LISLE, ILL. — The John Morrell Food Group, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, is introducing Armour and John Morrell 40% Lower Sodium Franks for food service operators.

“With a rising awareness of sodium intake, we are interested in proving restaurant operators and patrons lower-sodium alternatives to some of the best-selling items on the menu,” said Chuck Gitkin, vice-president of marketing, innovation and research and development at John Morrell Food Group. “We are using a breakthrough all-natural sodium alternative that allows for a one-to-one replacement of salt. The new franks do not compromise the taste and tradition that are hallmarks of the Armour and John Morrell brands.”

The company said the product provides a solution for food service operators in schools, health care facilities and colleges and universities.