The power of soy
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) teamed up with leading soy-sauce producer Kikkoman Corporation in Japan to promote a popular winter dish called Kakuni, which was prepared with U.S. pork belly, in efforts to increase sales of U.S. pork by featuring its versatility and value.
The promotion lasted one month and sold 100,186 pounds of U.S. pork belly at 857 outlets of 11 retail chains. The promotion positioned U.S. pork as a nutritious, tasty, and safe product that can be eaten every day. It highlighted the tenderness of U.S. pork belly and its versatility in the Japanese menu.
Kakuni, or square-cut pork belly, is a traditional recipe and was the top dish young housewives polled by Kikkoman wanted to learn how to prepare. During the promotion, these consumers learned they can cook Kakuni as a New Year’s meal using a simple recipe.
In 15 days at 72 stores, retailer Yaoko sold the most U.S. pork belly at just more than 22,000 pounds, while Ito-Yokado sold almost 17,000 pounds in two days at 120 stores. Uny sold almost 14,000 pounds of U.S. pork belly in two days at 14 stores.
Freeze-dried onions
Achieve the rich aroma and flavor that comes from a chef’s kitchen with freeze-dried sautéed onions from Van Drunen Farms, Momence, IL. Onions can be problematic for processors because their strong odor and flavor often needs to be tempered with cooking. Freeze-dried sautéed onions let you add the flavor of sweet golden cooked onions to products easily and economically. The onions come in a variety of dice sizes, and they re-hydrate quickly and easily. They are ideal for use in dry soup, sauce, and dip mixes, and even as a topping for sandwiches and burgers.
For more information, contact Irv Dom Drunen at (815) 472-3100, fax (815) 472-3850, or e-mail

Customized marinades and sauces
Made-to-order marinades and sauces from Kerry Ingredients add zing to meat, poultry and seafood.  From classic marinades and grilling sauces with a twist — such as Asian BBQ and sauces infused with tropical fruits or bourbon to ethnic sauces with a micro-regional focus — such as sauces inspired by the central plains peoples of Thailand. Kerry Ingredients is the processor's source for fresh, flavorful, authentic marinades, sauces, and seasonings solutions.
Kerry Ingredients, phone (800) 331-0135 or visit