DUKE’S Announces All Natural Ingredient Initiative

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DUKE’S Announces All Natural Ingredient Initiative

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“We are excited to be making history, as we become the only nationally distributed brand to be all natural across all SKU’s in the category” says Justin Havlick, president and founder of Thanasi Foods, also know as "JT Duke".

Thanasi Foods LLC, the revolutionary snack food Company, has announced the conversion of its DUKE’S™ Brand of Beef Jerky, Steak Strips and Beef Brisket Strips to all natural ingredients. The all natural products will be available starting in Q1 2012.

“We are excited to be making history, as we become the only nationally distributed brand to be all natural across all SKU’s in the category”, says Justin Havlick, president and founder of Thanasi Foods, and also known as “JT Duke”.

In addition to being preserved by all natural ingredients, the switch to all natural will include the removal of hydrolyzed soy protein, MSG, erythorbate, and sodium nitrites. “We are making a better-for-you product that carries delicious flavor from ingredients found in America’s kitchens.” He added, “This initiative keeps up with DUKES’ small batch promise to make jerky the way it should be made - in small batches with simple and clean ingredients.”
The all natural DUKE’S lineup will include:

  • DUKE’S - Original Angus Beef Jerky
  • DUKE’S - Black Magic Peppered Beef Jerky
  • DUKE’S - FRANK’S® REDHOT® Cayenne Pepper Beef Jerky
  • DUKE’S - FRANK'S® REDHOT® Chile 'N Lime Steak Strips
  • DUKE’S - Jim Beam® Bourbon Glaze Steak Strips
  • DUKE’S - Jim Beam® Hickory Smoked Beef Jerky
  • DUKE’S - Stubb’s® Spicy Bar-B-Q Beef Brisket Strips
  • DUKE’S - Kikkoman® Teriyaki Beef Jerky

"We are smoking up a higher quality jerky at the same competitive price, resulting in an even healthier choice with added value for our consumers. DUKE’S offers distinctive flavors, simple ingredients and most importantly a small-batch, handcrafted quality that is a stand-out in the category. We are confident that our consumers will taste the difference”, says Havlick.

The new DUKE’S all natural ingredient conversion will maintain existing product package sizes and current SKUs.

About Thanasi Foods
Thanasi Foods LLC is a privately held and family-owned, Boulder, Colorado-based developer, manufacturer, and supplier of household branded foods. Established in 2003, Thanasi Foods’ award-winning BIGS® and DUKE’S™ Brands can be found in over 50,000 U.S. retail locations today with growing market share. The Company’s BIGS and DUKE’S products are uniquely flavored with some of America’s favorite co-brand ingredients including: Jim Beam®, FRANK’S® REDHOT®, Vlasic®, and STUBB’S®, Bacon Salt® and Kikkoman®. For additional information about Thanasi Foods and the company’s products, visit the website at http://www.THANASIFOODS.com, http://www.DUKESJERKY.com, and http://www.BIGS.com. Follow BIGS on Facebook.

Press Contact:
Paul Kimbiris
Public Relations Specialist
THANASI Foods LLC
720.570.1065 x320
pkimbiris(at)thanasifoods(dot)com

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