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Old 03-26-2014, 11:07 AM   #1
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Default Anyone heard of Schmacon?



clipped from Kansas Livestock Association News & Market report

PRIVATE SECTOR BRINGS BEEF BACON TO MARKET WITH HELP FROM CHECKOFF
The checkoff-funded Beef Innovations Group has helped bring beef bacon to the marketplace. Schmacon is a whole muscle beef slice that has been smoked, cured and glazed with a proprietary spice blend delivering a smoky, slightly sweet flavor. It is precooked and ready for crisping in an oven, microwave or flat-top griddle.
Howard Bender, a Chicago deli owner and chef at the Hyde Park Culinary Institute of America, created the product. After months of testing in his deli on sandwiches, soups and hot dishes, Bender said customers are “crazy” about the flavor and excited about the nutritional profile. A serving of Schmacon contains only 30 calories, 2 grams of fat and 60 milligrams of sodium, comparing very favorably to traditional bacon.
“The beef checkoff immediately recognized the potential in Schmacon to be a successful new beef product,” said Bender. “They have aided us throughout our development and launch process, providing credibility and exposure at a critical time.
Bender said checkoff support is helping launch the product in both the foodservice and retail channels. Schmacon is now available commercially, with emphasis in the foodservice sector. Participants at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, May 17-20, will have the opportunity to sample it. The product is expected to be sold in supermarkets by the end of the year.
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