Fully Cooked Meal Solutions
BREAD READY PRESLICED MEATS
From package to bread with no thawing
and no slicing, foodservice operators are
ensured of optimum convenience benefits.
A growing and significant consumer
trend is for fully cooked entrees that are flavorful and provide
heat-and-serve convenience. Hormel fully cooked entrees - beef
roast au jus, beef tips with gravy, meat loaf with tomato sauce
and pork roast au jus - were introduced early in the first quarter.
The four-item line combines quality and convenience, allowing
the consumer to prepare a meal with home-cooked taste and
quality in only seven minutes. In its first year, Hormel fully
cooked entrees gained major distribution across the country,
receiving favorable consumer reaction and excellent repeat sales.
BLACK LABEL MAPLE
A new and popular flavor alternative
to the company's premium branded
The success of the original fully cooked entrees line prompted
the introduction late in the year of four barbecue meat products
featuring the award-winning Rich & Sassy barbecue sauce of
the Famous Dave's of America restaurant chain. A seasoned &.
sliced beef brisket, seasoned shredded beef, seasoned & sliced
pork and a seasoned pulled pork, all fully cooked and microwaveable,
enable the company to enter a burgeoning market
niche with "right-out-of-the-pit" authentic barbecue that is a
perfect fit for today's time-pressed consumer. With 34 restaurants
in seven states and more than 80 regional and national
barbecue awards. Famous Dave's is one of the nation's best recognized
barbecue companies and gives Hormel Foods a strong
co-brand partner necessary to build sales and distribution.
HOUSE OF TSANG
HIBACHI GRILL SAUCES
Authentic Oriental flavors
in five delicious varieties to
complement meat, chicken,
fish and seafood dishes.
Another exciting product innovation, known as Austin Blues
Bar-B-Que beef and pork, has met with widespread acceptance
by foodservice operators interested in heat-and-serve products
that are flavorful. convenient and deliver high quality. The
newly introduced line of premium hickory smoked and fully
cooked meats - beef brisket, hand-pulled pork. St. Louis-style
spareribs and boneless pork loin - allows family restaurants,
sports bars, regional food, hotel and motel chains and other
foodservice businesses to offer popular and authentic barbecue
varieties without the added expense of smokers, pits or other
cooking equipment. Because barbecue sauce flavors are distinctly
regional in appeal, Austin Blues Bar-B-Que beef and pork
enable foodservice operators to customize the products with
their own signature sauces that meet local taste preferences.
Despite strengthening competition, other precooked products
developed for the foodservice industry also showed strong
growth in fiscal 2000. Fast 'N Easy strip and round bacon,
Fast 'N Easy sausage and hamburgers, Grill Perfect bacon.
Old Smokehouse hickory smoked bacon and Old Smokehouse
Applewood smoked bacon are consistently strong performers
because they match so closely the convenience and reduced
preparation costs sought by restaurateurs and other away-from-home