressings containing Z Trim to a group of 39 of the 67 school districts inFlorida. That group of 39 districts, which now includes Dade County, is thelargest buying entity for school food service in the nation, servingapproximately 115 million meals per year to Florida school children, accordingto Frank Mullins, MS, RD, advisor to the school group.
Mullins relays a healthy enthusiasm from the group toward Z Trim. "Theylike the taste of these dressings so much that they have expressed interest inhearing about any other products made with Z Trim," he said, "as would any ofthe states with whom Florida has reciprocal buying arrangements." Thosedressings will be sampled at the Z Trim booth at the ANC.
Scott Vrana, President of Houston-based Consolidated Mills, a producer ofa broad array of food products to the foodservice industry including baker'semulsions and processed foods, sees Z Trim as an important option at the righttime for food manufacturers.
"Our prime objective in using Z-Trim is to reduce fat and caloric contentof the foods we manufacture along with offsetting the ever increasing cost ofraw materials," he said. "Z Trim allows us to provide a naturally healthierproduct during a challenging economic period," he added. "It is a win-win forus as manufactures and for the consumer."
Mr. Vrana notes both the improved nutritional profile and taste attributesZ Trim brings to his items. "One of our sauces without Z Trim has 70 calorieswith 50 coming from fat," he said. "With Z Trim, we are able to reduce thecalories to 25 with only 15 coming from fat while providing virtually anidentical product in taste and functionality," he said.
Bakery items are another category well served by Z Trim, which not onlyreplaces fat with fiber in such applications, but can also assure that theother ingredients used, such as in a filling, remain stable when blended.
"We dedicate our efforts to baking as healthfully as we can for all theschools throughout Texas and beyond," said Ignacio Alvarez, owner of SanAntonio-based Lux Bakery. "We are currently launching a Sunbutter & GrapeJ