The Blend

The Blend at Foodservice

From major chains to the James Beard Foundation, chefs know that “blended” means “better.”

Why The Blend™

Created in conjunction with the Culinary Institute of America’s Healthy Menus Collaborative, The Blend™ is helping chefs reimagine menus to make the overall eating out experience better. Chefs from Colleges & Universities, fine dining and chef-driven restaurants, chains, healthcare and K-12 are creating more mindful menu items and making a statement with The Blend™. Meat manufacturers in foodservice and retail have embraced the Blend. Top Chefs have noted the power of The Blend. Trends analysts have lauded The Blend as a way to appeal to more-informed, more-socially responsible diners.

Blending is a menu strategy used with any type of ground meat in burgers, tacos, meatballs, chili, sloppy joes, meatloaf and more. You can even Blend with any popular plant-based products to reduce calories, saturated fat, sodium and even cost.

4 oz of medium ground beef has 376 calories.
This can be reduced by up to 65% with The Blend.

Burgers, meatloaf & meatballs blended with 30% mushrooms =

270 CALORIES*

that’s a savings of
28% per serving.

30% less fat & cholesterol and 28% less sodium in The Blend, on average.

Tacos & burritos blended with 40% mushrooms =

235 CALORIES*

that’s a savings of
37% per serving.

40% less fat & cholesterol and 38%less sodium in The Blend, on average.

Chili & pasta sauce blended with 70% mushrooms =

130 CALORIES*

that’s a savings of
65% per serving.

70% less fat & cholesterol and 66%less sodium in The Blend, on average.

On Trend

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Sustainability

Mushrooms are considered to be one of the most sustainably produced foods in the United States. Mushroom production uses less water and energy, requires less space, and is gentle on the planet.

Flavor

Studies have explored the flavor-enhancing properties of mushrooms and found that blending finely chopped mushrooms with ground meat enhances flavor and nutrition.

Blenditarian

One who believes the mighty, meaty mushroom makes meals more delicious, nutritious and sustainable.

Blended Burger Project™

Join the nationwide movement of chefs who are blending finely-chopped, umami-rich mushrooms with ground meat in America’s iconic menu items making them more delicious, healthy and sustainable. When you Blend, it is your chance to make a difference in meeting guest needs.

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