Meatless pioneers create unique and innovative BBQ Chik’n and Meatless Meatloaf

PORTLAND, OR. (December 17, 2002)- Reward your taste buds with two saucy new meatless products that will warm the heart and tantalize the taste buds. Introducing the newest members of Gardenburger’s soy-based product portfolio: sweet and tangy BBQ Chik’n and savory and satisfying Meatless Meatloaf. Both easy-to-prepare products will be available in grocery and natural food chains across the country beginning in February, 2003.

“Today’s consumers are on-the-go; increasingly, they are demanding more convenient, healthful and flavorful products,” said Scott Wallace, CEO and chairman of the board of Gardenburger Authentic Foods Company. “Our delicious new sauced items deliver all of those things without the long preparation time.”

Plate licking good: Meatless BBQ Chik’n

Growing safety concerns have made chicken-less chicken products one of the largest and fastest-growing meatless segments. Succulent and savory, BBQ Chik’n’s meat-free fillet is dripping in a sweet and tangy sauce and will leave you wanting to lick your plate (we promise we won’t look!). Put away your grill because there’s no grilling required; pop it in the microwave and your BBQ cravings will be satisfied in a matter of minutes. A 10 ounce box containing two fillets retails for $3.50.

Not your mother’s Meatless Meatloaf

Bursting with flavor, Gardenburger’s home-style Meatless Meatloaf replicates the tempting texture and full flavor of real meat. Smothered in savory brown gravy, this hearty soy-based meatloaf will satisfy your cold weather comfort food cravings. Serve it with mashed potatoes and your favorite vegetable for an all-American meal. A 10 ounce box contains two servings and retails for $3.50.

About Gardenburger, official “missionaries of meatless”

Founded in 1985, Gardenburger Inc. pioneered the original meatless patty, and has been pushing the meatless category to new levels ever since. An independent company, Gardenburger’s vision is to promote pure food and a healthy environment. From the classic, grain-based Gardenburger Original to the ground-breaking barbeque Riblets, the company distributes its meatless products to more than 35,000 foodservice outlets throughout the United States and Canada. Retail customers include more than 30,000 grocery, natural food and club stores. Based in Portland, Ore., the company employs approximately 185 people.

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