The largest meat producer in the United States has launched dozens of new products in 2021.
Tyson Foods, Inc. is taking on the children’s snack segment with new Hillshire Farm SNACKED! The refrigerated snack packs contain three bite-size components that pair Hillshire Farm meats with cheeses and a treat. The offerings are available in four varieties: Pepperoni with Confetti Cake Bites and Mini String Cheese, Pepperoni with Brownie Bites and Monterey Jack Cheese, Salami with Mini Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods and Monterey Jack Cheese, and Turkey with Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cheddar Cheese.
“Protein snacks are one of the most popular snack foods consumed, and we know protein helps keep kids full, making it an ideal component of a snack,” said Noelle O’Mara, group president of Tyson Foods. “Hillshire Farm SNACKED! is an easy, portable and delicious snack that fits in with today's parents' and kids' on-the-go lifestyle. As a leader in protein and snacking, we saw a clear opportunity for a versatile, great-tasting, kid-focused snack – and that's exactly what Hillshire Farm SNACKED! delivers.
“The reality of kids' lunches today is that parents are serving a collection of snacks — versus a main dish, like a sandwich and sides. With Hillshire Farm SNACKED! we saw an opportunity to create a product that fits this reality — a lightweight grab-and-go snack pack that delivers quality, taste and, most importantly, is made with components we know kids love.”
Tyson is expanding its air fried chicken platform with new Air Fried Chicken Bites. Made with no antibiotics ever chicken breast and rib meat, the products are cooked using circulated hot air with a touch of oil to achieve a fried-like product and texture. The cooking method results in chicken that contains 75% less fat and 35% fewer calories than traditional breaded, fried and boneless chicken, according to the company.
The Parmesan seasoned variety is made with blue cheese, brown sugar, Parmesan cheese, cream, paprika, garlic and nonfat milk. Each serving contains 150 calories, 14 grams of protein and 4 grams of fat.
The spicy flavor features paprika, aged cayenne peppers, vinegar, garlic and spices and contains 140 calories, 13 grams of protein and 3.5 grams of fat per serving.
Tyson Foods ushered its Raised & Rooted plant-based brand into the snack segment in June with new Raised & Rooted Plant Based Bites.
Available in Buffalo and sweet barbecue flavors, the bites are made with pea protein, sodium alginate and citrus fiber breaded with wheat flour and cooked in soybean oil. The Buffalo style bites are seasoned with cayenne pepper and garlic, while the sweet barbecue bites are tossed in a sweet and smoky tomato-based sauce. Both flavors provide 8 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber per serving and contain 33% less saturated fat than USDA white meat chicken nuggets, according to the company.
“Our new plant-based bites deliver the taste that will wow tastebuds in a better-for-you alternative,” said David Ervin, vice president of marketing for Raised & Rooted. “We are excited to continue to grow our offerings and provide people with the alternative protein options they seek for meal or snack-time with beloved flavors.”
Raised & Rooted Plant Based Bites are available nationwide for $4.99 per 8-oz package.
In May, Tyson introduced a trio of chicken sausages made with 100% natural, no antibiotics ever, chicken.
The new sausages, which are sold in 16-oz packages with five servings each, provide 13 grams of protein per serving with 60% less total fat and 45% less calories than Italian pork sausages, according to the USDA’s standard reference for Italian pork sausage, the company said. Tyson Chicken Sausages are available in three varieties — Hot Italian, Mild Italian and Sweet Italian — and Tyson expects to launch two additional flavors — Spinach Feta and Chicken Apple — later this year.
“We know people are ready to get outside and fire up their grills this summer, and we’re excited to deliver our new chicken sausages just in time,” said Ryan Mills, associate director of innovation for Tyson Foods. “Tyson Chicken Sausage delivers quality, delicious flavors perfect for any recipe with no antibiotics ever.”
Tyson Foods’ Aidells brand of sausages and meatballs grew in April to include beef and pork with the addition of smoked beef sausage and pork and beef meatballs. New fully-cooked Cotija Cheese & Fire-Roasted Poblano Smoked Beef Sausage Links and Fire-Roasted Tomato & Romano Cheese Meatballs round out the brand's portfolio of chicken-based ground and formed products.
The Cotija Cheese & Fire-Roasted Poblano Smoked Beef Sausage Links are smoked 100% beef links that combine mild poblano peppers, jalapeños, green bell peppers, onions and cojita cheese stuffed in a natural pork casing. Each link contains 210 calories, 17 grams of fat and 11 grams of protein.
The Fire-Roasted Tomato & Romano Cheese Meatballs are an Italian-inspired combination of ground beef and pork, tomato, sharp Romano cheese, garlic, parsley, oregano, onion, rosemary and bread crumbs all browned in vegetable oil. Each four-meatball serving contains 270 calories, 23 grams of fat and 12 grams of protein.
“Aidells has always embraced the unexpected, and we’re continuing to deliver on that promise with two new delicious protein offerings inspired by artisanal flavors that are sure to spice up any dining occasion,” said Jeremy Kross, brand manager for Aidells. “Whether you enjoy them on the grill, or as part of your favorite weeknight dish, both varieties allow you to have delicious meals that elevate beyond the ordinary.”
Tyson’s Ball Park brand added Fully Loaded Nacho Cheese Franks to its line of processed meats in April. The new products are made with a combination of chicken and pork, cheddar cheese and a seasoning blend of jalapeño, onion, garlic, paprika and lime.
“We’re excited to bring together two iconic summer flavors in one mouthwatering bite with our Fully Loaded Nacho Cheese Franks,” said Amy Margolin, senior associate brand manager for the Ball Park brand. “Our brand is all about helping people celebrate the summer with bold flavors whether fans are at home watching a game or are grilling outdoors.”
In April, Tyson launched Jimmy Dean Skillets, which combine fully cooked and seasoned Jimmy Dean breakfast meats with cheese and seasoned vegetables. Available in two varieties, the skillets serve four and cook in 15 minutes with the addition of six eggs.
The Meat Lovers skillet includes diced potatoes, red and green peppers, onions, sausage crumbles and bacon. Each serving contains 10 grams of protein.
The sausage skillet features diced potatoes, red and green peppers, onions, sausage crumbles and cheddar cheese. Each serving contains 9 grams of protein.
Tyson Foods in February rolled out Jimmy Dean Loaded Sausage Bites. Packaged in single-serve, on-the-go cups, the Loaded Sausage Bites take less than one minute in the microwave to heat and include three bites per cup. Varieties include Meat Lovers and Turkey Sausage.
The Meat Lovers bites feature pork sausage, bacon, cheddar cheese and scrambled eggs. Each cup contains 290 calories, 16 grams of protein and 24 grams of fat.
The Turkey Sausage bites feature turkey sausage, scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese. Each cup contains 240 calories, 19 grams of protein and 16 grams of fat.
In February, Tyson Foods bolstered its bite-size breakfast offerings with new Jimmy Dean Omelet Minis. Available in Sausage & Cheddar and Gouda & Bacon varieties, the products take 30 seconds in the microwave to heat. Each cup contains two omelet bites.
The Sausage & Cheddar variety features pork sausage crumble, cheddar cheese, cream cheese and eggs. Each cup contains 220 calories, 13 grams of protein and 16 grams of fat.
The Gouda & Bacon variety features eggs, gouda cheese with smoke flavor, bacon and cream cheese. Each cup contains 220 calories, 14 grams of protein and 15 grams of fat.
In January, Tyson added two new varieties to its lineup of Instant Pot Kits: Creamy Chicken & Noodle Casserole and Creamy Stroganoff Beef & Noodle.
The Creamy Chicken & Noodle Casserole kit cooks in about 20 minutes and includes Tyson’s antibiotic-free chicken, seasoning and egg noodles. The kit provides six servings with 20 grams of protein per serving.
The Creamy Stroganoff Beef & Noodle kit contains four to five servings and 17 grams of protein per serving. The meal kit cooks in 25 minutes and includes beef strips, egg noodles and a cream-based sauce.
In January, Tyson ushered its Jimmy Dean brand into the meat alternative segment with the debut of two new sandwiches featuring plant-based patties.
Jimmy Dean Plant-Based Patty, Egg & Cheese Croissant Sandwiches are made with a plant-based patty consisting of soy protein and egg whites. The patty is topped with American Cheese and eggs sandwiched between a flaky croissant. Each sandwich provides 13 grams of protein.
Jimmy Dean Delights Plant-Based Patty & Frittata Sandwiches feature a vegetable and grain plant-based patty made with soy protein, black beans, brown rice, quinoa and egg white. The patty is layered with a spinach and egg white frittata and American cheese all inside a whole wheat English muffin. Each sandwich contains 280 calories and 15 grams of protein.
“Plant-based foods are revolutionizing the way people eat across meal occasions, including breakfast,” said Scott Glenn, senior director of marketing for the Jimmy Dean brand. “As the protein breakfast leader, expanding our portfolio to provide people with alternative choices was critical. We also had to deliver the same signature flavor and quality people expect from the Jimmy Dean brand with our new sandwiches, and we’re excited for both our lifelong and new fans to try them.”
Recent menu additions focus on relaunches of fan favorites.
Seasonal launches lean into sweet and spiced flavors.