Grande Fumella might just deserve its own cheese category
Our Culinary Manager Felice Colucci breaks down why he thinks Grande Fumella is re-inventing smoked mozzarella.
Is managing labor costs a major challenge in your pizzeria or restaurant? If so, you are not alone as 64% of operators say it is.¹ Not only can Grande’s convenience forms improve back-of-house efficiency, but they can also ensure that your customers are getting a consistent product every time they order your pizza. Achieving both results is crucial for long-term success. Grande’s pre-shredded, diced and sliced products add value to your bottom line through:
Whether you are opening a new restaurant or looking for ways to streamline your back-of-house operations, how do you decide which ‘convenience’ option is best?
Ultimately, the form you select usually comes down to preference. But here are some things to consider for each:
Whether you prefer shredded or diced cheese, they offer many of the same benefits. Grande’s shredded and diced cheeses are all natural and contain only simple ingredients traditionally used in the cheesemaking process – packaged without any anti-caking agents like starches or cellulose to ensure consistency in performance. These cheeses will melt evenly with a consistent yield, giving both Grande’s shredded and diced products a similar appearance once baked.
When comparing these two formats in raw form, shredded cheese is easier to grab with your hands and apply to the pizza, which makes it important to have portion control methods in place to help manage costs and consistency. While diced cheese isn’t as easy to grab with your hands, it works well with Grande’s portion control cups. In either form, if your standard practice is to “free-hand” the cheese, you run the risk of using more cheese than you need and creating an inconsistent experience for your customers. In this example, an excess of 1 oz. of cheese being used on a 16” pizza can add up to one case of Grande shredded or diced cheese each week!
Grande offers portion cups that are uniquely designed to accurately measure both our shredded and diced cheeses, available to all Grande 100-Percenters. Interested in learning more about portion control? Check out our portion control video.
For portion control without using cups or a scale, sliced cheese can be a great solution. Each slice is the exact same weight, every time! When using sliced cheese on pizza, it is most commonly used for applications where the sauce is applied on top of the pizza. Since the slices of cheese are larger than individual shreds or dices, they cover the pie like a blanket, with a fully covered appearance. Not only is sliced cheese the ultimate in portion control, it will save you time back-of-house by not slicing your own. We found it takes an average of 70 minutes to slice a case of cheese!² Leveraging pre-sliced cheese allows you and your kitchen staff to focus on creating the pizza, sandwiches and entrees your customers love.
No matter which direction you choose to go, you can’t go wrong with Grande. Grande shredded, diced and sliced cheeses all provide the benefits you’ve come to expect from Grande Cheese:
All Grande Mozzarella is designed for consistency in flavor, melt, and baked appearance day-in, day-out so that you can focus on other aspects of your business. Click here to request a free product tasting for your pizzeria or restaurant.