Company: Ruiz Foods, Dinuba, Calif.
Web site: www.elmonterey.com
Introduced: February
Distribution: National
Suggested Retail: $2.79 for an 8.4-oz box of three Tornados
Product Snapshot: El Monterey Tornados are revolutionizing the hot-to-go segment. Made with freshly baked flour tortillas, rolled in a crispy seasoned batter and stuffed with savory meats and melted cheese, this Mexican treat provides 0 g. of trans fat. It is available in Ranchero Beef & Cheese, Grilled Chicken & Cheese, Chicken Club, Southwest Chicken, Cheesy Pepper Jack and Cheesy Pepperoni varieties.
Ingredients (Cheesy Pepperoni): Wheat flour (enriched with niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, mozzarella cheese (cultured pasteurized whole milk, salt, enzymes), pizza sauce (tomatoes, salt, vegetable oil, olive oil, spices, garlic powder, citric acid), pepperoni (pork, beef, salt, spices, dextrose, seasonings [oleoresin of paprika, natural spice extractives, BHA, BHT, citric acid], lactic acid starter culture, sodium nitrite), vegetable oil (soybean, sunflower, canola and/or corn oil), batter mix (bleached wheat flour, modified corn starch, dextrose, yellow corn flour, salt, dehydrated parmesan cheese [milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes], spices, garlic powder, onion powder, disodium phosphate), tortilla flour blend (salt, rice flour, guar gum, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, sodium aluminum sulfate, monocalcium phosphate, sodium metabisulfite, fumaric acid, wheat starch, dough conditioners [sodium stearoyl lactylate, L-cysteine, mono and diglycerides, dicalcium phosphate], microcrystalline cellulose, silicon dioxide [to prevent caking], modified corn starch, spices, soy flour).