Purdue University Receives Eighth Annual T.O.M. Award for Offering Healthy, Comfort, Turkey Dishes

October 24, 2012
Chicago, Ill.


Adrienne Richards, National Turkey Federation

202-730-9637, arichards@turkeyfed.org

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) presented Purdue University with its Eighth Annual “Turkey on the Menu” (T.O.M.) Award at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) convention today. The award recognizes this non-commercial foodservice operator for its ability to showcase turkey’s versatility by providing healthy, comfort dishes for college students.

Purdue University uses turkey to feed their college students and faculty because of its convenience and value. Turkey is found in multiple variations throughout the campus including turkey sandwiches, julienne turkey on the salad bar and turkey breast for dinner.

Terry Hickey, Butterball, LLC’s Midwest regional manager, who nominated Purdue University for the award, said, “From turkey sandwiches to turkey noodle soup, Purdue University provides its students with a trustworthy, valuable meal that gives them a taste of home.”

Located in West Lafayette, Ind., Purdue University has nine dining locations across campus that includes food courts and mini-marts. Purdue’s Residences Dining Services provides a wide variety of menu options with quality food and service, accentuating and enhancing the customer experience in a diverse global community.

“It’s an honor to have a school foodservice operation win the T.O.M. Award,” said Sherrie Rosenblatt, NTF’s vice president of marketing and communications. “Purdue showcases how turkey can be more than the perfect protein choice between two slices of bread.”

In accepting the award on behalf of Purdue University, Mike Kepner, technical processing manager, said, “Purdue not only knows the financial advantage to serving turkey, but the health and comfort advantage.”

Winning the non-commercial category of the T.O.M Award, Purdue University joined BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, winner of the casual/family style category, and Erik’s Delicafé, winner of the fast food/quick serve category, at the 2010 reception held at the NRA convention.

NTF members nominate the foodservice chains that exemplify the criteria of the T.O.M award.  Entrant applications address questions regarding turkey menu applications, the items’ consumer appeal, how the chain promotes the menu items through marketing and turkey’s food cost percentage.  A panel of foodservice professionals rates the entries on consumer appeal, versatility, taste, value and how the turkey application benefits the operation.

About the National Turkey Federation
The National Turkey Federation (NTF) is the national advocate for all segments of the $14 billion turkey industry, providing services and conducting activities that increase demand for its members' products by protecting and enhancing their ability to profitably provide wholesome, high-quality, nutritious products. Its award-winning Web site, www.EatTurkey.com, offers consumers, food professionals and the media an extensive library of information including healthy eating and restaurant trends, turkey cuts and purchasing tips, turkey nutrition and cooking techniques, and turkey facts and trivia. Additionally, the site presents a searchable database of more than 1,800 recipes, offers a recipe E-mail program and provides special seasonal and holiday ideas. The National Turkey Federation is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

About Butterball, LLC
Butterball, LLC, the largest producer of turkey products in the United States, is headquartered in Garner, N.C. For more than 50 years, whole bird products have been a central part of business. Today, the company also has a broad array of offerings for retail, deli and foodservice that help make meals something to celebrate every day. Butterball products are enjoyed domestically and internationally.