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For Snack Lovers, Sometimes a Little Less Can Mean Big Satisfaction

For Snack Lovers, Sometimes a Little Less Can Mean Big Satisfaction Snacking is surging in popularity more than ever. After a long day at the office, between meals, and after a night out, consumers may be hungry, but not hungry enough for a full meal. With “mini entrées,” simply reduced-size portions of regular entrées, consumers…

Snack Lovers Crave Over More Delicious Choices Than Ever Before

Snack Lovers Crave Over More Delicious Choices Than Ever Before Snacking is bigger than ever. And it’s not just eating a bag of chips or candy bar as in the past. From unique sliders to tapas to mini entrees, snacking—defined as any meal eaten outside of breakfast, lunch and dinner—is exploding in popularity due to…

BBQ Season Means Ribs

BBQ pork ribs delight consumer taste buds while also showcasing chef creativity. Chefs and operators at independents and at national chains alike are breaking out the BBQ sauce and firing up their smokers and grills for BBQ season. And if there’s one pork cut that’s in demand among the consumer audience, it’s pork ribs —…

Pork provides the perfect blank canvas for infusing a variety of smoky flavors.

Pork provides the perfect blank canvas for infusing a variety of smoky flavors. With summer fast approaching and sports schedules ramping up, BBQ season is soon to arrive. Operators need to be prepared, because consumers love BBQ – 96% of them, in fact, eat BBQ occasionally or frequently.1 And what else do they love? Smoky…

Create stand-out breakfast dishes by choosing ham as the star protein

Create stand-out breakfast dishes by choosing ham as the star protein For a long time, pork has been a star protein at breakfast, with menu applications often centering on “The Big Three” – sausage, bacon and ham. However, as bacon and sausage’s popularity has grown over the years, ham’s usage has dwindled and become somewhat…

Chefs showcase their signature spins on this breakfast classic

Chefs showcase their signature spins on this breakfast classic Eggs Benedict is experiencing a renaissance. Gone are the days of the usual English muffin, Canadian bacon, poached egg and hollandaise sauce – today, eggs Benedict is all about innovation. Taking advantage of an increase in menu penetration of 25% vs. four years ago, chefs are…

Bringing Breakfast to Your Banquet Menu

Going beyond the typical banquet and buffet menus By now you’ve probably heard about the all-day breakfast megatrend – it’s all the rage with consumers. Nearly three-fourths of all adults wish restaurants would offer breakfast throughout the day,1 while 48% of them enjoy breakfast foods at nontraditional times.2 If you’re not paying attention to this…

Elevating the Humble Pork Chop

Bringing the chop back to the top When it comes to ideating pork dishes, the typical stars come to mind: pork belly, tenderloin, ribs – these are the showstopper cuts. The pork chop, however, often takes a back seat. It’s harder to conceive an enticing pork chop menu option when customers are distracted by the…

Bacon’s Popularity Keeps Climbing!

Bacon’s Popularity Keeps Climbing! You’ve heard the line a thousand times – bacon makes everything better. It’s no surprise, then, that bacon has a mammoth menu penetration of 68.7%.1 After chicken and beef, it is the third most popular restaurant protein.2 Chef Michael Ponzio of Medinah Country Club can attest to bacon’s high demand. “We…

Building Business with Pork

The Growth of Pork’s Menu Penetration Menu penetration of pork has grown 4.9% in the four-year period 2013-16 as more people identify and reinvent the uses and flavor profiles of pork.1 This year has already seen booming demand for pork and pork products. The versatility, cost-efficiency, diversity of flavor profiles and cooking capabilities explain why…

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Snack Lovers Crave Pork

More and more busy consumers are opting for smaller meals throughout the day. And Smithfield knows snacking.

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