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into other foods and chicken formats. The
Original Philly Cheesesteak Co., Philadelphia,
for example, now offers frozen golden brown,
crispy egg rolls filled with fully cooked
chicken slices, mozzarella cheese and spicy
buffalo sauce seasoning. The hand-held
appetizer is sold frozen and prepared in a
deep fryer or oven.
Buffalo is also one of four varieties of
new Chicken Creations from StarKist Co.,
Pittsburgh. This ready-to-eat, fully cooked
and seasoned all-white meat chicken comes
in 2.6-oz. shelf-stable pouches. This marks the
brand's first foray outside of the seafood space.
Meat snacks provide an attractive canvas
for all types of seasonings, including hot
and spicy, as well as heat and sweet. San
Bernardino, California-based Country Archer
Jerky Co. delivers heat in the company's new
cayenne beef with uncured bacon collagen
meat bars. Its turkey jerky now comes in
a honey chipotle flavor, which joins other
popular beef jerky offerings, including
sriracha, sweet jalapeño, mango habanero and
crushed red pepper.
Toronto, Canada-based GreenSpace Brands
Inc., is rolling out Meatbar, a shelf-stable meat
snack in a convenient and familiar bar format.
The sriracha variety features grass-fed beef,
antibiotic-free pork and nitrate-free bacon.
Mighty Spark Food Co., Minneapolis, is
venturing out of the refrigerated and frozen
meat cases with a new line of all-natural
shelf-stable chicken snack sticks made with
whole food ingredients. Two of the six varieties
- black bean chipotle and honey jalapeño -
provide some kick.
Mighty Spark also offers consumers a
number of innovative ready-to-cook spicy
meat and poultry products, such as chorizo,
which is ground pork blended with ghost
peppers and Mexican seasonings. There's
also queso fresco and jalapeño turkey patties;
corn, black bean and poblano meat-reduced
chicken patties; and sweet heat meat-reduced
The concept of meat-reduced is new for the
meat case. These patties are made from a blend
of jasmine brown rice and lean chicken and are
designed to appeal to those consumers trying
to limit their meat intake. The chili peppers
contribute flavor to improve the taste of an
otherwise bland product.
Home Market Foods Inc.; Country Archer Jerky Co.; Rosina Food Products
Meat snacks and appetizer
items often use spicy flavors
to appeal to the palate
of today's consumer.
These fully cooked, minimally processed,
preservative-free meat skewers feature whole
muscle chicken with real grill marks. Inspired
by popular street foods, these handmade
skewers of meat come in three flavors:
chipotle, Mediterranean and sweet sriracha.
Woodland, California-based SunFed Ranch,
now offers uncured natural 100 percent
grass-fed smoked beef jalapeño hot links. The
meat is sourced from domestically raised, 100
percent grass-fed and grass-finished cattle.
The sausages are specially formulated to have
improved nutrition profiles and they are made
with only clean-label, simple ingredients,
according to the company.
"Focusing intently on the needs of
shoppers in our category, we created
a great-tasting hot dog with the lowest
sodium and highest protein in the
market," says Matt Byrne, co-founder
and president of SunFed Ranch. "Those
health attributes are important to us
and our consumers as we curate new
clean ingredient product lines that are
delicious, convenient and sustainable."
Another flavorful better-for-you
innovation comes from Sandra's, Milford,
Indiana. The company is rolling out retail
packages of four flavored chicken drumsticks
ready for the grill or oven. The drumsticks start
with chicken that is cage-free, raised without
antibiotics and fed an all-vegetarian diet, and
then get flavored with sweet and spicy, savory
herb or pumpkin spice seasonings.
Some processors are responding with
heat-and-eat options that bring the taste and
look of outdoor cooking inside. Home Market
Foods, Norwood, Massachusetts, for example,
now offers an extensive line of Cooked Perfect
Fired Grilled Chicken. The innovative range
of juicy, tender and uniquely bold fully cooked
frozen chicken uses a premium cooking
process to lock-in flavor for restaurant-quality
chicken at home.
Marinated and seasoned with savory
spices, the line includes center-of-plate and
appetizer solutions, in a variety of convenient
cuts (wings, drumsticks, boneless and bone-in
thighs, tenders and chunks) and flavors
(buffalo ranch, maple sriracha and zesty herbs
Just like wings carry many flavors beyond
buffalo, buffalo wing heat is making its way