Gold'n Plump Introduces New Seasoned Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast FilletsGold’n Plump, a brand that’s known for consistent, premium-quality chicken products for retail fresh, frozen, and deli meat cases just took convenience to a new level with the introduction of its line of Seasoned Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Fillets.

Ready-made for the grill and stovetop cooking, each fillet is vacuum-sealed and individually wrapped in single portion-sized packages for easy storage in the refrigerator and freezer. Available in four flavors for broad appetite appeal for the entire family, ingredients for the products are simple and natural, without the use of unwanted preservatives or phosphates. Product varieties include:  Lemon Pepper, Original (named for its delicious “chicken” flavor), Butter & Herb and Tomato Basil.  All flavors, with the exception of Tomato Basil, are gluten-free. Each 24-ounce package contains four, six-ounce breast fillets and is expected to sell for around $7.99.  Distribution began to regional and national retailers in early May, 2011.

“We’re excited about these new products, because our panel of consumers helped shape both the type of packaging and the flavors we created, so we know we’ve developed something that’s on-target with what consumers are looking for,” explained Terra Nothnagel, product manager for GNP Company, the company behind the Gold’n Plump brand. “Consumers like the fact that the products are pre-seasoned, but they like that the seasonings include ingredients they recognize, even more.” According to Nothnagel, examples of “everyday” spices featured are pepper, dried tomato, lemon peel, onion, paprika, and olive oil.

Gold’n Plump’s focus on pre-seasoned convenience products with fewer, natural ingredients is on-trend with what sources are reporting as strong themes with consumers continuing to eat more meals at home. Seeking restaurant-inspired flavors, the cooking sauces and marinades category gained 20% in U.S. retail sales between 2005 and 2010 and is expected to increase by another 19% by 2015.(1) The gain is expected to slow as more pre-seasoned meat products are introduced.(1) At the same time, “processed is out” and consumers continue to seek shorter, simpler ingredient lists, turning against products full of complicated additives with overly-long shelf lives(2).

According to Nothnagel, panel consumers also said they liked the flexibility of individually-wrapped pieces, because it gives them the option of using only what’s needed, making storage easier in the refrigerator or freezer.  For example, 52% of panel consumers said they’d be more likely to purchase the product if it was available in individually-wrapped packages. “It also gives consumers the option of having each family member’s favorite option on-hand, so a night on the grill can easily become Variety Night on the grill,” she added.

Each package features full-color, plated dishes on the front with coordinating recipes on back of the package.  “This is a great time to introduce these products—not only will consumers love them for the center of their plates, but the fillets provide a delicious way to spice up cold, summertime salads,” said Nothnagel.  

Limited free standing inserts (FSI’s) in select newspapers are planned, as well as summer events, promotions, on-line advertising and coupons.

(1) Food Product Design online reference to Mintel research

(2) Food Ingredient News Top 10 Trends for 2011

About GNP Company

Based in St. Cloud, Minn., GNP Company is a family-owned provider of premium chicken products to retail, deli and foodservice customers throughout the Midwest and in other parts of the country, sold under the Gold’n Plump and Just BARE brands. The company employs about 1,600 people and partners with more than 350 family farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin to produce wholesome, high-quality chicken. For more information, visit and


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