July 1, 2016 |

Appeal to Adventurous Palates with the Bold Flavor of Great Midwest® Habanero Jack Cheese

By Denise Greer


Great Midwest Habanero Jack LoafLincolnshire, Ill. – June 20, 2016 – Saputo Cheese USA Inc. (“Saputo”) is excited to introduce Great Midwest® Habanero Jack Cheese in five-pound loaves, the ideal size for your back-of-house needs. The semi-soft cheese delivers a smooth texture, creamy Monterey Jack Cheese flavor and a punch of peppery habanero piquancy that lingers at the end of each bite. With the growing demand for bold, spicy flavors, Great Midwest® Habanero Jack Cheese can kick up your menu and attract customer interest.

It’s no secret that spicy is an incendiary menu flavor right now. Habanero peppers are very hot—both literally and figuratively! The spicy ingredient has experienced 98.9% 4-year growth and 13.2% 1-year growth in menu penetration.1 While habanero peppers definitely pack some heat with a Scoville rating of 100,000–350,000, they are also known to have a fruity, citrus-like flavor and a floral aroma to balance some of the spice.

Monterey Jack Cheese is a creamy, familiar cheese that offers a perfect canvas for the exotic flavor of habanero peppers. To achieve the unique profile of Great Midwest® Habanero Jack Cheese, habanero peppers are diced and brined to preserve freshness. They are then combined with a young Wisconsin Monterey Jack Cheese that is aged just a few weeks, to achieve an ivory color and mild, creamy flavor. The result? A well-balanced semi-soft cheese with a smooth texture and a pop of distinctive habanero flavor that does not overpower a dish.

Great Midwest® Habanero Jack Cheese is versatile for back-of-house use. The five-pound loaf is easy to work with in the kitchen for slicing, shredding and storage, and the high moisture content makes it a perfect cheese for melting applications. The balanced flavor, smooth texture and excellent melting properties make Great Midwest® Habanero Jack Cheese an adaptable cheese for every daypart.

Whether looking to spice up your cheese plate or expand your sandwich toppings, Great Midwest® Habanero Jack Cheese satisfies your patrons’ adventurous palates. Shred it into potato dishes, top soups and salads, slice to top burgers, panini and wraps or get creative by adding the zesty cheese to trending dishes like avocado toast, fried chicken sandwiches or fusion-flavored tacos. Take advantage of the only restaurant daypart with sustained visit growth over the last several years2 and use it to liven up traditional breakfast dishes like egg sandwiches and hash browns or trendy ethnic options like huevos rancheros and chilaquiles.

Great Midwest® Habanero Jack Cheese is an award-winning3 product crafted by Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers, who are trained to uphold the unparalleled standards of the nation’s premier cheesemaking state. Plus, it’s on trend to meet demand for bold, zesty flavors. Expand your menu with Great Midwest® Habanero Jack Cheese today! For more information, visit SaputoUSAFoodservice.com. For nationwide service, call your Saputo representative at 1.800.824.3373.

1 Datassential MenuTrends, “US Chains & Independents,” 2015
2 NPD Group, “Classic Breakfast Fare Ride the Wave of Breakfast Visit Growth at Foodservice,”10/5/15, https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/press-releases/2015/classic-breakfast-fare-ride-the-wave-of-breakfast-visit-growth-at-foodservice/
3 2nd Place at 2015 American Cheese Society Competition

About Saputo

Saputo produces, markets, and distributes a wide array of dairy products of the utmost quality, including cheese, fluid milk, extended shelf-life milk and cream products, cultured products and dairy ingredients. Saputo is one of the top ten dairy processors in the world, the largest cheese manufacturer and the leading fluid milk and cream processor in Canada, the third largest dairy processor in Argentina, and the fourth largest in Australia. In the US, Saputo ranks among the top three cheese producers and is one of the largest producers of extended shelf-life and cultured dairy products. Our products are sold in several countries under well-known brand names such as Saputo, Alexis de Portneuf, Armstrong, Bari, Baxter, Black Creek, Chevrai, COON, Cracker Barrel*, Dairyland, DairyStar, Dragone, DuVillage 1860, Friendship, Frigo Cheese Heads, Great Midwest, Kingsey, La Paulina, Milk2Go/Lait’s Go, Mil Lel, Neilson, Nutrilait, Organic Creamery, Ricrem, Salemville, Scotsburn*, Stella, Sungold, Treasure Cave, Wholesome Goat and Woolwich Dairy. Saputo Inc. is a publicly traded company and its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “SAP”.

*Trademark used under license.

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