CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lightlife Foods (“Lightlife”), the #1 refrigerated alternative protein brand in U.S. retail, announced today that the Lightlife® Burger and Lightlife® Ground, its new plant-based meat products that deliver the sensory experience consumers crave from beef, will be available in the meat aisle at thousands of stores across North America, including Acme, Albertsons, Haggen, Jewel, Pavilions, Safeway, Vons, Wegmans, and hundreds of natural foods stores in the U.S. Other U.S. retailers will begin carrying the new Lightlife products throughout the summer, including Whole Foods in July. In Canada, these items will be on shelf in over 3,400 stores, including Federated Coop, Loblaws, Longo’s, Metro, Save-On-Foods and Sobeys.
Created with culinary expertise, familiar ingredients, and balanced nutrition, the Lightlife® Burger is the hero of a new pea protein-based product line that also includes Lightlife® Ground, Lightlife® Bratwurst Sausage, and Lightlife® Italian Sausage. The Lightlife® Bratwurst Sausage and Lightlife® Italian Sausage will also begin hitting shelves in May at select retailers, just in time for the key summer grilling season.
The new line offers the taste, texture, aroma and appearance of traditional meat, but is made of plants, giving you a familiar taste that fills people up without weighing people—or the planet—down. Free from GMOs, gluten, soy and artificial flavors, Lightlife’s new products appeal to consumers at all points on the plant-based journey, whether someone is simply seeking to reduce their meat consumption or is already a committed vegetarian or vegan.
In the U.S. and Canada, the Lightlife® Burger and Lightlife® Ground will start showing up on shelves in the meat aisle across thousands of conventional, natural, and independent retailers during the first week in May. In the natural channel, the new products will be available at Fresh Thyme, Moms, New Seasons, PCC, and Sprouts. Additional retailers in all channels will follow according to their planned store resets in the coming months.
The Lightlife® Burger has 20 grams of pea protein with 0 grams of cholesterol and only 2.5 grams of saturated fat in a quarter-pound patty, compared to 80 grams of cholesterol and 9.3 grams of saturated fat in a quarter-pound patty made from traditional beef. The patty is made from familiar ingredients—including virgin coconut oil and beet powder—which work together to make a juicy and meaty burger. Because it’s made to grill, cooking the burger over an open flame will enrich its tender, beefy texture.
The line introduces the Lightlife® brand to a new set of consumers and enables the brand to showcase a full brand and packaging redesign to mark its 40th anniversary. “This launch is very exciting time for the business and the brand,” says Dan Curtin, President of Greenleaf Foods, the parent company of Lightlife. “We’ve said it before: we didn’t join the plant-based category overnight—we’ve long been pioneering the industry. With this in mind, it’s wonderful to be able to see years of expertise, innovation and passion come to fruition when this groundbreaking product hits shelves this month.”
The new line includes:
- Lightlife® Plant-Based Burger: With the same great taste and juicy texture as traditional beef, the Lightlife® Burger packs 20g of plant-based protein per serving, with fewer, more familiar ingredients and less saturated fat than products currently on market.
- Lightlife® Plant-Based Bratwurst Sausage: With the balanced combination of herbs and spices traditionally found in a bratwurst, the Lightlife® Bratwurst Sausage delivers the complex taste and texture of a traditional brat.
- Lightlife® Plant-Based Italian Sausage: With the juicy, meaty texture of a traditional pork sausage, Lightlife® Italian Sausage sizzles on a grill or in a pan and is versatile enough to shine in a range of recipes.
- Lightlife® Plant-Based Ground: With the same great taste and juicy texture as traditional ground beef, the Lightlife® Ground is made to be a flexible fridge staple that can be used in every ground meat dish, from lasagna to tacos to chili.
To learn more, visit https://lightlife.com/ and join the journey on social at @LightlifeFoods.
Founded in 1979, Lightlife Foods, Inc. is a plant-based foods pioneer with a passion for putting plants at the center of the plate. As a category leader in North America, Lightlife is committed to making plant-based eating more accessible and delicious with a portfolio of products that appeals to consumer at all points on the plant-based journey. Lightlife is owned by Greenleaf Foods, SPC, a food company dedicated to cultivating and advancing brands in the fast-growing plant-based food sector.