1 Jack Link’s® kc Masterpiece® Barbecue Beef Jerky
Company: Link Snacks Inc., Minong, WI
Variety: Barbecue
Suggested retail price: $3.99 to $5.99
Distribution: National
Profile: Made from premium slices of lean 100 percent beef, Jack Link’s KC Masterpiece beef jerky is seasoned with the distinct flavor of KC Masterpiece barbecue sauce — a blend of rich tomato, sweet molasses, mellow garlic, tangy onions, and spices. The product, offered in a 3.65-ounce package, is naturally high in protein, but low in fat and carbohydrates.
2Naturewell™ Natural Beef
Company: National Beef Packing Co. LLC, Kansas City, MO
Variety: Beef
Suggested retail price: N/A
Distribution: National
Profile: The Naturewell Natural Beef program allows retailers to gain a foothold in the growing natural foods category. The beef comes from corn-fed Midwestern cattle meeting strict quality standards, including humane handling procedures, no antibiotics, and no hormones. Naturewell packaging and marketing support are designed to educate consumers who are looking for healthful meals to serve their families.
3Kayem Original Boston Brat
Company: Kayem Foods Inc., Chelsea, MA
Varieties: Original, Cheddar, Pale Ale
Suggested retail price: $4.99
Distribution: New England states
Profile: Kayem brats are made from tender, specially prepared meat for a tender, juicy texture. The brats come with a set of guiding principles known as Bratwürship™, which calls for the sausages to be simmered in a vat of pale ale with a chopped onion before being grilled.
4Mike’s LifeStyle Gourmet™ Frozen Entrees
Company: LowCarb Gourmet Inc., Destin, FL
Varieties: Yankee Beef Pot Roast, Grilled Chicken Breast, Creole-Style Jambalaya, Eggplant Lasagna, Old-Fashioned Meatloaf, Roasted Creole Salmon, Oriental Chicken Stir Fry
Suggested retail price: $5.99 to $6.99
Distribution: National
Profile: Mike’s LowCarb Gourmet product line has been renamed Mike’s LifeStyle Gourmet. The frozen dinners, designed by restaurant chefs, are said to be prepared with the finest natural ingredients and boast net carbohydrate counts ranging from 6 grams to 12 grams.
5Applegate Farms Organic Sunday Bacon
Company: Applegate Farms, Branchburg, NJ
Variety: Organic Pork
Suggested retail price: $4.49 to $6.99
Distribution: National
Profile: Made from premium certified organic pork, Organic Sunday bacon is smoked over apple wood and marinated for several days. The bacon, offered in 8-ounce packages, is antibiotic-free and contains no added nitrites or chemical preservatives.
6Jones Sub-Style Sausage Patties
Company: Jones Dairy Farm, Fort Atkinson, WI
Varieties: Pizza, Meat Loaf, Chorizo
Suggested retail price: $5.99 in club stores/$6.99 in retail supermarkets
Distribution: National
Profile: Pre-cooked, microwaveable sub-style sausages are offered in a shape designed for submarine and hoagie sandwiches. Available in three varieties, the patties are packaged in 9-count 24.4-ounce boxes. They contain no gluten, allergens or MSG.
7Life Choice® Frozen Entrees
Company: ConAgra Foods Inc., Omaha, NE
Varieties: Beef Pot Roast, Slow-Roasted Beef Tips, Hearty Meatloaf, Salisbury Steak, Oven-Roasted Turkey, Roasted Turkey Breast, Three-Meat Alfredo, Homestyle Baked Chicken, Chicken Parmesan, Cheesy Chicken Florentine, Herb-Roasted Chicken
Suggested retail price: $3.59
Distribution: National
Profile: A line of frozen meals is designed for carb-conscious consumers. The line features 11 lunch and dinner options, which average 15 grams of total carbohydrates and 35 grams of protein. Ready to eat in eight minutes from the microwave, Life Choice meals "provide convenience to consumers and help make their lives easier as they monitor their carbohydrate intake."