The increasing popularity of low-carb diets is fueling the growth of high-protein meat snacks.
Wenzel’s Farm, Marshfield, Wis., a provider of hand-crafted, small-batch meat snacks, is introducing a new flavor to its snack stick lineup. The company blends its rich, smoky quality beef with cheddar cheese and bacon. The end result is a protein-packed snack stick that tastes like a bacon cheddar burger. Like all Wenzel’s snack sticks, the new flavor is naturally smoked, contains no artificial colors, no monosodium glutamate and is gluten free.
Mount Olive, NJ-based Fratelli Beretta is launching La Dolce Vita Entertainment Trays, a line of shareable charcuterie for social distance gatherings. La Dolce Vita translates to “the sweet life” and is a popular Italian saying that symbolizes the art of loving and enjoying the simple things. The 12-oz trays come in four assortments containing a range of bite-sized meats, cheeses and accompaniments such as olives and breadstick.
Epic Provisions, Austin, Texas, a subsidiary of General Mills Inc., Minneapolis, is expanding its portfolio of protein snacks with the introduction of chicken crisps in cracked pepper and pink Himalayan sea salt varieties. Epic Chicken Crisps are baked and made with chicken breast, coconut flour and spices. The crisps contain 22 grams of protein and 2 grams of net carbohydrates per serving. They are paleo and keto friendly and described by the brand as “a savory alternative to crackers” that may be paired with avocado, cheese or dip. Additional new products from the brand include chicken sriracha bites, a sea salt and pepper beef bar and a jalapeño beef bar.
Biltong is a process for preserving meat that originated centuries ago in South Africa. Stryve Biltong, from the namesake Plano, Texas-based company, is 100% beef with no sugar, monosodium glutamate, gluten, nitrates or preservatives. It now comes in a grass-fed offering in three flavors: Hickory, Original and Spicy Peri Peri.
With 50 years of beef jerky manufacturing under its belt, Old Trapper, Forest Grove, Ore., now offers a sugar-free variety of beef jerky. Old Trapper Zero Sugar Beef Jerky comes in the brand’s signature clear packaging so that consumers can see the meaty goodness is inside. Like all of the company’s jerky products, it is made using lean strips of beef, fresh seasoning ingredients and real wood-fired smoke.