Denise Leathers

Denise is the editor of Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer.

Nitro Flash-Frozen Skillet Meals

Cadence Kitchen (cadencekitchen.com), Corona, Calif., expands its line of restaurant-quality multi-serve skillet meals flash frozen using innovative liquid nitrogen enrobing technology to preserve freshness, flavor, texture and nutrients. Free of artificial preservatives, flavors and colors, the new meals include Seafood Paella, Shrimp Scampi, Vegan Latin Bowl, Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Salsa Verde …

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Frozen Chicken Skewers

Montreal-based Expresco Foods (exprescofoods.com) rolls out a new line of fully cooked frozen chicken skewers that delivers whole breast muscle chicken in a simple, heat-and-serve format for a quick, high-protein snack or easy meal. Available flavors include Lemongrass Thai Recipe, Rotisserie Inspired and Piri Piri Seasoned. Packed eight to a case, each 10.5-ounce box includes …

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Keto-Friendly Frozen Meals

Carson, Calif.-based Cedarlane Foods (cedarlanefoods.com) debuts a line of keto-friendly frozen meals. The collection includes three 10-ounce single-serve bowls and a pair of 8-ounce omelets: Thai Style Chicken Curry Bowl (with white meat chicken and lime coconut mashed cauliflower), Chicken Fiesta Bowl (with white meat chicken, cauliflower, broccoli and cheddar), Turkey Taco Bowl (with turkey, …

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Animal-Free Dairy Dessert

Cincinnati-based Graeter’s Ice Cream (graeters.com) launches its first-ever line of lactose-free vegan frozen desserts made with an innovative animal-free dairy protein developed by food technology startup Perfect Day (perfectdayfoods.com), Berkeley, Calif. “Virtually indistinguishable” from Graeter’s regular superpremium ice cream, Perfect Indulgence pints offer the same creaminess, mouthfeel and chocolate chunks the artisan brand is known …

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Frozen Asian Jumps 46% DEC 2020

Changing demographics are driving growth, but new plant-based options and bold flavours combined with improved merchandising could take the category even higher. Forget cheeseburgers, fried chicken and meat-loaf. Today’s consumers are craving lo mein, moo goo gai pan and Mongolian beef. “Demographics are changing in the United States. Each successive generation is more ethnically diverse …

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PIZZA GOES PREMIUM

But unlike last year, more indulgent offerings are outgaining better-for-you. [hr] Consumers suffering from “cooking fatigue” but still not comfortable eating out several times a week continue to drive growth of “the original meal kit”: frozen pizza. During the 12 weeks ended Oct. 4, unit sales jumped 9.5% (versus the same period a year ago) …

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How They Shop

Understanding how consumers shop for plant-based products is the first step to maximize trial and conversion. Plant-based food and beverage products are positioned in the sweet spot for success: retailer opportunity, consumer trends and the COVID accelerator. MORE THAN $5B Further, they benefit retailers with their scale, growth and profitability. The market for plant-based will …

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