Innovations In Packaging, Ingredient Sourcing and Handling Allow Blount To Bring This Unique Product And Eating Experience To The Retail Market
Anaheim, CA (June 5, 2017) – Blount Fine Foods, a leading manufacturer of premium, handcrafted soups, entrées, sauces and side dishes for retail and foodservice, and the market leader in fresh retail soups, today announced the national launch of a line of Blount-brand Noodle & Rice Bowls for retail and foodservice. Timed to the start of the Fall soup season, the company will begin accepting orders over the summer, with product shipping in August.
Made with wholesome ingredients, like chicken raised without antibiotics, and meeting popular dietary benchmarks like high-in-protein, vegan and gluten-free, the new rice and noodle bowls align well with Blount’s commitment to producing high quality, freshly made products.
“These new bowls represents the confluence of two important and undeniable trends in consumer purchase behavior: broad desire for innovative world flavors and recipes, as well as the ever-growing demand for healthier, easier-to-prepare meals,” said Bob Sewall, Blount’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Our consumer research shows younger, health-conscious consumers seek relief from operating at the quick pace of today’s world, and they put a premium on options that fit seamlessly with not only their routines, but also their personal tastes and preferences.”
Blount Fine Foods will launch the line with four different bowls that cater to different palates and lifestyles, including vegan and gluten-free options. Bowls come ready-to-heat with separately packaged and shelf stable noodles that are easily added to the broth, making for a substantial meal in just three minutes. The initial offering includes:
- Chicken Ramen Bowl – A comforting bowl of ramen noodles, white chicken meat and vegetables in a flavorful chicken broth with soy sauce and rice koji. The chicken, raised without antibiotics, helps provide plenty of protein per
- Hibachi Chicken & Rice Bowl (gluten-free) – Sweet and roasted flavors of garlic, ginger, red onion and red peppers, simmered with tomatoes, rice and chicken raised without antibiotics. This savory dish provides ample protein in each
- Coconut Chicken & Noodle Bowl – A zesty bowl of ramen noodles, white chicken meat and vegetables in a coconut curry broth with lemongrass and cilantro, paired with clean farming practices makes this bowl a perfectly wholesome
- Asian-Inspired Vegetable & Rice Bowl (vegan, gluten-free) – A creamy coconut curry broth with lemongrass and cilantro packed with Asian vegetables like cabbage and bamboo
The retail packaged product will be offered in easy display packaging so consumers can see what they are getting, which plays all the more toward creating a product line that is focused on ingredient transparency and on-trend. The inclusion of a foodservice option will allow better retailers to offer bowls at their hot bar, which automatically creates cross-promotional opportunities.
Products and packaging will be introduced to buyers attending the International Dairy, Deli, Bakery Association’s (IDDBA) annual Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo, June 4-6, 2017.
To see and sample these new Blount products, visit Blount at IDDBA booth #1901.
ABOUT BLOUNT FINE FOODS
Blount Fine Foods is a family-owned and operated company that has been processing food since 1946. Blount produces more than 900 premium products for restaurants, institutions, retailers and club stores in all 50 states. Blount product lines include fresh and frozen (but never canned!) premium soups for foodservice and retail as well as premium side dishes and entrees. Blount’s premium soups and specialty foods are made with the finest and freshest ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, and handcrafted in small batches by a dedicated team through unparalleled customer collaboration.
Customers include national restaurant chains that have their custom soups made for them in accordance with their secret recipes. Similarly, the deli departments of many large and small supermarket chains offer Blount-created hot-to-go soup selections as well as fresh store-brand pre-packed soup cups.
Blount operates production facilities at its Fall River, Massachusetts headquarters, in Warren, Rhode Island and in McKinney, Texas. Its award-winning production facilities showcase the company’s commitment to energy conservation and sustainable business practices.
Blount generates over 200 million servings of premium soups each year. For more information, visit www.BlountFineFoods.com.