Meat sticks and jerky products on display at Expo West highlight innovative ingredients and formats.
Epic Bars from Austin, Texas-based Epic Foods are positioned as Paleo-friendly and low-glycemic. With 140 to 200 calories 10 to 14 grams of protein, varieties include bison and bacon with cranberry, beef with habanero and cherry, turkey with almond and cranberry and lamb with currant and mint.
Products from the Sonoma, Calif.-based better-for-you snack company include pork, turkey and beef jerkies in such flavors as basil citrus, lemon garlic, black cherry barbecue, grilled sweet teriyaki, chili lime, garlic chili pepper, sweet chipotle and pineapple orange. The products are made using whole muscle cuts of meat prepared with a “low and slow” method.
Marinated overnight with a blend of ingredients that includes guarana, jerky from the Greenwood Village, Colo.-based company features four flavors for both beef and turkey varieties: original, sweet and spicy, teriyaki and hot. The products are free of gluten and preservatives.
Made with free-range chicken and a medium-to-hot buffalo sauce flavor, the nitrate-free jerky is kicked up with cayenne pepper and sweetened with apple and pineapple juices. Each pouch has 130 calories and 28 grams of protein. The Pennsauken, N.J.-based company offers a range of meat snacks, including grass-fed and original beef jerkies and sticks, as well as several PaleoKits, which include beef jerky, raw nuts and dried fruits.
Made with 41 percent cacao, the gluten-free chocolate bar contains bits of beef jerky and has a flavor profile described by the company as “natural smoked fruit woods and peppered spices.” Chicago-based Wild Ophelia sources organic ingredients from farms and artisans throughout the country.
Hand-stripped and marinated for days, the small-batch beef jerky from Charleston, S.C.-based The New Primal is paired with dried unsweetened mango or pineapple and raw almonds and cashews in Paleo-friendly trail packs.
“It’s like a deconstructed, functional trail mix,” a company representative said. The meat is sweetened with honey and pineapple and flavored with garlic, ginger and liquid smoke.
Because there’s nothing gentlemanly about gnashing into a tough sheet of dried meat, a key distinction of True Gentlemen’s Jerky is its French fry-style strip cut – as well as the inclusion of dental floss in each bag. Crowd-funded by a Kickstarter campaign, the San Diego-based startup buys meat from local butchers. With sophisticated packaging, the reduced-sodium jerkies are available in two varieties: original peppered and Korean barbecue. Each package contains 170 to 180 calories and 26 grams of protein.
A trio of turkey sticks joins the offerings of meat snacks from the Hinesburg, Vt., company. With 75% less fat than leading snack sticks, the products use turkey raised without antibiotics and contain no soy or dairy. Varieties include uncured pepperoni, honey mustard and ancho. Each stick has 70 calories and 8 to 10 grams of protein.
Vegan-friendly and non-G.M.O.-verified, the organic tofu-based snack sticks from Charlottesville, Va.-based Tofutown North America contain 120 to 130 calories and 13 to 15 grams of protein.
Native American Natural Foods, Kyle, S.D., and Onnit Labs, Austin, Texas, have partnered to create the Warrior Bar, a sweet-and-spicy bison bar studded with dried cranberries. With 140 calories and 14 grams of protein, the bars are made with buffalo raised without antibiotics or added hormones. Native American Natural Foods also offers Tanka Bars and Bites, minimally processed buffalo meat snacks featuring dried cranberries and such ingredients as apple and orange peels and jalapeno flakes.