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Vegetable Leader Launches New Instagram Campaign
Allens, Inc. Launches #31DaysOfVeggies Instagram Contest with $500 Prize
Allens, Inc., a U.S. based vegetable leader, has launched their first Instagram contest, with a grand prize of $500, that will run from July 1-July 31, 2013. Contest participants are encouraged to post to Instagram their best meal photo or video made with any product in the Allens family of brands using the hashtag #31DaysOfVeggies.
Mobile Recipe Planner Brings Convenient, Grocery Aisle Resources to Vegetable Consumers
Allens Mobile Widget takes steps toward helping families plan meals efficiently.
Allens, Inc., a U.S. based vegetable leader, has launched a new, consumer-friendly mobile recipe planning tool geared toward meeting the needs of on-the-go families this spring. New content, search options, recipes and grocery lists all make it easier for consumers to answer the question ... What’s for dinner tonight?
Consumer Confusion About Canned Food Persists, According To New Survey
Article from Canned Food Alliance
Americans enjoy the many benefits of canned foods, including convenience, value and ease of preparation, according to a new consumer survey commissioned by the Canned Food Alliance (CFA). More than 80 percent of respondents say they rely on canned foods to prepare meals at least a couple of times each month, with 61 percent of those saying they reach for canned foods at least one to two times each week.
The survey also reveals consumers' misperceptions about canned food nutrition. At odds with recommendations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Dietary Guidelines for Americans and many nutrition education organizations, which promote consumption of all forms of nutritious foods (canned, fresh, frozen and dried) for a healthy diet, consumer attitudes also are often contrary to decades of nutrition science that demonstrate the many benefits of enjoying food from a can.
"We know relying on canned foods to prepare quick, nutritious meals for ourselves and our families makes good sense and is backed by research that shows canned foods offer comparable nutrition to other forms," said Rich Tavoletti, executive director of the CFA. "Americans continue to underestimate the value of canned foods in a healthy diet. We are educating consumers by sharing the realities about canned food."
Canned Food Offers Sound Nutrition to Help Americans Achieve Nutrient Needs – Canned food is filled with important nutrients, including fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals essential for a healthy diet. Less than half (42 percent) of Americans surveyed realize the nutrients contained in canned food count toward meeting the daily recommended goals.
Canned Food Offers Comparable Nutrition to Fresh and Frozen – Research shows time-and-again that canned foods offer similar nutrition to fresh and frozen – and sometimes even offer higher levels of some important nutrients. Only 27 percent of respondents agree that canned foods are as nutritious as their frozen counterparts and only 18 percent agree that canned food is as nutritious as fresh.
You Can Enjoy Canned Foods While Watching Sodium Intake – Canned food contributes less than 1 percent of the sodium in consumers' diets. Only half (52 percent) of those surveyed know canned foods can be low in sodium, despite the hundreds of low sodium, reduced sodium and no salt added options found on grocery shelves. Bread and rolls, cheese, fresh and processed poultry and deli meats are some of the main sources of sodium in Americans' diets. Canned vegetables and beans don't even crack the top ten. Plus, you can drain and rinse canned vegetables and beans to further reduce the sodium content by up to 41 percent.
Canned Foods are Minimally Processed – Just as bagged salads and frozen fruits and vegetables go through minimal processing before being sold, so, too, do canned foods. And yet, 58 percent of respondents think canned foods are more highly processed than frozen or other packaged forms. Fruits and vegetables destined for cans are picked at peak ripeness and packed quickly after being harvested. After being cleaned, trimmed and/or chopped (if necessary), they are sealed in steel cans and then quickly "cooked in the can" to lock in nutrients and preserve taste and quality, similar to home canning.
Canned Foods Contain No Added Preservatives – Canning helps preserve and enhance nutrients and freshness of foods at their peak. Contrary to popular belief (67 percent), canned foods do not require preservatives as the canning process itself serves to preserve the food.
Steel Cans are Among the Safest Forms of Food Packaging – The steel can is one of the safest forms of food packaging available. They are strong, tamper-resistant and feature an air-tight seal to help keep food fresh and safe, yet less than half (46 percent) of Americans surveyed realize it.
"As we strive to eat healthier diets in line with USDA's guidelines, including consumption of more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and fiber-rich foods, Americans should be persuaded to reach more often and confidently for quick, convenient and nutritious canned foods," said Tavoletti.
The CFA works to encourage increased consumption of canned foods through direct outreach to consumers with a variety of recipes and meal-preparation tips, as well as by partnering with dietitians, educators and policymakers to ensure they get the facts about canned food.
I love trying new recipes with my friends and family. Especially, when it includes brands and ingredients that we already love. When we had the opportunity to try something new using Allen’s vegetables, I was excited ...
This Pecan and Sweet Potato casserole is brought up a notch with the addition of Basil which adds a subtle peppery flavor. This is a real time-saver recipe as it uses canned sweet potatoes - what could be easier, faster, and tastier!
Did you know that March is Brain Awareness Month? This is a recipe that not only tastes great, but it could help boost your brain health! That’s because it’s made with sweet potatoes and those little nuggets have antioxidants, carotenoids, and Vitamin A which all work together to contribute to your brain’s health.
As winter storm “Nemo” hits the Northeast corridor of the States (by the way, since when have we been naming winter storms?) it is the perfect time to dig out those perishable ingredients to make two quick and easy soups that can be eaten hot or cold (IF the electricity goes out! )
For four generations, Allens Vegetables has been providing America with great-tasting, affordable canned vegetables. From traditional vegetables like green beans and corn to Southern favorites like succotash and Hoppin John, Allens produces a wide assortment of convenient and delicious vegetables for dinner tables across the country. With this week's giveaway, two (2) lucky winners will each receive 12 cans of Allens Green Beans and other assorted vegetables.
This week, September 10-14, is Vegetarian Awareness Week. Even if you're not a vegetarian, vegetables are still very much an important part of our diet. Health experts state that for optimum health, we should have 5-6 servings of fruits and vegetables a day ...
Tired of the same-ole same-ole for your morning meal? Shake things up with these easy, yummy a.m. starters and deliciously healthy recipes.
Create an eggs-tra special breakfast when you pop this delicious quiche into the oven. Add spinach for a heart-healthy meal filled with Vitamins A, C, E and folate.
1 (10-inch) pie crust, unbaked
1/4 cup grated Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated Swiss cheese
5 eggs, beaten
1 cup 2% milk
1 (13.5-ounce) can Popeye Spinach, well drained
1/4 cup bacon bits, or 2–3 slices bacon, crumbled
1 slice red or other mild onion, diced
1 tomato, thinly sliced
Free veggies for a month? Keep reading to learn what and HOW you can win veggies from the Allens brand of vegetables! More after the jump...
Do you love spinach? How about green beans? Today’s giveaway is courtesy of Allens, the leader in canned and frozen veggies. The summer is quickly passing us by (yikes, August already?) so cooking with fresh produce won’t always be an option. These canned and frozen products are some of the best when it comes to creating a quality meal when you don’t have seasonal produce available!
I was in desperate need of some yummy baked treats for this 4th of July. Instead of the same old flavors, I opted for this unique and satisfying muffin made with sweet potatoes! They are super easy and quick to make, and my kids just adore them. (Note: I left out the cranberries, as they are optional. This diminishes the "red" quality some, but the neat color from the sweet potato still makes them beautiful!)
According to CeliacCentral.org, Celiac disease affects 3 million Americans, yet 95% of those suffering don’t know they have it. With no pharmaceutical cures for celiac disease, one of the best treatments is a lifelong gluten-free diet. Triggered by the consumption of the protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, and rye, Celiac disease has given rise to a number of specialty foods, although tried and true foods, such as vegetables meet dietary needs ideally. And, with so many gluten-free foods high in demand, canned vegetables rise to the occasion.
Canned vegetables are full of some of nature’s most important nutrients such as antioxidants, Vitamins, A, C and D (to name a few). Put in basic terms, veggies pack a powerful punch: not only are they an important part of a gluten-free diet, but they also improve heart health, memory, circulatory function, and eye and skin health.
Canned and Southern-style vegetable leader sells certain frozen vegetable operations to Bonduelle Group while focusing on core competencies
Allens, Inc., a U.S. based vegetable leader, announces plans to strategically reposition its brand for growth by selling four of its six frozen vegetable operations to The Bonduelle Group. The transaction will allow the Allens organization to focus intently in the future on its core competencies: canned and Southern-style frozen vegetables. The transaction, which is anticipated to close in late March 2012, is structured as an asset purchase and concerns operations and a total of approximately 400 permanent employees of plants in the Bergen, New York; Oakfield, New York; Brockport, New York; and Fairwater, Wisconsin areas. The purchase includes the Chill Ripe brand and the frozen Garden Classics brand, as well as a license to use certain brand names owned by Allens in the frozen business for a limited transitional period.
Allens, Inc. “Share Your Luck” Campaign To Benefit Winner & The Ocean Conservancy
Allens Inc., a national leader in canned and frozen vegetables since 1926, continues “Share Your Luck” Sweepstakes benefitting Ocean Conservancy and one lucky winner. The campaign, designed to bring awareness to traditional “good luck” food, their nutritional benefits and National Nutrition Month in March will reward one lucky consumer with a $2500 cash prize, while also donating $1500 to Ocean Conservancy in an effort to protect our oceans and improve our lives. Consumers can enter online at www.Allens.com, ILoveAllens.com and Facebook.com/AllensVeggies now through March 31.