- Hormel’s Jennie-O Turkey Retailer has launched a line of hybrid burgers made with a mix of chicken turkey, black beans, entire grain rice and pepitas.
- Jennie-O Turkey Burger Blends have 15 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving.& The frozen burgers have a instructed retail value of $6.99 to $7.99 and are available packages of 4 quarter-pound patties.
- Hormel launched the brand new burgers to focus on customers’ rising curiosity in including extra plant-based meals to their diets, in response to a press launch. Numerous legacy meat producers have pivoted to supply extra choices to flexitarians with blended merchandise.
As customers enhance their consumption of plant-based meals and questions loom about the way forward for meat consumption, many established meat corporations are experimenting with folding crops into their formulations.
Greater than half (53%) of customers take into account themselves primarily omnivorous, in response to a 2020 research by Packaged Details, and 36% establish as flexitarian — consuming meat or poultry and usually including vegan or vegetarian meals. Practically two-thirds of customers between the ages of 25 to 70 are additionally taking steps to chop again on their meat consumption, in response to HealthFocus Worldwide knowledge.
Merchandise incorporating each plant and animal meals might play out effectively amongst flexitarians and attain a broader swath of customers. Taking a blended method additionally helps producers keep away from the problem of creating completely plant-based options that also style and scent like typical meat, which has been an ongoing challenge for the phase.
Hormel has already labored with blended merchandise. In 2019, it launched natural blended burger patties beneath its Applegate model that blend beef with mushrooms. It has additionally been energetic within the plant-based area. That very same yr, it debuted its Joyful Little Crops line of meat options.
The blended burger launch is going on at a time when Jennie-O is wrangling with greater prices, together with turkey feed costs. In Hormel’s most up-to-date earnings report, the corporate stated Jennie-O’s web income had been off 30% in its first quarter ending Jan. 24 attributable to greater provide chain and freight prices, and the decline in foodservice gross sales. That is regardless of double-digit development of Jennie-O lean floor and Oven Prepared merchandise. The blended merchandise might supply Jennie-O a brand new revenue middle that might not be as uncovered to elevated enter prices.
Perdue has additionally dabbled within the blended meat phase. In 2019, it partnered with blended protein startup The Higher Meat Co. to launch a line of blended hen nuggets, tenders and patties beneath its Rooster Plus line. The merchandise include cauliflower, chickpeas, plant protein and chicken hen. Tyson Meals additionally launched a line of sausages and meatballs beneath its Aidells model.
Not each blended product has been a success, nonetheless. In December 2020, Tyson discontinued a blended burger, The Mix, that contained Angus beef and remoted pea protein and was supplied beneath its Raised & Rooted model. Tyson reportedly dropped the burger after deciding that its Raised & Rooted model won’t include any animal merchandise.
Meals producers could have a tough time attempting to appease plant-based advocates and flexitarians with blended merchandise. Time will inform whether or not efforts to straddle each market segments in a single product are value it or whether or not manufacturers ought to goal particular merchandise on the plant-based and meat segments.