Meat Snacks Enter the Fridge and Freezer
Food Business News
Back at the supermarket, Hormel Foods Corp., Austin, Minn., continues to grow its Columbus® Craft Meats brand with the launch of Columbus® Pepperoni Paninos. Made with select cuts of pork and a proprietary blend of spices, the dry-cured and slow-aged premium pepperoni is rolled with mozzarella cheese.
“We’re seeing a sharp increase year over year in two consumer trends: grab-and-go snacking and entertaining with charcuterie,” said Henry Hsia, director of marketing at Columbus® Craft Meats.
Tony Migacz, owner of The Cheesewich Factory, Hodgkins, Ill., believes charcuterie should be convenient enough to be enjoyed when out in nature.
“I was on a fishing trip and my sandwich got wet,” he said. “So, I tossed the bread and ate the salami and cheese. This was the beginning of Cheesewich.
“Cheesewich is a unique hand-held combo of cheese and meat, two slices of cheese with a slice of either pepperoni or salami in the center,” Migacz said. “It was designed with today’s fast-paced, health-conscious consumer in mind. Each 2.5-oz vacuum-sealed serving has a refrigerated six-month shelf life. There are even all-natural options with nitrate-free meat.”