There’s no shortage of meal solutions here. That’s because today’s meat, poultry and seafood processors have beefed up the at-home eating experience with a slew of unique offerings.
Half chicken, half beef
Cluck ‘n Moo, LLC, West Nyack, N.Y., launched Cluck ‘n Moo, what is said to be the first and only half-chicken (50%), half-beef (50%) burger made from antibiotic- and hormone-free, humanely raised chickens and grass-fed cows.
Just in time for summer grilling, GNP Co., St. Cloud, Minn., expanded its Gold’n Plump brand of frozen chicken patties to include new Bacon & Cheddar and Mushroom & Swiss varieties. These chicken patties are made from premium-quality, all-natural boneless skinless chicken thighs, have an increased size of 1/3-pound and are vacuum-packed to seal in freshness, allowing them to go straight from freezer to grill or skillet.
Butterball, Garner, N.C., launched Butterball Recipe Starters Every Day Turkey Sliders. With 40% less fat than their beef counterparts, these sliders come fully cooked with lean cuts of turkey, perfectly seasoned on a sesame seed bun with cheese and are ready to eat in 60 seconds.
Every day dinner solutions
Butterball also introduced new dinner solutions that make mealtime more convenient for families. Butterball Every Day Turkey Chops, Grillers Turkey Chops and Chef Selects are 98% fat free and feature unseasoned turkey chops that are fresh cuts of turkey and grillers marinated in barbeque and applewood smoke. Both products are sized to fit any grill, and are ready to eat in less than eight minutes.
Chicago-based Schmaltz Products, LLC launched Schmacon, smoked and cured, glazed beef slices that are dubbed an innovative alternative to pork bacon. Schmacon is whole muscle beef seasoned with a proprietary spice blend and cure recipe inspired by the deli roots of inventor Howard Bender.
Bold lunchmeat flavors
Kraft Foods, Northfield, Ill., expanded its Oscar Mayer brand of fresh deli meat to include new Deli Fresh BOLD varieties, available in Italian Style Herb Turkey Breast, Cajun Style Turkey Breast, Maple Honey Ham and Chipotle Seasoned Chicken Breast. Deli Fresh BOLD lunch meats contain no artificial preservatives or artificial flavors and are at least 97% fat free.
Sweet Earth Natural Foods, Moss Landing, Calif., introduced the Za’atar Burger, a flame-broiled, quarter-pound veggie burger made with bold woodsy spices and true Middle Eastern flavor. This protein-packed veggie burger features a za’atar spice blend of sesame seeds, salt, oregano, cumin and sumac, fused with tahini, garbanzo, mint, lemon, bulgar, farro and lentils.
Sweet Earth Natural Foods also introduced Hickory and Sage Smoked Seitan Bacon, which tied for first place in Refrigerated & Frozen Foods’ Reader’s Choice Best New Retail Products contest.
D’Artagnan, LLC, Newark, N.J., launched a new artisanal organic, air-chilled chicken that is free-range and antibiotic- and hormone-free. These new air-chilled chickens are raised by small Amish family farms in Lancaster County, Pa., and hand-processed in a low-volume environment. Plus, they boast a farm-to-table audit trail.
Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods, Elmwood Park, N.J., added two new varieties to its lineup—Kale Veggie and Black Bean burgers. This kale veggie burger is packed with quinoa, brown rice, millet, kale and nine other vegetables. Plus, it is low in sodium, free of GMOs and a great source of vitamin A. Protein and fiber-packed black beans provide the ultimate boost for the Black Bean burger, which features black beans and brown rice. It’s also a great source of vegetarian protein with 12 grams per serving.
Mini pepperoni slices
Applegate Farms, Bridgewater, N.J., introduced Applegate Naturals mini pepperoni slices. Made from humanely-raised, 100% vegetarian-fed pork and turkey, these antibiotic- and hormone-free slices are ideal for pizza, salads or just as a snack with cheese and crackers.
Best Chicago Meat Co., Chicago, expanded its Glenmark brand of individually quick-frozen (IQF) burgers to include new varieties sold under the Glenmark Premier Label line. The line expansion includes Bacon & Cheddar, Blue Cheese, Jalapeno & Monterey Jack and Roasted Mushroom & Swiss pub-style burgers. Each one consists of 1/3 pound of premium Angus beef and comes frozen, six to a box. Glenmark burgers are intended to be fried or grilled directly from the freezer; no thawing necessary.
Kid-friendly nuggets with hidden vegetables
New York-based KIDFRESH launched Super Duper Chicken Nuggets, which are said to be the only chicken nuggets with hidden vegetables inside. They contain 11 grams per serving of whole grains (the highest amount compared with the leading chicken nuggets brand), 40% less sodium than the leading chicken nugget brand and 73% less fat than the leading chicken nugget brand. The 100% all-natural and antibiotic-free nuggets are made from humanely-raised chickens, whole grain breading and puréed vegetables (cauliflower and onions).
Panko-breaded shrimp burgers
Starfish Inc., Portland, Ore., launched a retail version of their Panko Breaded Shrimp Burger. The Ultimate Shrimp Burger is said to be the first shrimp burger on the market made with whole Vannamei white shrimp, offering seven shrimp in each burger.
Stuffed to perfection
Matlaw’s, Gloucester, Mass., launched stuffed clams, available in Bacon & Cheese, Chorizo and Chili Lime offerings, and breaded-style cod, available in Southwest Tortilla, Jalapeño Breaded, Panko Breaded and Pub Style varieties.
Salmon and sauce
UK-based Saucy Fish Co., owned by Icelandic Seachill, brought over its fine fish filets to the U.S. market. The fish filets are paired with just the right sauce, enabling chefs of all abilities to create a simple but sensational fish dish in the comfort of their own home. The line includes Salmon with a Sweet Soy & Chili dressing, Salmon with a Chili, Lime and Ginger dressing, Tilapia with Mango & Chili dressing, Salmon with Sweet Chili dressing in a foil bake bag, Tilapia with a Red Thai sauce in a foil bake bag, ready-to-enjoy Steamed Salmon with Lime and Cilantro dressing and ready-to-enjoy Roasted Sweet Chili Salmon with Tomato & Chili Chutney. The foil bake bags are ideal for consumers who don’t like to touch or smell fish or who just don’t have time to cook. The ready-to-enjoy range of products can be served straight from the pack.
Seafood to go
UK frozen food manufacturer Birds Eye is targeting the adult market with the launch of its latest take on frozen fish cakes. These melt-in-the-middle fish cakes are designed as a “mid-week meal solution.” They come in Cod, Tomato & Herb and Haddock & Creamy Cheese.
Fresh frozen seafood
Bumble Bee Foods, San Diego, Calif., entered the premium frozen seafood category with the introduction of Bumble Bee SuperFresh, a new line of premium fresh frozen seafood that is cleaned, cut and fresh frozen within hours, then chef prepared with high-quality, all-natural ingredients. The line includes Spicy Shrimp Romesco, Lemon Shrimp with Garlic & Herbs, Salmon with Garden Pesto, Salmon with Garlicky Black Pepper & Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Tilapia with Lemon, Pepper & Herbs and Tilapia with Garlic & Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Each premium fish fillet comes with its own special uncoated parchment paper to seal in flavor and juices.
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