Posts Tagged ‘penpals’

Testimonials: Martha

June 23, 2012

“I am not one for being good at vocalizing my opinion but I will say that I have enjoyed doing most of the the evaluations and have watched the PEN Pals site develop and grow over the years. It has been pleasurable being part of the program.”



Testimonials: Vicky

June 16, 2012

“I think the PEN Pals and Product Evaluations programs are great! Not only do I get to provide input that helps to shape the face of new products in food service, but I get incredible benefits from it myself. I have gotten to try many new/test products in my restaurant, and have been able to receive many useful (or just fun) items in return. Some for the bar, some for the kitchen, and some for myself! I recently had enough points from all the surveys and test product placements that I was able to get a Sony home theater sound system for my bedroom. It is very high quality, just like all the rewards in your catalog. Thank you PEN Pals and Product Evaluations!”


Testimonials: S. Zurkamer

June 9, 2012

“What I would say–By participating, I get to see what is being looked at as far as new products/packaging/merchandising. To then see some items at a later date actually come to the marketplace makes you feel like you had a part in that happening.”

S. Zurkamer, OH

Testimonials: Sally

June 2, 2012

As a food service operator and dietitian, I value the opportunities that PEN Pals allow me to
provide with my input to food and food industry product-related manufacturers regarding their new ideas.

Since so many of these companies no longer provide company representatives and/or brokers to call
on operators, this is my way to continue to inform the manufacturers of what my customers and I like,
need and want. I feel my opinions and judgements are valued and play a vital role in shaping new and
innovative products. I enjoy the freedom to respond during my available time, at my pace. I, so, do not
miss all those lengthy telephone interviews that have all but disappeared from my day. I can respond
with speed and without the frustration of someone asking for clarification of what I said.
And, it is a real WOW to see when one of those products that I evaluated is featured in a food magazine or at a food show! ”


Testimonials: Joe

May 26, 2012

“My years of involvement with PEN Pals have been rewarding in several ways. First, I have the satisfaction of knowing that my opinions are being heard by product manufacturers. Surveys include items being used in my facility as well as potential new products. Second, I have had opportunity to test in house some new products and give evaluations to the manufacturers. Finally, the rewards system for PEN Pals is very generous. I have been able to claim many useful, valuable awards for my operation. Thanks to PEN Pals!”


Testimonials: Greg

May 19, 2012

“Product Evaluations along with Pen Pals is top of the line when it comes to on line surveys. Very easy to use format, a great selection of awards, and great service. I love asking brokers about new items that I wouldn’t know about if not for Pen Pals.”


What We’re Following: Local Food

May 15, 2012

The trend toward emphasizing local food shows no signs of stopping, if you follow the quantity, and quality, of reportage on it. The success of journalists like Michael Pollen, originator of “Food Rules” and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and countless controversial food industry documentaries, in the past few years has been a sign, as well as source, of the increasing attention being paid to where our food comes from.  No longer limited to the ranks of gourmands and young urban professionals, this interest in food, and the preference for local and organic sources has developed into an ubiquitous trend.  What’s more, urban centers have been taking the lead in the media, as producers and restaurants adapt to changing tastes, increasing awareness, within city limits. We’ve assembled here some of the most interesting articles of the past few months:

Local Flavor

Founding Farmers Cultivate New Ground — Bob Krummert, Restaurant Hospitality

Craft Beers Driving Up Sales — Amanda Baltazar, Restaurant Management Magazine

Taking Local to the Next Level — Sonya Chudgar, Restaurant Management Magazine

In an Old Chicago Meat Plant, Greens and Fish Grow — Martha Irvine, Seattle PI

Food’s Impact on Rebuilding New Orleans — Olga Bonfiglio, Huffington Post

Which State Eats the Most Local Foods — Marcy Franklin, The Daily Meal

Learning the Source

‘Farm To School’ Food Reaches 500K

School Lunches From Scratch May Soon Be a Nationwide

Universities Banning Bottled Water on Campus — Jodi S Cohen, The Kansas City Start

Testimonials: Elsie

May 12, 2012

“I have really enjoyed Pen Pals. The surveys are not long and they give you choices verses you trying to think of all the products that are used in your facility. The surveys are great and when I start seeing some of the items that I have surveyed I can say “Ok remember doing a survey about that product”. Some of the new products that are coming out are going to fit very well at my facility. When I’m doing some of the surveys I look for items that would work here at my facility. I have even gotten calls about sampling new products.

I love the products that I can get for the points that I get. I use them to get items for my employees at Holidays and birthdays. I know it been a long time since I have been doing surveys and I look forward to doing them.”


Testimonials: Don

May 5, 2012

“I have been participating in PEN Pals for the past 10 years, the reward options have improved over time and I also feel that having an opportunity to give input on potential new products, flavors, pack sizes and seeing what’s coming ahead to us as foodservice operators is well worth the time invested”


Testimonials: Cathy

April 28, 2012

“I love the PEN Pals program, surveys have very new and inventive ideas. I have tried some great products over the past 10 years.
I also like the trends tracker, keeps me up to date with what our customers want. Yes I do remember our telephone survey’s, we have come a long way in 10 years. I hope it will be around for years to come!”