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Solganik Readies 'Wrapsody' Cartket prepared-foods consulting firm Solganik & Associates will present a mobile-cart version of its Wrapsody wrap-sandwich restaurant concept at the Food Marketing Institute's annual convention in Chicago next month.The consultancy, based here, is teaming with a veteran equipment supplier to the food-service industry, Stainless Inc., Deerfield, Fla., to exhibit the wrap-sandwich

Solganik Readies 'Wrapsody' Cart

ket prepared-foods consulting firm Solganik & Associates will present a mobile-cart version of its Wrapsody wrap-sandwich restaurant concept at the Food Marketing Institute's annual convention in Chicago next month.

The consultancy, based here, is teaming with a veteran equipment supplier to the food-service industry, Stainless Inc., Deerfield, Fla., to exhibit the wrap-sandwich cart. Stainless Inc. is a newcomer to the supermarket arena and will be exhibiting for the first time at the FMI event, which takes place May 3 to 5 at McCormick Place.

The manufacturing company said its latest mission is to "take fresh-food concepts and bring them to life," and it will aim to do so at the FMI convention, using three different carts set up as if they're ready for merchandising ready-to-eat food inside a supermarket.

Solganik's cart, part of this planned lineup, will offer wrap sandwiches and bottled beverages. The second cart is a "Smoothie Express" that offers made-to-order smoothies. The third is a clean-up cart, featuring a portable hand-wash sink, a three-compartment sanitation sink and an on-board hot water heating system.

On the exhibit floor, representatives from Stainless and Solganik will demonstrate how to operate the carts in conjunction with each other. Howard Solganik, president of Solganik & Associates, told SN that the Wrapsody cart system will be sited in a test store soon after the FMI show.

Tyler Set to Spotlight HMR

NILES, Mich. -- Tyler Refrigeration here has zeroed in on the merchandising of fresh meals as the theme for its exhibit at this year's Food Marketing Institute show.

To present "live" meals merchandising at its FMI show booth, the company has teamed up with Brian Salus, president of Salus & Associates, a Midlothian, Va., consulting firm that specializes in meals marketing and in working with supermarkets on prepared- foods programs.

Salus will offer four 20-minute presentations a day at the Tyler booth. Topics to be covered will include merchandising options, proper merchandising presentation, critical elements in the cold chain that ensure food safety and flavor, and tips on increasing sales and reducing shrink.

The equipment exhibit will feature new European-style, low-profile cases that have an advanced coil design and air flow, according to a Tyler official. A refrigerant-control system designed to cut electrical costs and a new mobile, refrigerated cart designed for special in-store promotions will also be spotlighted.

The latest in packaging, food-preparation and presentation concepts will be integrated with Tyler equipment to give retailers a look at how the individual parts can be brought together to create a home-meal replacement program, Salus said.