According to Technomic, 57 percent of operators serve gluten-free dishes to boost business with health-conscious consumers, and 47 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds view these items as more healthy.1 Gluten-free claims have been growing on menus in most foodservice segments, and Butterball Foodservice is helping its customers meet this demand with new gluten-free turkey meatballs.
These Italian-seasoned turkey meatballs are fully cooked—chefs can simply heat and serve them, saving time and labor. A low-fat alternative to beef meatballs, this versatile product can be the main ingredient in an appetizer or entrée or act as an add-on in different types of recipes.
Half of consumers say they’d order a dinner entrée featuring meatballs,2 and this protein is among those growing fastest in sandwiches3 and on pizzas4 at the top 500 limited-service restaurants. Another way to use Butterball’s turkey meatballs is in a gluten-free global twist on spaghetti and meatballs—they’re mixed with an Asian sauce and paired with zucchini noodles in this Singapore Meatballs and Zoodles recipe.
Butterball Foodservice Senior Director of National Accounts/Marketing Richie Jenkins said, “Turkey is naturally gluten free, and our entire product line has followed that standard with the exception of turkey meatballs. Now, with this new product, we’re offering a solution for our customers and allowing them to give gluten-sensitive diners the better-for-you protein options they’re clearly craving. These meatballs are delicious, easy to prepare and able to complement all kinds of cuisines. They’re part of our commitment to continue innovating and developing new products that create new turkey menu opportunities for operators.”
For more information about the new turkey meatballs, contact a Butterball Foodservice broker.
About Butterball Foodservice:
Butterball, headquartered in Garner, North Carolina, is the largest producer of turkey products in the U.S.—producing more than 1.5 billion pounds of turkey each year. For more than 60 years, the company has provided foodservice and retail products to customers and consumers around the world. As a division of Butterball, LLC, Butterball Foodservice is committed to ensuring anyone can serve America’s favorite turkey with confidence. Operators trust the Butterball brand to always deliver consistently high-quality products and superior customer service. For menu inspiration and information on the wide variety of turkey products available, visit www.ButterballFoodservice.com. Find Butterball Foodservice on Facebook and follow them on LinkedIn
1Technomic Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report, 2016.
2Technomic U.S. Meatballs Report, Q1 2017.
3Technomic Sandwich Consumer Trend Report, 2016.
4Technomic Pizza Consumer Trend Report, 2016.
Source: Butterball Foodservice