1carando® Kielbasa Rope Sausage
Company: Farmland Foods Inc., Kansas City, MO
Variety: Polska Kielbasa
Suggested retail price: $2.69 to $3.29
Distribution: Northeast (and the rest of the country under the Farmland name)
Profile: Fully cooked Carando kielbasa rope sausage features premium cuts of farm-fresh pork and beef combined with “just the right blend of garlic and spices.” The products are slowly cooked over real hickory chips to create a rich, natural flavor and are packaged in an old- fashioned natural casing. Each sausage comes in a 16-oz. easy-peel vacuum packaging.
2Sterling Silver® Applewood Smoked Bacon
Company: Sterling Silver Premium Meats, Wichita, KS
Variety: Applewood Smoked
Suggested retail price: N/A
Distribution: Nationally in foodservice; regionally through exclusive retailers
Profile: Premium-quality center-cut sliced bacon is smoked with a natural applewood flavor. Consistently lean, the product also serves as a protein-rich source for those following a low-carb lifestyle. The bacon is offered in 12-oz. L-boards or 20-oz. stack packs; 15-pound single or shingled sliced gas-flushed boxes are available for foodservice.
3Fast Fixin’ Restaurant-Style Burgers
Company: Advance Brands, Oklahoma City, OK
Varieties: Jumbo Beef Burgers, Bacon Cheeseburgers, Mushroom Swiss Burgers, Bacon Cheeseburger Bites
Suggested retail price: $4.99
Distribution: National
Profile: Fully cooked Fast Fixin’ Restaurant-Style Burgers now come in three new “trial size” packages and one kid/appetizer-inspired version. The “trial size” line features a 16-oz. bag containing four 4-oz. Jumbo Beef Burgers, a 14-oz. bag containing four 3.5-oz. Bacon Cheeseburgers, and a 14-oz. bag containing four 3.5-oz. Mushroom Swiss Burgers. Also offered is a 14-oz. package of Bacon Cheeseburger Bites that features quarter-sized burgers packed with the taste of real bacon and cheese.
4Bar-S Cooked Honey Ham Lunchmeat
Company: Bar-S Food Co., Phoenix, AZ
Variety: Honey
Suggested retail price: varies
Distribution: National
Profile: A 1-pound 4x6 cooked honey ham variety has been added to a company’s lunchmeat line. Made with pure honey for a delicately sweet flavor, the ham features a “fork-tender” texture. It is vacuum-packaged to extend shelf life and freshness in a Zip-Pak® resealable pouch that promotes convenience.
5Lamb Weston® Brand Top Picks™
Company: ConAgra Foods Specialty Potato Products, Eagle, ID
Varieties: Pepperoni Pizza Sticks, Taco Sticks, Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Sandwich, Cheese Pizza Stuffed Sandwich, Ham & Cheese Stuffed Sandwich, Meatball Stuffed Sandwich, Turkey Sausage, Egg and Cheese Stuffed Sandwich, Cheese Breakfast Pizza
Suggested retail price: N/A
Distribution: National
Profile: Designed for the foodservice sector, vending machines, snack bars and other establishments looking for portable, easy-to-serve menu items, Lamb Weston brand Top Picks productsdeliver a meal in a convenient hand-held portion. The golden-crusted meal-makers feature fresh-baked quality bread dough crusts surrounding a variety of popular filling combinations. Product portions range from 2.2 oz. to 5-oz.; packages feature attention-grabbing graphics.
6Chefs To Go® Shelf-Stable Meals
Company: Fine Foods of the Americas Inc., Pembroke Park, FL
Varieties: Beef Stroganoff/Egg Noodles, Beef Lasagna, Beef Bourgunion/Parsley Potatoes, Meatball Spaghetti
Suggested retail price: $4.45 to $5.99
Distribution: National
Profile: All-natural, preservative-free Chefs to Go meals need no refrigeration and boast a shelf life of two years. Individual trays are cooked and sterilized in a state-of-the-art retorting system. Manufactured in Argentina, all varieties are microwavable and OU Kosher. A vegetarian lasagna also is planned.
7al fresco Chicken Sausage
Company: Kayem Foods Inc., Chelsea, MA
Varieties: Roasted Garlic, Teriyaki Ginger, Sun-dried Tomato & Basil, Spicy Jalapeno, Garden Primavera, Sweet Apple, Sweet Italian
Suggested retail price: Varies
Distribution: Uny Co. Ltd. in Hong Kong
Profile: The top-selling chicken sausages in the Northeastern United States now are available in Hong Kong. All natural, fully cooked al fresco sausages come in seven award-winning flavors and contain 75 percent less fat than traditional pork sausages.
8Smithfield Flavore’™ Brand Refrigerated Entrees
Company: Smithfield/RMH Foods, Morton, IL
Varieties: Italian Meatloaf with Asiago Cheese in Marinara Sauce, Marinara Sauce and Italian Meatballs with Penné Pasta, Mexicana Pork with Rice, Southwest Meatloaf in Chipotle Sauce, Island Chicken in Caribbean Sauce with Rice, Chicken Alfredo with Penné Pasta, Beef Burgundy with Penné Pasta, Yankee Pot Roast with Gravy
Suggested retail price: $6.99
Distribution: National
Profile: Created by Smithfield’s newly created Culinary Foods Group, a line of refrigerated entrees delivers “outstanding culinary excellence.” Each entrée features ingredients of fine-restaurant quality and offers generous portions for two adults. Entrees range from 17-oz. to 22-oz. in weight and include an extra package/serving of seasoning/garnish that the consumer can add at the point of serving. Visually arresting packaging is designed to stimulate purchase decisions.
9Swift Premium Grillers Seasoned Meats
Company: Swift & Company, Greeley, CO
Varieties: Teriyaki, Peppercorn, Lemon-Pepper, Barbecue, Garden Herb, Original
Suggested retail price: $8.99 for loin filets; $9.99 for tenderloins
Distribution: Boston area, Louisville, Northern and Southern California, Las Vegas, East Texas, Northern Ohio, and Michigan
Profile: A new net-weight line of grill-ready seasoned meats ensures a consistent cut of meat at the right size and price. Pork loin filets have a net weight of 22 oz. and are offered in teriyaki, peppercorn, lemon- pepper, barbecue, and original versions. Net weight Swift Pork tenderloins feature a 19-oz. net weight and come in garden herb, lemon-pepper, peppercorn, and teriyaki varieties.