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Brand to showcase innovative new offerings and product line extensions at Natural Products Expo West 2019

Applegate, the nation’s leading natural and organic meat company will introduce a lineup of new products and brand ventures coming to market this year at Natural Products Expo West 2019. The brand’s latest innovation includes Applegate Organics® The Great Organic Blend Burger™, the first-of-its-kind burger to be available at national retail that brings new meaning to the Applegate mission: Changing The Meat We Eat®.

The Great Organic Blend Burger™ is a win, win, win for conscious carnivores, people who crave meat, but also want to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets. By blending meat with mushrooms, not only were we able to create a burger that is juicy and flavor-packed, but also more nutritious, with fewer calories and less fat, than a regular beef burger,” said John Ghingo, Applegate president. “It’s a game-changing innovation, and it’s one of many ways we’re continuing to meet consumers’ needs through unique and irresistible products.”

The new offerings and product line extensions debuting at Expo West 2019 include:

  • Applegate Organics® The Great Organic Blend Burger™: Two worlds collide with Applegate Organics® The Great Organic Blend Burger™, an undeniable combination of humanely-raised organic meat blended with sustainable, organic mushrooms, resulting in a mouthwatering burger that epitomizes clean labels while also catering to the growing population of flexitarians. Launching this March, The Great Organic Blend Burger™ will be available in two varieties: Organic 100 Percent Grass-Fed Beef, and Organic Turkey, both of which offer a value-added twist on the classic burger. The Great Organic Blend Burger™ varieties are made from three simple, organic, non-GMO ingredients: turkey or 100 percent grass-fed beef, mushrooms and rosemary extract, making them nutritious, delicious and Whole30 Approved®.
  • Applegate Snackables: Applegate enters the snacking category with the release of Applegate Naturals® Pepperoni and Cheddar Snack Pack and Applegate Naturals® Genoa Charcuterie Plate, the perfect grab-and-go snack packs with cleaner labels and higher standards. The Pepperoni and Cheddar Snack Pack is available in both Turkey and Pork & Beef Pepperoni varieties, and features Applegate Naturals® Medium Cheddar cheese. The Genoa Charcuterie Plate features Applegate Naturals® Genoa Salami, Applegate Naturals®Pepper Jack or Medium Cheddar cheese combined with sweet and savory morsels. Both the snack packs and charcuterie plates include Applegate Naturals® cheese made with milk from pasture-raised cows and are made with non-GMO ingredients.
  • Applegate Naturals® No-Sugar Breakfast Sausage: As the popularity of scaling back on sugar consumption continues to rise, Applegate has extended its line of no-sugar added offerings to now include Applegate Naturals® No Sugar Breakfast Sausage. Featuring all the flavor consumers have come to expect from Applegate products, but without the added sugar that so many are trying to reduce from their diets. Made with simple and clean ingredients, no antibiotics or nitrates and nitrites, Applegate Naturals® No Sugar Breakfast Sausage is available in both Original Pork and Chicken & Herb varieties. The latest no-sugar line extension is officially Whole30 Approved® and will have the seal of approval on pack.

The Great Organic Blend Burger™, Applegate Snackables and Applegate Naturals® No-Sugar Breakfast Sausage are available nationwide at a variety of retailers.

  • THE NEW FOOD COLLECTIVE ™ by Applegate: Applegate recently announced the launch of THE NEW FOOD COLLECTIVE™ by Applegate, a new premium brand that utilizes pasture-raised meats and small-batch production to create inspired culinary products. The new brand venture includes a line of fresh sausages that is the first pork to be certified by the American Grassfed Association. THE NEW FOOD COLLECTIVE™ by Applegate sources its meat from small farms across Georgia, Kentucky and Missouri that are committed to raising animals on pasture in ways that regenerate soil, improve water retention and boost biodiversity. THE NEW FOOD COLLECTIVE™ line, which is Global Animal Partnership Step 4 rated, is in market now at select Whole Foods Markets stores in the Chicagometropolitan area.

Applegate Naturals® Pepperoni and Cheddar Snack Packs and THE NEW FOOD COLLECTIVE™ by Applegate sausages are also finalists for the 2019 NEXTY Awards. All new products will be sampled at booth #549.

ABOUT APPLEGATE

Founded in 1987, Applegate produces high-quality natural and organic hot dogs, bacon, sausages, deli meats, cheese and frozen products. Our products are made without GMO ingredients, and we source from farms where animals are treated with care and respect and are allowed to grow at their natural rate, all part of our mission – Changing The Meat We Eat®. Natural can mean many things, but to Applegate natural means our food is:

  • From animals raised humanely without antibiotics, hormones or growth promotants
  • From animals fed a vegetarian or pasture-centered diet (our beef is 100 percent grass-fed)
  • Free of added chemical nitrites, nitrates or phosphates
  • Free of artificial ingredients or preservatives

Applegate became a stand-alone subsidiary of Hormel Foods in July 2015. For more information about our products, visit www.applegate.com or talk with us on www.facebook.com/applegate or twitter.com/Applegate.

About Hormel Foods – Inspired People. Inspired Food.

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenues across 75 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Columbus®, Wholly Guacamole®, Hormel® Black Label® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the tenth year in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. In 2016, the company celebrated its 125th anniversary and announced its new vision for the future – Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ – focusing on its legacy of innovation. For more information, visit www.hormelfoods.com and https://csr.hormelfoods.com/.