Another idea is to set the new record value using the field editor:
Or use as a cal"Acme" & ¶ & "Widgets" and Click on the Specify... This allows the field to be edited. You could use List as mentioned above.
To do this with a bit of expertise, create a $$_variable set to "Acme" & ¶ & "Widgets" and use the name of the variable in the specify calculated value. Now you can change the value of the variable using a Show Custom Dialog in a script without having to open the field editor or your scripts. There's a bit more but you get the idea.