Over the past two years, the Pork Checkoff’s foodservice marketing team has worked with 10 college and university dining services to create customizable programs that focus on increasing pork on the menu.
“The Pork Checkoff provides education and innovative meal solutions, partnering with campus foodservice directors,” said Neel Sahni, foodservice marketing and innovation manager for the Pork Checkoff. “The Penn State takeover shared fun, pork options with students.”
All five of the residential dining halls and retail dining locations participated in the Jan. 31 pork takeover. Unique pork dishes were served in the residential dining halls, with pork pot stickers and deli ham offered in all of the retail dining locations.
“For lunch, we showcased porchetta, maple bacon sticky buns, a half rack of honey lime garlic ribs and bacon cheddar chive muffins,” Sahni said. “Dinner options included Korean pork flat iron with kimchi and candied bacon waffle sundaes.”
He added, “Takeovers allow a campus to experience how students react to new pork menu items. Dining directors can measure how the one-day special items did in comparison to normal pork menu offerings and potentially consider them for a future menu cycle.”