PHILADELPHIA – Recognizing the growing consumer demand for plant-based options in addition to meat in their diets, Dietz & Watson is launching Blends, a new line of 50/50 blended sausages featuring antibiotic-free chicken, vegetables and quinoa.

Blends casing-free links contain 10 grams of protein and are gluten-free with no nitrates or nitrites, according to the company. The roasted sausages comes in three varieties.

The Italian Style offering, inspired by a classic Italian sausage sandwich, blends chicken, quinoa, mozzarella cheese, green bell peppers, red bell peppers, onion, rosemary and spices. Each link contains 80 calories.

The Spicy Cheddar variety combines chicken, quinoa, cauliflower, cheddar cheese, paprika, garlic and spices. Each link contains 100 calories.

The Tomato and Basil sausages, inspired by classic Tuscan flavors, are made with chicken, quinoa, tomatoes, onions, basil, oregano, garlic, parmesan cheese and spices. Each link contains 70 calories.

“Our research shows that consumers would like to see more blended protein products, and their numbers will surely rise as these types of products become more readily available,” said Lauren Eni, vice president of brand strategy for Dietz & Watson. “We’re very excited about this launch and are confident of a great consumer reaction to the quality and flavor of Blends."