CHICAGO — Lightlife is launching tempeh cubes, a ready-to-cook addition to its lineup of tempeh products. Debuting online and in the produce section of select retailers, the cubes are pre-cut, pre-seasoned and offer 13 grams of protein per serving.
Made with fermented soybeans, brown rice and water, tempeh is high in fiber and contains all nine essential amino acids. The new tempeh cubes are available in teriyaki, Southwest and tikka masala varieties and may serve as a protein source for rice bowls, noodle bowls, tacos, enchiladas and more, according to Lightlife, which is owned by Greenleaf Foods SPC, a division of Maple Leaf Foods, Inc.
“Tempeh is a nutrient dense, versatile food, continuing to gain popularity,” said Jitendra Sagili, chief R&D and food technology officer at Greenleaf Foods. “The launch of Lightlife tempeh cubes simplifies meal preparation with a bite-sized, flavor forward and ready-to-heat product design, offering a convenient meal solution that the whole family can enjoy.”
The new products join Lightlife’s existing marinated tempeh line, which features flavors such as smoky bacon, buffalo, three grain and flax. Founded in 1979 as Tempeh Works, Lightlife is now a top-selling brand in the category, claiming an 83% dollar share of the market with availability in more than 18,500 retail locations nationwide, according to IRI.
Greenleaf Foods recently opened a new 118,500-square-foot production facility in Indianapolis to meet growing demand for the protein-packed fermented food. Data from SPINS show more than 100,000 new shoppers purchased tempeh in the past year.Lightlife tempeh cubes are available on Amazon and in Sprouts Farmer Market, New Seasons and Albertsons locations in California, with additional availability at Giant and Whole Foods Market beginning in April.